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Make your life more eco-friendly with the green living tips in this Howcast video series. The environment will thank you!
You Will Need
- Log cabin
- Food preservation skills
- Large cooking pot
- Homemade soap
- Quilting and square-dancing talent
Build yourself a home
Move into a 1-room log cabin -- that you build yourself. Make sure it's near a water source, because you won't have indoor plumbing. Or outdoor plumbing, for that matter. Hello, outhouse!
Learn how to salt, smoke, pickle, can, and preserve; you won't have a refrigerator. Become proficient at 1-pot meals: You'll be cooking everything in a large kettle over your fireplace. You did build a fireplace, didn't you?
Get used to smelling a little gamy: Your whole family will be taking turns bathing in a single tub of water, once a week, with soap you make yourself out of lye and grease. Afterwards, use the dirty bath water to clean the cabin. Now that's recycling!
Give away your electronics
Give away all your electronics and enjoy simpler pastimes. Pioneers often pasted layers of newspaper to their walls for both insulation and entertainment. You can also take up quilting and square dancing -- 2 more favorite leisure activities on the frontier.
Learn your lesson
Not quite ready to shove your belongings into a covered wagon and head into the sunset? Try bringing a bit of the pioneer sensibility into your modern lifestyle. Just think of all the water you'll save by not flushing!