Believe it or not, the spookiest holiday of the year is only three days away. Do you have your costume ready? 

Halloween is [unsurprisingly] a pretty big deal here in the U.S. So big, that 64% of Americans plan to celebrate this year, making it the second largest commercial holiday in the states. And this year, Americans are projected to spend nearly $7 billion on Halloween costumes, candy, and decorations!

While sites like Pinterest are bursting at the seams with DIY costume ideas, many of us still buy costumes in store. In fact, an estimated $2.5 billion will be spent on costumes alone this year, which includes the 13% of Americans who plan to dress up their pets. 

This got us to thinking: What happens to all of those costumes after October 31st? 

Each year, the average American throws away an average of 70 pounds of clothing, shoes, and other textiles. What’s more, 85% of our discarded textiles ends up in landfills every year, including witch hats, Superman capes, and other discarded costumes.

This Halloween, we encourage you to take on the DIY costume you’ve been thinking about or donating your old Halloween costumes to your family members, friends, or local clothing shelter instead of tossing them in the trash. 

Can you imagine how much waste we’d keep out of landfills if all 64% of Americans reused or recycled their costumes this year? 

Check out the infographic below for more stats and of course, Happy Halloween from the Relan team!

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