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‘Donate don’t waste textiles’ plea

Buncrana has been selected as a pilot area for the Donate Don’t Waste separate textiles collection pilot, part of Community Resources Network Ireland’s (CRNI) innovation and 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. CRNI, Vincent’s Buncrana and Donegal County Council are involved in the pilot project.

The Donate Don’t Waste pilot in Buncrana aims to make clothing and home textile donations easier by sharing where and what to donate on www.donatebuncrana.ie and to understand attitudes and behaviours around unwanted clothing and home textiles through an online survey.

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All clothing and home textiles have value and keeping them in circulation for longer within Ireland has potential to save environmental resources and create new local jobs, training and business opportunities. The fashion industry is responsible for 10 per cent of annual global carbon emissions. In Ireland, about 68,000 tonnes of textiles are discarded every year by householders and commercial users. By comparison, about 14,500 tonnes of textiles are reused by Charity Retail Ireland members. If just 15 per cent 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 and Charity Retail Ireland’s members include Vincent’s charity shops, who support the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP), the project’s charity partner.

Christine Costelloe, CRNI’s Circular Textiles Research Lead, said “We’re delighted that the Buncrana community is getting involved in the project by taking the survey and donating clothing and home textiles, which will positively contribute to environmental, social and economic change.”

Dermot McGilloway, National Retail Development Manager for SVP, said “At Vincent’s charity shops, we are an essential link in the circular economy, enabling local donors to pass on pre-loved items for reuse in our local communities. We are committed to tackling the twin problems of poverty and deprivation on the one hand and the excessive consumption of fast fashion on the other.”

Take the survey on unwanted clothing and home textiles at www.donatebuncrana.ie. Respondents could win one of six €50 One4All gift vouchers.

Donate clean and dry clothing and home textiles at existing collection points, including charity shops, on the map at www.donatebuncrana.ie and at an additional clothing bank to be established during the pilot.

Share survey and Donate Don’t Waste information with friends, families, students, staff members, customers and community group members, for example.

To get involved, view the map of collection points and the latest announcements, visit www.donatebuncrana.ie, contact info@crni.ie or 087 173 5184, follow #DonateDontWaste and @CRNIreland on social media.

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