We believe that you can make your own everything–if you want to. Almost everything. Or you can choose what is most important and make that. This doesn’t necessarily mean solar panels, homesteading or going off the grid, though those are all great ideas. Even on a smaller scale, you can take sustainable living into your own hands. Educate yourself and share with those around you.
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 embrace the spirit of DIY, of “Make Your Own Everything.” We also happily don’t make our own at times. We’re no purists. We love that we have the option to make what we want to make.
We have collected resources, some free and most inexpensive, to help you make your own everything.
- Laundry & Diaper Care Cleaners
- Cloth Menstrual Pads
- Baby Slings
- Funeral (no kidding—below)
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. It’s a natural way of dealing with the whole cycle of life.
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.
- 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 resources to support dying at home and environmentally-friendly funerals.
- Green Burial Council is the industry organization that will help you find providers. You may be surprised how many options you have. When I started gathering these resources, my area had zero options, now I can see that I won’t necessarily have to opt for my own field.
- Passages has eco-friendly coffins made of willow, seagrass, bamboo, and more. (I like the Willow Casket.) They started by serving southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. 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.
- 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 television and online news and many other websites as well as in major and small-town newspapers. You can read the story from Washington Post.
- The language changes as the news changes. Now you can think about a carbon-neutral death. It is still green burial or woodland burial. 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.
It’s the cycle of life. It’s up to you. Make your own everything. Make your own anything—if you want to.