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what is reuse month?

October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

This might sound like stepping back in time, to when post-war frugality meant that people held on to things for longer, passed on things they no longer needed and recycled everything from curtains to car parts. But this campaign is targeted at a generation that grew up in a consumer culture that didn’t consider where things came from or went to after their use – never mind the environmental consequences of using up primary resources and dumping toxic waste.

Throughout October we invite the public and all organisations to hold and attend community-based workshops in a multitude of areas such as managing food waste and upcycling everything from fashion to furniture. The idea is to bring people beyond the idea of “reduce, reuse and recycle” to a more conscious prevention of waste in the first place.

If you are organising an event we invite you to use the official artwork which you can download here.

how can I get involved?

National Reuse Month’s aim is to inspire you and provide you with the skills and tools to reuse more at home, at work and at play. For example, you may have already reused by getting shoes resoled rather than replacing them, or borrowing books from the library. To cut down on waste and greenhouse gas emissions, we asked everyone to go further in October and beyond by prioritising repair, buying second hand and upcycled, borrowing, swapping and refilling.

Download these documents for some inspiration:

at home at work at play

I'm A Reuser

As part of October’s Reuse Month, Rosemary Mac Cabe took on the challenge to reuse more throughout her day, see how she got on!

calendar of events

Check out the calendar of events which are taking place all over the country.
Dublin

Reuse art exhibit

Monday, October 2019
- @ County Hall, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire more information
Monaghan

New Water Filling Stations in Co. Monaghan

Wednesday, October 23 2019
4:00 pm - @ Muckno Park, Castleblayney. more information
Monaghan

New Water Filling Stations in Co. Monaghan

Tuesday, October 22 2019
11:00 am - @ Barry McGuigan Park, Clones more information

#upcycle challenge 19

Closing date: 25th of October

We got Ireland thinking creatively about reuse. Thank you to all who took part in the #upcyclechallenge19, we had so many amazing entries and it was extremely difficult to award just 8 [we had to add some extra as they were all so good]. We will be back in 2020 so get your thinking caps on and we’ll let you know when applications are open again.

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why is reuse important?

For the past 250 years, economies in the developed world have been based on a linear model of continuous growth, drawing on the world’s natural resources to make our lives healthier, wealthier and more comfortable.

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