Top of the morning, my friends. Time to put on a little green and enjoy the St Paddy’s Day celebrations. I’ll partake in some traditional Irish fare this evening, maybe do a little jig and toast the homeland along with some pals. Having visited close relatives in County Kerry and stood on the ground where my great great grandparents lived, I feel much more connected to this sweet little country. Ireland means more than shamrocks, rolling hills and Guinness. Should you be considering a trip here, consider yourself lucky and book it, Dan O. You’ll fall for her hook, line and sinker.
(above) I wanted to share some news regarding textile waste and how some good folks are working to curtail the situation. Almost 93% of all textile waste in Ireland winds up in a landfill. 93%! Part of the solution – Ireland’s Green Fashion Label, a brick and mortar space in Dublin focused on 100% redesigned, repurposed and recycled fashion, accessories and home-ware. Not only a purveyor of green goods, they also help folks ‘rediscover’ fashion through: do-it-yourself training programs, redesign consultancy, and dressmaking services.
You can donate clothing and textile waste at their fashion studio; learn how to make a dress; redesign, alter and tailor; or pick a fabric and have a piece expressly handmade for you.
From their website: Around since 2008, and awarded the Arthur Guinness Fund Award in 2010, Rediscover Fashion is changing the way we, as a society, view recycled clothing, behave as consumers and manage textile waste. They promote waste reduction and behavioral change; and they provide jobs and training in the fashion industry. In 2012 Rediscover Fashion became a fellow of the Ethical Fashion Forum. The Ethical Fashion Forum is the industry body for sustainable fashion, which recognizes, supports and promotes the highest ethical and sustainability businesses throughout the fashion industry. Visit rediscoverycentre.ie for more.