It is estimated that as a nation we spend around £500 million on Halloween costumes each year, most of which are only worn once or twice at the most. Around 7 million Halloween costumes are thrown away each year, resulting in 12,000 tonnes of textiles waste ending up in landfill.
Textile waste is still one of the biggest, with around 300,000 tonnes a year ending up in landfill. This year alone it’s estimated that the plastic content of Halloween costumes is equivalent to 83 million plastic bottles! With this in mind, why not think about alternatives this year? There are lots of ideas for DIY Halloween costumes using things you already have around the home and is a fun activity to get your little ones involved in too.
If you have no use for a previous years’ costume, why not take it to a charity shop or clothes recycling bank where it can be resold or recycled, pass it on to a friend who can make use of it in the future, or hold onto it and use it to create your decorations in the years to come.