Did you know that the clothing and textile industry is the second largest contributor to global pollution?

Green-Schools Ireland, want students to really think about what they are wearing and what it takes to produce it. It's something that we should all think about when it comes to fast fashion.

Litter and Waste is the first theme of the Green-Schools programme and they want to highlight the massive environmental issues involving the textile and clothing industry. By doing this schools can work to get their Green Flag status while also getting creative and raising awareness of this issue.

To produce our clothing and textiles we use a wide range of resources. We get the raw material for production from a range of plants, animals, and even crude oil.

However, the process of making textiles is both energy-demanding and pollutant-intensive, involving huge amounts of water, energy, chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides.

It is essential to recycle textiles as they present particular problems in landfill. Synthetic (man-made fibres) products will not decompose, and while woollen garments do compose, they produce methane, which contributes to global warming.

Annually the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles worth of plastic microfibres for textiles end up in our oceans.


Schools in Ireland have been working on reducing their impact on the clothing and textiles industry over a number of year. Things like uniform exchanges, swap shops, second hand fairs, play costume banks, upcycling, and fashion shows are highlights of the great work being done around the country.

Want to help divert textile waste to landfill? Check out the video at the top of the article showing us how to up-cycle an old tee-shirt into a new tote bag!

Green-Schools Ireland just loves to tell everyone about how fantastic our schools are and spread the word about all the creative and inspiring ways they are taking action for our environment.

Green-Schools around the country have continued to work hard to reduce litter in their school and reduce the amount of waste they have in their bins.