Simple Green: Do a Costume Swap for Halloween

National Costume Swap Day was last week (October 9), but it's not too late to swap costumes with someone else. Swapping costumes with a friend instead of buying new can save an estimated 6,250 tons of waste from heading to a landfill. So dig out that old costume from the closet and start swapping!

Swapping costumes is a great way to live a little lighter. The fewer costumes we buy, the fewer resources are used in construction, packaging, transportation and waste. We keep a drawer full of "costume supplies" that we reuse, loan to friends, and have fun with. Nation Costume Swap Day was October 9 and endorsed by KIWI Magazine, Green Halloween and Swap.com

But you it's not too late to swap on your own. Call a friend, or have a Halloween swap party. We're headed off to a party next week in advance of Halloween where we're required to bring a costume in a bag and anonymously swap it with a friend. Other ideas include organizing a costume swap at church, school, or just around the neighborhood. You could even consider doing it AFTER Halloween this year if last year's costume has already made its way into the trash.

Visit Green Halloween for more ideas to make Halloween a bit less scary for the environment.

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