Halloween is fast-approaching and billions will be spent on outfitting ourselves for the festivities. But what happens to those costumes on Nov. 1? According to this infographic from USAagain.com (via Ecouterre.com), 85% of textile waste ends up in the landfill, and we can bet a good chunk of that is Halloween attire.
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The greenest of Halloween revelers will get creative with old items from around the house, borrow a costume for a friend or buy a used outfit from Good Will (Goodwill.org). However, at HellaWella, we understand that sometimes you only have an hour before that Halloween party, forcing you to buy whatever’s left at your local Halloween store.
So for those of you that may not have gone the greenest route with your Halloween ensemble, you can still make up for it by participating in a textile recycling program in your area. Many communities have drop-off locations and will accept most textiles (no matter how beat-up they may be). Or if your costume managed to weather the evening’s festivities, you can always donate it to the aforementioned Goodwill or one of your favorite consignment shops.
And November is a great time to think about recycling in general as Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, giving you plenty of time post-Halloween to gather up your costume and accessories and make a difference.