Thursday, 7th of September: What We Wear at Dublin Food Co-Op

When What Host
5 pm - 7 pm Befriending Your Sewing Machine Molly Aylesbury
6 pm - 7 pm Discover the Rediscovery Centre Carrie Ann Moran
7 pm - 7.45 pm Sharing, Swapping & Sustainability The Nu. Wardrobe
7.45 pm - 8 pm How Your Clothes Can Help Jonathan Beatty (Dublin Simon Community)
8 pm - 9.30 pm The Swap Shop Zero Waste Festival
6 pm - 9.30 pm Zero Waste Shopping Various Vendors

Befriending Your Sewing Machine

Do your dreams of making-it-yourself fall apart in the cold reality of not knowing one end of a sewing machine from the other? Then this drop-in class might just be your solution. Covering the basics of how to thread your machine, answering your questions and showing you how to sew, plan a pattern and even some hand stitching, this is a 101 Get-Yourself-Started class. Need a little help knowing your spool from a bobbin? Never fear, no question is silly and we all started somewhere! Drop in for 5 minutes to clarify something or a little longer to start a project with our machine.


Discover the Rediscovery Centre

The Rediscovery Centre is a creative space connecting people, ideas and resources. They bring together the skills and expertise of artists, scientists, designers and craftsmen united in a common purpose of sustainability through resource efficiency and reuse. The Rediscovery Centre supports the development of the circular economy and advocates for a more resilient, equitable society. The Centre has four reuse social enterprises Rediscover Furniture, Rediscover Fashion, Rediscover Paint and Rediscover Cycling. Theses enterprises use waste and unwanted materials as a resource and raw material for new product design. The Rediscovery Centre is based in the newly repurposed Boiler House in Ballymun. The building has been developed as a prototype ‘3D textbook’ a relatively new concept in experiential learning and the first of its kind in Europe. The centre demonstrates best practice building design, construction and operation and defines the building and environs as an educational tool to inspire, inform and lead positive behavioural change with respect to resource management and efficiency and Carrie Ann Moran will tell us all about it.


The Nu. Wardrobe: Sharing, Swapping & Sustainability

Fast-fashion has led to clothes being seen as disposable. The industry moves quickly and produces huge amounts of waste. Clothes are worn just a few times before they are discarded. Nu. believes that clothes ought to be well-designed, well-kept, and used for their total lease of life. Nu. is a start-up and community that seeks to encourage people to make sustainable choices and provides alternatives to the fast-fashion. In September, The Nu. Wardrobe will be launched. This is an online clothes sharing platform that allows members to share and swap clothes rather than buy brand new. In this talk, Ali Kelly, Co-Founder of Nu., will be talking about Nu.'s journey so far, her tips for shopping sustainably and how the sharing and circular economy is the future of fashion.


The Swap Shop

Declutter your closet, refresh your wardrobe, save money and support a good cause - all leftover clothing will be donated to charity. Bring any clean women’s, men’s or children's clothes and pick some instead! Clothes’ drop-off from 6pm, swap shop open from 8pm!


Zero Waste Shopping

If sustainable fashion is your thing, why not pay visit to some of our stalls on the day! Sustain Sister (with their Sustain / Buy and Sister / Borrow collections) and The Weed Solution, along with Fiesta Crafts will bring along their creations for you!



About hosts

Molly Aylesbury
A lifetime of making, growing and doing for herself has left Molly with a few mishaps along the way (haunted sewing machines anyone?). Since she could talk she has wanted to save the trees and with them the world, now at 28 she feels she is slowly getting there with every little project a self-sufficiency victory! Starting her ZW journey 3 years ago was relatively easy as she already made most of her own food, beauty and cleaning products experimenting on willing friends and family. Together with Mies Stam- willing guinea pig numero uno- she holds walks and classes on wildflower identification and foraging, workshops on how to live more sustainably and they've launched a ZW market stall called Bare Necessities Ireland. Follow her blog on:

The Nu. Wardrobe
Nu. is a female-led startup based in Dublin dedicated to providing alternatives to fast fashion that are affordable and accessible no matter what your budget. Nu. began in 2015 when two passionate students began to discover the true environmental cost of their shopping habits. Nu. has since developed into a community across Ireland of like-minded people who believe in a sustainable fashion industry and who want to be part of that change. Nu. runs fashion events such as swap shops, panel discussions, documentary screenings, and upcycling workshops. The events bring people together so that they can enjoy the creativity and fun of fashion without the waste. Nu. facilitates sharing and swapping to extend the life-cycle of clothes and to encourage people to consume less. This September Nu. will be launching their latest project: The Nu. Wardrobe online clothes-sharing platform which will allow Members to borrow and share their wardrobe through the Nu. network.


About vendors

Sustain Sister
We have a Zero Waste philosophy. There is no one-stop-shop for zero waste fashion. No united space for makers of sustainable fashion. Enter Sustain Sister. A shop dedicated to making sustainable fashion simple. Check our website for more.

The Weed Solution
Great products made out of the carbon negative super plant Cannabis Sativa. Hemp products show sustainability, creativity and a great alternative.

Fiesta Crafts
A collection of ethnic crafts, made using sustainable and/or repurposed materials. Our supplier, Siesta Crafts, is not only fair-trade but they also pay their producers in advance.