‘Creative consumption’ is going to be the buzz word for Cashel this month as it becomes the centrepoint of activities in Tipperary as part of National Reuse Month.
Residents of Cashel will be asked to come up with ways of creatively reducing their waste by repairing, reusing and upcycling items that would otherwise be thrown out.
And to assist residents in the process, a range of creative events will be run across the month by VOICE, the Irish environmental charity that empowers individuals and local communities to take positive action to conserve our natural resources.
Cashel people will be asked to be creative in how they view clothes, in particular, by being more adventurous in their purchases – instead of buying new clothes, residents will be encouraged to upcycle old clothes of their own or buy second-hand clothes.
“Repair, reuse and upcycling are ways to keep valuable resources and items out of landfill and away from littering our countryside,” stated Mindy O’Brien, Coordinator of Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment.
“We are planning several activities in Cashel during October to get people to think again about the value of products which may have second and third lives.”
Events staged in Cashel across the month will include a workshop on Friday, October 14th at the Spafield Resource Centre from 10-11:30am with local craftsperson Winnie Looby who will teach parents and children ways of upcycling old clothes and materials to create Halloween costumes. Booking at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 289 3492 is essential as places are limited.
The day after - on Saturday, October 15th - there will be an event titled ‘Treasure from Trash Recycled Art Workshop’ from 2-4p.m. with another local craftsperson Berna Hannigan. The event is for children aged between 8-12 and places will also be limited so please book at the Library or call 062 63825.
On Sunday, October 23rd at Halla na Feile from 12 midday to 2pm, there will be a market for baby clothes and equipment. Contact Angie at email@example.com to book a stall.
The following Wednesday, October 26th, Halla na Feile is again the venue, this time for a Charity Bring and Buy Fashion Show from 7:30p.m. to 9:30p.m. Outfits from NCBI Cashel and Second Chance Charity Shops. Those attending are asked to bring clean, disused clothes they can donate for sale, with all proceeds going to NCBI and the local Meals on Wheels. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 087 289 3942.
A final event, with a date still to be finalised, will be held at St. John the Baptist National School when second-hand bikes will be sold and families in the locality with children who attended the school are being asked to get old bikes from their sheds ready for a new life. Bike Mechanics will be on hand at the event to ensure bike safety.
“In addition to our various events, we are also urging the people of Cashel to use reusable coffee cups when getting take-away coffee and to keep a reusable water bottle always in reach. I’d be interested in hearing how much money people could save by using their reusable water bottle rather than spending the €1.50 for bottled water,” Mindy added.
VOICE is working with local shops, cafes and petrol stations to offer a discounted price for individuals using their own coffee cups. They will feature participating shops on their Facebook page facebook.com/creativeconsumptioncashel
For further information on the Cashel events, contact Mindy O’Brien, VOICE Coordinator at email@example.com. Alternatively, dial (01) 6425741 or (087) 289 3942.