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Sounds like you just want to sell stuff that doesn't do much more than "reduce" our foot print. Why not create abundance, rather than simply slow how fast the energy descent happens? You don't need any vitamins with the right food in your diet.
Foods we traditionally depend on have plummeted in nutritional value:
While wild foods have incredible nutritional value.
See "Mycelium Running" by Paul Stamets for an overview of nutritional and medicinal qualities of various mushrooms, which can be even more stunning. How this matters most for our homesteads can be gleaned from reading some Masanobu Fukuoka, http://www.fukuokafarmingol.info , especially "The One Straw Revolution". Our grocery store foods, even organic foods to some extent, have been so inbred for appearance, size, storage, and flavor that nutritional qualities have been practically bred out.
The key to healthy human nutrition is to help develop Edible Forest Gardens and species varieties more closely related to their wild cousins. Masanobu Fukuoka called this "perfecting the human being" or "Natural Farming".
We can stop using our refrigerators and go back to food fermentation, as well. Sprouts contain a huge blast of nutritional value.
Don't have classes on vitamins, have them on fermentation, sprouting, forest gardens, permaculture, plant breeding, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, and many other things one might do on an urban homestead to take back control of their lives.
The use of detergents will be a more challenging matter. However, this dialog quickly moves to grey water, constructed wetlands, and the humanure handbook (available free to certain government officials and free online regardless).
I've made lots of soap at this point. It's quite easy and makes a good potluck style event on a small scale and with no unsupervised toddlers. Unfortunately, it still requires chemicals of some sort. Theoretically, one can use KOH, which "could" have been provided by hardwood ash, but this just isn't a practical step for people with day jobs or even as a business on it's own (and doesn't necessarily produce solid soap, more for liquid soap making, particularly using locally available vegatable oils). The other issue is what to use "sustainably" for the oil. In our climate and under our laws, that often entails animal fat as the most sustainable source, which some find objectionable.
The next step to washing soda involves chemicals. See "Caveman Chemistry" for an overview of what is required: http://www.cavemanchemistry.com .... Even baking soda requires an energetic input of some sort, as does paper, glass, metal, and ceramics. A question to ask ourselves is "How big of a coppiced woodlot do I need for this <fill in the blank>". The energetic requirements of most "technological" solutions is one of many reasons why we all need to seek "biological" solutions whenever practical.
Many plants can be useful as cleaning agents (natural saponins, etc).
The mindset to get into:
--- On Wed, 6/10/09, Neil Licht <[address removed]> wrote: