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Waste Less Live More Week 2015

September 21, 2015

I did warn you that September was a jam-packed month for all things Make Do and Mend…
As well as the month long Festival of Repair, we’ve already had Zero Waste Week, The Handmade Fair, and Charity Fashion Live!

This week sees the return of Keep Britain Tidy’s Waste Less Live More Week, bringing together organisations and people from all over the country to take part in activities which are good for people and the environment.

Waste Less Live More is all about “rethinking how we live our lives in ways that reduce our environmental impact, whilst improving the health and happiness of ourselves and each other.”

Needless to say, I’m a big fan!

This year, the Waste Less Live More Challenge is all about doing an activity with other people-neighbours, family, friends or colleagues.
There is a challenge pack to download with 51 ideas for things you can do with other people, to waste less, and live more.

My favourites include:

:: Number 7-Share your Skills
Skill sharing is such an easy thing to do, and is a great thing to do with friends.
A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she was looking to learn to crochet, and ended up coming round for a lovely evening of catching up, tea drinking, cake eating, oh and a spot of crochet too!
Sew Mama Sew has recently launched a Teach a Friend to Sew series, to encourage people to do just that. There are some great tips here, and a fab post on what to include in your sewing kit if you are just starting out here.

:: Number 13-Theme your next Book Group
Zoe at EcoThrifty Living launched a virtual Sustainable Book Club earlier on this year, and I’m really enjoying being a part of it.
We pick a book, and then set a date to ‘meet up’ online, and discuss it.
So far, the group have read Clothing Poverty by Andrew Brooks, Stuffocation by James Wallman, Feral bt George Monbiot, and most recently This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. Each of the books covers some really big issues, and it’s great to have a place to go, and people to talk to, to discuss some of the things that come up.

:: Number 30-Have a Swishing Event
Swishing is clothes swapping, and in it’s simplest form can involve you, a handful of friends, and the contents of your wardrobes!
Check out the Make Do and Mend-able guide How to organise a Swish!

:: Number 47-Buy Nothing
This site was born out of a year spent Buying Nothing New, and I am huge advocate of it!
How about trying a buy nothing day, or even a week or month if you are feeling brave (exceptions would be food..!)
Or join in with the No New Clothes for a Year Challenge that started earlier on this month.

:: Number 51-Preserve and Pickle
We went blackberry picking again this weekend, and I’m looking forwards to spending an evening with hubby making blackerry and apple chutney.
There are loads more blackberry recipes here if you find yourself with a glut!

There are 46 more great ideas in the Challenge pack, so sign up and get Wasting Less, and Living More!

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