Lifetime extension is one of the most effective ways to reduce the impact of the clothing industry. The latest research shows that to achieve the 1.5-degree pathway, 1/5 five garments need to be traded through circular business models by 2030. For Ireland to reach its climate goals, it is essential to increase local clothing reuse.
Charity shops play a vital role in empowering citizens to ‘go circular’. However, they are under pressure due to various external factors, such as the decline of the highstreet, the ‘drop, don’t shop’ phenomena, increased competition from brand-led resale and decreasing product quality.