The lifespan of a child’s Halloween costume is probably 2-5 hours. After October 31st has passed what happens to them? Anything is better than ending up in a landfill.
National Costume Swap Day was started by Green Halloween, “a non-profit, grassroots community initiative to create healthier and more Earth-friendly holidays, starting with Halloween. It began in the Seattle area in 2007 with backers such as Whole Foods Market and was such a huge success that in 2008, the initiative expanded nation-wide.”
Swapping or exchanging a costume can “reduce annual landfill waste by 6,250 TONS a year or equal to the weight of 2,500 mid size cars.” It instills eco values to young children and community about the importance of reusing costumes rather than throwing them out.
Visit the site to find out more about the initiative and where the closest Swap is to you.