Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life

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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 lost our way and 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...

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Overview

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 lost our way and 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? Ecofrugal 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.

Deborah Niemann is a homesteader, writer, and self-sufficiency expert. The author of Homegrown and Handmade: A Practical Guide to More Self-Reliant Living, she presents extensively on topics including soapmaking, breadbaking, cheesemaking, composting, and homeschooling.

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Publishers Weekly
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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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. - Publishers Weekly review

I support & endorse this wonderful book, 100%. – Ed Begley, Jr. Actor / Environmentalist

Those of us embarking on the journey of consuming less and enjoying ourselves more desperately need guidebooks, and Deborah Niemann has written one for us. Ecothrifty leads us gently down the path of changing the way we think about what we buy. I hope you will find this book the beginning of your engagement in a global movement to create a family life that is rich and abundant while sitting lighter on the planet that holds us all. – Kathy Harrison, from the Foreword

If you care about the future of the Earth and her ecosystems and want to make a difference, pick up a copy of this book and read it cover to cover. You’re in for a treat! This book is chock-full of valuable information that could change your lifestyle and help create a sustainable world. Ecothrifty should be required reading for every citizen of the world.

Dan Chiras, Director, The Evergreen Institute, and author of The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy, and Power from the Sun evergreeninstitute.org

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865717152
  • Publisher: New Society Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 723,173
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments x

Foreword xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Personal Care Products 7

Basics 8

Creams and moisturizers 13

Soaps 15

Scrubs 16

Toners 18

Shampoo 19

Dental hygiene 20

Deodorant and antiperspirant 22

Shaving 23

Feminine products 26

Chapter 2 Health and Fitness 29

Drugs 29

Alternatives 30

Herbal supplements 32

Exercise 32

Chapter 3 Babies 35

Breastfeeding 36

Diapers 38

Wipes 39

Powder and cream 39

Food 40

Walkers 42

Chapter 4 Clothing 45

How many clothes? 45

Used versus new 48

Sewing 52

Second life for old clothes 52

Chapter 5 Food 55

Planning 57

Getting food 58

Keeping food 60

Cooking food 67

Cereals 69

Eggs 70

Pancakes and biscuits 71

Yogurt 74

Beans 75

Bread 79

Casseroles 90

Pasta Salads 90

Potatoes 93

Soups 94

Stretching meat 97

Desserts 99

Snacks 103

Drinks 105

Beyond food 113

Chapter 6 Home 117

Air fresheners 117

Appliances 118

Cleaning 121

Laundry 124

Light bulbs 129

Heating and cooling 131

Furniture 133

Chapter 7 Gardening 137

Small spaces 138

Container gardening 140

Edible landscapes 142

Community gardens 142

Saving seeds 143

Composting 144

Lawns 145

Chapter 8 Entertainment 147

Hobbies 149

Music 151

Books 153

Computers 154

Celebrations 154

Picnics 157

Chapter 9 Transportation 159

Car sharing 162

Carpooling 162

Ecothrifty driving 162

New or used 167

Chapter 10 Free or Practically Free 169

Bartering 169

Learning 171

Repurposing and reusing 173

Foraging 174

Final Thoughts 177

Bibliography 179

Notes 184

Recipe Index 187

Index 188

About the Author 193

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Waste of money

    I thought this would give me new ideas but it was just more of the same. Everyone knows that cooking is cheaper than eating out. Everyone knows that cloth is better than paper. You don't need a book to tell you that. Most of what is in this book you can find online for free and you look up what you are interested in and not have information that is useless to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great ideas, start now

    I read extensively on green topics and while nothing was new to me, I recommend this book to everyone. Its a good reminder of great things you can do. So flip it open, pick a few things and dive in!

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