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.
All of the Reuse Month events happening around the country here https://www.mywaste.ie/reuse-month-events/.
Don't forget to submit your event here https://www.mywaste.ie/reuse-month-submit-event/ and we will publish it on the website.
There are three flagship events happening for Reuse Month:
Thurs 7 Oct Reuse Fashion Masterclass: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/reuse-fashion-masterclass-tickets-177285675227
Thurs 14 Oct Upcycled Lamp Making Masterclass: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/upcycled-lamp-masterclass-tickets-177291191727
Thurs 21 Oct Furniture Upcycling Masterclass: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/furniture-upcycling-masterclass-tickets-177306617867