That is a big question, isn’t?
Rarely has a term been used, re-used, redefined and used again. Far too often for green-washing or half-cooked measures, but also for strategies that are so wide-reaching that one looses the breath just thinking about it.
Still, there is something about making something out of and/or taking responsibility for one’s material possessions – and where possible, extend their lifecycle. This is the old school end of sustainability. The one that reeks of austerity and makes my nan’s voice play for my inner ear, with stories of the war – and a general distrust in consumerism.
The old school also gives a nod to the designer for rethinking the purpose and to the craftsman for seeing it through. But there is also something wholesome, almost therapeutic in the feeling of creating what one needs out of what one has.
As I knit away on my tights-to-rug project, there’s a smug notion of resilience creeping up and I wonder whether crafting and fixing are really subversive acts?