I WANT to help the environment, but that alone usually does nothing to help me remember my reuseable shopping bags. Then the issue went from "Help the environment" to "Help the environment and save the cat from death by plastic."
This is Offbeat Home's archive of eco-conscious posts.
We've talked about all sorts of eco-friendly home hacks, but let's try the final frontier of reusable toiletries: FAMILY CLOTH. The concept is pretty straight-forward: rather than wipe your butt with paper that you then wad up and flush into the septic system, you use small squares of soft fabric that you then wash and reuse.
No more toilet paper, ever. Wait, EVER!?
Let's start with this: I am NOT a picky eater, but I'm choosy about my food. I haven't always been this way: when I first lived on my own, life was full of Pizza Hut and mac and cheese and ramen noodles and nary a vegetable in sight. I thought spending 50 cents on green onions was a splurge.
The first changes in my adult eating habits happened when I read Micheal Pollan's rules for eating. That link is a LONG article, and well worth the read, but I'll summarize: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. And don't eat food with more than five ingredients. He goes on to say that if you're confused, you should stick to foods your grandmother would recognize. That's pretty simplistic. In real terms, how do you get there?
What would it be like to inhabit a normal-sized home that's actually a treehouse? Now we know. We picked up a friend of ours and offered her a ride, and we didn't know we were in for such a treat when we got to her destination!
Let me start out by saying I AM NOT A PATIENT PERSON. Just ask anyone in my family. No wait, don't. Just trust me on this one.
So when I read about making this enzyme cleaner that takes 3 MONTHS to "mature"…I just knew I could never stand the waiting! So I ALMOST passed on this idea….until I read a way how to speed the process up from 3 months to TWO WEEKS!
I thought about it long and hard….and after some DEEP soul searching…I decided I COULD do 2 weeks.
A month after making my batch of cleaner, I hadn't even gotten around to trying it — so I decided the bathroom would be my first "test subject".
Since I am a collector at heart, Pinterest is my favorite. It's somewhere to put all the odds and ends I find for Offbeat Home that are cool, but not big enough to do a whole post about. UNTIL NOW. So I hope you'll enjoy this foray into a whole mess of Offbeat Home's pins.
But FIRST! Have you seen this huge pallet couch?
Last summer I read The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. I was given the book for my birthday, together with some cookbooks. You get the point, I love food. But I care about how it found its way into my kitchen, too. Let me tell you about what we decided works for us, after much book-reading and value-weighing.
Hi, Homies! I'm glad to see you today. I picked out these photos from the Offbeat Home Flickr pool, and I thought maybe we could sit down and look them over together, mmkay? I have SO MANY Clicky Links for you in here: water-measuring shower gadgets, wind-powered lanterns, and why old buildings matter.