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Love sustainability? This pop-up shop in Dun Laoghaire is worth a visit


by Grace McGettigan
19th Mar 2019
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At IMAGE, we’re passionate about sustainability. Individually, and as a company, we care about improving the environment we live in. We’ve already swapped disposable coffee cups for reusable keep-ups, and we’ve cut down on fast fashion in favour of swap-shops – but we won’t stop there. This week we’re visiting a pop-up shop in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, which offers sustainable lifestyle pieces for all the family.


If, like us, you’re passionate about sustainability (and if you love to shop), this pop-up in Dun Laoghaire is worth a visit. Set up by three Irish women, this pop-up gives eco-minded customers a chance to browse ethical and environmentally friendly items.

For a limited time only, the trio of shops (including The Little Wooden Peg, reuzi, and Under the Willow Paper Co), will be based in Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. Collectively, they’re the perfect antidote to fast fashion and throwaway culture.

The women behind it all

Ruth Anna Coss, Pat Kane and Joan King are the three businesswomen behind this joint venture. As mums, they want to ensure environmentally-friendly household items are available to families across Ireland.

Owner of thelittlewoodenpeg.com, Ruth Anna Coss, says, “It’s an exciting opportunity to showcase our unique blend of children’s clothing, toys, general household and lifestyle products, as well as locally printed illustrations and greeting cards.”

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The women will be at the pop-up throughout the week to share their passion (as well as their wealth of industry knowledge) for conscious and sustainable fashion and living. They’re looking forward to chatting through their latest offerings, many of which aren’t available elsewhere in Ireland.

While their products are available to shop online, Ruth Anna says, “We know customers love to feel and touch the products,” so they’re excited to show off their collections in person.

 

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The Little Wooden Peg

The Little Wooden Peg is an online children’s lifestyle store that celebrates the innocence of childhood. Founded by Ruth Anna, it is the home for clothes, toys, accessories and decor with an ethical, natural and homespun edge.

“Here, carefully curated brands have been chosen for their authentic craft and pared-back aesthetic,” she says. “From simple woollen heirloom knits to long-lasting organic cotton that’s delicate on the skin, and beautiful, robust wooden toys – everything at The Little Wooden Peg will stand the test of time.”

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“My two children are the inspiration behind The Little Wooden Peg. I want to encourage them to care about the things in their lives, the clothing they wear, the toys they play with, and appreciate where they are made and the makers behind the craft.

“I think children should be taught to appreciate the tactile qualities and sensibilities of well-made design as they grow up,” says Ruth Anna.

 

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reuzi

reuzi is a helpful, well-priced, lifestyle shop which aims to inspire people to live a more sustainable life. “Our mission is to offer customers an online platform for us to connect, and to create new habits by sourcing a range of top-quality reusable products that will positively impact the way we live (and the way we treat our beloved planet),” says founder Pat Kane.

Whether you need your first stainless steel drinking straw (to reduce plastic straw waste), or helpful tools to transform your grocery shopping routine, Pat at reuzi has everything you need.

Pat firmly believes that being happy involves being healthy (“body and mind!”), and wholeheartedly embracing the world we live in.

 

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Under the Willow

Under the Willow is a small paper goods company, specialising in printed illustrations, greeting cards and all things paper. Launched in 2017 by designer Joan King, all of her products are handcrafted and responsibly produced, with simplicity and quality at the heart of the brand.

With a small home studio and kitchen table production, Joan combines her love for design and motherhood under the same roof. Initially starting out designing prints celebrating the joyful moments in life, the brand has since expanded into products inspired by love, family, home and friendship. Much of the collection is rooted in Irish culture and the simple aesthetic of nature.

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The women’s sustainability-focused pop-up shop will be at 213B Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre, from March 19-23 2019. 

Photo: The Little Wooden Peg via Instagram


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