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Zero-Waste options:


Backpacks (and school bags):

  • Buy New Backpacks:
    • Sporthouse Ireland – lifetime guarantee on all backpacks and schoolbags – can be sent to the company for repair.
    • Sundrift – eco-friendly, sustainable, Irish business – backpacks made from recycled plastic bottles.
    • Cork backpacks – made of cork (a compostable textile made from the bark of the cork oak tree) can be bought online: 

  • Buy Upcycled backpacks:
    • AKSailBags – bags made from upcycled sails – based in Dublin.
    • Jump the Hedges – backpacks made from old tarpaulin, etc. – based in Belfast
    • Wyatt and Jack – ships to Ireland – bags made from bouncy castles, etc.

  • Repair backpacks: 
    • Click on the ‘Shoes’ tab on RepairMyStuff.ie – backpacks can sometimes be repaired at shoe repair stores.

  • Some charity shops may accept backpacks.
  • Upcycle bags and backpacks – Old backpacks can be used as storage around the home, attic or garage.


Bags:


Belts:


Bras:

Ireland:

  • Lightly-worn bras can be donated to some charity shops.
  • Mark your bag ‘rags’ and bring them to a charity shop that accepts rags.
  • Bras are accepted at the Clothing Pod clothes bins around the country.
  • Some homeless charities are in need of them.
  • H&M clothing bank – some clothes are used for rags.

UK:

  • Bras are recycled in the UK by Against Breast Cancer.
  • UK charity Smalls for All accept ‘gently worn’ (laundered) bras which can be any size, including sports and nursing bras, but not cropped-top style or bikini tops.  They are given to those in need in the UK and Africa.


Briefcases:


Eyewear:

  • Wooden sunglasses at Crann (Irish company).
  • Donate old glasses to Lions Clubs Ireland who donate them to people in developing countries.
  • Specsavers, VisionExpress and other opticians sometimes take back old glasses for recycling or donation to charity.
  • Information on eyeglasses from MyWaste.ie.
  • Glasses cases – keep and use as sewing kit. More ideas here.


Hats:


Jewellery:


Purses and Wallets:


Scarves:


Socks and Underpants:

Buy New:

Disposal:

  • Socks can be donated to Clothes Pod clothing banks around the country, a list of which can be found on their website.  They say that the clothes are recycled, reused or repurposed.
  • They can be composted if they contain only natural fibres such as 100% cotton.  A list of natural fibres can be found here.  There must be no added synthetic fibres.  Cut into very small pieces, removing any trimmings.


Suitcases and Luggage:


Ties:


Umbrellas:


Underwear:

Buy New:

Disposal:

  • They can be composted if they contain only natural fibres such as 100% cotton.  A list of natural fibres can be found here.  There must be no added synthetic fibres.  Cut into very small pieces, removing any trimmings.


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