Nothing beats the nostalgia of a hand written and illustrated zine.  Microcosm Publishing has created a one stop shop for these personalized zines that are not only artistically awesome, but are packed with juicy and helpful content.  These hand-crafted catalogs feature guides on everything from bikes, history, home composting, free speech and bicycle maintenance.  One particularly useful guide I recently ordered is called Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs…. can’t wait for this little ray of sunshine to be delivered!

Make Your Place is a 128 page tutorial of sustainable domestic tools aimed to defy consumer consciousness.  From creating tinctures and salves, to concocting all-natural cleaners, to gardening basics, this book is great for anyone looking to live more simply and truly do it themselves.  Its zine style makes it feel like it’s written just for you by an informed, helpful friend…

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And the icing in this organic cake is that the zine will only set you back $5!  Order it on the Microcosm site HERE and add Raleigh Briggs’ other titles, Nontoxic Housecleaners Zine and Herbal First Aid Zine, for another $1 each!

Seriously, get lost in this site… I’m blown away at how many cool lifestyle guides are presented here.  Do it… get lost!

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About Joshua Foss


Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.