More drawn to make do and mend
Building skills: repairing not replacement saves money and stops waste
By Nick Cater
PLANNED obsolescence once drove business, or as a US marketing person wrote in 1955: "We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever increasing pace."
Today most of us are resisting the pressures of a throw-away society and a growing number in Somerset are learning and sharing the skills that allow them to make what they need or do the simple repairs that discarding items.
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Somerset's Green Routine waste prevention campaign is backing efforts to revamp, repair and restore our valued possessions with a guide to modern make do and mend so you can find an expert or have a go yourself, such as:
• Tracking down the courses and classes you can take to boost your skills.
• Checking the expertise in your community, such as who is handy with a needle or screwdriver and asking them to share a few tips.
• Reminders about commercial repair services, from clothes and shoe repairs to experts on electrical items or your local handyperson.
Courses are available from Somerset Skills and Learning across the county in such subjects as sewing, how to create Christmas gifts, jewellery making, knitting and patchworking.
And many other courses are on offer from commercial firms and education centres like Yeovil College, such as dress making, car maintenance or upholstery, while local clubs, from sewing to gardening and more, can offer support and advice.
Green Routine has hints and links to useful classes and training across Somerset, from the courses at Ilminster's Dillington House to the new Men's Shed skill building project at Wincanton's Balsam Centre