By Dan Walsh
October is Ireland’s National Reuse Month, where the aim is to inspire and provide the skills and tools to reuse more in every aspect of life. For example, you may have already reused by getting shoes resoled rather than replacing them or borrowing books from your local library.
To cut down on waste and greenhouse gas emissions, we can begin to prioritise repair and reuse this October. Why not try to buy second hand, upcycle something, borrow, swap and refill. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new stuff, and avoids waste –all of which cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. Why not make a commitment to reuse as many things as possible to save the environment this October?
Cllr Barbara Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Wexford County Council officially launched National Reuse Month last and joining her at the launch was Mr. Brendan Daly Principal of FCJ Secondary Bunclody, Ms. Samantha Hughes, Green School Co-ordinator and their student water ambassadors.
Speaking at the launch Cllr Murphy said; “October Reuse Month is about inspiring people to make use of the items that may otherwise go to waste. Reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. At times we forget to consider where things came from or went to after we use them – never mind the environmental consequences of using up primary resources and dumping waste. Reuse is good for the environment and good for your pocket. I encourage all residents of County Wexford to get involved in national Reuse Month”
Also present at the launch, Cliona Connolly, Environmental Awareness Officer, Wexford County Council added; “Throughout October we invite everyone, whether a school, sports club, community group or business, to join us for Reuse Month. Maybe you want to attend a workshop or take part in a competition. We have initiatives to suit everyone this year, from how to encourage reuse and cut out disposable plastics at your sports club or school to upcycling everything from fashion to furniture.”
All events are now listed on www.wexfordcoco.ie