Making things ourselves or mending them when they break, are skills we seem to have lost over recent years. Marketing people tell us we are time poor, but they can sell us the perfect solution. Something that will slot into our busy lives. The irony is that many of us are now in a vicious cycle of working long hours to earn money to pay for all the convenience items we don’t have time to make or mend ourselves.
Supermarkets love to sell us ready meals. They tell us we don’t have time to cook, that cooking takes too long and even that it is far too difficult for us to grasp. Convenience is packaged up and sold to us at a premium. Whilst we may all have days when we reach for a ready meal because things are just crazy, the idea we have to do so because cooking is too difficult is one most of us should reject (those with particular circumstances aside). Cooking from scratch is invariably healthier, cheaper and doesn’t come with loads of packaging, much of which can’t be recycled. How about making your own ready meals for those crazy days? There are lots of recipes on my site click here that you can cook in bulk and freeze. Re-heating one of these is just as quick and straightforward as a ready meal.
Retailers want us to buy buy buy and it’s true, they don’t make things like they used to. Invariably things are not built to last and we are told it is cheaper to simply replace an item rather than repair it. This is particularly true of electrical items. How often have you had something break only to be told that you may as well get a new one? I’d recommend always seeking a second opinion before giving up on an appliance. The website www.espares.co.uk stock over half a million parts for 500 brands and have how-to videos on how to repair things. Another website is www.buyspares.co.uk. It’s always worth just giving it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Why does this matter? Our throw-away culture is causing massive environmental damage. Everything we throw away, ends up somewhere and invariably that somewhere is landfill. Although there are systems in place to recycle the two million tonnes of electrical items we throw away each year, we need to remember that not all of the components can be recycled.
If, when something breaks, rather than automatically throwing it away, we attempt to mend it, we are delaying sending it to landfill. Over the course of our lifetime, this will result in us buying fewer of that product which will have a positive impact not only on the environment but also on our pocket. Everything from mending a hole in clothes, to getting shoes re-soled to gluing something back together. Once you start and your default becomes, let’s see if I can mend this first, it’s amazing what you can achieve.