I cannot sew…my proficiency with a needle and thread ends at putting a button back on a shirt. I find this very sad and one day, when I am graced with much more free time than I have now, I would like to learn this very useful skill. My grandmother used to make my clothes when I was little in addition to the baby blankets that my children are still using today. She made her own dish rags, rugs, and could mend socks as well. Sock mending is a lost art. Sure, there are a few people out there who still know how to do it but there are a lot more holey socks than there are sock menders! My laudry room alone is filled with socks who’s soles have worn out and are now destined for the rag bin.
Our lack of sock mending skills isn’t the only thing we have forgotten how to do. We no longer fix vaccume cleaners, glue coffee mug handles back on or find creative uses for broken flower pots. We are a throw away society. Generations before us learned how to reduce, reuse, and recycle their old stuff because they had no other choice. New socks cost money….repairing holey socks only took time and a little bit of thread. We used to have more time than money. Not anymore. Now we have money and our holey socks get tossed out in the next day’s trash.
Here is a random piece of trivia for you to Think About This Thursday: In the United States, approximately 150,000,000 socks are sold each year. Where do a vast majority of these socks come from? China. (Yiwu, China is actually know as “sock town” and produced over three billion pairs of socks for Wal-Mart, Pringle and Disney last year.) Where do all the holey ones go? Right to the dump.
Now, I am not recommending you go out and learn how to mend socks…I am certainly not taking up that particular skill any time soon. What I DO hope to leave you thinking about today is our ‘throw it away’ attitude. If every person chose to fix just one broken item instead of tossing it aside to buy new we would be well on our way to easing the burden on our landfills. Can you imagine how high a pile of 150 million socks would be? That’s a lot of socks!
If you are feeling ambitious and DO want to learn how to mend socks, here is a video from YouTube on how to do it: