Very thought provoking. I'm feeling inspired to become "low-impact woman", but not ready for no-impact --although there are temptations!"Before 1900, most households [in the US:] didn't even have a trashcan. The rag-and-bone man came to your door and paid you to give him, among other things, your old clothes for paper-making, your meat bones for button-making, and your cooking grease for soap-making. What was left, you burned in your stove for heat. But this cultural ethic of reuse changed when, by way of example, button factories discovered it was cheaper and more efficient to get their bone from the conveyor-belt slaughterhouses, and paper producers discovered a way to make paper from trees instead of from cloth." p.66home-made yogurt: you boil a quart of milk, wait til it cools enough to stick your finger in, mix in a T of yogurt culture, transfer it to a container and cover with a blanket, than wait til morning and you've got yogurt.To keep toxins out of wastewater, around the house we use nothing toxic. We learn to make our household and personal cleaning products from a combination of borax, white vinegar, baking soda, and Dr. Bronner's vegetable-based liquid soap. Baking soda, it turns out, makes the world's best underarm deodorant. A vegetable-oil-and-beeswax moisturizer made by a local person is better for our skin than anything we've ever used before.Lots of good resources listed in the footnotes.