ACR+ member North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has launch a campaign “#SewSpooky”.  Funded by NLWA and brought to north London by the environmental charity Hubbub, the campaign aims to encourage more people to make costumes and to pass on their used costumes to friends and family to give them another lease of life during the Halloween.

Halloween is the UK’s most celebrated event after Christmas and New Year’s Eve and dressing up for the occasion is on the rise.  A survey of over 3000 people conducted by Censuswide found that 33 million adults and children dressed up last year and this is projected to rise to 39 million in 2017. However, new research released on 19 October 2017 reveals that increasing numbers of Halloween outfits are ending up in the bin after only one wear, causing damage to the nation’s bank balances and to the environment.

The survey further found that on average each Halloween costume is worn only twice and 4 in 10 (37%) only get one wear.  Last year a shocking 7 million costumes were thrown in the bin, contributing to the 300,000 tonnes of clothes that end up in landfill every year. 

More information on the Sew Spooky campaign can be found at

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