Second hand and Vintage Shops:
- Fashion Ireland – on Depop
Most of these vintage shops are online:
- Records and Relics – also sells clothes
- Dirty Fabulous – also does Bridal wear
Many more Irish-based vintage clothing shops on Depop if you do a search.
Do a search for vintage shops online or in your local area.
Clothes Swap & Sell sites:
- Do a google search for clothes swap events in your local area.
Buy Recycled/Upcycled Clothes:
- Rediscover Fashion at the Rediscovery Centre, Dublin.
- Ragorderdublin – upcycling and repairs
- Nu-In – based in Portugal – most or all clothes made from recycled textiles.
- Mud Jeans – company recycles denim to make new jeans.
- Patagonia – shop in Dublin – takes back clothes bought in their shop and recycles them.
- UK and Ireland Up-Cycled Cloth Collective – Facebook group
- 20 old clothes recycle ideas
- Refasion and upcycle clothes – from loveyourclothes.org.uk
Rent (women’s clothing):
Bridal and formal wear:
- Do a google search for clothing rental in your local area.
Buy and Sell:
- SellMyWedding Dress.ie
- Weddalia.ie – wedding and debs dresses.
- HIGM Pre-loved Wedding Stuff – facebook group (Ireland)
- Some charity shops buy and sell bridal wear.
- If you don’t like the idea of buying second hand clothing, then keep your wardrobe simple, buy only what you need, wear it for as long as you can and keep it in good repair.
- You’ll find lots of information on the ‘capsule wardrobe‘ online.
- Renoon – app that lets you shop based on sustainability criteria that you select – select ‘Closing the Loop’ to see brands that adhere to Circular standards.
- Grown.ie – clothing made from 100% cotton.
- Cotton, linen and hemp can all be composted at end of life, as long as there are no synthetic fibres in the mix. Remove all tags, beads, buttons, zips, decorative items, etc. and cut the fabric into small pieces.
- If possible, avoid synthetic fibres such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic, as recent studies have shown that these give off thousands of tiny plastic microfibres when they are washed.
End of life and recycling:
- Clothes that are beyond repair and cannot be re-worn can be brought to your nearest civic amenity site:
- “Clothes and textiles that are suitable for re-sale are sent to charity shops to be sold. Clothes and textiles that are not suitable for re-sale are recycled into carpet underlay felt, machine-wiping cloths or fibre filler for furniture.” (Source – CitizensInformation.ie). Clothes that cannot be sold by charity shops are often passed on to textile dealers who export them to developing countries.
- Textiles made from natural fibres can be composted.
- Clothes bought on Zalando can be traded in via their website.
- H&M Ireland have collection bins for old clothing – some of the clothing is re-sold, donated to charity, or downcycled/recycled into other products.
- Clothing bins – many clothing bins export the clothes to developing countries where a high proportion ends up on rubbish dumps.
- Clothes and textiles recling – video
- Garment recycling – video
- Denim recycling – video
- Recycling fashion – video
- Textile recycling – video
- Plastic bottles recycled into polyester – video
- People often take them on Freecycle groups.
- Knitting Yarn – recycling program.
Clothing/Textile Waste and Statistics:
- The textile industry has been a major polluter of rivers ever since its inception around the time of the Industrial Revolution.
- Around 20% of the world’s industrial water pollution comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles.
- 350,000 tonnes of clothing end up in landfill each year in the UK – in the US it is 17 million tonnes.
- Over 100 billion garments are produced worldwide each year.
- Currently only 1% of all textile production is made using recycled materials.
- ‘Fast fashion speeding towards environmental disaster’ – The Guardian.