Washington D.C. viewers learned how to have a more eco-friendly Halloween thanks to mommy blogger Carolina King’s savvy tips. The force behind Mama Instincts, a popular website focused on positive parenting, green living and wellness, King appeared on WUSA’s Great Day Washington and WTTG’s Good Day D.C. Candy is a significant part of Halloween so King focused many of her tips on the sweet treat. She mentioned that many of the nation’s leading candy makers use responsibly sourced palm oil, such as Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, for their products.

Palm oil is derived from the fruit of the oil palm tree. Oil palm plantation yields are impressive. A single acre of oil palm produces 11 times more oil than soybeans and 10 times more than sunflower. Of the major oil crops, oil palm occupies the least land but produces the most oil. Plus, each oil palm tree produces a bountiful amount of oil-rich fruit for more than 20 years. “It’s a more eco-friendly oil to use in all of our candy products,” explained King.

She explained that Nestle, Mars and other leading candy makers now use certified sustainable palm oil in their candies. Consumers can trust that the palm oil they use is grown and produced following practices that are good for the planet as well as the farmers. Much of the palm oil used in the United States comes from Malaysia, which has some of the strictest guidelines. Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil certification became mandatory as of 2020, and the country is working toward 100% compliance.

King also suggested that viewers consider candy that’s packaged with the environment in mind. “There’s a lot of waste with candy,” said King who suggesting buying candy packaged in recyclable cardboard boxes. “If you’re having a party, buy candy in bulk, that doesn’t come individually wrapped,” she added.

You can watch more of King’s green Halloween tips in the video below.

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