Get ready for a costume swap!
It may not quite be Halloween yet, but National Costume Swap Day [link: http://www.costumeswapday.com] is right around the corner! And it’s never too early to start thinking about how to make one of the best holidays of the year more eco-friendly.
On October 8, people across the country will get together for costume swaps in their own cities and towns. Swaps are a great way to go green by exchanging gently used Halloween costumes for new-to-your-kids. You’ll save the money you would’ve spent on new costumes for your kids and help the environment. In fact, swapping half the costumes kids wear at Halloween would reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 tons—about the weight of 2,500 midsize cars!
If you’ve got friends and neighbors or a school or community group for whom a costume swap would be a good project, I encourage you to host a swap yourself or join with others. It’s easy, fun and a great way to build community around this money-saving and planet-saving idea.
You can learn the simple steps to hosting a swap here. (Link: http://www.greenhalloween.org/CostumeSwap/howto.html).
And be sure to register your swap so everyone can find out about it. (Link: http://www.greenhalloween.org/CostumeSwap/register.html)
Many neighborhoods and towns have already begun planning their swaps. Find one near you [link: http://www.greenhalloween.org/CostumeSwap/find_2011.html], then spread the word and help make it an eek-o-fabulous success!
Ready to get started? Find existing swaps—plus information to help you start your own at CostumeSwapDay.com. (live link)