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Welcome to our resources page. Listed below are things that help make us who we are and get us where we want to go!  We are happy to say that the list continues to evolve as we do.  Is something missing?  Please let us know.

Books and Magazines

Frugal Shunpikers Guides to RV Boondocking
Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things
The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living
Mother Earth News (1-year auto-renewal)
The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition
Real Goods Solar Living Source Book
Solar Power Your Home For Dummies
The Urban Homestead
From the Fryer to the Fuel Tank
The Solar Food Dryer
The Self-Sufficiency Handbook
Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables All Year Long
Natural Home
Organic Housekeeping: (Nontoxic Avenger Shows You How to Improve Your Health…)

Videos

Fuel – The Movie – An 11 year journey around the world to find solutions to America’s addiction to oil.
Dirt! The Movie – Takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and under appreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.
Who Killed the Electric Car? – Explores the creation, limited commercialization, and subsequent destruction of the electric vehicle in the US.
Forks Over Knives – Examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.
Fresh – New thinking about what we’re eating.
Carbon Nation – A climate change solutions movie (that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change).
Gasland – A cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.
Food Matters – Sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – 3,000 miles… 60 days of juice… countless lives changed

Outdoor and Camping Gear

SteriPEN Journey Water Purifier – Small, handheld UV water purifier
www.steepandcheap.com – Rock bottom prices, only sell one item at a time
nau – Sustainable outdoor gear
Moosejaw.com- Great outdoor gear, including Marmot jackets
Nitro-Pak – Emergency supplies, water purifiers
CampingWorld.com – RV and Camping supplies
Good Article about finding eco-friendly travel/camping gear

Alternative Energy and Green Home Options

Applied Solar Energy – Pacific Grove, CA – Solar install and design specialists for 30 years
Burton Architecture – Alameda, CA – forward thinking, eco-friendly residential and commercial design.
Outback Power – Leading designer and manufacturer of advanced power electronics for renewable energy, back-up power and mobile applications – we are using their charge controller, inverter/charger and Mate 2
High Flex Solar – San Jose, CA – flexible solar panels – we are using two 130 watt panels
Bogart Engineering – Excellent battery monitor (we are using the 2025 RV model) – tells % full, simple to use
DSIRE – Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency – great resource
O Ecotextiles – Luxurious, sensuous fabrics that are non-toxic, ethical and sustainable
Hardwoods Inc – Hardwoods specialists, FSC certified, eco bamboo and Echo Wood
Greenguard Certification – Indoor Air Quality certification – alternative products
Mythic Paint – Non toxic, ultra low odor paint
Federal Tax Breaks – Dept. of Energy
Terrasanti – Extraordinary natural wall finishes in hundreds of styles and colors – Penngrove, CA
www.americanclay.com – Natural earthen plaster
www.themarmoleumstore.com – Hip linoleum: linseed oil, rosins, wood flour, jute and ecologically responsible pigments.
Elemental LED – Excellent selection of LED bulbs and fixtures
Brighter Cycling – killer LED light kits for bicycles
Lumicor – R4 recycled resin decorative panels – beautiful! Check out their lower priced remnants too.
Eco Safety Products – Non-toxic line of strippers, cleaners, stains, etc.  We love the “soy it” stripper
Blue Gold for Life – Water filtration systems, grey water options
Keetsa – Eco friendly mattresses
Nature’s Head Dry Composting Toilet – This is the waterless toilet we use
Ultra Touch – Denim insulation
Kirei – Beautiful wood substitute made from sorghum stalks
Paperstone – eco friendly countertops made of 100% recycled paper and they sell remnant pieces too
3M(TM) Fastbond 30NF Contact Adhesive Neutral, 1 qt – non-toxic product from 3M – we used it to adhere the eco veneer to existing cabinets
Kramer Concepts – Friends in Denver, CO working on an amazing sustainable home project – great info.

