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The Wombles of Wimbledon “Making good use of the things that we find”

October 25th 2013
By: Melanie Hollidge

The buzz word this year seems to be ‘up-cycle’ a phrase a year ago most people hadn’t heard of. TV series such as ‘Kirstie’s Homemade Britain,’ ‘Build your own home for under £100,000’ and Kevin Cloud's “Man made home’ have revitalised the idea of using what we have to create new items for our homes.

This recycling of old items is not really a new concept;  it dates back to our forbearers.  It comes down to people making do with the resources they have. In the UK and most of Europe our expendable income has been the lowest since the mid part of the last century, so we have reused items to save money, and in turn, the environment.

As several of our Goodfellow’s branches are located near Wimbledon, we thought we would mention ‘The Wombles of Wimbledon’. Wombles, if you don’t remember them, are fictional furry creatures with pointy-noses.  They live in burrows underground and they aim to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish in creative ways.

The most popular character being Great Uncle Bulgaria, who was the oldest and wisest of the Wombles.  The other most popular Wombles are Tobermory, Orinoco, Bungo, Tomsk and Madame Cholet. The Wombles were an important part of the ‘save the environment movement’ which started in the 1970s.

If you would find out more about the Wimbledon area, then why not pop into your local branch of Goodfellows for a chat and a coffee, but we can’t promise you will see a Womble.  

Photo source: Youtube:The Wombles Series 1 Episode 1, no copywrite infringement intended.