"The greenest thing you buy is the thing you don't buy." Or at least that's the hot topic over at Mother Nature Network. Check out Old Is the New Green to see how long greenies across the Web use things.
If the greenest thing is what we don't buy, how green are the things we make on our own? I'm thinking pretty green.
A Sonoma Garden offers up detailed instructions on how to make your own deodorant. I'm using up the last of my LUSH deodorant and then it's back to the drawing board on the deodorant. I'm thinking this homemade deodorant is on that drawing board.
Another DIY comes from the personal blog of our very own The Conscious Shopper. Want fresh Febreezy-scent without the synthetic chemicals? Try her recipe for all natural, eco-friendly air freshener.
What is greener DIY than when it comes to repurposing? Check out these "Franken Fixes" or DIY Gone Wild over at Mother Nature Network and never look at a soda bottle or power drill the same way again.
What about cutting costs and waste by making your own bagels? I've tried it and it was pretty fun if a little time consuming. Towards Sustainability, though, offers a quicker and easier way to make bagels using a bread machine.
Speaking of eating on the cheap, anyone checked out 30 Bucks a Week? It is a blog about a couple that aims to live on, well, thirty bucks a week. I assumed it would be all bargain Ritz crackers and Happy Meals but not so! These guys have a CSA, shop a coop and more.
Turns out, eating inexpensively is all about cooking from scratch - the way our grandmothers did. Here's a review of a delightful and informative cookbook circa WWII - The Victory Cookbook.
As I finish up this post, I'm feeling pretty happy. What's the reason? I'm headed out to the garden and, well, I just feel better out there. Is it the fresh air, the gentle breezes, the bountiful tomato plants or the buzzing bees? One study suggests it is none of those things but actually the dirt under my fingernails. This study finds that soil bacteria makes us feel better and may actually be the cure for depression. Another reason to get out there and grow something. (Thanks to tweet-buddy, BasilLeaf for pointing this study out to me.)