Second hand and Vintage Shops:
- Depop – many Irish shops
- Preloved Fashion.ie
- Vestiaire Collective – choose ‘Ship from Ireland’ on the left of the screen
- Recycled Closet
- Candid Frank
Most of the following vintage shops are also online:
- 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:
- Nuw – Clothes Swap App – based in Ireland
- What She Wore – Facebook group
- List of Swap shops in Ireland
- Peachy Auction – Facebook group
- Buy and Sell (general) 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
- Sew Last Season (Galway) – clothes upcycling/public sewing collective
- 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.
- Capsule Wardrobe:
- 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:
- Rapanui – circular economy, clothes can be sent back to the company for upcycling.
- MUD Jeans – recycled jeans, circular economy, sustainability
- 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.
- People often take them on Freecycle groups.
- Knitting Yarn – recycling program.
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:
- Many of the public clothing bins export the clothes to developing countries where a high proportion ends up on rubbish dumps, especially if the clothes are in poor condition.
- 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.
- Textiles made from natural fibres can be composted.
- Return to seller:
- 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.