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Make Do And Mend….and Change The World

We are continually inspired by many people who, like us, are taking their own steps to change the world. We asked Jen from My Make Do and Mend Year to share her story:


In September 2012, I embarked upon My Make Do and Mend Year, essentially, because Making Do and Mending is good for the planet, good for the bank balance and good for the soul! My Make Do and Mend Year started off as a bit of fun, and hopefully have inspired a few people along the way to give it a go themselves. But as it has progressed, the importance of each and every one of us trying to live a more sustainable life has become clearer and clearer.


One of the highlights was that we made nearly all the gifts for Christmas, and we even made a tree from egg boxes!



I imagined that it would just affect what we bought, but it has become all encompassing! I am just about to embark on Wiltshire Wildlife’s Waste Watchers campaign in an effort to reduce the amount of waste we produce (which goes full circle really, because the waste you produce is a direct result of what you buy), and am also getting involved in local politics, trying to reinvigorate my local town! We are also looking at trying to shop more locally, to help support the town’s businesses.


I can honestly say that I am really enjoying the whole experience. It has changed our lives, and it has bought me loads of new experiences (like appearing on local radio!).


If you are reading this blog, you are obviously already ‘engaged’ in trying to live a more sustainable life, but I hope that in doing what I’m doing, and spreading the word, it will encourage others to think a little bit about their lives, and the impact that their consumer choices make on the planet and their community.


The odd bit of Make Do and Mend here and there will make a difference. Go on, you know you want to!


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