Banana Zombies & Hope for a Sustainable Future

Was an especially spooky show with that banana zombie threatening us. Even the banana ghost was afraid! We had fun with the Halloween theme this week on the show, offering ideas for healthy Halloween treats in the Foodie-Phile segment (hence banana zombies in the studio – and they did taste AWESOME! does that mean I will become a banana zombie now?).

GD Mizar did a fun DIY, telling us how to make Mr. Bones and Jug-O-Lanterns out of upcycled plastic milk jugs. I had an opportunity to interview Amara Wagner of Amara Wellness who shared some excellent ideas on how to celebrate a healthier and greener Halloween with kids. But we diverted for an inspiring Green Dude segment with Jonathan Porritt, to talk about a sustainable future.

Jonathan PorrittGreen Dude: Jonathan Porritt, Founder and Director of Forum for the Future

Jonathan Porritt is the founder of Forum for the Future, a wonderful UK-based organization dedicated to finding solutions to our environmental and social challenges, while seeing a hopeful vision for a sustainable and healthy future. He is also the author of the book, The World We Made. We were so fortunate to be able to grab a few minutes with Mr. Porritt before he headed back to the UK. He discussed the optimism and the power of technology and how to be realistic about it in today’s world.

Over the last 40 years, Jonathon Porritt has been one of the world’s leading environmentalists. In The World We Made, he sets out to counter the doom and gloom that surrounds today’s debates about sustainability. Instead of portraying the future as a polluted, over-populated hell-hole, he shows it as a place where we’d all love to live. Exciting, aspirational, high-tech, fair and hopeful.

Listen to this encouraging interview with Jonathan Porritt . . .

Green Diva Foodie-Phile: Healthy Halloween TreatsGD Mizar making banana zombies and ghosts

Halloween is meant to be a spooky (yet all in good fun) holiday . . . but that doesn’t mean that your healthy Halloween treats have to make all the trick-or-treaters run away from the creepy health-nut up the street. There are plenty of alternatives handing out artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and GMO-laden treats. I did some research and found some fun, clever and healthy Halloween goodies that are easy and delicious. We had a good time making banana ghosts. It was all fun and games till one banana ghost went all zombie and scared the others! Please read my post for more great ideas for healthier Halloween treats.

Mr. Bottle Bones copyGreen Diva Mizar’s DIY: Mr. Bones & Jug-O-Lanterns

GD Mizar has a couple of great ideas for upcycling old plastic milk jugs to make a scary skeleton and some Jug-O-Lanterns. She told a funny story about her milk jug skeleton (named Mr. Bones) that terrorized her daughter’s friend when they were 6 years old. See GD Mizar’s easy Jug-O-Lantern tutorial here

Listen to this fun podcast about making Mr. Bones & Jug-O-Lanterns from old plastic milk jugs.

Green Divas Feature Interview: Amara WagnerAmara Wagner

Amara Wagner is the founder of Amara Wellness and as a health coach and mother she offered us some wonderful tips to help create a healthy and fun Halloween.

Listen to the podcast of the whole show to hear GD Meg’s talk with Amara Wagner on having a healthy Halloween . . .


Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants4 years ago

Any ant zombies?

Jess No Fwd Plz K.
Jessica K4 years ago

Great ideas. Thanks.

Cynthia B.
cynthia l4 years ago

some good ideas

Lauren Weinstock
Lauren Weinstock4 years ago

Opened this to get ideas about bananas for my son who loves them.
I"m opposed to recycling/upcycling plastic jugs. The pieces cut out go in the trash and eventually most would throw out the jug. If it has things glued to it, or stuff painted onto it- there would be concerns about sending it in to be recycled. Let's just try to buy less plastic, and use other - degradable items for art or amusement purposes.

sarah s.
sarah s4 years ago


Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago


Denise Morley
Denise Morley4 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Christine Stewart

I love the zombie bananas! I try to buy organic bananas- haven't seen the fair trade ones where I shop...

Bob P.

thanks for sharing