As a child of parents who went through the depression, I was always taught to look after what I had, and learnt to reuse and make do, rather than get new things. When I grew up, got married and had four children, it was just natural to continue this philosophy. Instead of buying new poor quality clothes, I recycled good quality older items that I had or found in op shops to make their clothes.
After my children grew up, I continued to recycle old clothing to make new things. Although the original reason for my behaviour was simple economics, I felt that the result was a personal contribution to preserving the environment.
Because of all the advertising on TV promoting consumption and the need to always have something new, I thought my situation was unusual, that I was putting up a lone fight against the relentless onslaught of…
- Born on January 31
- Joined June 29, 2009