Author Topic: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?  (Read 76228 times)

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #500 on: January 15, 2018, 01:01:08 AM »
Walked to work today. And will walk back home again.

Astatine

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3449
  • Location: Australia
  • Pronouns: they/them
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #501 on: January 16, 2018, 01:02:39 AM »
Wow @Linda_Norway! How far away is work from your home?

I caught the bus home again.

Tonight's dinner will be using up potatoes that have been in the fridge for many weeks. They'll be turned into potato salad, probably enough for a few meals.

Tonight we'll wash some clothes with cold water and hang them to dry inside on clothes racks.

As always, we will compost kitchen waste - banana skins, coffee grounds from DH's Aeropress, uneaten wet cat food, onion peels etc




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #502 on: January 16, 2018, 01:47:51 AM »
Walked to work again. It is 7,5 km in one direction. In summer I use 1 hour and 10 minutes one way. Today it was close to 1,5 hour one way. Most of it is on quite road or pavement, but a 2 kms is on a forest road where the snow is not removed. There is now about 50 cm of snow now. It feels a bit like an expedition under these circumstances. I do own a pair of snowshoes, but I think it is too much fuss carrying them with me on the rest of the stretch, so I just walk through the snow. I sink away about 15 cm for each step.

Astatine

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3449
  • Location: Australia
  • Pronouns: they/them
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #503 on: January 16, 2018, 02:12:31 AM »
Walked to work again. It is 7,5 km in one direction. In summer I use 1 hour and 10 minutes one way. Today it was close to 1,5 hour one way. Most of it is on quite road or pavement, but a 2 kms is on a forest road where the snow is not removed. There is now about 50 cm of snow now. It feels a bit like an expedition under these circumstances. I do own a pair of snowshoes, but I think it is too much fuss carrying them with me on the rest of the stretch, so I just walk through the snow. I sink away about 15 cm for each step.

That's a long way to walk. (I have no idea how hard it is to walk 2km in snow but I'm guessing it's hard) Wow!

Poundwise

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1026
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #504 on: January 16, 2018, 07:55:34 AM »
Walked to my mums' group catchup rather than driving. I brought my keepcup for a coffee but that turned out to be unnecessary - baby started screaming and I had to go straight home again :-/

Yeah, for a while it's going to be hard to have adult conversations that last more than a few minutes at a time without interruption, especially at playgrounds or meetups!  Kudos on walking there and back, though!

Since our dryer broke, I have been rack drying between 1-3 loads a day while we wait for the right replacement dryer at the right price to come along. It means that laundry is fluttering around everywhere in the house (too cold/rainy/snowy/icy to hang outside) but it will be interesting to see what our electricity bills are like without drying 10 loads of laundry a week!  Also as we plan our laundry room reorganization, I'm hoping to build in more folding racks so that we can permanently reduce our dryer loads by at least half.  (why get a new dryer at all? First of all, house resale, second, my planning is not so great that I can guarantee that we'll have the dry clothes we need when we need them if it takes 24 hours.)

To do this, I had to resurrect my folding dryer rack from the garage. It used to have two special plastic pieces that broke, so was held together with string. I was going to trade it in for scrap metal. BUT--
Last year I got a bag of "Instamorph" (also known as Low Temperature Thermoplastic Beads, "Friendly Plastic", "Polymorph" and other names).  Since then I have used them to replace pieces on my fancy (though not durable) umbrella, broken toy parts,  and most recently my folding dryer rack. This stuff is the bomb for resurrecting broken items.

GuitarStv

  • Senior Mustachian
  • ********
  • Posts: 10482
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #505 on: January 16, 2018, 10:20:54 AM »
Rode my bike 22 km to work this morning through a foot of uncleared snow on the road.  Took 45 minutes.  Another co-worker who lives a bit closer than me ended up in his car for two hours stuck in traffic.  :P

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #506 on: January 16, 2018, 11:42:53 AM »
Walked to work again. It is 7,5 km in one direction. In summer I use 1 hour and 10 minutes one way. Today it was close to 1,5 hour one way. Most of it is on quite road or pavement, but a 2 kms is on a forest road where the snow is not removed. There is now about 50 cm of snow now. It feels a bit like an expedition under these circumstances. I do own a pair of snowshoes, but I think it is too much fuss carrying them with me on the rest of the stretch, so I just walk through the snow. I sink away about 15 cm for each step.

That's a long way to walk. (I have no idea how hard it is to walk 2km in snow but I'm guessing it's hard) Wow!

Today it was pretty bad. Think of walking very soft sand. On my way back I regretted not bringing my snowshoes. Most of the pavements weren't cleaned for snow either, so I could choose walking through deep snow or walking on the road between sliding cars. Half of my colleagues stayed home today because of the snow chaos.

I really like cross country skiing. Unfortunately there is no good route from my home to my work. But I appreciate the snow for the good conditions that we can use in the weekends. Petty we are not FIREd yet.

