Lasting Makes Lasting Buys
This is a 5 mins make all from scraps. It’s a bag to keep washed cotton cleaning cloths in, under the kitchen sink. It kind of sums up my current thoughts on how I want this cottage to operate. I’ve been replacing tatty carrier bags with cotton ones I have made, over the last few months. We all know about how bad the plastic waste situation is around the world, and I’m guessing that like me most people feel overwhelmed.
I mentioned in a reply to a comment in my last blog post, the idea of LAST MAKES. This is where we actually use the fabric we have been stroking and saving for a perfect project. If you knew for instance that you could make a last bag (for example) and make it the perfect bag for you, then what is holding you back from creating it today? Why not make something you know will last a decade and that you or a recipient will love it? A LASTING MAKE! With Valentines coming up, why not make a special something for friends as well as a loved one?
From that idea came the idea of a LASTING BUY. This isn’t the 1980s anymore where people simply had to have the latest whatever. Yes you can buy the thin handled machine made wooden stirring spoon in a supermarket, but you know you only need a new one because the last handle snapped when you were trying to stir Great Aunt Maud’s fruitcake recipe. Why not instead spend a little more and buy a handmade solidly constructed stirring spoon which will last decades? Long term it saves money. It could be known as The Cake Stirring Spoon by children and grandchildren. My Nana had things in her home like that which had been passed down to her, and I loved them. They were part of her house and life. I think LASTING BUYS can really add to our quality of life as well as the world’s.
It is a big task but if we all made little changes month on month about what we buy, it all adds up to just a bit less plastic being imported. Here are a few ideas I have had:
- Where practical use pretty glass storage jars, instead of plastic which may leech into food eventually.
- Look out for organically grown cotton clothing in sales, and things which have been plant dyed.
- Support local farmers markets -buy their vegetables rather than over packaged supermarket ones.
- Look at crafts people sites such as Etsy and support fellow crafters.
- Have a crochet string bag, or cotton one in your bag for surprise shops.
- Buy some vegetable seeds- many can be grown in an old washing up bowl.
- Repurpose plastic items like the old washing up bowl above.
- Choose the less packaged version of an item in the supermarket.
- Try a Fair Trade version of something. You may end up swapping to it.
- Try out a new craft so that you can make something you need.
What has worked for you? All tips appreciated. I’m wanting to have a home like my Nana’s. What are your cherished memories?
PS Has anyone tried tablet weaving or nalbinding? These are 2 new crafts I am wanting to try this year. Both are very old and featured in the Viking Ship Museum in Norway.
This Etsy shop has good combined European postal charges for those of us in Europe who are finding the US postal charges a bit high at the moment, but who would like to try the old crafts.