thredUP’s Terrific Tricks for Going Green on Halloween

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Avoid the fright of big holiday consumption while still having plenty of treats

Halloween used to be a day to make homemade costumes, carve pumpkins, and trick-or-treat. These days it’s more likely to be a lesson in consumerism with typical American families purchasing costumes, candy, decorations, accessories and more for Halloween parties, school costume shows, and the big day itself. According to the National Retail Federation, 2011Halloween spending is estimated to be $6.9 billion, an increase of 18.3 percent from 2010. However, it is possible to ‘green’ your Halloween, saving money and resources.

thredUP , where moms swap kids’ clothes, toys and books online, is running a Halloween Costume Swap, now through October 26 This annual online event aims to help savvy families save a little cash and teach valuable lessons on the importance of recycling. thredUP members can trade their gently used costumes for new-to-them ones in sizes that fit, all for only $5 plus flat rate shipping. This year, there will be even more Halloween goodies for thredUP’s 200,000 plus members to choose from via Halloween themed boxes that can include other Halloween-themed clothing, decorations, accessories and more.

thredUP’s Directors of Content and Community, best-selling authors and lifestyle experts, Gia Russo and Michele Adams, have several additional tips on how to save money, reduce waste and have a lighter environmental impact this Halloween:

  •     Cut down on sugary treats: instead of candy, give the kids a small trinket they can use. Hand out items such as non-toxic tattoos, stickers, or erasers.
  •     Get the loot: try reusable canvas bags for trick-or-treating this year. Kids can design their own with markers, stencils and paint, and reuse bags for groceries, school lunches or play dates
  •     Getting spooky for less: Halloween décor can be pricy – but if you invest in a few ‘spooktacular’ items that can be stored and brought out each year, you’ll get your money’s worth. Halloween is a great time for kids’ craft projects as well. Using household items is a great way to teach kids about recycling – milk jugs can become ghosts, egg cartons can transform into bats, paper towel rolls turn into mummies, and glass jars can be used as luminaries.

“With hundreds of costumes to choose from, thredUP is the premier place to swap kids Halloween gear,” said thredUP CEO James Reinhart. “In 2010 over 2,000 costumes found new homes through thredUP, and we hope to top that this year, while helping families teach their children about the importance of recycling.”

ABOUT THREDUP: is the brainchild of co-founder James Reinhart, Oliver Lubin and Chris Homer. Both Reinhart and Homer are recent graduates of the Harvard Business School and all three developed the idea in the Spring of 2009. The company is based in San Francisco, CA and is advised by current Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and former eBay CEO, Brian Swette. thredUP is backed by world-class investors including Trinity Ventures and Redpoint Ventures.

Michele Adams and Gia Russo, Directors of Content and Community at thredUP, are lifestyle experts and former Martha Stewart Living editors. Also known as the MiGi girls, Michele and Gia have been featured in over 100 publications sharing their collective expertise on organization, budgeting, cleaning, home design and parenting. The duo penned Wedding Showers, Baby Showers, and At Home with Friends, which was selected for Oprah’s Book List.

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