Happy Earth Day!
Happy Easter too, for last Sunday.
I didn’t actually know that Earth Day was a thing until this morning, but it fits in nicely with a few things I’ve been wanting to write about anyway. Firstly, it’s Spring, a time for baby lambs, green leaves appearing on the trees, flowers coming into bloom – new life is springing up everywhere after a long, cold, horrible winter, and for once the weather is agreeing that the season has changed! If nothing else does, a few sunny days is enough to make anyone feel revived. And, of course, Easter weekend has just passed. Even for the non-religious, it’s a good time to think about new life.
Which relates – in a way – to Earth Day. Before I came home from Uni for the Easter break I did a bit of a tidy of my room and threw out a fair bit of stuff (and I’m pretty sure there is more I could do to lose). I don’t even know where to start with my room at home, but I know that there’s a lot of rubbish colonising in there. But, and here is where the Earth Day thing comes in, I feel guilty about putting so much stuff in the bin. Even things like clothes that can go to charity make me feel a bit bad for having bought them in the first place when I apparently didn’t really want them. It all made me wonder, could any of the junk be given a new lease of life? Could anything that had been sitting gathering dust be transformed into something useful?
I’ve consulted the Internet (Pinterest, mostly) and found some pretty good up-cycling ideas.
Dip-dying (or tie-dying) could be used to add a splash of colour to anything white. Learn how to do it (also to make this skirt from scratch) at A Pair & A Spare.
There are infinite ways to customise jeans but all these lace shorts are so cute! Here’s a no-sew tutorial from Wow! Goodwill.
Elbow patches make an old jumper new. The options are endless, Brit+Co has a basic guide.
Tin cans and paper/fabric.
Old plastic bottles.
Baking tray notice board – learn how here.
So, in honour of Earth Day, as a mid-year resolution, I’m going to try and stop buying things on a whim and to only own things that I really love (and to stop wasting things).
Happy Spring! (: