by Madeleine Somerville —
Did you know that wool dryer balls work like magic to keep your laundry fluffy, without coating your clothes in animal fat that store-bought dryer sheets leave behind?
They are simple to make and a fun craft project for kids, too.
And did you know seven million trees are cut down annually for the paper cups your coffee is served in? Somerville says you can recycle a jelly container from home, and you will save an entire forest while getting lots of compliments on your coffee jar.
She has gathered completely original ideas on how to save money and the planet, and have fun in the process. Learn how to create and not just consume with this guide to the guilt-free green life.
It is packed with dozens of do-it-yourself ideas for shampoo and eco-cleaners, yummy recipes and even homemade holiday gifts and décor.
Somerville also includes eco-friendly baby solutions, from recipes for rash cream to biodegradable wipes; dog and kitty care, including make-it-yourself litter and flea spray; and how to whip up your own skin and body products.
$16.95 — Viva Editions, an imprint of Cleis Press, Inc., 2246 Sixth St., Berkeley, CA 94710.
Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 34, Number 1, February/March 2015.