Roscommon Women’s Network shortlisted for Sustainability Awards

CycleUp, an initiative from Roscommon Women’s Network, has been shortlisted for a Rural Social Impact Award at the RDS Sustainability Awards, taking place this week as part of the ‘Finding Common Ground’ festival.

On Thursday, May 2nd, and Friday, May 3rd, the RDS in Dublin will host ‘Finding Common Ground’, a festival on biodiversity and sustainability. As part of the two-day event, the RDS Sustainability Awards – which celebrate the work of individuals, farm families and organisations who are enhancing the economic, environmental and social development of Irish agriculture and rural communities – will also take place.

In 2018, a diverse group from the Roscommon Women’s Network (RWN) charity shop decided to do something about the amount of wasted clothes that could not be sold. RWN arranged training for upcycling of textiles, and thanks to the motivation and commitment from the participants, CycleUp is now a unique circular economy social enterprise that benefits the environment and the rural economy.

CycleUp textiles combines creativity with a positive social and environmental impact. They produce a wide range of 100% handmade and designed luxury tote bags and sustainable gifts using only materials that can no longer be used for their primary purpose and would otherwise end up in landfill.

The awards ceremony takes place as part of the ‘Finding Common Ground’ Festival on Friday, May 3rd. The inaugural two-day event is being delivered as one of the RDS Foundation social impact programmes.

Niamh De Loughry (Deputy Chief Executive, Foundation at RDS) said, “With social sustainability at its core, the RDS long-term vision for Ireland sees five key areas underpinning the island’s culture and economy – Arts, Agriculture, Enterprise and Equestrian, Science and Technology.

“Our objective is to harness the energy and ideas of people to identify needs, work to foster momentum and create scale to propel our culture and economy to new heights”.