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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1400 on: June 08, 2019, 11:41:44 AM »
Saved paper that is printed on only one side and re-used it.

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« Reply #1401 on: June 09, 2019, 05:54:16 PM »
Biked with my daughter to drop her off at her weekend lesson. Then biked to get groceries, dropped them off at home and then back to the lesson site to pick her up. The hardest part was convincing DD to bike home since a lot of it is uphill and she was tired.

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« Reply #1402 on: June 10, 2019, 02:43:13 PM »
Very small: I started mixing vegetable bouillon in with my chicken bouillon. For some reason I haven't wanted to make the switch, so I'm easing myself into full vegetable broth.

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« Reply #1403 on: June 10, 2019, 09:10:34 PM »
I brought my own container to Sprouts and got sausage links from the meat counter in my dish instead of getting the bulk sausage packed in Styrofoam. I even saved the butcher paper.

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« Reply #1404 on: June 11, 2019, 08:49:36 AM »
I brought my own container to Sprouts and got sausage links from the meat counter in my dish instead of getting the bulk sausage packed in Styrofoam. I even saved the butcher paper.

Wow, that's awesome that they will let you do that! 


My item:  I semi-regularly (maybe every other month) have work meetings in a town about 75 miles away.  I usually drive, I do try to carpool with another co-worker if someone else from my location is attending the meeting.  A few months ago I realized that the part of town many of these meetings occur in is not too far from their train station.  So yesterday I had a meeting and I took the train!  It does take longer than driving (about 2 hours vs. 1.5 hours, plus then about 30 min total getting to/from the stations on each end), but it was much much nicer.  I did some work on my laptop on the ride out, and then snoozed and listened to an audiobook on the way home, so it was a much more productive AND restful day than if I had driven.  I got more exercise in than I would have driving (because I biked to the train station on each end), and my back and butt weren't all stiff and cranky like they are after 3 hours sitting in a car.  And I could get up and pee whenever I wanted :) I'm totally going to do it again whenever carpooling is not an option (maybe even when carpooling *is* an option!)

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« Reply #1405 on: June 11, 2019, 09:20:06 AM »
Had a meeting to get to in another city. Rode my bike in a dress with shorts underneath and fancy sandals, left bike at free train station bike valet that I just realized/remembered exists, took train to meeting. Came back, the valet recognized me and brought me my bike. I said "do you have a super power for remembering which person goes with which bike?" and he said, "something like that." Rode a new route home that I just realized had been striped for bikes. Stopped by my favorite "little library" and picked up some new free reading.

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« Reply #1406 on: June 11, 2019, 11:19:50 AM »
I reused spice and produce bags for my groceries. The only thing with packaging waste was deodorant. Which is a lot of waste, but this one's a lot harder to change up.

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« Reply #1407 on: June 11, 2019, 10:31:33 PM »
Reading this is helping me stay motivated not to take the easy way out even with a baby in the house!

Today:
-baby is in cloth diapers that were line dried
-using cloth pads (And decided I will buy a cup after being inspired by others here.  Was going to buy more cloth pads now that I am home all day instead of at an office, but I want to try the cup first.)
-made a batch of baby food using a recipe from a library cookbook
-saved a bread bag to give to my in-laws for dog waste
-turned all the leftover foods in the fridge into a fried rice dish for dinner
-added food scraps to compost bin
-poured all water left in cups (mostly baby's!) into watering can for the houseplants
-turned power strip that controls wifi and TV off whenever baby was awake (we have committed to not using screens in front of baby during this stage of life)

+1 on the cloth pads, and gentle encouragement to buy a cup. I really like mine, and it saves so much water and plastic waste. If you're at all a sewist, cloth pads are really simple to make. I made mine from scraps of fabric. They can be hand sewn quickly if you don't have a machine. Mine have lasted for almost a decade with machine washing and air drying. When they finally wear out, they're 100% cotton so I'll compost them.
Good on you for not using screens in front of your little one!

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« Reply #1408 on: June 11, 2019, 10:45:59 PM »
Reading this is helping me stay motivated not to take the easy way out even with a baby in the house!

Today:
-baby is in cloth diapers that were line dried
-using cloth pads (And decided I will buy a cup after being inspired by others here.  Was going to buy more cloth pads now that I am home all day instead of at an office, but I want to try the cup first.)
-made a batch of baby food using a recipe from a library cookbook
-saved a bread bag to give to my in-laws for dog waste
-turned all the leftover foods in the fridge into a fried rice dish for dinner
-added food scraps to compost bin
-poured all water left in cups (mostly baby's!) into watering can for the houseplants
-turned power strip that controls wifi and TV off whenever baby was awake (we have committed to not using screens in front of baby during this stage of life)

+1 on the cloth pads, and gentle encouragement to buy a cup. I really like mine, and it saves so much water and plastic waste. If you're at all a sewist, cloth pads are really simple to make. I made mine from scraps of fabric. They can be hand sewn quickly if you don't have a machine. Mine have lasted for almost a decade with machine washing and air drying. When they finally wear out, they're 100% cotton so I'll compost them.
Good on you for not using screens in front of your little one!

This wonderful list gives me hope, in a way. I was born in the 1970s and this was how we lived. But seems to me from 1990 onward the culture of excess took hold. Supposedly it was the 80s but personally I didn't feel it at all till the 90s, and used to look around and wonder what happened, when did we all stop turning off the lights, when did we all get so obsessed with making money?

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« Reply #1409 on: June 12, 2019, 07:35:36 AM »
Not something I did today, but thought it was worth mentioning - if you use the Amazon Smile program (which donates a small percentage of your eligible purchases to a charity of your choice) you can choose a pro-environment charity like 350.org or NRDC to benefit. It's peanuts in the overall scheme of things but we're all about tiny changes adding up to big results on MMM :-)  And it's a "set it and forget it" kind of change you can take five minutes to do and it will have small benefits for years.

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« Reply #1410 on: June 12, 2019, 08:59:41 AM »

I wash dishes in cold water a lot since my building replaced the water heaters... for some reason it takes for-freaking-ever to get hot water sometimes (like 4-5 minutes of running the tap). Some dishes are too greasy to clean in cold water, but most are OK.

I would just boil some water in a kettle and add it to the cold sink water.  Even at Cub camp we heated up water for washing dishes.  Rinsed in cold though.

I don't fill up the sink with water since I'm cooking for one and the dishes are pretty minimal. Luckily cold water is fine most of the time, or I can wait until after I take a shower since that gets the hot water going. If I really wanted to get hardcore I could test the hot water every 30 minutes and see if I can figure out what time my neighbors take showers/wash dishes/etc. and then the hot water would already be piped up to our floor

You are a better dishwasher than I am.  Without a dishwasher (i.e. at the apartment) I wash dishes once a day, start with not much water in the sink and wash the cleanest things, rinse, then wash the next cleanest things, rinse, and the sink has more water in it by the time I get to really dirty things that need a bit of a soak.  At home there are still things I wash by hand, and the best time to wash them is when the (stuffed full) dishwasher is running or right after I have had a shower, because the hot water is already there.

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« Reply #1411 on: June 12, 2019, 09:57:24 AM »
Finally walked kids to school and ran my out of shape, jiggly self back home. And will do it again at pickup.

A combination of a tight schedule and a new school that is 5 blocks farther than the old one caused me to drive all year.  During this time I hauled an extra 3 tons of metal around town twice daily for no good reason, and I also gained 7 pounds, felt ill, sluggish and grumpy.  Not my finest year.  So it was kind of a non-negative I did this morning.

On the positive side, I lent our reel mower and electric mower to a neighbor whose gas mower died.  I gave him the lecture on the evils of 2 stroke gas engines.  He really liked our electric mower, so perhaps he will get one as a replacement for his polluting machine.


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« Reply #1412 on: June 16, 2019, 03:29:55 PM »
I picked up a load of groceries that were about to expire. It includes tofu that will go into a pasta dish and cabbage that will go into a nice vegan curry for tomorrow's dinner. It also included two pots of yoghurt, french bread and some fruit. I had the bread for dinner with leftover soup and one of the pots of yoghurt for dessert. All of this would have otherwise been thrown away.

I repaired an old quilt that I made years ago and is starting to wear out in some places. I fixed a few rips with a wide zig zag stitch and I actually quite like the look. This quilt is our favourite quilt because of its nice weight and it's especially relevant to this thread because the quilt was initially made from worn out jeans, so my mending today will prolong its second life. It's not the first time I've been fixing this quilt, but this is the first major renovation, as opposed to adding a few stitches here and there over the years.

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« Reply #1413 on: June 16, 2019, 10:19:10 PM »
I bought my son his entire graduation outfit of gray pants, white shirt and shoes from the thrift store.  I feel bad now that I have some clothes on route from the GAP but I had to hedge our bets that we may not find anything appropriate.  The best part is that we started tailoring it together on the 1975 sewing machine that my mom bought used for us as a Christmas present.  We watched another YT video to refresh our memories on how to sew darts.  I helped him with the measuring and ironing and he did the sewing.  The darts turned out great!  Next up we have to slim the sleeves and possibly hem it.  He is not sure if he wants to wear it tucked or untucked so we will likely want to give him the option.

I am really happy with thrift store shopping for the kids and for myself.  I have been twice now in the past 2 weeks and both times I have found 2 or 3 pair of nice casual pants that I would buy.  I have to keep reminding myself of my clothing rules. 

I used to just aimlessly shop.  I would walk into a store and if I saw something that I liked I would buy it.  This resulted in many poor purchases and a closet that was basically just a miss mash of things that did not go together.  I did a whole lot of research on fashion and learned the basic rules.  I have to remind myself exactly what I am going to buy before entering the store.  With everything being so cheap it is awfully tempting to just walk away with 3 pairs of pants.  In the end I bought nothing except for the kids. 

His grad outfit cost $5.50 pants, $7.50 shoes and $5.50 for the shirt.  So good!  The shoes alone would have cost $65 and he likely would only wear them 2-3 times. 

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« Reply #1414 on: June 16, 2019, 10:38:30 PM »
I ate a beyond burger. I've been holding off on buying it at the grocery store since it's expensive and untested. It should be a good addition to my chili and keep me from pining over meat. It does come packaged in plastic though...

I'm also picking up secondhand baby clothes and kitchen supplies.

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« Reply #1415 on: June 17, 2019, 08:58:59 AM »
I ate a beyond burger. I've been holding off on buying it at the grocery store since it's expensive and untested. It should be a good addition to my chili and keep me from pining over meat. It does come packaged in plastic though...

I'm also picking up secondhand baby clothes and kitchen supplies.

I had one at a fast food place and was blown away by the taste.  I haven't eaten meat for well over a year but I could not tell the difference.  My ex is a vegetarian because she never liked meat.  She tried one and was disgusted because it really does taste like meat.

I saw a clip on YT that Burger King are coming out with a Beyond Whopper.  My concern is that the price point is wrong.  They are going to sell it for $1 more.  To me most people don't care enough to pay more.

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« Reply #1416 on: June 17, 2019, 09:08:10 AM »
I saw a clip on YT that Burger King are coming out with a Beyond Whopper.  My concern is that the price point is wrong.  They are going to sell it for $1 more.  To me most people don't care enough to pay more.

I'm sure Burger King is not approaching it from a "how can we get people to cut back on meat" angle, but rather from a "how can we get more money out of vegetarians/vegans" angle. They're happy to milk those people for an extra buck since they know they're dedicated enough to their cause to make sacrifices.

This probably doesn't count for much, but yesterday I could not resist calling out the hypocrisy of someone who, in one breath, bragged about the insane amount of transatlantic flights he's doing this summer, and in the next mocked Americans for being in denial about climate change and not driving electric cars. Hoping I spread a little awareness about the high carbon emissions from air travel...

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« Reply #1417 on: June 17, 2019, 11:16:30 AM »
I ate a beyond burger. I've been holding off on buying it at the grocery store since it's expensive and untested. It should be a good addition to my chili and keep me from pining over meat. It does come packaged in plastic though...

I'm also picking up secondhand baby clothes and kitchen supplies.

I had one at a fast food place and was blown away by the taste.  I haven't eaten meat for well over a year but I could not tell the difference.  My ex is a vegetarian because she never liked meat.  She tried one and was disgusted because it really does taste like meat.

I saw a clip on YT that Burger King are coming out with a Beyond Whopper.  My concern is that the price point is wrong.  They are going to sell it for $1 more.  To me most people don't care enough to pay more.
My friend has been vegan for years and also thought it tasted just like a burger. I thought it tasted like a turkey burger when I tried the patty by itself. Still meat, just not beef to me. With the bun and sauce and toppings, I didn't taste the patty much. This restaurant might have cut the patties in half, though, it was much thinner than my friend has had in the past.

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« Reply #1418 on: June 17, 2019, 11:58:07 AM »
I'm sure Burger King is not approaching it from a "how can we get people to cut back on meat" angle, but rather from a "how can we get more money out of vegetarians/vegans" angle. They're happy to milk those people for an extra buck since they know they're dedicated enough to their cause to make sacrifices.

This probably doesn't count for much, but yesterday I could not resist calling out the hypocrisy of someone who, in one breath, bragged about the insane amount of transatlantic flights he's doing this summer, and in the next mocked Americans for being in denial about climate change and not driving electric cars. Hoping I spread a little awareness about the high carbon emissions from air travel...

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with my children about all of the various impacts to our carbon footprint.  I'll link a calculator I used to enlighten me as well.  While the calculator doesn't show you which thing impacts it the most it does trigger you to think....if you care.

To you point though I think that soon we will be mocking people for bragging about being here, there and everywhere by plane.

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« Reply #1419 on: June 17, 2019, 12:00:27 PM »
Environmental Footprint Calculator

https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

^this little calculator is enlightening for determining your personal footprint.  Some things are hard to estimate (i.e. how far away does your food come from) but it's still worthwhile.  I'd love to hear of someone who is down to only 1 earth.  I'm 2.5.

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« Reply #1420 on: June 17, 2019, 12:11:08 PM »
Environmental Footprint Calculator

https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

^this little calculator is enlightening for determining your personal footprint.  Some things are hard to estimate (i.e. how far away does your food come from) but it's still worthwhile.  I'd love to hear of someone who is down to only 1 earth.  I'm 2.5.

1 earth.

Vegetarian; take motorized transportation ~30 miles/week mostly in a Prius; small, very energy efficient, house; and 100% renewable electricity.

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« Reply #1421 on: June 17, 2019, 04:09:57 PM »
Yikes, I'm 2 earths. And I'm pretty low impact compared to most people in this country.

No credit given for my lack of offspring, though.

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« Reply #1422 on: June 17, 2019, 04:33:38 PM »
Ugh, I'm at 2.9. I fly a lot for work. Maybe that's a big one?

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« Reply #1423 on: June 17, 2019, 04:36:36 PM »
Yeah, unfortunately flying contributes a ton of carbon emissions. (Both literally and metaphorically... a single flight can be over a ton of carbon emissions per passenger.)

Yikes, I'm 2 earths. And I'm pretty low impact compared to most people in this country.

I don't think it's possible to be one 'earth' worth of carbon emissions in some of these calculators. I tried one where I literally only put in food and medicine (no heating, electric, housing, transportation, clothes, etc.) saying that I was on a low-meat diet, and I was already over my sustainable carbon budget for the year. I'm not sure of the calculators' accuracy (I've tried a few and had pretty varying results, by a factor of 100%) but if they are fairly accurate then a lot of the change is going to have to be in industry and not at home. If it's not possible to feed yourself and heat your home without being unsustainable... then we need more efficient/less polluting food and heat sources.

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« Reply #1424 on: June 17, 2019, 07:14:07 PM »
I am a 1.1 earth. I live in a town that is 1 mile across, so don't drive very frequently. I live in a townhouse with 2 other people and it's very energy effecient. I recycle everything and ride my bike most places. I could improve by eating fewer animal products, and driving a more fuel efficient vehicle when I drive. I don't fly, and don't really buy things like household appliances/clothing/shoes/stuff.
I do think if the calculator were to get more specific, I would be a higher number...I buy at least 1 carbon bicycle every year for bike racing, and I know the manufacturing process is not environmentally friendly, as well the material itself is not recyclable in any way. For being an eco friendly thing to do (bike riding, that is) the bike industry is actually not terribly environmentally friendly, and wastes a lot of plastic and other materials.

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« Reply #1425 on: June 18, 2019, 01:49:22 PM »
I got 3 earths! Ouch!

It's possible that I drive less than I think--I just moved and started biking to work and I don't have a good idea of that yet. And I probably overestimated my flying. Not sure what else I can do short of moving to an apartment, which was hell with my children. The other thing is that there is a wide variety of "packaged" foods. On the one hand, I don't bring my own jar to buy bulk rice, I get it in bags, but I get uncooked rice in big bags--not pre-cooked rice, which uses much more packaging. For instance.

Back to the topic, this weekend I blew 18 bags of cellulose insulation into my attic to increase its R value.

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« Reply #1426 on: June 18, 2019, 02:54:36 PM »
Working hard on going paperless and today I mastered “electronic check-in” at the doctor so that saved at least one printout.

All our insurance stuff is now on apps as well, as well as the existing online banking stuff we already set up.

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« Reply #1427 on: June 18, 2019, 04:11:44 PM »
* Air-drying all my laundry.
* Threw dry-clean only clothes in with the wash.
* Ate vegan leftovers for breakfast.
* Tried someone's tofu yesterday - it's not as terrible as I used to think.
* About to clean off a secondhand side table to use as my bedside table. (The bed is secondhand too. Was a roommate's, so it's not like I picked it off the sidewalk.)
* No impact yet, but I emailed my county's waste department to see if produce stickers could go in compost bins. I can't get consistent answers on this. (Update: nope, not compostable. Not a big deal if a few get into the mix, but ideally they should be removed.)

Yikes, I'm 2 earths. And I'm pretty low impact compared to most people in this country.

I don't think it's possible to be one 'earth' worth of carbon emissions in some of these calculators. I tried one where I literally only put in food and medicine (no heating, electric, housing, transportation, clothes, etc.) saying that I was on a low-meat diet, and I was already over my sustainable carbon budget for the year. I'm not sure of the calculators' accuracy (I've tried a few and had pretty varying results, by a factor of 100%) but if they are fairly accurate then a lot of the change is going to have to be in industry and not at home. If it's not possible to feed yourself and heat your home without being unsustainable... then we need more efficient/less polluting food and heat sources.

Agree that systematic changes are needed. That's part of why I've worked to get Democrats elected in swing areas, as they're better on environmental policy on the whole. But I could still do better on a personal level. I've pledged not to fly for at least a year, but I've already flown twice this year. I'm also living in a free-standing house for the first time in my adult life. That has a big impact, even with roommates.
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« Reply #1428 on: June 18, 2019, 04:43:20 PM »
Agree that systematic changes are needed. That's part of why I've worked to get Democrats elected in swing areas, as they're better on environmental policy on the whole. But I could still do better on a personal level. I've pledged not to fly for at least a year, but I've already flown twice this year. I'm also living in a free-standing house for the first time in my adult life. That has a big impact, even with roommates.

Yeah, I'm 100% not arguing that we shouldn't do the best we can. Just pointing out that it may not be possible for some people to achieve 1 'earth' where they live (at least according to those calculators, which may not be that accurate - e.g. if you are in a HCOL city and it's judging your utility and food consumption by dollar prices, it will overestimate your usage compared to someone living somewhere cheap, because the same amount of electricity and food costs more; or if someone is buying expensive vegan cheese and ice cream they might spend more on food than someone who eats chicken and eggs every day, and the calculator would erroneously say they had more emissions than the meat-eater). Some calculators do a better job than others, I've taken several and gotten anywhere from 8-15 tons of carbon emissions (although that was before I switched to renewable electricity sources).

Housing is a challenge - if you live somewhere with a lot of old stock, it's probably better to live in an existing home and be as efficient as possible in it, rather than use all the resources to build something brand new, even if it would then allow you to rank a lot lower on the carbon emissions calculator. But if you're in a city like NYC, building probably isn't an option anyway, and there are vanishingly few clean/green buildings to live in.

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« Reply #1429 on: June 18, 2019, 06:23:31 PM »
I realize that we are still a small subgroup who even have any idea about what impacts our carbon footprint but it got us talking.  I think it would be very hard to make a perfect calculator because there are so many variables. 

I applaud those who ended up with 1 earth and living in the first world.  One thing I often ponder is that if I had more money and spent more money wouldn’t this have a direct impact on my carbon footprint?  I know the answer is yes.  Our culture has ingrained a sense of getting as much as possible because this will make you happy.  A big cultural shift needs to happen unfortunately.

I went back and did it again and tried the adding more details sections.  I am down to 1.8 Earth and my problem is my stupid work commute!!
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« Reply #1430 on: June 18, 2019, 08:32:07 PM »
I'm at 1.5 earths but work from home, walk my kids to most activities, am lucky enough to have full town sponsored recycling and community composting, was lucky enough to buy a house that had been updated by environmental types, have easy access to purchasing renewable energy and have made a real effort to eat vegan/vegetarian for most meals for the last couple of months.

I bet my husband would be at 2 earths because he needs to commute 10 miles each way for his job and he flies a lot more than I do these days.

I used to fly a lot more but honestly just don't have time to.

This week I planted a pollinator garden bed in an unused dirt strip alongside my drive way!

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« Reply #1431 on: June 19, 2019, 06:36:03 AM »
Convinced my husband to move acquiring a composting bin up the house-project-list by a few months - he was pushing to leave it until fall, because there are other things he thinks are more important.  Whereas I want to have it as soon as possible, it is a low difficulty project (unlike most of the rest), and will have an immediate effect on our environmental impact.  Our city doesn't offer composting, so the sooner I can get ours up and running, the better.

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« Reply #1432 on: June 19, 2019, 07:40:01 AM »
Over the weekend:

 - Acquired an allotment, to try and make sure a bigger chunk of our food only travels a few miles by bike.
 - Shifted a substantial amount of old timber from the garden (decking boards, etc) in a couple of bike trailer trips.
 - Used it to build some beds, avoiding buying new materials.
 - Did some bike advocacy stuff at neighbourhood summer fete thing.

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« Reply #1433 on: June 19, 2019, 10:26:24 AM »
I'm continuing to bike to work at least 4 days/week. I've also harvested more food from my balcony garden than I'd expected. It's producing almost as much salad greens as we eat and the snap peas are going gangbusters. I've also picked a single zucchini.

Alas, potato plants aren't quite as deer resistant here as they were at a previous house. Hopefully the fact a couple plants have been nearly razed won't affect the roots too much.

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« Reply #1434 on: June 19, 2019, 11:03:46 AM »
I brought a bamboo toothbrush to work to stash in my desk.  I give my teeth a quick brush after my morning coffee. 

ETA:  Sometimes I like to buy my lunch at a local bakery/cafe that has very good quality baking.  They also have quiche with a side salad that you can get to go and reheat later.  Since I knew I was going to stop there on the way to work, I took a tupperware container and a small jar from home.  They put the quiche and salad in the container and a little bit of salad dressing for me in the jar.  No waste!   They've got us well trained at that place for sure.

Also, for the first time ever, I picked up a piece of plastic trash and I'm going to put it in my home recycling container.   
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« Reply #1435 on: June 19, 2019, 12:43:33 PM »
I'm continuing to bike to work at least 4 days/week. I've also harvested more food from my balcony garden than I'd expected. It's producing almost as much salad greens as we eat and the snap peas are going gangbusters. I've also picked a single zucchini.

Alas, potato plants aren't quite as deer resistant here as they were at a previous house. Hopefully the fact a couple plants have been nearly razed won't affect the roots too much.

Time for the Chaplin deer fence!

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« Reply #1436 on: June 19, 2019, 12:58:59 PM »
Rescheduled gym for tomorrow. See, I have to drive to the gym, which means driving to work. BUT tomorrow I have to drive to work anyway because I have an awkwardly located meeting AND a dinner immediately after work. This way, I combined all 3 reasons I need to drive into 1 convenient day, leaving the other days bike-able!

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« Reply #1437 on: June 20, 2019, 12:34:03 AM »
I ran out of cleaning spray and decided to try a natural/green type of cleaner instead of the nasty chemical-y stuff I used to use. Half the online reviews say it's great and half of them say it smells terrible, so we'll see how it goes ;-)

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« Reply #1438 on: June 20, 2019, 04:54:06 PM »
I just got my "Outdoor water use report." It has a green smiley face and says "thank you for using only what you need."

I planted grass seed! I was watering twice a day for a while! Jesus, what are other people doing in their yards??

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« Reply #1439 on: June 20, 2019, 05:11:33 PM »
Agree that systematic changes are needed. That's part of why I've worked to get Democrats elected in swing areas, as they're better on environmental policy on the whole. But I could still do better on a personal level. I've pledged not to fly for at least a year, but I've already flown twice this year. I'm also living in a free-standing house for the first time in my adult life. That has a big impact, even with roommates.
Speaking of getting Democrats elected in order to effect systematic change! I participated in the anti-IDC movement back in NY, and those victories led to the new Democratic majority in the NY senate passing ambitious environmental targets. I had a minor role in this, but hey my personal usage also has a minor effect, so I'm gonna claim a tiny bit of credit.

It's kind of crazy to look back and realize the cumulative effect of all of our activism is resulting in real policy change.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/6/20/18691058/new-york-green-new-deal-climate-change-cuomo

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« Reply #1440 on: June 21, 2019, 05:31:59 AM »
Yesterday, the head of the Environmental, Health, and Safety team was working a table outside the cafeteria promoting plastic reduction.  While I had her available, I asked about installing bike racks at the entrances to each building, and about adding composting for the cafeteria and switching to compostable plates, cups, and cutlery.  She said something is in the works for composting, but they are having trouble finding a composting company to take the waste.  However it will be going forward as soon as they find someone, as this is a global company initiative.  She also said she hadn't realized there was demand for more bike racks - there is one on the manufacturing side of the building, but not the admin or R&D buildings.  She will look into if they can be added at other entrances.

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« Reply #1441 on: June 22, 2019, 01:13:15 PM »
I’ve ramped up my recycling efforts at home and at work.  I also averaged 62 mpg this month in my Prius—actually I just learned that my Prius will tell me my mpg averages over a day or month.  I’m also hanging up my work dresses straight from the washing machine and I do notice the fabric looking better for longer with less wear and tear. 

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« Reply #1442 on: June 24, 2019, 06:12:48 PM »
Yesterday: Made beeswax wraps with materials I already had on hand, to reduce my plastic wrap and plastic baggie use. Organized my craft stash to optimize gift making and crafting without buying new supplies. Took some old clothing items apart to use the buttons and fabrics for other projects.
Used a carrier bag for dog poo.

