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Nine Irish Sustainability-Focused Instagram Accounts To Follow

By Brian Dillon

September 10, 2019 at 10:56am

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Bord Gáis Energy has installed thousands of Hive Active Heating units in homes across Ireland, helping our customers improve the energy efficiency in their homes. The energy efficiency impact of this equates to over 18GWh’s of energy.

18GW’s may seem small but that is enough energy to maintain 4,285 households across the country, for an entire year.

Sustainability is becoming trendy, but it's a trend that we would like to see last eternity. We only get one planet, after all.

And one place where sustainability is being discussed at large is Instagram, which is proving to be a great place to discuss ideas and ways to live our lives in ways that are less harmful to the environment.

So, here are nine Irish Instagram accounts that are leading the way in the discussions around and promotion of sustainable lifestyles.

1. Sustainable Fashion Dublin

One of the ways sustainability is being promoted and incorporated into many of our lives is through fashion and shopping. And Ger and Taz of Sustainable Fashion Dublin are leading the way in not only teaching us how to live more sustainably through our clothes, but they also organise regular swap shops and charity shop crawls to facilitate it.

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Holy Moly our Cork takeover was some ride 🌸 We were nervous about taking our sustainable baby on a road trip but honestly, could not have received a warmer welcome. Saturday’s charity shop crawl attracted the most gorgeous group of sustainable fashionistas, what’s more we were blown away with the quality and quantity of fab clothing in Cork’s charity shops. We had one of our proudest moments to date in SVP when we saw our picture and article celotaped to their store front in anticipation of our visit 😭 After a few sneaking @kinsalegin G&Ts in @electriccork last night, today we ran our first ever swapshop and sustainable flea outside the pale in @theriverlee. If our stories are anything to go by, you’ll know we had an absolute blast. We are beyond proud to say today’s event was another sellout, every attendee left with ‘new’ clothing and in the process we extended the life of so many amazing pieces. Stopping clothes going to landfill and revamping wardrobes, what a win win. Whilst on the pride train, we’re v proud of making our sustainable trip carbon neutral through @vitaireland, an INCREDIBLE charity that you should all follow. To all the cork legends who partied with us this weekend, you’re absolutely class, and to all you fellow culchies (I Taz Kelleher am also a culchie) who were watching on in FOMO, fear not SFD is coming to a city near you soon 🌟♻️🌟♻️🌟 (This is an extremely random pic of us sitting with a chess board... )

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2. Tara Stewart

DJ Tara Stewart has also recently been campaigning for environmentally-friendly practices such as sustainable fashion and upcycling and even teamed up with Sustainable Fashion Dublin to host an upcycling workshop, where guests learned how to restyle old clothes.

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✂️ Upcycle and 🍹cocktails? I'm so excited to be teaming up with @sustainablefashiondublin for an Upcycle-Fashion Workshop on Saturday September the 7th! It feels so good to be messing around with fashion, art and upcycling. Something I used to do years ago but put on the back burner while I hustled in the career world (not complaining btw!). Now that I'm back into painting/cutting everything in my line of site 😈 I'm so honoured @geraldine_carton and @tazkelleher asked me to get involved in this event! There will be cocktails like I said and this is a chance for you to add some va-va-voom to a piece of clothing that is looking a bit meh 🤪 Paints, threads and sparkles etc will be provided so all ya gotta do is bring an item of clothing, buy a ticket and let those creative juices flow 🤤 Hope you can come! I'm so excited! ✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️✂️ 📷 @eoingreally on film Tickets In my BIO!!

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3. Keemon

This gal is getting real about climate issues and realises how severe the situation is.

She regularly attends climate action demonstrations, and she's even hosting a post-climate action protest party on September 24, details of which you can find here.

4. Fionnuala Moran

Fionnuala Moran is another lady who understands the impact that high-street shopping can have on the environment. Earlier in the summer, she took part in a panel discussion around sustainable fashion.

Fionnuala says that after watching The True Cost, a documentary film about the impact of the global clothing industry on people and the planet, she quit 'fast fashion' last Christmas and has been shopping sustainably since.

