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Zero-Waste Theme Party Costume!

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!


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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