When I first started My Make Do and Mend Year, I have to confess to not really having thought the whole concept through. I just thought it would be a ‘good’ (in many different ways) thing to do, and that this whole blogging thing might be a bit of fun too. And it is proving to be a very ‘good’ (in many different ways) thing to do but I really hadn’t thought through what might happen if more people than me and the lovely hubby started to read the blog…
I can’t quite believe it, but somehow the blog has amassed over 300 followers, and recently we had a double page spread in The Sun newspaper-we really really did!
And since then I have had a couple of approaches from companies wanting to give me things to review/write about.
And this is where it all starts to get a little bit complicated….
In my head, writing a blog about Buying Nothing New kind of precludes me from being able to accept new things to tell you all how wonderful they are and that you should go out and buy them. It kind of defeats the point I think. So I have thought long and hard about any ‘associations’ the blog has with other companies and products. You may remember being invited up to London by Ecover for the launch of their Message in our Bottle campaign, and I have no problem with writing about what they are doing as a) It’s fantastic; b) They are a great company who are really pushing to try and make the world a more sustainable place; and c) I count washing up liquid and cleaning things under my ‘consumables’ rule.
So, I will get to the point….I got an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from a company called Groovebulb. They make lightbulbs. But not just any old lightbulbs. These are super-duper, energy efficient, no nasty mercury, official WWF Earth Hour bulb, LED bulbs! They asked me if I would like a free Groovebulb, in return for doing a little Upcycling project on the packaging tube it came in.
I toddled off and did my homework (had a look at their website) and decided that the lovely people at Groovebulb pass the Make Do and Mend product placement test, (and that lightbulbs are indeed ‘consumable’ and hard to make, make do or mend) and happily said “Yes please” to a new lightbulb!
So now we have a lovely new super duper, energy efficient (nearly 90% efficient) bulb, that doesn’t contain all the nasty mercury like conventional low-energy bulbs and that lights up in an instant! Hurrah. AND it has a panda printed on the bulb-what more could you ask for?
And we were left with this lovely packaging to do a little bit of Upcycling with.
BUT before this turns into the mother of all posts, I will leave you all on that cliff-hanger, and you can spend the next 24hours pondering what we might have turned it into…