Abe

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 959
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #507 on: January 18, 2018, 08:51:29 PM »
Things we've done with reasonably minimal impact on our lives:

1) Compost everything organic. If it's not clearly inedible, eat it. I refuse to buy anything packaged in plastic, which is fairly easy since the only things (other than utilities) that I buy are food, clothes and occasionally gasoline. 90% of our trash waste is baby's diapers. Once he's older, total garbage will be less about a pound per month.

2) Showers: no more than 3 gallons (I've measured it a couple times). I only use hot water in the winters, for the final rinse.

3) Bike to work. Bike to grocery store. Bike to parks.

HappierAtHome

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6733
  • Location: Australia
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #508 on: January 18, 2018, 08:55:29 PM »
Had a hot date with some local mum friends this morning, so I walked to the cafe and brought my keepcup for my coffee (we like to shift to the park with our coffees so the bubs can play in the grass, but I don't want to use a disposable cup!).

HappierAtHome

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6733
  • Location: Australia
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #509 on: January 20, 2018, 12:33:02 AM »
Using up veges that were going to go bad in savoury muffins and pasta sauce.

Paid a little extra for carbon offset for freight.

frooglepoodle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1239
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #510 on: January 20, 2018, 05:46:14 AM »
Had a nearly vegetarian dinner last night, though I used (homemade) chicken broth in place of vegetable since that’s what I had. I’m trying to build up a repertoire of vegetarian recipes my husband actually enjoys!

We’ve continued composting in our bokashi bucket. It’s a little bit more work than a simple compost pile, but makes a lot of sense as renters and helps food scraps break down faster in the winter.
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Forum journal

frugalparagon

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3430
    • The Frugal Paragon
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #511 on: January 20, 2018, 09:20:57 AM »
Hey, can I join in?

I wrapped my apple in a cloth napkin so it wouldn't get bruised. Now I can use the cloth napkin instead of a paper towel at work!
I try to remember to wear pants if I expect to be crawling on the ground.

Journal: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/in-which-i-reap-the-rewards-of-hard-work-and-patience/
Blog: frugalparagon.wordpress.com

PermaculturePumpkin

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Location: Vancouver Island
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #512 on: January 21, 2018, 05:44:37 PM »
Ooh, I love this thread!

Today I walked about 20 minutes to get some small groceries I needed. Mostly for fitness reasons but also environmental (two birds with one stone). And rather than buy my mixed greens all ready to go in the big plastic container which then has to be recycled, I bought a few different heads of lettuce, then cleaned them in the salad spinner and mixed them at home myself. I need to find a local farmers' market as my next step, but I just moved to a new city and am still feeling my way around so just doing the best I can at the moment.

But my "sin" for the day is I did buy a coffee today in a to-go cup because I forgot my reusable one at home.

southern granny

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 533
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #513 on: January 21, 2018, 08:22:27 PM »
We had a no meat day.  Cereal and almond milk for breakfast, veggie salad for lunch, and chickpea curry and brocolli with garlic sauce for dinner. 

Astatine

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3449
  • Location: Australia
  • Pronouns: they/them
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #514 on: January 22, 2018, 03:26:02 AM »
I did meal planning for this week (haven't done this for months and months) which hopefully will minimise any food waste.

frooglepoodle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1239
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #515 on: January 22, 2018, 03:56:59 AM »
I saved the oil from a jar of stuffed peppers and the vinegar from a jar of marinated artichokes and mixed them (with a bit of extra seasoning) to make a salad dressing. It was delicious and so much better than pouring the liquid down the drain.

I chopped up some baby potatoes that were starting to sprout and some wrinkly sweet potatoes and roasted them for dinner last night.

Bought discounted bananas and potatoes from the scratch-and-dent bin.

Our main entertainment for this weekend was walking, since the weather was quite a bit warmer than it has been for most of the past month.
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Forum journal

Teachstache

  • Stubble
  • **
  • Posts: 128
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #516 on: January 22, 2018, 05:35:12 AM »
Saturday we drove the electric car to the playground for an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon playdate with our almost 3 year old son. Came home & made homemade macaroni and cheese in the instant pot. Washed 2 full loads of laundry & hung dried them (bonus: extra humidity for our dry air in the house). Put kid in homemade reusable training pants this weekend (plastic pants with prefold inserts to catch the wetness).

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #517 on: January 23, 2018, 02:31:38 AM »
Walked to work again (7,5 km) and will walk back in the afternoon.

FIRE_at_45

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1833
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #518 on: January 23, 2018, 07:40:35 AM »
I have a question.   How do I avoid plastic bags at the fruit and vegetable store?  I save and wash them and I guess I could take them back with me and re-use them.  I typically use them about 3 or 4 times until they fall apart or I store meat in them.  But I would like to try to cut most of them out.  So what do you use to carry and store your vegetables?
I have a journal: A Journey of Self Discovery in the Pursuit of Happiness

On dating endlessly: “Everything will be alright in the end! If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!”

