Who doesn’t love a great theme party? Every year my work has a theme party and every year I buy something new to wear or makeup or accessories. Most of it was only used that specific night. Not exactly zero-waste.
This year the theme was Hawaiian. I posted on Facebook asking if anyone had anything Hawaiian that I could borrow. One of my friends offered to lend me some clothes straight from Hawaii. Instead of buying bronzer I used cocoa powder for some color (idea borrowed from Bea Johnson, the Zero-Waste Home). I added clothes I already own and voila – a zero waste theme party costume. Success!Last year I was able to get away with only buying brand new hot pink leggings, two bottles of nail polish (possibly some pink lipstick) and a top for our 80’s theme. The jean skirt was bought at Value Village and the bracelets were borrowed from a special little girl I know. A co-worker lent me her daughters crimping iron to do that awesome 80’s hair so that I didn’t have to go out and buy one. To be totally honest, the me of three years ago would have bought a crimping iron just for this event. I am still using the top but donated the leggings.
Three years ago I spent about $40 on special glitter makeup for the party. I had really bad allergic reaction to it so it all ended up in the garbage (along with the Benadryl cream tube later on). I wore a dress I already had in my closet though.
So I guess I have been improving. It is hard to adjust your thinking to borrow or buy used vs. just go out and buy, buy, buy.
Have a great day,
p.s. Thanks Sarah!