Do you pass it on?
As we reach the end of another school year (in the UK anyway) some things are no longer fit for purpose, but can they be passed on? For more ideas about thrifty, creative and eco-friendly ways to raise children see http://homemadekids.wordpress.com or www.nicolabaird.com
It’s taking days to try and sort out the things the family doesn’t really need any more.
I wasn’t enjoying the trips to the charity shop – it’s just too painful passing on stuff that used to mean something to me – so ended up delegating it to my partner Pete. At lest using freecycle feels less painful, that way you know the collection of 20 brown and blue glass bottles; a dozen jam jars and 20 jiffy bags will go to someone who wants them. (And yes, they all were taken.)
I cheered myself up after stumbling on to this fabulous thrift shop music hit. It helped convince me that for most things there is someone out there who will pounce on whatever we send to the charity shops because it’s “just what they’ve been looking for”. Here’s the video (check out that onesy!).
Other ways to pass on your own (or even neighbours) unwanted stuff:
Regifting (that candle I haven’t used might get used at someone else’s home)
Upcycling (I have mixed feelings about this, it’s only good when it’s done well)
Matching a thing you don’t need to a person/group who may want it (eg, a lovely picture book of the Amazon rainforest which I am sending to a nearby primary school – I checked with the head teacher first!)
Proper storage so clothes, footwear or equipment can be re-used when the time is right (eg, outgrown toys and clothes for the next generation).
Get more ideas: look out for the excellent book Zero Waste Home on simplifying your home and cutting all waste totally from your life by Bea Johnson. Or have a look at a blog – in addition to Bea Johnson’s I also enjoy ideas on My Make Do & Mend Year and the tips from the best recycler in the UK who champions a zero waste week every September & exhorts us all to think of food scraps heading for the compost caddy as ingredients that could be put to a tastier use.
Do the obvious
Just buy nothing more (that way you don’t have to stick to the rule of one in, one out as recommended by Bea Johnson). Instead look around to see what inspires you and take a snap. This pimped up bike decorated with old 45s, parked outside the local gym, made me laugh (see picture).
Over to you
What are you proud of having passed on? Or what are you hoping to pass on during the summer holidays?