Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Make Do and Mend Challenge



After joining countless challenges, I am ready to host my first one:

Annoucing The Make Do and Mend Challenge, to celebrate that old friend –“Repair”
The challenge is simple, really, instead of throwing out something and adding to the waste stream, try repairing it instead.

This helps out in your other challenges:
Buying Challenges- you are not buying something new
Frugality Challenges- You are saving money buy fixing whatever and not buying new
Waste Reduction Challenges- Should be obvious
Independence Day’s challenge- I am big proponent on adding Repair to the “3R’s” –ReDuce, Re-Use and Recycle
Sustainability Challenges- Nothing more sustainable than Mending something to save from buying new now is there?

It could be something as simple as sewing a button back on a shirt or blouse, or mending holes in your jeans, doing a repair job on your vehicle or bike, sharpening and cleaning your gardening tools for winter, mending a fence, You get the idea- Just FIX something!

Once a week, On Sunday Evenings, I will hold a Make Do and Mend Challenge Check-In- where you can brag about your Repairing Prowess and what you repaired or ask questions on how to repair something-

Nifty little badge to put on your blog:
Anyone who signs up will get their name posted on the sidebar!

30 comments:

Lori Ann said...

I've never joined a challenge before, but this sound like something I'd like to do. Motivation towards sustainability is always a plus!

Burbanmom said...

Oh I'm in baby, I'm in!

blackrain said...

This sounds like going back in time to the '30's and '40's. People knew the value of things and didn't waste like we do today. A good idea!

Verde said...

I love the badge - how cute!.

You can count me in if I can use the collendar repair retroactivly!

Tara said...

I'm in - assuming I have something come up that needs fixin'! ;-)

Fleecenik Farm said...

Gosh, I just had a post about this ob my blog the other day. How timely! I'm in!

Hausfrau said...

Rob - does it count if you pay somebody to repair your car? Or do you have to do the repair yourself?

amanda said...

i'm up for it!

Robj98168 said...

Lori Ann- Welcome- I have never hosted a challenge before so we'll both have fun

Burbs- Allright

Blackrain-That's the idea

Verde- Of course you can use the collander repair.

Tara- if your anything like me, something will come up

Fleecenik - It's nice to have you! Welcome

Hausfrau- Sure, it should count.

Amanda- It's good to have you!

d.a. said...

I'm in, and have also posted/linked in my tips blog about your challenge - http://allingoodhealth.blogspot.com . Sounds like fun!

ib mommy said...

This means I may need a new roll of duck tape..... but I'm in!

fullfreezer said...

Ok, I'm kind of slow but I'm in. We LIVE the make do and mend at our house. Just ask my daughter who is using a computer that's older than she is (14)and has been cobbled together from lots of scrapped ones. J

ramshackle solid said...

Sign us ramshacklers up. We love to repair stuff - even if we don't do it very well.

Eric & Julia

Chile said...

Count me in, Rob, even if I am late to the party. I may have to break somethin' in order to have something to repair, though. ;-)

Robj98168 said...

Chile- Nice to have ya here- but I don't suggest breaking things just to repair them!

greeen sheeep said...

I saw this badge posted on Chile Chews blog and it led me to yours. I recently became acquainted with my sewing machine. I have a pile of clothes that need to be mended along with a pile of household repairs.

Count me in.

Robj98168 said...

Glad to count you in Greeen Sheeep

PrudentHomemaker said...

A challenge that asks me to tackle the steadily growing pile of mending I already have to do? Couple that with the fact that I don't have money to buy new clothes anyhow?

For me the challenge is to get the pile of mending DONE before the end of the year!

Okay, back to canning my gleaned fruit (which incidentally didn't cost me anything either).

The Purloined Letter said...

Excellent! I'm in. Love the button, too!

Today's Budget said...

Yay!! So glad I found this - allbeit slight behind everyone else. Count me in.

Sylvia at Today's Budget
http://www.todaysbudget.com

I'll post this on my blog as well. Great idea!

Stephany said...

I am a day late but will definitely join in the fun.

Robj98168 said...

Prudent Homemaker,Purloined letter,Sylvia, Stephany- added you all to the list! Welcome. Hope you have fun!

Condo Blues said...

I just found out about this challenge - please count me in! Fixing what's broken has been a way of life with me since the beginning. In fact, I brought the power tools into my marriage!

eeemily said...

sweet. ive fixed stuff in the past but have never got to brag about it! thanks!

Melinda said...

Oh yeah, I'm joinin' !!

debbie bailey said...

Count me in!

M said...

Hi, mended a jumper (sweater for Americans :) which had a small hole under the arm!!
would have chucked it normally, so thumbs up for your challenge :D

Jennifer said...

Can I come in late to the party? I'm darning socks now!

linda said...

is it too late? I just found out about this challenge, would like to join.

Annette said...

Please add me! =) I love the badge, btw. Will wear with pride!