A textile recycling industry has boomed since it was created more than 100 years ago.
Now it’s the only sector in the Irish economy that recyces its own clothing.
“We are a big supplier of clothing, we are very good at the way we produce clothing,” said Kevin Gallagher, the managing director of the Fine Fashions Ireland Co-operative.
“I am very happy that the textile recycling sector is here, it is booming.”
People are going into it looking for work, they’re looking for a job in this sector, it’s been quite a boom.
“The industry is thriving, but it needs to get its own act together before the industry can thrive.”
There’s been a lot of growth, but I do worry that there is a lack of leadership,” said Gallagher.
The co-operative is the only one of its kind in the country and it has grown to over 500 members in recent years.
The members earn their living by recycling the clothing that is made from its members’ clothes, so that the clothes can be sold for other uses.”
It’s a very profitable business, but people are struggling, they can’t get a job, they don’t have the money, and they are looking for an alternative,” Gallagher said.”
The only solution I see is for the government to intervene, to help this sector flourish.”The co