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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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‘Clothes swapping is one of the most environmentally friendly things we can get involved in’

SOLAS, Ireland’s first eco-garden centre and artisan food markets in Portarlington Co. Laois, will host its inaugural clothes swapping event next month.

The event will take place at the centre, which employs 50 people and had a turnover of over €8m in its first year of trading, on Sunday, August 7th, 2022, from 11 am to 3 pm.

For the event, you can drop off your unwanted clean clothes to SOLAS any time before it commences.

A maximum of 10 items of women’s and men’s clothes per person will apply. In exchange, you will then receive ten tokens that you can use “to swap ‘till you drop”.

Clothes swapping

Georgina Carey of SOLAS is heading up the event and says that clothes swapping is a “fun and easy way” to reduce waste.

She also says that it can contribute less to the increasing accumulation of toxic chemicals in the environment, and it enables us to upgrade our wardrobes without spending a cent.

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“In the face of throwaway fashion, clothes swapping is one of the most environmentally friendly things we can all get involved in.”

“Landfills are drowning under the weight of clothes; Generally, we do not buy on the basis of need.”

“We all have lots in our wardrobes already, so we like the feel-good factor of something new. So we want to get the message across that you can still have the feel-good factor with clothes that are new to you.”

“That is the beauty and the very essence of clothes swapping. Let’s face it, we always love other people’s clothes more than our own”.

She highlighted that Solas is passionate about the concepts of reducing, reusing and recycling and shows environmental alternatives to people.

“Sometimes people just need a nudge, a change of mindset. No matter how much we love an item of clothes something we do tire of it. Therefore, it makes sense to pass it on and let someone else love it for a time.”

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