How to Sew A Button and other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew by Erin Bried might not seem like a 'green' book at first glance. It's a simple, no frills, no nonsense guide to the wisdom our grandmothers knew and used in daily life. That's the beauty of it, however. Old-fashioned wisdom was often the best solution for the environment, our pocketbook and our own health.
The chapters are divided up into cooking; gardening; cleaning; dressing; nesting; thriving; loving; saving; joining and entertainment. Learn how to 'repel furry friends' from your garden or start a compost; how to use vinegar or baking soda to clean almost anything; how to fix worn clothes or make art out of pressed flowers.
Don’t overlook the other sections though: the section on How to Write a Letter to your Representative is handy for any environmentalist and the section on How to Win an Utterly Silly Argument will come in handy when dealing with climate change deniers.
The wisdom and stories were collected from 10 grandmothers who lived through the Great Depression and short bios of each are included in the Introduction. Check it out!