I'm in awe of the incredible ingenuity and creativity from the WWII homefront.
First please allow me to share this from the home sweet homefront website.
With the scarcity of so many everyday items during World War Two, Britons were encouraged to become much more self-sufficient and make greater use of the materials they had.
The phrase most associated with this British wartime drive for self-sufficiency was 'MAKE DO and MEND'.
Some of the ingenious ways of how people got by included;
i. making wartime JEWELLERY from old beer bottle tops, cup hooks and corks
ii. supplementing a shortage of CLEANING MATERIALS by crushing egg shells for use as a scouring compound and cutting squares out of old stockings for use as dishcloths
iii. using the dregs of cold tea to clean WOODWORK
iv. varnishing the soles of CHILDREN'S SHOES to prolong the foot-wears life and
v. cutting up old Mackintoshes to make BIBS for babies.
Just look at this brooch! It was made from a button and electrical wire! Isn't it brilliant!?!
Phil Bryne writes:
Households were asked to wash their recyclables before putting them out in tied bundles. Waste was segregated for the following uses:
- Tins and metal were collected for use in aircraft, tanks and weapons
- Boiled bones were used to make glue for aircraft, ground up to make fertiliser or made into glycerine for explosives.
- Kitchen waste provided feed for pigs, chickens and goats and people would bring their scraps to communal bins.
- Paper for munitions - newspapers were printed on low quality paper
- Rubber was collected to make tires
Man oh man, we've got it good. So good.
We're recycling for different reasons now, but I would love to be as committed to making do and reusing as people of the WWII homefront. I have a loooong way to go to change the way I view waste and what's still "good".
I'd love to hear some of your recycling and making do tricks. Or what you like or don't like about the home front during any of the wars.
Bye for now!
I've got a lot of jewellery to finish for this week!