Dressing up for Halloween has moved on from re-using holey bed sheets – it’s now a (haunted) cottage industry. Last year the UK spent £510 million on costumes and ended up throwing some seven million outfits in the bin.
To tackle the problem the environmental charity Hubbub today launched its #SewSpooky campaign to bring old costumes back from the dead – aiming to save some of the 300,000 tonnes of clothes that get sent to landfill every year.
Funding of £400,000 from the Northern Irish carrier bag levy is to be made available to support small-scale environmental projects aimed at improving the local environment and boosting civic pride, ahead of a review of the charge next year.
Food redistribution charity FareShare received enough surplus food from retailers and food manufacturers to provide 18.3 million meals in 2014/15, but says that charities 'urgently' need more food made available to them.