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Upcycling helps you achieve 2 of the 3 main 'R's; REDUCE and REUSE meaning you are keeping items are in circulation for longer and diverting items away from landfill.
Upcycling is one of the easiest ways for you to play your part in the circular economy
In Ireland, we send about 63,000 tonnes of textiles to landfill per year
1 in 2 people will throw their old unwanted clothes in their general waste bin meaning they will end up in landfill or being incinerated
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DESIGN NAME: Miscellaneous

“We up-cycled an old blazer that we thrifted from a local charity store. The design team hand stitched old broken jewellery sourced from our local community, onto the blazer to create a variety of shapes and colours transforming a simple blazer into a dress fit for any festive party!”

  •  – Designed by: Rachel, Ava and Enya from Carndonagh Community School, Co Donegal
Over 300 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year
About 80% of debris floating in our oceans is made up of plastics waste
About 8.3 billion single use straws end up on our beach each year
In Ireland, households generate about 160,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste each year
Millions of animals are killed by plastic waste, nearly ever know species of sea bird is known to consume plastic
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DESIGN NAME: Efflorescence

“We learnt that 14 billion single use plastic spoons are created each year. We were so shocked by this that we decided that our design was going to bring light to this situation.  Our design, Efflorescence was inspired by the beauty of aquatic flora that is destroyed by plastic products from harmful industries. Plastic spoons are a major waste component in our school so we decided to highlight this through our design. We  created a delicate design using a material that causes destruction”

  •  – Designed by: Sarah, Niamh and
    Riya from Dunmore Community School, Dunmore

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