Why fixing stuff is really awesome for your wallet and the planet

Why fixing stuff is really awesome for your wallet and the planet

We're big fans of DIY over here at 1 Million Women. We love sharing articles about how bi-carb soda can replace most of your cleaning products, or how you can get plastic out of your life with just a little bit of creative thinking.

What's becoming an increasing problem is the world's throwaway lifestyle. Think about it: if you drop your phone and smash it, would you bother fixing it, or would you simply get a new one?

We think it's time for all of us to rethink our relationship with rubbish and start to take conscious action to reduce waste in our lives.

Learn some new skills

1 Million Women has some great guides to help you get stuck into some DIY. Check out our guide to repairing your clothes so that you don't have to throw them away.

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Over at iFixit, there are guide to help you repair pretty much anything you can think of, from your iPhone to your favourite pair of shoes. The site uses community contributions to provide an ever-expanding library of tutorials to help you stich, glue and screw your stuff back together.

If you have technical know-how, you can contribute to iFixit by creating your own guide and showing others how to get the most out of consumables.

Reduce consumption

If you're someone who loves to buy new beauty products, consider a low-carbon approach to your personal care routine. DIY your own deodorant and lip balm!

Instead of loading up your shopping trolley with produce that will go soggy in the back of your fridge, consider starting your own DIY herb garden that you can keep in your kitchen. It's easy, low-cost and can have a positive impact on your mood!

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Keep informed

Nobody is born knowing how to live sustainably. 1 Million Women can get you started on your low-carbon life with our awesome toolbox that lets you see how different planet-conscious activities can reduce your carbon footprint.

Educate yourself on how zero-waste supermarkets are really possible. Separate the myth from the fact with our handy Mythbuster style guide to the climate debate. Get reading with these awesome books to help you live a life with less stuff.

Stay positive

Climate change can seem so overwhelming, it's tempting to just give up and do nothing. You can, however, make a real difference by making changes in your own life and spreading good vibes within your family and wider community.

Remember that the actions of individuals, when multiplied, really do create change.

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1 Million Women is more than our name, it's our goal! We're building a movement of strong, inspirational women acting on climate change by leading low-carbon lives. To make sure that our message has an impact, we need more women adding their voice. We need tobe louder. Joining us online means your voice and actions can be counted. We need you.

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