A SHOCKING new report has found that up to seven million Halloween costumes and masks are thrown away each year after being worn just once.
The report, released by nature charity Fairyland Trust, looked at the UK’s 19 biggest costume-selling retailers, including Tesco, Amazon and Argos.
They found that on average, 83% of the materials used in Halloween costumes are oil-based plastics.
This would mean that together, the seven million binned costumes would create around 2,079 tonnes of plastic waste. That’s the same weight as 83 million Coca-Cola bottles!
The charity also found that the real plastic footprint of Halloween is probably much larger than was found in the survey, since it didn’t include all the plastic toys and food packaging that is specifically produced for Halloween.
Sarah Wise from the Fairyland Trust says there are plenty of ways to dress up without having to use plastic: “Raid your old wardrobes or local charity shops for costumes! Old curtains can easily become a witch or wizard’s cloak, or simply cut jagged edges off old T-shirts to create an elf’s tunic or a torn zombie outfit.”