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Irish Made: A Recycled Jewellery Brand Has Launched And Their Pieces Are STUN

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

September 4, 2019 at 3:33pm

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I'm always on the hunt for quirky Irish companies that make unique products.

Thankfully, since I've started this series many have come to me. This week I received an email and even from the subject headline I knew this business would be of interest.

The sustainable fashion movement is well and truly here and there are so many ways to shop now, however, I haven't actually come across that many jewellery brands.

ThinkThreads hand-makes earrings from broken and unwanted jewellery and clothing.

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Thank you for all the support on ThinkThreads this past few days. Especially to the people who bought a pair of earrings and to the people who have messaged me with lovely kind words. It's means a lot. There are still loads of earrings on my Etsy page if you fancy a look, link is in my bio As well as selling sustainable, repurposed, handmade earrings I want to spread an awareness to anyone who cares to listen. So along with every post, I aim to list a fact about the fast fashion industry. Today I learned that Ireland produces more than 225,000 tonnes of textile waste a year. Only 4% of that waste gets recycled. We need to learn to appriciate and take better care of the items of clothing and jewellery we have. #thinkthreads #sustainablefashion @niamheile_photography @_anneoshea_ @jenniferhennessy_mua

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Their mission is to prevent the plastics in costume jewellery ending up in landfill and oceans.
They source the broken jewellery from charity shops and from second-hand shops as well as donations, take them apart and create a brand new, one of a kind pair of statement earrings.
I have to say, I'm literally obsessed with these:

 

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These sustainably made bbys are still up on Etsy if interested (link on bio) ??? "Blinded by the allure of cheap prices, we as a society have chosen to ignore the reality, failing to ask how the prices of clothing could have ever become so low" - Patrick Woodyard CEO Nisolo After watching the documentary The True Cost, I urge anyone who has been thinking more about their buying habits to watch it. There is so much to be changed in this industry. Being one person, it's hard to make a change but we as a consumer have so much more power and influence than we realise. It's important to think about who made your clothes #whomademyclothes #sustainablefashion @niamheile_photography @_anneoshea_ @jenniferhennessy_mua

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As a recent graduate from NCAD, creator Annie's interest in sustainable fashion started in her final year as she realised the damage fast fashion is causing to the earth.
She wanted to be part of the slow fashion movement and so she started creating earrings from old, broken and unwanted jewellery and clothing eventually opening the ThinkThreads shop over on etsy.
With every earring being made from at least 80% pre-used materials and with money for materials going to various Irish Charity shops there is no guilt to be felt when purchasing the jewellery.

 

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Working with a team of very talented ladies, this photo was taken on a recent shoot for designer @annie_o_r new beautiful sustainable collection. Shes celebrating the launch of her online shop with a giveaway. Head over to her page to find out more! Model: @_anneoshea_ Hair & Make-up: @jenniferhennessy_mua • • • • • (P.S Blog Post Coming Soon...) • #irishdesign #thinkthreads #irishtalent #creativeireland #hellofrom #travelgirlstyle #augustchallenge #stealherstyle #portraitsocietyofireland #modelportrait #portraitfeed #portraitworld_ #tangledinfilmphoto #niamheile_photography #canonphotographydaily #portraitpages #phototag #summervibesonly #irishblogger #worldofportraits #portraitstream #xelfies #photohunted #portraitvisions #skerries #letsflyawayto #snapsquadofficial #stunning_portraits_ph

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The goal of ThinkThreads is to spread the message about the damage fast fashion is causing to the earth and to the vulnerable people in the industry.
Best of all, people who trade their broken jewellery receive a pair of custom earrings for a discounted price!
To learn more about ThinkThreads, click here. 
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