Buncrana has been selected as a pilot area for the Donate Don’t Waste separate textiles collection pilot, part of Community Resource Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation & demonstration project, Developing a Circular Textiles System for Ireland, which will inform national policy. This project is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy grant-aid funding programme.
The Donate Don’t Waste pilot in Buncrana aims to understand attitudes and behaviours around unwanted clothing and home textiles and make donations easier by sharing information on where and what to donate.
All clothing and home textiles have value and keeping them in circulation for longer within Ireland has potential to save environmental resources and create local jobs and training opportunities. In Ireland, about 68,000 tonnes of textiles are discarded every year by householders and commercial users. If just 15% of discarded textiles were reused, there could be environmental savings of over 100,000 tonnes of carbon.
Charity shops are the main drivers of textile reuse, with about 14,500 tonnes reused by the Irish Charity Shops Association, whose members include charity shops in Buncrana. Through reselling textiles, these shops raise funds for people in need and create local jobs and training opportunities.
Wondering where to donate your clean & dry preloved clothing and home textiles in Buncrana? It’s easy, find a convenient location on the map below.
A NEW location has been added to make autumn wardrobe clear outs this autumn more convenient. Check out the Donate Don’t Waste clothing and home textile banks behind the Buncrana library!
Do you know of another location to add to the map? Please get in touch with us at [email protected] so we can add it.
The Donate Don’t Waste Buncrana launch coffee morning took place on 22 June.
Opportunities abound for Buncrana community members, groups, businesses and schools to get involved and positively contribute to environmental, social and economic change.
Take the clothing and home textiles survey here and you could win one of six €50 All4One gift cards!
Community members can donate clean and dry unwanted clothing and home textiles at existing collection points, including Vincent’s Buncrana and other charity shops (see map below).
Buncrana businesses can share Donate Don’t Waste information with customers.
Schools & community groups can share the survey and Donate Don’t Waste information with students, families, group members. Host a clothing and home textiles drive with donations benefitting Vincent’s Buncrana, the project’s charity partner.
To get involved contact [email protected] or 087 173 5184, follow #DonateDontWaste on social media and check this webpage for announcements.
For what to donate, please see the donation list for clothing and home textiles below.
For where to donate, please see the map below for clothing and home textiles collection points. Select icon on upper left corner of map to expand location information.
Do you know of any other textile collection points to add to the map? Let us know at [email protected] or 087 173 5184.
CRNI is leading an EPA Green Enterprise project Circular Textiles, which will test the impact of three different separate collection systems for textiles and explore how we could manage the additional quantity of textiles that are collected. This project will be concluded in 2022.
For more information about the project see here.