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7 ways to build resilience at home

Treehugger / Katherine Martinko / 30 April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has made people realize how dependent they are on the outside world for services, resources, and entertainment. Weeks of self-isolation have left many feeling vulnerable, scared, and bored. In the months and years that follow this pandemic, I suspect that more people will be wanting to build up their resilience at home. They won’t become outright preppers, who anticipate worst-case scenarios at every turn (and do have some worthwhile takeaway points for the rest of us), but they won’t want to feel so blindsided and exposed to disaster ever again.

I came across an article by Trent Hamm for The Simple Dollar blog, where he lists “12 frugal ways to become more self-sufficient.” This is exactly what I’m talking about, and I’d like to highlight a few of his points, and share some of mine. Self-sufficiency, or resilience, is always a smart goal to pursue, and it doesn’t have to be all or nothing; even a partial achievement can make a big difference. If you’re not already doing some or all of these things, you can start today.

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Our laundry soap workshop was a big success!

Transition Brockville / 20 November 2019

Shown here are some of the participants of our October 27 workshop, grating soap and bagging some borax and washing soda to make their own soap at home. Virginia Glover gave an excellent demonstration of how to make the soap, one she’s used now for many years. A repeat workshop will be offered January 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Brockville Public Library. Sign up at the library or write to info@transitionbrockville.com.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap on October 27

Transition Brockville / 21 October 2019

Would you like to wash your clothes with soap that’s safe for the environment? Well, now you can make your own soap and know just what’s in it.

Transition Brockville is hosting a free workshop on making your own liquid laundry soap, at the Brockville Public Library on Sunday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.

Virginia Glover, a longtime Transition Brockville member, will demonstrate how to make the soap from simple, tried-and-true ingredients. This safe soap won’t harm the environment. It’s effective too – even takes elderberry stain out of white cloth!

All you need to bring is a grater to grate soap, a one-cup measure, and a two-litre plastic jug in which to take home your share of the soap. You will also receive enough ingredients to make your own batch of soap at home.

In addition, the library, Transition’s partner for many years, is providing recipes for some household cleaners, also made from simple, safe ingredients.

Refreshments will be provided; a freewill donation to Transition Brockville is welcome.

To register for this free workshop, participants need to sign up at the library’s circulation desk, or call the library at 613-342-3936, or write to info@transitionbrockville.com.

25 tips for going local without going crazy

New Society Publishers / Julia Shanks, Brett Grohsgal / 04 April 2016

Locally sourced and seasonally raised foods taste better, and are better for you. They spend more time in the fields ripening – developing sweetness and flavor – because they don’t need to be picked under-ripe for shipping. Picking under-ripe vegetables also reduces the nutritional value. Farmers can grow more diverse varieties, bred for quality and flavor rather than long shelf life. And though a region may experience a drought or unusually cold weather for a season, the fruits and vegetables still grow at their optimal time, ensuring the best possible taste. Picking under-ripe vegetables reduces the nutritional value.

Buying local also benefits the environment and economy.

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There’s a way to eat more sustainably

CBC News / Emily Chung / 04 Decembre 2018

Your supper last night may have generated as many greenhouse gas emissions as driving to the next town in your car. At best, it was probably the equivalent of a couple of kilometres.

The good news is that it’s quite easy to eat more sustainably. Science shows there are lots of ways to reduce your dietary carbon footprint without going vegan — or even giving up any foods you enjoy.

Bonus: They’ll probably save you money, too.

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65 tips to save money through self-reliance

Mother Earth News / Kale Roberts / February/March 2014

Throughout the years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers have proved to be a clever lot. You’ve shown time and again that you can save a bundle when you apply resourcefulness and a little elbow grease to home economics. Frankly, our consumer culture pressures many of us to live above our means. The good news is that making a personal and household commitment to a more frugal lifestyle can be a fulfilling, healthy choice — and the following tips to save money can start you on that journey. Imagine what your life will be like when you slash your grocery or utility bills in half, or when you’re able to pay down your mortgage.

We’ve assembled the following tips to save money from you, our readers, and from our Amazin’ Archive — 44 years’ worth of articles about living on less and loving it.

After you read our selections, find more details for how to implement the tips that interest you by clicking on the links that follow each tip.

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The Transition Framework

The Transition Towns movement aims toward veering away from excessive consumption – to deal with the conjoined problems of peak oil and climate change – but also in the belief that we may create an essentially more contented society, through building strong and resilient local communities. We will get to know our neighbours better, because we shall all need one another in the time to come.

— Chris Rhodes, Resource Insights (03 June 2013)
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