Airstream/RV and travel related

www.airforums.com – Everything Airstream, great online forum community
Frugal Shunpikers Guides to RV Boondocking. Great set of ebooks exclusively about boondocking (off grid RVing) – also great for just pitching a tent, car camping, etc. – invaluable
www.airstream.com – Official Airstream site
Airstream Life Magazine – Great resource, Airstream stories and pics
Newbies Guide to Airstreaming – Perfect book for the beginner
Harvest Hosts – Farms/wineries allowing a free overnight stay for RVers
Air Forums – subcategory electric and solar – Airstream electric and solar discussion
Boondocker.com – Off the grid forum discussion of alternative energy for RV’s
www.nurvers.com – Young full-time RVers
Good Sam Club – RV membership club, discounts on camping, etc.
www.freecampgrounds.com – Free or less than $10 per night
www.rvcampreview.com – Fellow travelers reviewing/rating campgrounds
www.rv.net – Online RV community, resources, info.
RV Dump Stations
Barker VIP RV Power Jack, 3500 Lb
Fan-Tastic Vent 5000RBT with Reverse Thermostat
Oxygenics 130-XLF25 BodySpa SkinCare Handheld Shower, Chrome

Internet on the Go – Cradlepoint CTR-500 Travel Router, iSound Portable Battery
Electrolux Ergo Stick Vacuum – Stick vacuum we use in the Airstream – works great

Change Makers – doing good work in many venues

Kickstarter – A new way to fund and follow creativity
Treehugger – Partial to a modern aesthetic – sustainable design, green news and solutions.
Kiva – Loans that change lives
Goodmakers FilmsIncreasing charity impact through documentary film
GOOD – Articles, commentary, fiction and comics on culture and society
Random Acts of Kindness – Inspiring people to practice kindness and pass it on

Organic Gardening and Food related

Local Harvest – Website to search for Farmer’s Markets, Community Supported Agriculture programs, etc
Live Superfoods – Raw online food store
www.motherearthnews.com – Website dedicated to homesteading, organic gardening
www.gardeners.com – Online supply company – great stuff at good prices
WWOOF – World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
Four Season Farm – Eliot Coleman – small scale year-round farming
Eat Well Guide – Local, sustainable and organic food resource

WVO and Biodiesel

www.biodieselsmater.com – B100 maps, biodiesel info.
Plant Drive – WVO conversion kits – Berkeley, CA
Golden Fuel System – WVO conversion kits – Japan, TX, OH, FL
Green Eye Autos – WVO conversion kits – Eugene, OR
Veg Rev – WVO conversion kits – Oakland, CA
Grease Car – WVO conversion kits – Holyoke, MA
Frank Motors – conversion kits and veggie oil sales – Winnipeg, MB
Veg Power – WVO conversion kits – Brooktondale, NY
SmarterFuel – conversion kits and veggie oil sales – Wind Gap, PA
Full Circle Fuels – conversion kits and veggie oil sales – OH and NY
BurnVeg – Forum for the use of vegetable oil as fuel
www.goodgrease.com – Buy/sell biofuel goods, find wvo
www.biodiesel.org – National Biodiesel Board

Prefab and Sustainable House Design

Re-Nest – Abundant design for green homes
Inhabitat – Green design will save the world
www.prefabs.com – Great list of prefab companies
Jetson Green – Design-oriented site for sustainable homes, natural materials + green tech.
Stillwater Dwellings – Seattle, Washington – cool slanted roof design
Sustain Mini Home – Sustainable modern prefab mini homes based out of Toronto.  Opening up another spot in California.
Alchemy Architects – The wee house – green, prefab homes
Method Homes – Seattle, Washington – prefab homes
Reclaimed Space – Homes – artisan, reclaimed, green, small, prefab – Austin, TX
piece Homes – pH: for a balanced home
Living Homes –  Green prefab company
Infiniski – Shipping container, prefab homes – international

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12 Comments

  1. Hey ladies!
    I love your Thumbs Up page, and your website. And what you’re doing in general! I’d like to suggest Organic Housekeeping by Ellen Sandbeck to your book list. When my husband and I moved into our Airstream full-time, I didn’t want to bring any chemicals inside. A lofty goal, but you get my drift. This book was really interesting to me and its one of very few I brought along for the ride as a regular resource. While we haven’t tricked out our ride as much as you, we do have solar panels and I’m learning to can in the small kitchen — every little bit helps.
    Good luck on your journey and I look forward to reading more!
    -Tiffani

    • Hey Tiffani! Thanks for the book tip. We will check it out. We have enjoyed following your journey as well. Hope to see you out on the road.

  2. I appreciate this list. Good grouping of green, prefab, RV, and simple living info. Thanks.

  3. Awesome website girls!

  4. Hey there! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to take a look. I’m loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Superb blog and superb style and design.

  5. Howdy! GREAT list of resources. I will be returning to your site often.

  6. Thanks Sheila!

  7. Hi greenrvlife!

    great list! thank you for sharing. I’m Canadian and have an online store for LED lights. I noticed you had very few links of Canadian organizations, could you add us to your list under Alternative Energy and Green Home Options?

  8. Great list of resources. Thanks for posting.

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