Tips for an eek-o friendly Halloween
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 — The average American family spends more than $75 on Halloween each year, according to the National Retail Federation, and a plethora of polyester pirate costumes are now on store shelves waiting for you to open your wallet again. But, unless your child never outgrows clothing or you love dressing as a pumpkin every year, consider how many times each year’s costume will actually be worn. The answer is likely: once.Since more than 75 million Americans are estimated to dress up for the holiday each year, a scary amount of discarded costumes will likely die in a landfill.
“CalRecycle encourages Halloween enthusiasts to get into the spirit this year by reducing, reusing and recycling during the festivities,” CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen said. “By reusing last year’s costume, swapping with friends, or making their own costumes and decorations, consumers will save money and have a frightfully fun time knowing they have participated in an environmentally friendly Halloween.”
Here are a few reduce, reuse and recycle ideas for the big night: