The motivation to produce and buy recycled products has greatly increased in recent years, following the global movement towards sustainability. Available facilities for the recycling of domestic waste have expanded, allowing individuals to contribute to a cleaner, safer environment in their local area. There are also growing numbers of companies who use recycled materials to create products with a much smaller carbon footprint.
It is important that we collectively contribute to the sustainability movement, through correctly recycling our waste, and supporting sustainability focussed companies. By continuing to support global brands with highly damaging carbon footprints, we are limiting the progress of these movements, and potentially damaging our local eco-conscious businesses.
HERE ARE 5 SUSTAINABLE IRISH COMPANIES WHO ARE DOING THEIR BIT:
Irish Recycled Products are a company working to provide a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to wood-based products. They handcraft a range of furniture items from 100% recycled waste, which they source locally from Ireland. This helps them achieve their goal of reducing the amount of unnecessarily discarded plastic waste and the carbon footprint created by the manufacturing process.
2 - Reuzi
Reuzi is a company providing a range of services and products aimed at achieving minimal waste living. They offer events and workshops to educate people on the need for sustainability and provide minimal waste kits, alongside their other eco-friendly products. They can even be contacted directly to offer guidance and support in decreasing your household environmental impact.
3 - Crann
Crann is an Irish owned business selling sunglasses and watches made from 100% recycled materials. They take these raw materials that would originally be taken to landfill and convert them to workable materials in order to create their sleek and modern-looking products. Additionally, Crann makes a donation to the Native Woodland Trust with each purchase and, delivers its products through their sustainability focussed delivery partnership with An Post.
4 - Mamukko
Mamukko is is an Irish based creative business using reclaimed ocean race sails and decommissioned liferafts as materials for fashion and lifestyle bags. They have won multiple awards for their designs and sustainability, and they handcraft their unique products on a weekly basis. They are committed to being as eco-conscious as possible in their product development process.
5 - Attention Attire
Attention Attire tackles the huge environmental issue of campsite waste - a particular problem at music festivals. Each piece is limited edition and handcrafted from materials that would originally go to landfill. They are based in Dublin and are dedicated to reducing waste and upcycling, in order to encourage sustainability in the fashion industry.
These companies are paving the way towards the greater availability of sustainable products in Ireland. They are collectively reducing the carbon footprint of retail and production, and reusing materials that would originally go to landfill. It is important to show as much support as we can for smaller, more local businesses such as these. They are a more sustainable alternative to highly polluting global brands and offer high-quality unique products.