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Carnival costumes often contain hazardous materials such as plastics, synthetic fibers, metal embellishments, and toxic dyes. When these costumes are discarded, they contribute to the growing waste crisis and pose a significant threat to the environment. Through the Doconomy Calculator, we estimated the production of a single costume bra can generate approximately 37.68kg of CO2 emissions during manufacturing and transportation, exacerbating climate change. Moreover, the improper disposal of these costumes can lead to the leaching of harmful substances into the soil and water, endangering ecosystems and wildlife.
SINGLE USE COSTUME CONTRIBUTE TOWRADS:
At Carnicycle, we have pioneered the first solution to tackle the environmental impact of discarded carnival costumes. Our costume recycling program collects, cleans, and refurbishes costumes, allowing them to be reused for future events or repurposed for craft projects. By implementing circular economy principles, we extend the lifecycle of these materials, reducing the need for virgin costume production and minimizing waste. We specialize in the recycling of various costume components, including feathers, gems, and bras, ensuring that these materials are properly cleaned and made available for your next costume, kiddies carnival, or creative endeavor.
Our team dismantles costumes into their various parts. We then sanitize the costumes and other donated items to prepare them for resale or donation at our eco-shop.
Carnicycle's costume recycling services have had a multifaceted impact, addressing several key areas of concern. Firstly, our efforts have contributed to environmental sustainability by diverting costumes from landfills, reducing waste, and minimizing the carbon footprint associated with costume production. This aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).
Moreover, our initiative has led to the creation of part-time recycling jobs, providing economic opportunities within the community. This not only supports local livelihoods but also contributes to the advancement of SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth).
Additionally, by raising awareness about the harmful materials present in costumes and promoting responsible disposal practices, we educate and empower the carnival community to make more sustainable choices. This aligns with SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG 12.
Through collaborations with designers, mas bands, and community organizations, we foster community engagement and encourage stakeholders to actively participate in the circular economy model. By embracing costume recycling and supporting our initiative, individuals and businesses can actively contribute to the achievement of multiple SDGs, fostering a more sustainable and inclusive future.
You can join the movement with us in these ways!
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