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Ecothrifty
Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life
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When eco met thrifty – how saving money can help save the planet Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without-our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But...
When eco met thrifty – how saving money can help save the planet Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without-our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But...
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  • When eco met thrifty – how saving money can help save the planet

    Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without-our grandmothers knew the importance of responsible, thrifty choices. But somewhere along the way we succumbed to the belief that we can get everything for next to nothing, have it shipped halfway around the world and then, more often than not, just throw it away.

    This consumer binge is taking its toll. Diet and lifestyle-related illnesses are epidemic, our environment is awash in a sea of plastic, our climate is changing, and the cost of everything is skyrocketing with the price of oil. Are we doomed? No. We can make greener, healthier choices, and we can do it while saving money.

    Where to start? Ecothrifty is packed with simple, practical ideas and recipes to help you:

  • Make homemade products for cleaning and skin care
  • Grow your own food and cook more from scratch
  • Raise your family without lowering your standards.
  • A must-read for anyone who has ever wanted to live a greener life but thought that it would be too expensive, time-consuming or difficult, this handy, complete guide will show you how small changes can have a huge environmental impact and save you thousands of dollars, all while improving your quality of life.

About the Author-

  • Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer and self-sufficiency expert who presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting and homeschooling. The author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, she and her family produce all of their own meat, eggs, and dairy products, by raising sheep, pigs, cattle, goats, chickens, and turkeys, while an organic garden and orchard provide fruit and vegetables.

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  • Acknowledgments
    Foreword
    Introduction

    Chapter 1 — Personal Care Products
    Basics
    Creams and moisturizers
    Soaps
    Scrubs
    Toners
    Shampoo
    Dental hygiene
    Deodorant and antiperspirant
    Shaving
    Feminine products

    Chapter 2 — Health and Fitness
    Drugs
    Alternatives
    Herbal supplements
    Exercise

    Chapter 3 — Babies
    Breastfeeding
    Diapers
    Wipes
    Powder and cream
    Food
    Walkers

    Chapter 4 — Clothing
    How many clothes?
    Used versus new
    Sewing
    Second life for old clothes

    Chapter 5 — Food
    Planning
    Getting food
    Keeping food
    Cooking food
    Cereals
    Eggs
    Pancakes and biscuits
    Yogurt
    Beans
    Bread
    Casseroles
    Pasta Salads
    Potatoes
    Soups
    Stretching meat
    Desserts
    Snacks
    Drinks
    Beyond food

    Chapter 6 — Home
    Air fresheners
    Appliances
    Cleaning
    Laundry
    Light bulbs
    Heating and cooling
    Furniture

    Chapter 7 — Gardening
    Small spaces
    Container gardening
    Edible landscapes
    Community gardens
    Saving seeds
    Composting
    Lawns

    Chapter 8 — Entertainment
    Hobbies
    Music
    Books
    Computers
    Celebrations
    Picnics

    Chapter 9 — Transportation
    Car sharing
    Carpooling
    Ecothrifty driving
    New or used

    Chapter 10 — Free or Practically Free
    Bartering
    Learning
    Repurposing and reusing
    Foraging

    Final Thoughts
    Bibliography
    Notes
    Recipe Index
    Index
    About the Author

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 29, 2012
    Following her eco-friendly debut, Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, self-sufficiency expert Niemann focuses now on practical ways to be green while saving money through informed consumer choices, such as how to avoid buying toxic products or their expensive alternatives (e.g., making laundry detergent with washing soda, borax, and soap) to reducing environmental harm and support personal health. In every chapter, from food to home to transportation, Niemann includes recipes or other straightforward guidance, along with cost comparisons, to make her ideas accessible and seemingly easy to implement. Because she covers so much territory, some ideas are bound to pique readers' interest, whether wine- or soap-making, gardening, bread baking, or clothes swapping parties. A homesteader herself, Niemann does not forgo technology when it provides the cleanest and cheapest option. She acknowledges, for instance, that using a reel mower for lawn care may not be practical for large lawns or busy people, and so she describes the differences between electric- and gas-powered options. Likewise, in her chapter on free stuff, Niemann discusses foraging in parks as well as foraging online. Small testimonials sprinkled throughout the book complement Niemann's encouraging tone, so that her advice does not come across as self-righteous or preachy, but more like insider tips from an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Photos.

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