Now that the seasons are changing, nights drawing in and the garden on a pretty rapid slow-down (not sure how much the second pumpkin has or hasn’t grown in the last week), I am turning my attention to other ways of both occupying myself and saving money/the planet(?).
Back in 2012, I reduced my hours at work from full time to sixty percent, which has forced me to confront the issue of waste in a personal and dynamic way. I used to do my best, already being aware that recycling, for example, was better than landfill. There had also been times in my life when I didn’t have a car and I was already eating organic food, in fact attempting to grow it. Notwithstanding, I feel that over the last two and a half years my awareness has grown exponentially and with it there has been a noticeable shift in lifestyle.
One such shift has been a increased use of the train. I’ve got a Family and Friends railcard, which means a third off my ticket and half off my daughter’s (plus we can take advantage of the same for guests). Thus, to go into the city centre from our village is £3 instead of £4.50. In comparison, driving is upwards of the higher figure, depending on how busy the traffic is. It was therefore a no-brainer to pop on the train to Farsley (the other side of Leeds), to visit a scrap shop with our sewing bee.
Scrap shops are a new concept for me, so taking it you’re the same, here is a brief explanation. As I am sure you’re aware, most people don’t use everything they buy. This includes businesses and organisations. Alternatively, they might be refurbishing, for instance, and rather than dump what they remove they pass it on. The scrap shop in Farsley is one such place that receives sometimes new, sometimes used, cast-offs from businesses and organisations in the region. It can then sell them on to creative (or would-be creative) souls – at knockdown prices.
The upshot of this is that I got all of this for just £6.30…
Not sure what I would have paid elsewhere but at a guess it would have been at least £20 – and this stuff is now not in landfill. Instead, it is going to grace the walls of my house as Halloween decorations. Anyone got a good template for bats?
© Helen Butt, October 2014