The Entertainment Costuming team recently demonstrated their environmental efforts by making some of their costumes that had reached the "end of life" available for cast members to purchase. These costumes were perfectly wearable- they were either outdated styles no longer used at the resort or costumes that no longer met Show quality standards due to fading, small imperfections, etc.
It was a win-win situation for all: the Entertainment Costuming team streamlined their inventory: cast members benefited from purchasing great wardrobe pieces to assemble Halloween costumes: 25 racks of clothing were repurposed or recycled instead of being sent to the landfill.
Costume pieces included pirate items,medieval/Renaissance items, "surf and turf" animal-inspired items, stilt walker costumes, shoes and accessories. Costume pieces that were offered were all non Disney-branded items (meaning that if taken out of context, people would not necessarily know they came from the resort). Atmosphere and face character costumes were not included. The sale at Company D started Sept. 15 and cast member response was positive as costume pieces flew off the racks.
The effort demonstrated a great collaboration between Entertainment Costuming, Property Control, and Company D, and a conscious effort to "make a differance" for both cast and the environment.