have a 'greener' halloween

Halloween is right around the corner and before you know it, you’ll be getting handfuls of little four-foot monsters, ghosts, and ghouls knocking on your door. And that means a lot of candy with questionable ingredients and excessive waste. Here at Foerstel we are committed to helping you live a healthier lifestyle with a reduced impact on Mother Earth, so we’d like to share some tips on how to have a ‘greener’ Halloween!

candy + treats

Look for natural candy and when possible Fair Trade certified sweets. A great resource for this is Natural Candy Store, a family-run business located in California and THE online place to go to find vegan and organic candy. All of the items are clearly marked with symbols to identify what categories they fall into, including those made in the US. Additionally, every piece they sell contains NO artificial colors or dyes, NO artificial flavors, NO artificial sweeteners, NO preservatives, NO hydrogenated oils. Check them out, you still have a several days to place your order just in time for Halloween.

energy themed jack-o-lanterns

This year ,show your dedication to reducing energy usage! In lieu of a scary face or spider, opt to carve a pumpkin with an energy theme. Choose from five downloadable designs by EnergySaver.gov and then use flameless LED to illuminate.

© Ramon Gonzalez

toting your treats

Easily grab a reusable grocery bag or decorate a paper bag or get creative this time around and make your own candy bucket out of recycled items found around your home using this treat bucket tutorial.


Check your local area for costume swaps, borrow costumes from friends, get creative and make your own – Pinterest is a great source for inspiration, visit a local thrift store where you’ll save money and reduce packaging waste. Also, be sure to avoid any costumes containing PVC, which is harmful to the environment and you.

Swapping half of the costumes kids wear at Halloween
would reduce annual landfill waste by 6, 250 tons,
equal to the weight of 2,500 mid-sized cars*

*via Bob Lilienfeld, based on data from U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Transportation. Assumes costume weight of 1 pound

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Tom Foerstel : Founder & President

Tom Foerstel

Founder & President

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.