As the intro says, I learned the mend, make, re-purpose and recycle when I was very young and lived with my great grandfather and grandmother in the wilds of rural Sussex. Of course in the late 40's and early 50's the country and many of the individuals were struggling to get by. Our family was little different, except that we had less by way of worldly goods, and precious little income. It was thus de-rigeur that everything was viewed and reviewed to check whether or it might have the potential for a second life. Tin cans became jugs, or off-cuts were used to patch other utensils. We lived in a three acre wood, so we were self-sufficient for kindling, logs and building materials. My mentor (Ernie, my great grandad) showed me how to fell trees and then how to split and shape the timbers afterwards to use as building materials.
Today, while I no longer fell quite as many trees in Birmingham, those that do have to come down are always used. Similarly, while my workshop is 'equipped', I also have an extensive 'store' of things that 'might come in useful once in twenty years!" That was another of Ernie's maxims! My wife would probably confirm that when something breaks in the household, I can usually fix it with something from my treasure store. I just wish that more people would follow the way of life which doesn't waste precious materials. Long live Freegle and like organisations which both encourages and enables people to avoid waste and re-use where practicable.