Make Do and Mend means different things to different people, and is possibly a term that has fallen out of fashion after it’s heyday during WW2.
For me, it’s something that encompasses all aspects of sustainable living, from zero waste, to slow fashion and of course re-use and repair.
There’s a thing called a Waste Hierarchy, that depending on who you talk to, goes something like this:
Refuse, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Rot.
And for me, Make Do and Mend is all of those things.
It’s about refusing the things we don’t need, by being more conscious and mindful of what we are buying, whether that’s food, or clothes, or presents.
It’s about reducing the amount we buy, and the amount we throw away.
It’s about Re-using things, and in this category I would include Repair.
And then there’s Recycling (although I’ve written about why I think we should all be trying to recycle LESS here), and Rot (composting).
It’s something that can be applied to all areas of our lives, and my own view of what constitutes Make Do and Mend has shifted over the years, and now includes little acts of rebellion like making my own soap and washing powder.
This is where you will find links to many of the DIY projects I’ve done here on the blog over the last few years, so grab a cuppa and take your time to have a nosey through some or all of the categories. Let me know if you’ve been inspired to try something new, or if you’ve already done some of the projects here, and how you’ve got on 🙂