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Second hand and Vintage Shops:

Most of the following vintage shops are also online:

Dublin:

Cork:

Galway:

Waterford:

Wexford:

Limerick:

Monaghan:

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:

Ireland:

Limerick:

Cork:

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.

Repair clothes:

Upcycle clothes:

Rent (women’s clothing):

Bridal and formal wear:

Rental:

Buy and Sell:

Buy New:

  • Capsule Wardrobe:
    • 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.
  • Fabrics:
    • 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. 
  • Made in Ireland:
  • Irish shops:
  • UK:
    • Rapanui – circular economy, clothes can be sent back to the company for upcycling.
  • EU:
    • MUD Jeans – recycled jeans, circular economy, sustainability
  • Apps:
    • 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.

Clothes Hangers:

Knitting:

End of life and recycling:

  • Clothes that are in bad condition and cannot be repaired can be brought to your nearest civic amenity site: “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).
  • Charity Shops:
    • Clothes that cannot be sold by charity shops are often passed on to textile dealers who export them to developing countries. If they cannot be sold there they will most likely end up being dumped in rivers or open dumps. Some charities sell clothing in poor condition to rag companies – inquire with individual charities for confirmation.
  • Clothing bins:
  • Textiles made from natural fibres can be composted.
  • Return to seller:
    • Clothes bought on Zalando can be traded in via their website.
    • Some of the sellers listed here allow you to return clothes for recycling at end-of-life.

Textile Recycling:

  • Clothes and textiles recling – video
  • Garment recycling – video
  • Denim recycling – video
  • Recycling fashion – video
  • Textile recycling – video
  • Plastic bottles recycled into polyester – video

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.