Make Your Own Everything
Make it all yourself. Surround your child and yourself with your own intentions, your own choices, and your own lovingly made creations. Self sufficiency can lead to natural living and sustainability.
We have collected resources, some free and most inexpensive, to help you make your own everything.
Cloth Diapers & Covers
Laundry & Diaper Care Cleaners
Cloth Menstrual Pads
Household Odds and Ends
Funeral (no kidding)
Make Your Own Cloth Diapers & Covers
Make Your Own Laundry & Diaper Care Cleaners
Make Your Own Cloth Menstrual Pads & more mama stuff
Make Your Own Baby Slings
Make Your Own Household Odds & Ends
Make Your Own Dolls
Make Your Own Business
Articles from Fuzbaby:
Make Your Own Education
Make Your Own Funeral
Maybe not your OWN but plan your own and consider a home funeral or a green burial for your loved ones. If you already embrace homebirth, homeschool, and home business, it isn't a big leap. It is a growing movement.
- A Family Undertaking is a documentary film on home funerals broadcast on PBS' P.O.V. program. The PBS site includes great funeral resources, including an expert panel to answer specific questions.
- Some of the experts for "A Family Undertaking" run nonprofit organizations advocating your choice in funerals as a consumer. One of these experts is Jerri Lyons of Final Passages, a California nonprofit that provides workshops and information.
- The Funeral Consumers' Alliance has been around to answer your questions since 1963. Includes directory, pamphlets, answers to common questions, and how-to help.
- The Natural Death Center in the UK includes a great list of US and worldwide resources to support dying at home and environmentally-friendly funerals.
- EcoffinUSA has biodegradable coffins. (I like the Willow Eco.) They are even labelled Fair Trade, but they're made in China. I'll tell you what, just go grab some cattails from the pond near my house and weave a quick basket for me. Or, just toss me in the pond.
- Take sustainability to a logical end with a green burial. We have seen this practice become more common in the UK, but the practice seems to be growing in the U.S., too.
- Dozens of major news outlets picked up on a July 1, 2006, Associated Press story on the growing popularity of green burials. William Kates' "'Green' Burials Growing in Popularity" appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox, Yahoo News and many other websites as well as in papers from Washington Post and LA Times to small-town papers.
- The language changes as the news changes. Now you can think about a carbon-neutral death. It is still green burial or woodland burial, and I would like to see the movement grow in the US. BBC article, "Toward a carbon neutral death," March 2, 2007.
- If you are really going to think about how to lower the environmental impact of your death, how about letting a flesh-eating mushroom suit take care of your body? Jae Rhim Lee talked about her suit at TEDGlobal in July 2011, then she was interviewed by New Scientist. The details are fascinating.