Clothes and the keeping of them has quickly become an important theme on this blog. The clothes shopping ban, the darning of socks, the patching of clothes and the adding of pockets to improve clothes you already have, it all boils down to the simple concept of using what you already have and reusing it […]
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How can you describe a book such as this? “The Humanure Handbook” by Joseph Jenkins. How about a cult classic, for a start. It had been on my to-read list for a long time and I must admit, I was not entirely sure what to expect when I first sat down with it. It is, […]
To the uninitiated, there is something almost magical about electricity. You flip a switch and out comes heat, light, movement, sound or a whole slew of other things, including the wast and world-changing internet. But do we need everything electronic under the sun? The problem with electronics From a purely frugal and personal standpoint, owning […]
We started off with dumpster diving, primarily from grocery shop dumpsters, but there is a lot more resources that can be had in urban neighborhoods. This post is all about spotting opportunities where you live, that you might normally just pass by unnoticed. There is no end to the treasures you can uncover if you […]
A traditional composting bin setup can take up a lot of space, especially if you live in the city. But composting in a large bin is not the only way to turn your kitchen waste into nutrient-dense food for plants. In this post, we talk about the Japanese method of bokashi compost or fermenting your […]
Happy Earth day 2020 everyone! Our call to action this year is to encourage you to leave a smaller footprint by replacing (at least) one single-use product in your home with a cloth alternative. It is absurd that we have reached a point in our history where felling a tree, milling it, turning it into […]
Right now, a lot of us are stuck inside our homes and may turn online more often than usual. It’s an anxious and scary time for everyone, which makes it all the easier to feel like we should treat ourselves through online purchases and deliveries. Or perhaps online shopping is helping you distract yourself from the current situation? Whatever the case, take a deep breath and… wait. Stay that hand. For at least 72 hours, try to think of other things.
If you have little to no sewing experience already, this is a very forgiving project to start. It doesn’t matter if the edges are a little wonky or if the thread color doesn’t match quite right. And while it is nowhere near as precise as this post about making cloth masks like a pro, it […]
Finding yourself home more than usual? Perhaps you want to try your hand at sewing thing, but don’t have a sewing machine? In this post, I give you an easy DIY hand sewing project that is all straight edges and two simple seams. You don’t need much in terms of equipment either.
When it comes to the ecofrugal mindset, there are few things that beat a DIY mindset. We don’t all have to know how to do everything. But if we learn a couple of skills we enjoy doing, we can barter and trade with others of complementary skills. A produce bag for some homegrown strawberries? Mending clothes for babysitting? Only your imagination is the limit.