Making & Repairing

Sometimes the best way to avoid plastic is by making things yourself. We have pulled together some of our favourite recipes for making food, natural cosmetics, as well as simple, safe and effective cleaning products for your home. The secret is to keep it simple and start with easy recipes that work for you and your budget.

Another way to avoid bringing new plastic into production is to take good care of the things we have, and to repair them when needed rather than buying new. If you don’t have the skills, there will be someone nearby who does and is able to teach you how – see our list of Gloucestershire repair cafes and other local facilities.


Yorkley repair cafe Forest of Dean
Newent repair cafe Forest of Dean
Cheltenham repair cafe, Cheltenham
Nailsworth repair cafe Nailsworth
Atelier Stroud Stroud
Stroud repair cafe Stroud
Access bike Stroud
Garment repairs & alterations: check local dry cleaners

Workshops & Makers’ Groups

Atelier Stroud Make, Meet & Mend; weaving; textiles; sewing and more
Sewing Shed workshop
Furniture restoration
Find a course – basketry, felting, pottery and lots more
Build or repair a bicycle!