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Throw up your Jim Larkin poses for workers’ rights! This Sunday is my six month mark of quitting fast fashion, a goal I set myself after watching @truecostmovie at Christmas (watch it of you haven’t already)!🙃 At the start of my journey I was so horrified by the way our sisters and brothers in Bangladesh etc were being treated to keep up with our hyper consumerism. I signed all the relevant petitions and decided to boycott fast fashion until I learned how to shop sustainably. ✋ Having spent the first half of 2019 sponging up everything I could about it I know there are two schools of thought on this.👩🏻‍💻💭 My environmentally conscious streak thinks boycotting is grand because there’s enough clothes in circulation for a looooong time but the human side of sustainable fashion encompasses a revolution in the way the workers who make clothes are treated and paid. I still have a lot of research to do to find the best way to engage with brands that won’t shaft the workers reliant on these industries or the planet. 🤓🌎 Engaging with brands to tell them what’s important to me and what I won’t allow my money contribute to is something I’ve been doing a lot this year and I think it’s the most effective way to achieve real change at the moment. A silent boycott does nothing if the brands don’t know why you’ve disappeared off their radar. If you decide to stop buying from a brand, let them know exactly why.🤔💭 Would love to hear your thoughts on this! 😃 As always the DMs are open.💌 . The day portrait mode recognises fingers we will be truly living in the future...😄 . #sustainableliving #sustainablefashion #sustainability #humanrights #truecost #fashion #style #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving #sustainable #climatechange #climateaction #sunset #dublin #ireland #beach #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapes #nature #earth #workersrights #panorama #sandymount

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5. Finders Keepers

This vintage shop based in Bray also recognises that there are already enough clothes in circulation, and to make more would have an unnecessarily negative impact on the environment.

They have regular sales where you can pay €25 for a bag and fill it with as much vintage bits as you want. And if you're not based in or near Bray, you can also buy some of their amazing vintage and second-hand items on Etsy and Depop.

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It’s the little changes we make that can make all the difference. I know with all the doom and gloom about how in bits the planet is can seem daunting and you aren’t sure how lil ol you can make a difference. Small, considered, local changes can have a dramatic change. Our friend at @the808story started urging their followers to be proactive and post about the little changes they make to urge their friends and followers to do the same. In the land of Instagram, where we are always watching what others do, we might as well be watching others do good and hopefully it will influence us to do the same. So here I am, I’m not perfect, I still use plastic when I can’t avoid it, I still forget my keep cup from time to time, but I’m trying. I’m also helping others on their journey by selling items like produce bags, steel straws and reusable cutlery, and vintage clothing obviously to help their journeys be a little easier. Our lil town is progressive with @catalystcoffee_ @copperandstraw and @double8.ie all making amazing efforts to be better for the planet and helping others to do so too.

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6. Rachel Maguire

Being a design student, Rachel (or Rashiid) doesn't believe that style is defined by labels, and loves to repurpose items she already owns.

She believes that we can "see the beauty in your mum's old dress and your granny's vintage suit". And you know what, she's dead right.

7.  Spice Vintage

Based in Limerick, Spice Vintage is a fab vintage clothes shop for both men and women, and they are all about sustainability.

They are one of the most stylish vintage shops around right now, and if you're not based in Limerick, do not fret, as you can simply DM their Instagram page to make a purchase.

8. Dillon Quinn

Dillon is another entry on the list who promotes and encourages people to upcycle.

He reworks some old bits to create some truly fashionable pieces. Not only does he upcycle clothes, but he also recently upcycled a caravan.

9. Molly Parsons

If you follow Molly on Instagram, you'll know that she regularly attends climate action protests and even takes part in panel discussions on sustainable fashion at festivals such as Electric Picnic and Body & Soul.

She also hosts a podcast called Molly's Minute which often touches on topics such as sustainable fashion and eco-anxiety.

From fashion to recycling to food production, the discussion around sustainability has never been more at the forefront of discussion. To read more, check out our sustainability hub.

Energy Efficiency impact is based on 10,000+ Hive Active Heating Units and SEAI published savings figure for Entry Level Heating Controls Upgrade only with remote access.

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