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What to Do With Your Leftover Candy Wrappers

Halloween has finally arrived! Even though we are still working through a pandemic and this year's festivities will look different, one thing that can be guaranteed in almost every house is that there will be lots of candy. In 2019,  it was estimated that 95% of American households bought candy to celebrate Halloween and a combined $2.08 billion was spent on candy alone. With all of this candy comes an environmental nightmare: candy wrappers. The problem is candy wrappers are not approved recyclables, so they all end up in a landfill. Since so much of the candy will be consumed at home this year, it is the perfect opportunity to turn these candy wrappers into some fun afternoon crafts. Below you'll find some great ideas that the entire family can enjoy.
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One of the easiest ways to do this is to create a candy wrapper belt. Kids will absolutely love being able to show off their favorite candy by wearing it around their waist. All the instructions can be found here, and any sized wrapper will work for this. 

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 If belts aren't really your thing, you can also turn candy wrappers into a really cool zig-zag bracelet. Using this tutorial, you'll see that starburst wrappers and gum wrappers are the easiest to create this bracelet. The best part about this craft is that once you have the wrappers, no other tools are necessary!

My personal favorite idea is getting a new Halloween decoration. And what better way to decorate for a candy-themed holiday than with candy wrappers? Using these instructions, you can take your favorite candy and turn the wrappers into a really cool Halloween bowl, perfect for holding more candy.

All of the Halloween fun doesn't have to end just because the candy is gone. Let's keep all of the Halloween scares away from the environment and repurpose as many candy wrappers as we can. 

Interested in more resources to help shape your environmental efforts? Check out our Resource Library to learn more. 

Blog post written by Colton Mitchell, Programs Intern at KTB. 

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