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Make it Do on Earth Day

World War II Poster

I’ve been thinking about Earth Day over the past few days, and in doing so, I went back to the post I wrote last year on Earth Day.  I was about my grandmother Maxine Morgan, really all our grandmothers, and how they practiced a little Earth Day wisdom as a matter of pragmatism.

And I am struck by how taking care of the Earth goes hand in hand with “Making it Do.”

Making it do means reducing, reusing and recycling.

For me, Making it Do has meant growing my vegetable garden.  And buying more food from local farmers.  It means canning all that delicious local grown food when it’s in season.

It means taking care of what I have, maintaining and repairing clothing and other goods instead of rushing out to buy something new.

It means lowering the thermostat, cleaning with white vinegar and baking soda, and driving less to the store.

Earth day also has me thinking of starting a compost bin and making a clothesline in my yard this year.

Taking care of the earth makes good sense.

Now instead of celebrating Earth Day working in my garden like I hoped…. I woke up this morning to snow on the ground.  Did I mention it was in the 70′s on Tuesday?

I guess it’s the perfect excuse to sew today.

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2 Responses to “Make it Do on Earth Day”

  • Love your post! Its so true about how our grandmother made it do. I can remember always seeing the same pieces of fabric on everything. what i didn’t know was that she was recycling her cloths into doll cloth, pillowcases(she was a large woman), rags,etc. i even saw my favorite pattern wrapped around her garden faucet as insulation one winter, i guess it was finally completely worn out.

  • Very true. Here in New Zealand it is possibly even more so. We are so cut off from the rest of the world and importing goods costs so much (to the planet as well as our pockets). Great poster!

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