TerraCycle and Partners Provide Upcycled Costume Ideas and Free Collection Programs for Halloween Trash
Halloween is one of the best times of the year for creative people as they set out to make their own eye-catching costumes and bags. Halloween lovers can now create costumes out of used candy wrappers and other non-recyclable packaging commonly found this time of year, all thanks to TerraCycle’s do-it-yourself costume ideas. Then, after Halloween, families can send their candy wrappers back to TerraCycle (for free!) and earn money for a local charity or school.
With money tight this Halloween, making a recycled or upcycled costume from items found around the house is appealing to many. Coupled with the opportunity to later recycle the costume and candy wrappers as well, upcycled costumes are the way to go this year!
TerraCycle, a recycling and upcycling company, has DIY projects that they’d love to share so people know how to get their hands on more affordable AND more creative costumes that are also eco-friendly.
The silver “Recyclobot” can be made from plastic water bottles, cardboard boxes, yogurt containers, and CDs. The mini candy bag is made from M&Ms wrappers and thread. The projects can be found here:
Once people are done with their costumes and their candy, they can recycle and upcycle the trash for free with TerraCycle’s Brigade program and earn money for their schools or favorite charity. To sign up, interested parties can visitwww.terracycle.net.
From October 17th to November 4th, 2011, TerraCycle will also be hosting a “Monster Mash your Trash” contest open to all TerraCycle Brigade members. Costumes must be unique designs and need to be made from at least two thirds upcycled materials. Interested parties may sign up for a Brigade and the contest at www.terracycle.net.
Nabisco, the makers of OREO and Chips Ahoy, as well as Frito-Lay and Mars, the maker of M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, Starburst, and Skittles, partner with TerraCycle to upcycle and recycle cookie, candy, and chip wrappers which are normally not recyclable. The Cookie Packaging Brigade, Chip Bag Brigade, and Candy Wrapper Brigade are all free programs that donate two cents for each piece of packaging participants send in to TerraCycle.
Colgate also partners with TerraCycle, so once kids have finished their Halloween candy, they can keep their teeth clean and then recycle their toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, and the products’ packaging with the Colgate Oral Care Brigade. Participants can earn money for charity through this Brigade as well.
The money earned by participants is sent to local schools or charities of the participant’s choice, while the trash collected is upcycled into backpacks, notebooks, tote bags, and speakers. The packaging that is not upcycled is instead recycled into plastics products including park benches, bike racks, trash cans, and flower pots.
Visit www.terracycle.net to sign up for the Brigade programs and view the full list of items that TerraCycle accepts.
TerraCycle, Inc. is an international upcycling and recycling company that takes difficult-to recycle-packaging and turns it into affordable, eco-friendly products. Founded in 2001, TerraCycle (www.terracycle.net) is the world’s leader in the collection and reuse of non-recyclable post-consumer waste. TerraCycle works with over 30 major brands in the U.S. (and in a growing number of other countries) to collect used packaging and products (chip bags, candy wrappers, juice pouches, pens, toothbrushes, etc.) that would otherwise be destined for landfills. It repurposes that waste into new eco-friendly materials and products that are available online and through major retailers. The waste is collected through TerraCycle’s Brigade programs, which are free fundraisers that pay schools and non-profits for every piece of waste they collect and return. For information on how to join a TerraCycle Brigade and on purchasing TerraCycle products please visit us at www.terracycle.net.