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Jen Gale

Sustainable Living Champion working to make sustainable living the norm

Since spending a year buying nothing new with her young family Jen has become a passionate advocate for all things sustainable living - she writes, blogs and speaks about the power of the choices we make every day to change the world, without changing your life. Jen blogs at www.mymakedoandmendlife.com
Five Ways To Feel The Fear And Do It

Five Ways To Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Fear is something we all struggle with, even if outwardly it looks to the rest of the world as if we are boldly taking on new challenges, there is a little voice inside all of us that resists change, that is scared when we start to one out of our comfort zones.
27/03/2017 12:25 BST
Sustainable Fashion Made

Sustainable Fashion Made Easy

<img alt="sustainable fashion.jpg" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4652836/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> It's just that we are so far removed from the production and manufacture of the things that we buy, that we've all kind of forgotten that someone somewhere had to make them. And that the price on the ticket not only has to have bought the raw materials, but paid someone to make it.
23/09/2016 16:50 BST
Why I Think We Should All Recycle LESS For Recycle

Why I Think We Should All Recycle LESS For Recycle Week

It feels wrong to be advocating recycling less. And especially during Recycle Week, when I feel like I should really be championing recycling and encouraging everyone to recycle as much as they can. And don't get me wrong. I am a big supporter of recycling, and an advocate of recycling. But only if we've explored all the other options in the 'Waste Hierarchy' first.
15/09/2016 17:19 BST
The War on Waste Is Great, But Aren't We All Missing the

The War on Waste Is Great, But Aren't We All Missing the Point?

Yes, we need to recycle. We need big companies to be transparent about their sustainability credentials, and we need to challenge 'greenwash', but more importantly than that, we all need to be creating change ourselves. And that doesn't just mean sending an angry tweet or signing a petition. It means actual physical changes to our behaviours.
01/08/2016 16:33 BST
I Made My

I Made My Clothes

Spending a day poring over patterns, and then agonising over fabric choices. And then another day cutting out the pattern, before that terrifying moment when you make the first cut in your precious fabric, and there's no going back. And that's all before you've even got near the sewing machine...
20/04/2016 12:16 BST
How to Totally Win at New Year's

How to Totally Win at New Year's Resolutions

I did a quick spot of Googling, and stumbled across an article that claimed that most people will have given up their New Year's Resolutions by the 10 January! So I figured maybe this was an opportune time to share how I managed to sustain a year long challenge.
13/01/2016 11:07 GMT
Why I'm Giving Up

Why I'm Giving Up Clothes

I wanted to test my creativity. To see what would happen when I get truly, truly bored of wearing the same things, day after day. To see how many times it is possible to patch the knees on a pair of jeans. To see if I can learn to love the clothes I already have.
23/09/2015 16:56 BST