Do you want to live more sustainably but you're just not sure where to start?

Do you feel like there are so many issues right now that you want to take action on, but it just all seems overwhelming?

Do you sometimes feel alone and like you're the only one trying to make a difference?


I created A Make Do and Mend Year specifically to help you find the resources, support, and motivation you need to really make an impact on reducing your impact!

* Find the information you need, that you know you can trust,
without having to spend hours on Google

* Cut through the overwhelm and work step by step on creating
positive changes to help you live more sustainably

* Step into our friendly and welcoming community,
full of like-minded souls

This brand new community is for you if you want to:

  • Reduce the amount of single use plastic that comes in to your home and to landfill
  • Try buying nothing new for month
  • Learn how to have a lower impact by choosing what to eat
  • Implement changes with your family and your children
  • Overcome the overwhelm your children can bring when it comes to birthdays, parties and toys
  • Make more informed choices about where you spend you money and what you buy
  • Create your own environmental beauty products
  • Travel with care
  • Discover the gentle activism of fixing your things


When you join you will get access to the membership site where each month we will work on a different topic – everything from living with less plastic, to eating more sustainably – there will be resources, recipes and how-to’s, along with group calls with me to help you to set your goals for that particular month, AND monthly calls with inspirational people and experts from the sustainability world.
There will also be a private FB group where you can come and ask questions, make connections and friends, and we can all support each other to keep taking those small steps that move us in the right direction.


  • Anyone wanting to live more sustainably.
  • Anyone wanting to connect with like-minded people in a safe, supportive and non-judegemental community.
  • Anyone wanting to some guidance and support around the steps that they can take to reduce their environmental impact.


  • Anyone who doesn’t really give a monkeys about the planet.
  • Anyone whose main focus is money saving – the great thing about living more sustainably is that it very often has the nice ‘side-benefit’ of saving money, but that isn’t the driving force behind the community, and if you are solely looking to save money, then this isn’t really the group for you.
  • Anyone who isn’t prepared to learn, to change, to try, and to fail sometimes.


Pay monthly: £5/month
Pay yearly: £50/year
Pick n mix (dip in to specific months that interest you most): £7.50/month.

I said above that the focus of the group is not money saving, but I am confident that if you implement even just some of the suggested actions throughout the year, you will save at least the cost of your membership!


January - Making Do

January – Making Do

Thinking about ways we can make the best use of what we’ve already got, from food and leftovers, to our craft stashes and our clothes.
There’s the ‘added option’ of a buying nothing month here too!

February – Food
February's focus is on how we can minimise the impact of the food we eat on the environment, by buying and cooking food differently.
Expect lots of recipes, and ideas for lower impact eating, as well as the opportunity to share some of your favourite recipes and tips too!

February - Food
March - Family

March – Family
There is no doubt that kids bring with them laughter, tears and joy, but also a massive carbon footprint!
This month I’ll be sharing with you some of the things we do as a family to reduce our impact – everything from nappies, to birthday parties.

April – Fashion
The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet, second only to oil. It’s an area where we all can, and should, make a really big difference.
I’ll share the lessons I learned from a year buying no clothes, as well as resources and tips to help you to dress well with less!

April - Fashion
May - Mending

May – Mending and Repair
During May the focus is on repair and mending, and the gentle activism of fixing your stuff.
I’ll be sharing how to’s on things like darning, as well as inspiration for ‘visible mending’ and ideas for where to get your stuff fixed if you can’t fix it yourself.

June – Home life

How to conserve resources in our homes, so everything from energy and water saving, as well as ideas and recipes for eco-friendly cleaning.

June - Home
July - Plastic free

July – Plastic Free

Plastic is an issue that lots of us struggle with, so I’ll be sharing with you strategies to cut down your use, especially of single use plastic.

August – Travel and Transport

August is traditionally holiday month here in the UK, and we’ll be looking at eco-friendly ways to get around, both when jetting off on holiday and also from day to day.

August - Transport
Sept - Zero waste

September – Zero Waste
Zero Waste Week has been a regular feature of the sustainability calendar in September, so we’ll be joining in and extending the ‘war on waste’ into the whole month.
You’ll be invited to do a (non compulsory!) bin audit at the start, and the end of the month, to get a real measure of how much landfill you saved by implementing the tips and ideas shared this month.

October – Body and Soul

This month we’ll be looking at self-care, mental health, well-being and also some recipes for DIY toiletries and beauty products.

October- Body and Soul
November - Celebrations

November – Celebrations

In the run up to Christmas I’ll be looking into how to minimise the impact of our celebrations and our gift giving on the planet.

December – Community
Sometimes trying to create change, in our own lives, and in the wider world, can feel like a very lonely process. Finding our tribe, the people who ‘get us’, both in ‘real life’ and online, can be a great way to stay motivated and get inspiration to keep moving forwards (and it’s what I know you will find within this year long membership!)

December - Community



I’m not in the UK, can I still take part?
The course is all online, so you can take part from wherever you are in the world.
The timing of the group calls will move around a bit, to give everyone a chance to attend at least some of them, depending on their time zone. Each call will be recorded so you can watch at your leisure.

I’m already pretty ‘green’ – is there any point me joining in?
I am a great believer that there is always more to learn, about any subject. Sustainable living is such a vast and complex area, that I don’t think any of us are ‘there’ yet. For me, it’s about the journey, rather than ending up at a ‘perfect’ destination, so wherever you are in your own journey, I am confident that you will pick up some new tips and ideas, as well as the massive benefit of connecting with like-minded types.

I’m a bit embarrassed about how ‘un-sustainable’ my life currently is – can I still join?

One of the core values of the group is that it will be a safe and non-judgemental place for you to come and share where you are, and the steps you want to make. Each of us will be starting from our own unique place, and it’s all about putting into place the baby steps to move forwards.

I can’t sew/knit/crochet/insert other craft here, how much craftiness is needed to “Make Do and Mend”?
Although being able to sew or knit and make things ourselves is a great way to reduce consumption in some ways, there are so many other changes you can make, and steps you can take, that you honestly don’t need any kind of crafting skills!

How much time do I need to commit?
The group call will last about an hour each month, and the Q&A with the experts will last about the same time.
None of the elements are compulsory, they are there for you to pick and choose from, but as with anything, the more you put in, the more you will get out!



I'm a 'retired vet' living in Wiltshire in the south-west of the UK, with my husband and our two young sons.
In 2012/13 we spent a year buying nothing new, and it completely opened my eyes to so many things – I was forced to confront many of the issues that I had previously chosen to look away from.  Things like fast fashion, and plastic pollution, and the amount of rubbish we were sending to landfill.
And it also opened my eyes to the fact that as just one family, we really could make a difference.
That it was worth making all the small changes we were implementing, because together they all add up.
Over the course of the year, we changed the way we shopped, and more importantly, the way we thought about shopping.

I learned that my choices matter. That my choices can help to change the world. And that by taking responsibility for the impact of the choices I was making, I could create really, meaningful, positive change.


Jen Gale head shot round

Since then, I have gone on to build up an online community of over 14,000 people, all creating positive change with the choices that they make every day, and have been invited to write and speak about sustainable and ethical consumption all over the country.