Stephen Forrest will talk about his experiences with his "off-the-grid" house in Vermont. Forrest is Vice President of Research at the University of Michigan as well as a Professor of Engineering, Computer Science, and Physics.
Dr. Forrest will speak at the Hatcher Library Gallery at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor on Tuesday, October 26, from 5:30-7:00PM.
Little green dresses: 50 original patterns for repurposed dresses, tops, skirts, and more by Tina Sparkles; photographer, Erica Beckman — Looking for a way to refresh your wardrobe without spending big bucks? Here you'll find lots of ideas for revamping existing clothing in your closet or from a thrift store, places to find inexpensive fabric, and sewing instructions for all levels. These patterns are printed so that you can photocopy onto larger paper and sew from there. Check out this Q&A with author Tina Sparkles at Craftzine.com.
- Forgo electronic gym equipment
- Switch to recycled toilet paper
- Use handkerchiefs instead of tissues
- Switch to vegan-friendly dental floss
- Invest in permanent laser hair removal rather than shaving and waxing
- Pick up litter when you see it
- Switch to recycled, recyclable razors
Eco books : inventive projects from the recycling bin by Terry Taylor
Handmade books sound neat, but how easy is it to actually make one? Turns out, pretty easy! You can take materials you have around the house and make them into books in a variety of styles. This book shows how to make forty different types of books ranging from easy (complete in an afternoon or less) to more advanced styles that might take a little longer. You can also reuse a ton of different materials for the covers, including egg cartons, cardboard, fabric, an old mouse pad, cereal boxes, and lots of others.
Canton has single stream recycling, which means all recycle items are placed together into a single bin at curbside for pick-up. But what happens after the items get to the recycle center? Michigan Radio has a video tour of Ann Arbor's new recycling facility.
The consumer's guide to effective environmental choices : practical advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists by Michael Brower and Warren Leon
The virtuous consumer : your essential shopping guide for a better, kinder, healthier world by Leslie Garrett ; foreword by Peter Greenberg
Clean : the humble art of Zen-cleansing by Michael De Jong
The green home by Bridget Biscotti Bradley and the editors of Sunset Books
How green is your home? What impact on your health and well-being do the materials and items in your house have? It could be a lot, and if you're planning a renovation or even just redecorating, this book has a lot of great information about how to make environmentally responsible choices that are also aesthetically pleasing and useful in everyday real life.