Making It

Making It

Radical Home Ec for A Post-consumer World

eBook - 2010
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Provides interesting do-it-yourself projects for people interested in sustainable living, including growing food in a tiny apartment, building a 99-cent solar-powered oven, creating a safe laundry soap, fishing in urban waters and much more. Original.

McMillan Palgrave

Spending money is the last thing anyone wants to do right now. We are in the midst of a massive
cultural shift away from consumerism and toward a vibrant and very active countermovement that has
been thriving on the outskirts for quite some time—do-it-yourselfers who make frugal, homemade living hip are challenging the notion that true wealth has anything to do with money. In Making It, Coyne and Knutzen, who are at the forefront of this movement, provide readers with all the tools they need for this radical shift in home economics.

The projects range from simple to ambitious and include activities done in the home, in the garden,
and out in the streets. With step-by-step instructions for a wide range of projects—from growing food in an apartment and building a ninety-nine-cent solar oven to creating safe, effective laundry soap for pennies a gallon and fishing in urban waterways—Making It will be the go-to source for post-consumer living activities that are fun, inexpensive, and eminently doable. Within hours of buying this book, readers will be able to start transitioning into a creative, sustainable mode of living that is not just a temporary fad but a cultural revolution.

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale, c2010
ISBN: 9781605294629
Branch Call Number: 640.73 C83991m 2010
Characteristics: ix, 310 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 28, 2017

Very good book. Lots of little tips and introductions to gardening ideas that were new to me. Would recommend this book.

Feb 20, 2012

I think this book is a stand-out in the Green DIY crowd in that it 1) avoids preaching and 2) the narrators sound likeable. The book has a sense of humor and many of the projects are very simple and most are economical. While you can complete many of the projects using the instructions provided, some of them might require a little more research on-line to feel comfortable about, for instance building a chicken coop. Overall, great introductions to a lot of cool, cheap, useful projects for the home.

Aug 15, 2011

There are a lot of "new-to-me" recipes for household products. I think I want to buy my own copy, but first I need to do some research. Some of the useful recipes call for olive oil, and I wonder how this would affect the septic system. (Or the city sewage system, for others.) And with the mostly blue print, you cannot photocopy the best ideas.


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