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The Big Issue: Ingenuity

We all need to take time out to get creative

On a day-to-day basis, many of us don’t get the chance to flex our creative muscles. It’s easy to get ground down into the doldrums of daily life, forgetting how important it is to let the crafty rightside of our brains run free. Creating projects, making things from nothing, being resourceful, looking for new purpose in old items or simply putting a pen to paper and letting yourself get lost in doodling, are not only crucial for your mental health, but super important for the planet, too. We’re not being dramatic either. Being ingenious could hold the answers to solving our current climate problems – all it takes is one person to think outside of the box. Crafting may merely be a way to while away an evening for you, but if you’re making something useful, it could be the difference between life and death for someone else. There are endless benefits for you too, from stress relief to better problem-solving, and given the current state of the world, we need all the sharpthinking problem-solvers we can get. 

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Hello, When I was little, my parents had a new fridge-freezer delivered. It was a very exciting time because, after a lot of begging, I was allowed to keep the box and I had big plans for it. I became all-consumed with my project – rushing home from school to colour in a panel, pin up a picture or paint numbers on the door. I transformed this brown cardboard cuboid into my own little office, complete with seat, desk and window, and I remember feeling totally satisfied with the finished article. I’d taken something drab and boring and, with a lot of imagination, turned it into something I deemed wonderful. What has my funny little box office got to do with saving the world? Well, this issue we are looking into how with a bit of creativity and ingenuity, we can change things for the better. There are brilliant companies who are taking plastic bottles and making them into swimwear, people that are using their crafty skills to make items for those that really need them, such as blankets for refugees, and a whole bunch of talented social media stars who can help you upcycle the items you no longer love into things you really do. We also look at the incredible benefits of indulging your creative side and how, just like when you were a kid, you should regularly set your imagination free. If you need me, I’ll be decorating my office. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor