There are many ways to reduce waste and live a more sustainable life. A series at the Chilliwack Library will guide participants through some of those daily changes, including Salina from PickEco Refills in Chilliwack. Image by: Dori Marie Photography

Urban Homesteading series helps bring nature home

Chilliwack Library programs feature soap-making, macramé and zero waste living

There are countless ways we can make our homes a little more natural. And starting this month, the Chilliwack Library will be hosting presentations to help.

It’s called the Urban Homesteading Series, and runs once a month through February, March and April.

First up is a hands-on workshop on macramé, with Lindsay from Forage and Lace, who says the textile technique doesn’t have to be just a ’70s fad. It’s been around since the 13th century, but she will be demonstating a more modern take, and helping participants create their own plant hangers. The workshop is for anyone 12 and older, but registration is required. The workshop runs Saturday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The next presentation will dig into home-made soaps.

Anna of Little Homestead in the Valley will demonstrate how to make natural, old- fashioned soap and bath products using basic, simple ingredients. This is a lecture that will discuss how easy the process can be. To learn more about Anna, check out her website at or on Instagram @homesteadinthevalley. Registration is not required for this free program, but arrive early as space is limited.

Natural Homemade Soaps and More will run Tuesday, March 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Finally, a local business owner will share her knowledge of how every day behavior can help reduce plastics going into the oceans. Salina, owner of PickEco Refills in Chilliwack will present Zero Waste Living on April 9 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Salina is also an ocean ambassador for Plastic Oceans Canada, and will present concrete ideas and options for working towards living a zero waste life. She will show the Plastic Ocean Canada presentation of oceans around the world clogged with debris. There will be an opportunity for discussion afterwards on what we can do to aid the clean-up and avoid contributing to the problem.

For more information on these and other programs taking place at Chilliwack Library, phone 604-792-1941.

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