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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.
Cork

Reuse Republic

Thursday, October 24 2019
2:00 pm - 6:30 pm @ County Hall, Carrigrohane Road, Cork more information
Mayo

Textile Upcycling Workshop 12

Monday, October 28 2019
12:00 am - 7:00 pm @ Tramore Library more information

#upcycle challenge 19

Closing date: 25th of October

We want to get Ireland thinking creatively about reuse. We are so looking forward to seeing what creative ideas #upcyclechallenge19’s will bring, we hope you will join us and take part!

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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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