While Purim costumes weren’t hard to come by across North America, this year one Jewish community in suburban Detroit looked to its trash for inspiration.

Ever since the holiday Tu B’Shevat, children at the Chabad-Lubavitch Hebrew School in West Bloomfield’s The Shul have been learning about the environment and recycling, even making their own costumes out of brown paper bags.

At the “Green Purim” fair where guest speaker Rabbi Shmuel Simenowitz, an attorney turned organic maple farmer in southern Vermont and executive director of Project Ya’aleh V’Yavo, spoke about the Torah and environmental sensibilities, the students made noise-makers out of cardboard and plastic items they salvaged from home. …