Boo! Yes, it is that time of year again where all our kids get dressed-up and roam the streets looking for a sugar fix. Do we really have to break the bank and harm the environment in the process? Of course not!
I personally hate to think of all the “Harry Potter” costumes that will be purchased this year for a single use and stored away never to be used again or even worst left to rot in a landfill. But, I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon National Costume Day SwapTM to help green up Halloween.
Just as the name implies, swap an old costume for a used one. A costume swap can be as simple as getting together with a few neighbors or as large as a citywide event. Costume swaps not only means less resources are used to make a new product, but it also results in less packaging, less transportation of the products and less waste from the products being trashed, as they sadly often are!
Did you know that swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons, that is the equivalent of the weight of 2,500 midsize cars! Costume swapping can be fun and a great way to start off Halloween with a “green” bang. And the great thing about it there is no cost to you. Bonus!
The official National Costume Day SwapTM is October 8th, but it can really be organized any day through out the month of October.
So why not spearhead your own costume swap or look for one here in your neck of the woods.
Any way you look at it, you are making a difference by saving some money, saving resources and lessening your impact on the environment one holiday at a time.
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