On the Radio: Cedar Rapids exchanges costumes for a healthier environment

Photo by Susy Morris, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here.  It discusses a way Cedar Rapids residents helped eliminate waste this Halloween.  You can also read the transcript below:

Halloween isn’t just a spooky time for people, it’s a spooky time for the environment too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Cedar Rapids Public Library partnered with the Macaroni Kid organization to host a costume swap day at the library. Instead of buying a new costume, attendees donated their old Halloween outfits in exchange for other participants’ costumes.

There are also a number of online costume swap options listed on the National Costume Swap Day website. At many of these sites, users trade costumes and other items without exchanging any money. These costume swaps could help reduce the thousands of tons of waste created by Halloween every year.

Thanks to Cedar Rapids Public Library and Macaroni kid for making Halloween less frightening for the environment.

For more information, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

I’m Jerry Schnoor from the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.

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