How to get some new Christmas style from your old party leftovers

NO REPRO FEE 28/11/13 IKEA fashion. Models Holly Carpenter and Karena Graham showcase key pieces from designer Carrie-Ann Moran. Pictured is Karena Graham ahead of the sustainability fair at IKEA, Dublin from 10am - 4pm, on Saturday 30th November. Carrie-Ann Moran will be on hand at the fair to share tips on how to customise and recycle old pieces just in time for the party season. Other 'green' family activities on the day include energy saving workshops, gardening advice and just in time for Christmas, eco gift wrapping! Photo Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland
Models Holly Carpenter and Karena Graham showcase key pieces from designer Carrie-Ann Moran

Your Christmas party dress, an outdated jumper and the reams of wrapping paper bought last year can all now be updated and recycled for a new festive outing.

Experts are on hand at Ikea Dublin this weekend to identify money-saving and recycling tips to help consumers through this expensive time.

Models Holly Carpenter and Karena Graham showcased key pieces from designer Carrie-Ann Moran's collection ahead of the sustainability fair at Ikea, Dublin from 10am to 4pm tomorrow.

Energy consultants, gardeners and fashion experts will all give advice on how to customise, recycle and save money coming into December.

Other 'green' family activities on the day include energy saving workshops, gardening advice and eco gift wrapping.

Carrie-Ann said Irish people need to rethink their buying habits when it comes to clothes.

"From my own perspective, the textiles element is an area we need to look at how we use and recycle. There are 250,000 tons going to landfill every year," she told the Herald.

"It is about rethinking what you are throwing in the bin, think what they are made of. A lot are man made fabrics and they produce methane toxins when dumped in landfill.

"The fashion industry has been one of the last to be recognised for their environmental impact but they have a role to play." Carrie-Ann, who works at Rediscover Fashion at the Rediscovery Centre, said Irish people are now more aware of buying quality over quantity.

"Unfortunately the Celtic Tiger encouraged a huge fast fashion movement," she said. "I think consumers are more conscious of their purchases now."

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