Do you want to live more sustainably but you’re just not sure where to start?
Do you feel like there are so many issues right now that you want to take action on, but it just all seems overwhelming?
Do you sometimes feel alone, and like you’re the only one trying to make a difference?
Well you don’t have to struggle on on your own anymore.
Join me in “A Make Do and Mend Year”, and make 2018 the year you really make an impact on reducing your impact!
In 2012/13 my family and I spent a year buying nothing new, and it completely opened my eyes to so many things – I was forced to confront many of the issues that I had previously chosen to look away from. Things like fast fashion, and plastic pollution, and the amount of rubbish we were sending to landfill.
And it also opened my eyes to the fact that as just one family, we really could make a difference.
That it was worth making all the small changes we were implementing, because together they all add up.
Over the course of the year, we changed the way we shopped, and more importantly, the way we thought about shopping.
I learned that my choices matter. That my choices can help to change the world. And that by taking responsibility for the impact of the choices I was making, I could create really, meaningful, positive change.
Since then, I have gone on to build up a community of over 12,000 people, all creating positive change with the choices that they make every day, and have been invited to write and speak about sustainable and ethical consumption all over the country.
But I know that it can be hard.
It can be overwhelming.
And it can be lonely.
That’s why I’ve created A Make Do and Mend Year – a year long online course and community where I help you to create the changes you want to see in the world.
Joining me for A Make Do and Mend Year will help you to:
- Make small, but meaningful changes in your lifestyle that all add up to lessen your carbon footprint, and reduce your environmental impact.
- Find the resources, tips and tried and tested how-to’s that you need, all in one place, without having to endlessly consult Google.
- Focus each month on a different area or topic, decide on the goals that you want to work on, and create a plan to get there, rather than trying to do everything at once and getting overwhelmed.
- Stay motivated when you’ve had a bad day/week/month and you feel like your efforts are futile.
- Connect with like-minded people, who ‘get it’, and who will support and inspire you to keep making one more change.
What is it?
It’s an online community, a kind of hub or hive, where we can connect with like-minded people, and get the support, guidance and motivation from me, and from each other, that you need to really make sustainable changes in your life.
Each month, we will work on a different topic – everything from living with less plastic, to eating more sustainably – there will be resources, recipes and how-to’s, along with group calls with me to help you to set your goals for that particular month, AND calls with experts and inspirational people from the sustainability world.
How does it work?
When you join you will get access to the membership site where each month we will work on a different topic – everything from living with less plastic, to eating more sustainably – there will be resources, recipes and how-to’s, along with group calls with me to help you to set your goals for that particular month, AND calls with experts and inspirational people from the sustainability world.
There will also be a private FB group where you can come and ask questions, make connections and friends, and we can all support each other to keep taking those small steps that move us in the right direction.
Who is it for?
Anyone wanting to live more sustainably.
Anyone wanting to connect with like-minded people in a safe, supportive and non-judegemental place.
Anyone wanting to some guidance and support around the steps that they can take to reduce their environmental impact.
Who is it not for?
Anyone who doesn’t really give a monkeys about the planet.
Anyone whose main focus is money saving – the great thing about living more sustainably is that it very often has the nice ‘side-benefit’ of saving money, but that isn’t the driving force behind the community, and if you are solely looking to save money, then this isn’t really the group for you.
Anyone who isn’t prepared to learn, to change, to try, and to fail sometimes.
How much does it cost?
The cost is just £5/month, or £50 for the year if you pay up front.
I said above that the focus of the group is not money saving, but I am confident that if you implement even just some of the suggested actions throughout the year, you will save at least the cost of your membership!
Here’s what we will cover each month
January – Making Do
Thinking about ways we can make the best use of what we’ve already got, from food and leftovers, to our craft stashes and our clothes.
There’s the ‘added option’ of a buying nothing month here too!
February – Food
This month’s focus how we can minimise the impact of the food we eat on the environment, by buying and cooking food differently.
Expect lots of recipes, and ideas for lower impact eating, as well as the opportunity to share some of your favourite recipes and tips too!
March – Family
There is no doubt that kids bring with them laughter, tears and joy, but also a massive carbon footprint!
This month I’ll be sharing with you some of the things we do as a family to reduce our impact – everything from nappies, to birthday parties.
April – Fashion
The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, second only to oil.
It’s an area where we all can, and should, make a really big difference.
I’ll share the lessons I learned from a year buying no clothes, as well as resources and tips to help you to dress well with less!
May – Mending and Repair
During May the focus is on repair and mending, and the gentle activism of fixing your stuff.
I’ll be sharing how to’s on things like darning, as well as inspiration for ‘visible mending’ and ideas for where to get your stuff fixed if you can’t fix it yourself.
June – Home life
How to conserve resources in our homes, so everything from energy and water saving, as well as ideas and recipes for eco-friendly cleaning.
July – Plastic Free
Plastic is an issue that lots of us struggle with, so I’ll be sharing with you strategies to cut down your use, especially of single use plastic.
August – Travel and Transport
August is traditionally holiday month here in the UK, and we’ll be looking at eco-friendly ways to get around, both when jetting off on holiday and also from day to day.
September – Zero Waste
Zero Waste Week has been a regular feature of the sustainability calendar in September, so we’ll be joining in and extending the ‘war on waste’ into the whole month.
You’ll be invited to do a (non compulsory!) bin audit at the start, and the end of the month, to get a real measure of how much landfill you saved by implementing the tips and ideas shared this month.
October – Body and Soul
This month we’ll be looking at self-care, mental health and also some recipes for DIY toiletries and beauty products.
November – Celebrations
In the run up to Christmas I’ll be looking into how to minimise the impact of our celebrations and our gift giving on the planet.
December – Community
Sometimes trying to create change, in our own lives, and in the wider world, can feel like a very lonely process. Finding our tribe, the people who ‘get us’, both in ‘real life’ and online, can be a great way to stay motivated and get inspiration to keep moving forwards (and it’s what I know you will find within this year long membership!)
And if you’ve got any areas or topics that you want to cover that aren’t on the list, do let me know and I can add them in!
I’m not in the UK, can I still take part?
The course is all online, so you can take part from wherever you are in the world.
The timing of the group calls will move around a bit, to give everyone a chance to attend at least some of them, depending on their time zone, and they will all be recorded to watch at your leisure at a later point.
I’m already pretty ‘green’ – is there any point me joining in?
I am a great believer that there is always more to learn, about any subject. Sustainable living is such a vast and complex area, that I don’t think any of us are ‘there’ yet. For me, it’s about the journey, rather than ending up at a ‘perfect’ destination, so wherever you are in your own journey, I am confident that you will pick up some new tips and ideas, as well as the massive benefit of connecting with like-minded types.
I’m a bit embarrassed about how ‘un-sustainable’ my life currently is – can I still join?
One of the core values of the group is that it will be a safe and non-judgemental place for you to come and share where you are, and the steps you want to make. Each of us will be starting from our own unique place, and it’s all about putting into place the baby steps to move forwards.
I can’t sew/knit/crochet/insert other craft here, how much craftiness is needed to “Make Do and Mend”?
Although being able to sew or knit and make things ourselves is a great way to reduce consumption in some ways, there are so many other changes you can make, and steps you can take, that you honestly don’t need any kind of crafting skills!
How much time do I need to commit?
The group call will last about an hour each month, and the Q&A with the experts will last about the same time.
None of the elements are compulsory, they are there for you to pick and choose from, but as with anything, the more you put in, the more you will get out!
Sounds awesome – how do I join?