I’ve been busy lately – have you noticed? I apologize that I’ve left you all without tasty tidbits to read lately. I’m working on a better system, trying a few different time management ideas, and we’ll see how it goes!
So… I’ve been watching Rob’s new challenge for a while, sitting off on the sidelines. And it kills me to sit on the sidelines of such a great challenge! It’s brilliant. Particularly brilliant because it perfectly falls in line with the Buy Sustainably Challenge.
Here’s How It Works
“Don’t buy it new – fix it and renew! The challenge is simple, really, instead of throwing out something and adding to the waste stream, try repairing it instead.“
Yeah, that’s it. No more complicated than that!
How Do You Repair?
By sewing, gluing, caulking, hammering, screwing, patching, replacing parts, …even repurposing. There are some things that you just can’t repair, and in those cases I do everything in my power to find a new purpose for it or give it to someone else who can repurpose it. And, if I can’t find a repurpose for it, then recycle it. And if I can’t recycle it… then I recycle all the recyclable parts in it. (And oh yes, it is fun to take things apart!!)
Rob has a Do It Yourself blog with some great tips, and I will be writing about how to fix and repurpose household items in the coming weeks. As a part of the Waste Prevention Grant I’ve been working on with Sustainable Capitol Hill, we’re planning a Repairing and Mending Workshop with neighborhood residents. So this will be good research for me!
These skills are also incredibly useful during difficult and uncertain economic times. So I’ll also try to share some of the things my grandfather tells me about getting by during the Great Depression.
If you’d like to join me in the Make-Do and Mend Challenge, head on over to Rob’s World. If you’d like to join the Buy Sustainably Challenge, sign up in the comments here. And if you would like to informally join, that works too! I know many of you don’t have blogs and just come here for inspiration, so take from these posts whatever you can and start applying them to your lifestyle!