REUSE MONTH

National Reuse Month

October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, which aims to inspire you and provide you with skills and tools to reuse more at home, at work and at play.

Reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. For example, you may have already reused by getting shoes resoled rather than replacing them, or borrowing books from the library.

To cut down on waste and greenhouse gas emissions, we asked everyone to go further in October and beyond by prioritising repair, buying second hand and upcycled, borrowing, swapping and refilling.

How and where to reuse almost everything

A video was released every day in October to show how and where you can repair, buy second hand and upcycled, borrow, swap, refill and donate unwanted or surplus goods with CRNI members. 

CRNI is grateful to the Waste Management Plan Lead Authorities for funding these videos as part of National Reuse Month. For more about the national campaign and to help you explore what reuse and repair are all about and why they contribute to climate action, check out the events and information at mywaste.ie/reuse-month.

Events

National Reuse Month is an inititaive of the Waste Management Plan Lead Authorities and is packed with events to help you explore what reuse and repair are all about and why they contribute to climate action.

Find something near you on the MyWaste listing of Reuse Month events here.

Our CRNI events page also lists reuse and social enterprise events here all year around. 

Reuse Toolkits

Take a look at these toolkits to inspire individualscommunities and businesses to take action and reuse more.

Inspiration

Many more inspirational videos have been created by and posted to the mywaste page mywaste.ie/reuse-month

How can I reuse?

Eamon Ryan TD shares how his family engages in reuse everyday.

JP from The Riptide Movement shares what he does in the band to repair and reuse.

Gerry from The Riptide Movement shares how neighbours can engage in reuse activities.

Clodagh shares a creative way she reuses by avoiding plastic use when going to the shop.

See the Learn page for tips on reuse At Home.

Ali shares how she reuses and plans to reuse more At Home during Reuse Month.

Check out the Irish Charity Shops Association to find a charity shop near you.

Check out the Learn page for tips on how to reuse At Work.

Sharon describes how she used Repair My Stuff directory to fix furniture.

Check out the Repair My Stuff directory for local resources.

Check out the Learn page for tips on how to reuse At Play/Outdoors.

Some inspirational reuse ideas from Una if you are planning a home renovation.

Check out the Learn page for resources that can help you #ReuseEveryday.

Listen to Eimear's easy tip on how to always have a refillable option available while on the go.

Check out the Get Involved page for toolkits to support individuals, communities and businesses to #ReuseEveryday.

Maria shares what she does to #ReuseEveryday At Home, At Work, At Play.

Check out the Learn page and Get Involved page for tips, resources and easy steps to engage in #ReuseEveryday

Upcycling Inspiration

Upcycling Ideas

Upcycling videos developed by the three Regional Waste Management Offices

Fashion Upcycling Inspiration

Upcycling videos developed by the three Regional Waste Management Offices

Furniture Upcycling Projects

Upcycling videos developed by the three Regional Waste Management Offices

Homeware Upcycling Ideas

Upcycling videos developed by the three Regional Waste Management Offices

Clothes and Shoe Repair

Series of videos showcasing the range of businesses local in Roscommon Town that can help you repair, buy second hand, upcycle or reuse produced by The Environment Section of Roscommon County Council with the support of Local Enterprise Office Roscommon

Furniture Reuse

Series of videos showcasing the range of businesses local in Roscommon Town that can help you repair, buy second hand, upcycle or reuse produced by The Environment Section of Roscommon County Council with the support of Local Enterprise Office Roscommon

Household Appliance Repair

Series of videos showcasing the range of businesses local in Roscommon Town that can help you repair, buy second hand, upcycle or reuse produced by The Environment Section of Roscommon County Council with the support of Local Enterprise Office Roscommon

Shop Your Wardrobe Week 1

Series of videos with tips on how to reuse what you have in your wardrobe to help slow down the environmental impact of Fast Fashion. This week Lainey shows how to style one dress three ways and how to demote a dressy dress to casual wear. Produced in conjunction with Carlow County Council.

Shop Your Wardrobe Week 2

Series of videos with tips on how to reuse what you have in your wardrobe to help slow down the environmental impact of Fast Fashion. This week Lainey shows how to style your ‘good’ coat/jacket three different ways casually.  Produced in conjunction with Carlow County Council.

Shop Your Wardrobe Week 3

Series of videos with tips on how to reuse what you have in your wardrobe to help slow down the environmental impact of Fast Fashion. This week Lainey shows how to wear your pussy bow blouse three different ways and also how to create your own. Produced in conjunction with Carlow County Council.

Shop Your Wardrobe Week 4

Series of videos with tips on how to reuse what you have in your wardrobe to help slow down the environmental impact of Fast Fashion. This week Lainey shows you three different ways to style a Cape Jacket and how to upstyle your favourite shoes. Produced in conjunction with Carlow County Council.

Past Events

In 2019, CRNI was delighted to host three flagship events in partnership with the Regional Waste Authorities. 

Over 80 people attended this event on 29th October 2019 in Athlone, to discuss the types of jobs that will emerge from a more Circular Economy, where and how these will alleviate unemployment.

For key findings from the event see here.

Over 65 people attended this event on 24th October in Cork, to meet key authorities and enterprises supporting reuse and recycling in Cork and to explore the Sustainable Development Goals #8 (Decent work and economic growth), #12 (Responsible consumption and production), #13 (Climate action) and #17 (Partnerships).

For key findings from the event see here.

VIDEO: The Style Sessions, 12 October at Sligo Airport

Sustainable style ‘took-off’ at the Sligo Airport with The Style Sessions indoor fashion runway, pre-loved marketplace, upcycling workshops and panel discussions on sustainable fashion and design.

Press / Media

We are always available to talk everything reuse!

For media inquiries or to arrange an interview contact: Christine Costelloe, CRNI’s Funding and Communications Manager, at Tel: 087 369 0396 or Email: [email protected]

Take a look at our news page for updates.

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Our funders

EPA National Waste Prevention Programme

CRNI supports its members and works to mainstream reuse thanks to core funding provided by the EPA under the National Waste Prevention Programme.

For more information about the programme see here.

Project Funding

Pilot Northern Ireland Reuse and Repair Network

CRNI received funding from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and rural Affairs in 2020 to carry out a pilot establishing a reuse and repair network in Northern Ireland.

For more information about the project see here.

Qualification and Quantification of Reuse

CRNI is part of a research consortium working on the Q2Reuse project, which aims to develop a methodology for the qualification and quantification of reuse. This project will be concluded in 2021.

For more information about the project see here.