Use it, don't ditch it!
Sometimes I'm ashamed to be part of society - people being selfish, ignorant, cruel. I worry about what future generations will look back and think.
I was born right at the end of the 60s and into a consumer society - over the decades it became more important for people to have the best/the latest rather than live with and be content. Earning higher wages, spending more, throwing things out without a thought, driving bigger cars, using more and more.
Making more waste, pollution; living alongside the debt and poverty of others.
But there are things I feel very proud to be part of too - charity work, developments in education and medicine, easier access to help for those who need it.
And recycling - I'm very glad about reusing and recycling - which is not a new thing in our society.
I love the challenges to change things around.
I love planning, managing, giving to others and trying hard not to waste.
One very old way recycling has been around for a very long time is reusing and mending clothes and fabrics - something that went out of fashion and is coming back due to being on trend and financial constraints.
As a small child I grew up in a darning/patchwork/repairing/homemade home. My mum knitted our jumpers and made things we needed. One of my favourite items of clothing ever was a furry hooded coat when I was 10 - it was made for me by mum for Christmas, and it was gorgeous. When I grew out of it, the fabric became something else.
I make memory bears for people who have lost a loved one, using their precious clothing. I love being part of their healing process. I replaced a long zip for someone today, and am always open to help people rather than things being thrown out. I'm crocheting a cushion cover using up cross-stitch threads left over from projects. And don't get me started on selling on eBay and locally!
It's so important that when we can make changes - no matter how small - that we do.