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A Sustainable Life

The eagle eyed amongst you (!) might have noticed a whole new look to the site.
Well, not quite a whole new look just yet – there’s still lots of tweaking and changing to be done, but there’s a whizzy new header, and some new colours, which counts as a whole new look in my book!

What do you think?
Do you like it?
It’s only taken me about 3 years to finally arrive at the place where I feel like I really know what I stand for and where I’m going. And the new ‘brand identity’ (as the marketing bods call it) is a reflection and a celebration of that.

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Activism, General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Plastic Pick-up and Promise for Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up on the 22nd April and the focus this year is to ‘End Plastic Pollution’.
Earth Day has been running since the 22nd April 1970 and it’s “mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide” with more than a billion people now taking part each year!

I wanted to come up with something that we could all do collectively to really make a difference this Earth Day and after posting in my Facebook group for ideas, this is what I’ve come up with:

It’s super simple:

1) Do a 10 minute litter pick in your local area, on your own or with others
2) Post a picture of what you collect on social media – use the hashtags #EarthDay2018 and #sustlife (so I can find you!)
3) Make a pledge – pick ONE thing you can do reduce your use of single-use plastic.
If you’re struggling for ideas, check out the tips below:

4) Come and share your pick-up picture and your plastic promise in the comments here or in the Facebook group!

With over 20k people following the blog on social media, we really could collectively make a big difference – will you join me?




General ramblings, Sustainable Living

Promise for the Planet for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is the biggest movement to protect the planet, and last year over 9 million people in the UK alone took part by switching off the lights for an hour to show their support for the planet.
This year Earth Hour is asking us all to go above and beyond the symbolic gesture of turning out light’s out to show our support for the planet  and asking us to “Make a Promise for the Planet”.

It’s a great way to remind us that our support for the planet can be demonstrated each and every day in the choices we make and in our actions, and that our actions matter.

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General ramblings, Sustainable Living

11 reasons to join A Make Do and Mend Year

I have decided, perhaps a little belatedly, that 2018 is the year I am going to step up. I’m going to stop procrastinating, and being scared, and worrying. And I’m going to step into the knowledge and experience I have gained in sustainable living since our year buying nothing new in 2012.
It’s been an amazing journey, and I am so excited and encouraged to see so many people now also wanting to make positive changes in their lives that mean that they live more sustainably.
But I know that it’s not always easy.
I know it can feel lonely, and overwhelming, and confusing.

I’ve wanted for a long time now to be able to offer another level of support for those people who want a bit more than my big Make Do and Mend Life FB group can offer.
It’s an amazing place, and such an active and engaged community. It’s fabulous to see it grow, but it’s now got so big that it’s very hard for me to connect with everyone in there, and to provide that more personal support for those that need or want it.
Soooo, I’ve created a membership programme, called A Make Do and Mend Year, where I can do just that.
And here’s 11 reasons why you might want to join!

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Never say never…

You may remember that back in July of this year I made a decision to stop blogging and updating My Make Do and Mend Life.
I was starting up a business and it all just felt like too much – I had put so much time and energy into the blog, and into the community, but was feeling burnt out and in danger of starting to resent it.
So I took a break. I thought it would be forever, but my ‘why’ has been niggling away at me for the last few months.
I want to make a difference, and I want to help other people to create the change that they want to see.
I believe passionately that we can all make a difference, and that by making simple changes we can all start to live more lightly, and to reduce our impact on the planet.

So I’m back, and I have a plan…

  • A monthly blog post, each with a different sustainable living ‘theme’, and some suggestions for simple actions to take.
  • A monthly newsletter updating you on the month’s theme and how you can get involved (if you’re not on it and you’d like to be, my e-mail list here)
  • A downloadable Year Planner to help you to think about your goals and the changes you want to make in terms of sustainable living each month – you can get it right here.
  • My big “A Make Do and Mend Life” FB group will remain, and I’m sure will continue to grow – I have 3 new amazing co-admins/moderators to help me, and it will stay as long as people are finding
  • And I’m launching “A Make Do and Mend Year” – a year long membership community packed full of additional resources, monthly group video calls with me, video masterclasses with experts, regular Q&As, and a private FB group to connect with and support each other.


In between Christmas and the New Year in my A Make Do and Mend Year FB group, I’ll be sharing a “Quick Win” each day of the 12 days of Christmas of one quick, easy change you can make straightaway that will mean that by the New Year you are already living more sustainably – do come and join us!

I’m also going to run my first webinar (and I’m quite scared about this – don’t tell anyone…) all about a sustainable 2018.
If you’d be interested in watching this live, or getting hold of the replay, make sure you’re on my e-mail list so that I can let you know (+ you get the Make Do and Mend Year Planner to download too!).

I’ve missed blogging here, and sharing stuff with you guys, and I’m looking forwards to getting back on it, in a way that works for me, and that I really hope works for you too.

Have a wonderful Christmas when it gets here, and I’ll catch up with in the New Year.

Jen xx