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Pros and Cons of Building with Earthbags

by: Sara on 07/29/2018

Today is the Build portion of our Grow Make Build Change summer reading sale theme featuring an excerpt from Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Kelly Hart. Earthbag construction — building with polypropylene bags usually filled with earthen materials — is a versatile, easy-to-master, low-impact, and highly …

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Mudgirls Manifesto - An interview with the collective

by: Sara on 05/25/2018

The Mudgirls are building a revolution, and you're invited! The Mudgirls is an all-women's natural building collective from coastal British Columbia. They build houses and offer workshop that empower people to take back the right to provide themselves with shelter.

We have just released their book Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted …

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An Interview with the authors of Changemakers

by: Sara on 05/17/2018

The new book Changemakers: Embracing Hope, Taking Action, and Transforming the World by Fay Weller and Mary Wilson is the guidebook for ordinary people who want to create a new society now, rather than wait for a pie-in-the-sky future. Changemakers explores powerful stories of everyday people. Below is an interview with authors Fay Weller and Mary …

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Earthbag Building is Off Press!

by: EJ on 04/25/2018

Essential Earthbag Construction: The Complete Step-by-Step Guide is the first book in the Sustainable Building Essential Series to catch my imagination and interest. It looks like a building technique that I might actually be able to use given my limited building skills. 

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100,000 Staples and 26 Tonnes of Plaster and Still Counting

by: Sara on 01/30/2018

Today's post is from our editor Rob West's blog The Handcrafted Life. Rob and his family returned to Canada after 10 years in the UK to build their dream home, a site-cut roundwood timber framed house with light clay straw walls and a cob floor. But where oh where to find the information to build such a thing?

One of Rob's first endeavors as a New …

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