Today: Picked up cans on my dog walk. Used a carrier bag for the dog poo. Left the a/c off all day, even though it's over 90 degrees outside. With the place shut up tight, it was only 79 when I got home, so I didn't have to turn it home when I got in.

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« Reply #1443 on: June 24, 2019, 09:59:55 PM »
Made beef broth from leftover bones!

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« Reply #1444 on: June 29, 2019, 02:17:28 PM »
I took the test too and ended up at 1,5 earth. I occasionally eat meat/animal products so I figured that was probably what's causing most carbon emissions, but I'm surprised the mobility category is the worst. And I don't even have a driver's license. I travel 95 miles / 150 km by bus and 50 miles / 80 km by train every week. In my country the trains all run on electricity from renewable sources though, I don't think the calculator knows that :) The bus I take is still running on diesel but in my city more and more buses are electric.

I mended my boyfriend's summer shorts today. He's had them for 6-7 years probably, first they were regular jeans, when the knees wore out they became shorts. They ripped while he was doingyard work and making an awkward movement. They're not the prettiest looking shorts in the world but he's only wearing them around the house anyway. I hope they last for the rest of the summer. By next summer one of his current pairs of jeans is probably worn out enough to be turned into a brand new pair of shorts. What I really love about him is that he's just as much into  'using it up and wearing it out'  as I am. We are pretty extreme compared to 99% of the people, even most eco types I know, but I'm pretty good with the sewing machine so any repairs are usually invisible.

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« Reply #1445 on: June 29, 2019, 02:27:18 PM »
90+ and humid out.  Running the AC but only cooling to about 83-84.

Going biking in an hour or two.  Car sits today.

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« Reply #1446 on: June 30, 2019, 05:29:53 AM »
This is an incredibly tiny thing, but I'm still proud of it.  When I cooked a whole chicken last week, in addition to saving the carcass to make stock, I saved the rendered fat (called schmaltz).  I usually just throw away the fat, but I am trying to waste less, especially on the rare occasions we cook meat.  Last night, I made roasted potatoes using the schmaltz instead of oil or butter.  It was a rousing success, my husband couldn't believe how good they were and asked how I did it.  So, looks like now saving and rendering chicken fat is going to be a regular thing.  One less thing in the trash, and one less part of the animal wasted.

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« Reply #1447 on: June 30, 2019, 02:59:50 PM »
I brought a bamboo toothbrush to work to stash in my desk.  I give my teeth a quick brush after my morning coffee. 

Also, for the first time ever, I picked up a piece of plastic trash and I'm going to put it in my home recycling container.

Wonderful! I read that we create and use a billion plastic toothbrushes a year! And detrashing can get kind of addictive. Have fun :)

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« Reply #1448 on: July 01, 2019, 01:21:16 PM »
Ripped up an old stained shirt (yellow pit stains that didn't come out after multiple treatments) for rags. I'm getting better at using rags for cleaning instead of paper towels (it's a majority rag process now).

Packed a tupperware + my own chopsticks for going out to ramen tonight. I always have leftovers and no need to use disposable wooden chopsticks.

I also worked out offsets for every flight I've ever taken (being an academic was terrible for the environment, oh gosh). Any recommendations for organizations which do tree planting offsets that have good practices and aren't just acacia/eucalyptus plantations?

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« Reply #1449 on: July 01, 2019, 02:56:00 PM »
I also worked out offsets for every flight I've ever taken (being an academic was terrible for the environment, oh gosh). Any recommendations for organizations which do tree planting offsets that have good practices and aren't just acacia/eucalyptus plantations?

I was reading about carbon offsets the other day and came across some useful links - this site has a few tree-planting offsets that seem pretty solid. (There are some that aren't listed under "forests" so you might want to look through the whole list...)