Waste Less Live More Week has flown by.
Today is the last day, and it’s time to #Discover It.
Discover new ways of doing old things-different ways of getting to the same place; different places to shop; different things to do with the kids…
I thought that as this blog came about from a year of Buying Nothing New, I would encourage you all to discover alternatives to buying thing new (I know I’m kind of preaching to the choir here, but maybe you might find a little nugget of inspiration!)
- Discover alternative retail outlets: charity shops; auction houses; flea markets; vintage fairs; jumble sales; reclamation yards. These are all fab places for finding ‘new’ things. And don’t forget Freegle and Freecycle, as well as events like Swishing (clothes swapping) to pick up some totally ‘new’, totally free stuff
- Discover how to make: once you can sew, or knit, or crochet, the world is your oyster! You can make your own clothes and accessories, and home furnishings. They will be unique, and just how you want them, and people will be shocked and awed at your fabulous talent…! If you’re not sure where to start, the Sewing Directory is the go-to place for a great list of loads of sewing workshops nation-wide; or contact your local yarn shop or haberdashers to see if they are running any course. Lots of adult education places also do evening classes in sewing basics
- Discover how to make do: how to turn something you already have into something ‘new’ that you want or need. Just a little bit of thinking outside the box can mean you can make new cardis from old jumpers; bags from trousers; drawers into bookshelves; and even old sideboards into deluxe guinea pig housing..!
- Discover how to mend: Yesterday’s post was devoted to #FixIt, and has loads of resources to help point you in the right direction, so that you can mend something, rather than ditch it and buy something new
So that brings us to the end of this week’s Waste Less Live More Week, and the end to this series of blog posts 😦
I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have, and we can all have a whole year Being Resourceful until next year’s Waste Less Live More Challenge..!