5 changes you can make during Reuse month

Feeling bad that there are just a few days left in October and you have done nothing for Reuse month? Well, here are a couple of small changes you can make before the month ends that will make all the difference to the environment, your pocket and NCBI.

what is reuse month?

October is Ireland's National Reuse Month, reuse is about valuing our stuff, by using and reusing it for as long and as often as possible. This avoids the need to extract raw materials, manufacture and distribute new things, and prevents waste, thereby cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions.

1 - Get involved:

Events are going on all around the country for the last two weeks of reuse month. From a masterclass with Jay Blades, BBC's star upcycler, to future-proofing your skills for employment, or a workshop on how to make bee wax wraps in Wexford, there is something for everyone. Check out https://www.crni.ie/events/ for a full list of events.

2 - Have a clear out... donate or re-gift:

It is getting to that time of year where everyone gets gifts they don't want nor need. Most of us end up putting them under the bed, or in the attic where they sit for all eternity. Why not use reuse month as an excuse to get them out, if you really will never use it, and cannot bear to re-gift it, one of our over 115 shops nationwide would love to receive it. If you are going to re-gift, make sure you do not give it to the person who gifted it to you in the first place.

3 - Shop locally:

By shopping locally, you are ensuring that your money is going back into the community. It also has some really amazing benefits, including cutting out things like travel costs and transportation of the goods. When you go to the market, why not take your own bags and containers, buy the loose products and reuse the bags either next time you are out shopping or for something completely different. Check out what your shopping bag could become and give it a new lease of life.

4 - Water bottles and coffee cups:

2019 has seen a considerable increase in the use of reusable water bottles and coffee cups. This has become mainstream so much so, that if you do go to a coffee shop and do you not have a reusable cup with you, you will be met with deeply judging looks from the barista, and rightly so. One time coffee cups will be on our planet long after we are gone, so why not invest in a reusable cup. Most coffee outlets sell them and offer a discount to the people who use them, so, win, win.

5 - Reuse last years wardrobe:

Now that the colder days are upon us, why not think before rushing out to buy new trends. If you change one thing in October, why not let it be reusing your perfectly good clothes. Or better yet, why not bring your unwanted clothes to an NCBI shop and donate them, or find a swap shop near you and see what you can get in return.

Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, saving money but you will be increasing the much-needed funds allowing NCBI to work with people who have sight loss in Ireland, so they can live more fulfilling lives!

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