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Not a load of rubbish, green really is the new black

Bairbre Power and Treacy Hogan

Published 28/04/2010 | 05:00

OLD jeans never die, they just fade away -- or fall into the hands of eco-designers like Carrie-Ann Moran who is at the cutting edge of recycling old fabrics into new clothes.

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Carrie-Ann (27), from Finglas, has worked with everything from old curtains to lace doilies and her strapless denim dress made from two old skirts and a pair of jeans is very on-trend with this season's designer looks.

The dress will sell for €195 when it goes on sale at the new ReDiscover Fashion shop, which opens in Ballymun in mid-June.

It was modelled yesterday at the rx3 Sustainable Innovation Forum at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham by Kate Cronin (26), from Sutton, who makes lampshades out of scrap plastic.

Meanwhile, Princeton dropout turned waste recycling multi-millionaire Tom Szaky (28) showed off a bag made from old juice packets.

The entrepreneur was named the number one CEO Under Thirty by 'Inc magazine'. His company is developing a cotton equivalent of the bag made from sweet wrappers, crisp bags and toothbrushes.

Mr Szaky, who founded TerraCycle is to base an operation in Dublin next month, he revealed. He will be giving 2c to schools and charities every time they send a pre-paid consignment of Kenco coffee lids and packaging.

Irish Independent

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