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Give Used Halloween Candy Wrappers A Second Life

Give Used Halloween Candy Wrappers A Second Life

In the days leading up to Halloween, American consumers spend nearly $2 billion on candy. By the time the sugar-high wears off, millions of candy wrappers have been needlessly discarded and end up in landfills.

That’s why TerraCycle has partnered with Mars/Wrigley and Cadbury to create a second life for those used candy wrappers.

This holiday season, conscious consumers are invited to join the Candy Wrapper Brigade by saving the wrapper every time they enjoy a Mars/Wrigley or Cadbury candy product. Collected wrappers are then sent in to the company where they’ll be upcycled into purses, backpacks, coolers, and other innovative products.

Participation in the Candy Wrapper Brigade is simple and completely free – all costs and shipping are covered by Mars/Wrigley and Cadbury. Eligible products include M&Ms, Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Twix, Snickers, and Swedish Fish.

How it works:

1. Once you sign–up online to participate in the Candy Wrapper Brigade you will receive prepaid postage labels and collection materials from TerraCycle.
2. Collect enough wrappers to fill a box (no larger than the size of a copy paper box).
3. Affix the pre–paid postage label and drop it off at a UPS location.

For each approved candy wrapper received, $.02 will be donated to the non–profit organization or school of your choice!

If you prefer not to give out candy for Halloween, you can also join collection brigades for drink pouches, yogurt cups, cookie wrappers, energy bars, Scotch Tape, wine corks, and Flavia fresh packs…just to name a few.

So far, 10,000 TerraCycle brigades have collected over 580,000 used packaging units and raised over $11,000 for charities all over the country.

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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12:20PM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Darn, this program is closed.
We had a very cold, rainy Halloween so we didn't have many Trick-or-Treaters. Now, we have a bunch of candy left. Eventually it will get eaten, but I love this idea. Maybe I should start collecting now and they will do it again next year!

4:45PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013


6:51AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Amazing thanks.

7:12PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

its a start.

10:10AM PST on Feb 1, 2013


10:49PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012

Keep in mind- if I buy candy.

10:13PM PDT on Sep 15, 2012


6:29PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Interesting article. Thanks Beth.

1:08PM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

This is really a great idea! I've helped make bags out of juice pouches, but never thought of candy wrappers/packaging. Very clever!

1:23PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

Great idea! Our office consumes massive amounts of "sweets" so I am putting a wrapper container next to candy to save!

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