Canadian and not satisfied with your current bank?  Switch to Tangerine using this key 47894562S1 and we both win.

aetherie

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 639
  • Age: 26
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #519 on: January 23, 2018, 07:45:59 AM »
I have a question.   How do I avoid plastic bags at the fruit and vegetable store?  I save and wash them and I guess I could take them back with me and re-use them.  I typically use them about 3 or 4 times until they fall apart or I store meat in them.  But I would like to try to cut most of them out.  So what do you use to carry and store your vegetables?

I have a set of reusable produce bags, similar to these: https://smile.amazon.com/Natural-Home-Reuseable-Produce-Bags/dp/B004XIBKB8/

PermaculturePumpkin

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Location: Vancouver Island
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #520 on: January 23, 2018, 07:47:58 AM »
I have a question.   How do I avoid plastic bags at the fruit and vegetable store?  I save and wash them and I guess I could take them back with me and re-use them.  I typically use them about 3 or 4 times until they fall apart or I store meat in them.  But I would like to try to cut most of them out.  So what do you use to carry and store your vegetables?

I bought reusable green net bags with drawstrings (got them at Whole Foods. $$$ but a good investment) and we bring them with our reusable grocery bags. They work great when I remember them. When I don't, we just put the fruit or veggies directly in the basket and don't use anything. I don't find that the cashiers really mind. These aren't the bags we have, but are similar: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Simple-Ecology-Organic-Cotton-Mesh-Reusable-Produce-Bags-/111157877031

PermaculturePumpkin

  • 5 O'Clock Shadow
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Location: Vancouver Island
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #521 on: January 23, 2018, 07:56:05 AM »
Last week I introduced in-house composting at our tiny little office (there are only about 5 or 6 of us there on a day-to-day basis; others come and go). Our cleaners are not very good so one staffer already takes home all the recycling, but I noticed we were throwing out a lot of coffee grounds, tea bags, fruit peels and paper towel. I befriended another lady who is a composting nut, and next thing you know, we had started it. The plan is that I will bring the compost home on Friday and put it in my backyard bin (a win for my garden as well!). The only thing is I am currently bringing in my own composting bags and I need to get the regional manager on board so that he lets me expense the bags as they are a tiny bit costly. He has been away a lot, so that is my task for the upcoming week. :-)

tyort1

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1786
  • Age: 46
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #522 on: January 23, 2018, 10:34:41 AM »
I've been better learning how to separate and pack meat for storage in our extra freezer.  This cuts down a lot on waste due to meat going bad, and it cuts down on # of trips to the grocery store.  Now that I feel like our meat buying/consumption is getting closer to optimized, I'm going to start working on doing the same thing with veggies and starches.  We're "OK" at it right now, but I think we could be even better. 
Frugalite in training.

Hirondelle

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 502
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #523 on: January 23, 2018, 10:57:56 AM »
Just talked to my flatmates and realized how little I use my heating. I never heat my room in the morning and only use it for a short time span after work. And even then, I put it on 1-2 out of 5 levels, while my flatmate apparently regularly uses 5 and and leaves in on if he's away for sports or so (I'm really wondering how he isn't just cooking himself in that room).

frugalparagon

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3430
    • The Frugal Paragon
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #524 on: January 23, 2018, 12:31:53 PM »
I have a question.   How do I avoid plastic bags at the fruit and vegetable store?  I save and wash them and I guess I could take them back with me and re-use them.  I typically use them about 3 or 4 times until they fall apart or I store meat in them.  But I would like to try to cut most of them out.  So what do you use to carry and store your vegetables?

I bought reusable green net bags with drawstrings (got them at Whole Foods. $$$ but a good investment) and we bring them with our reusable grocery bags. They work great when I remember them. When I don't, we just put the fruit or veggies directly in the basket and don't use anything. I don't find that the cashiers really mind. These aren't the bags we have, but are similar: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Simple-Ecology-Organic-Cotton-Mesh-Reusable-Produce-Bags-/111157877031

I just reuse the plastic bags but last time I forgot, and I just put my veggies right in my reusable grocery bag gently. The Boy said I made him think of, like, grocery shopping in Old Europe or something :-).

Today I thought of a more efficient route for running my errands/grocery shopping.
I try to remember to wear pants if I expect to be crawling on the ground.

Journal: https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/journals/in-which-i-reap-the-rewards-of-hard-work-and-patience/
Blog: frugalparagon.wordpress.com

HappierAtHome

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6733
  • Location: Australia
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #525 on: January 23, 2018, 04:52:09 PM »
If you're reducing your use of disposable plastic, you may find this thread inspiring: Plastic Free February :-)

Fresh Bread

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1247
  • Location: Australia
  • Insert dough/bread/crust joke
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #526 on: January 23, 2018, 05:05:37 PM »
If you're reducing your use of disposable plastic, you may find this thread inspiring: Plastic Free February :-)

Oh yeah, good idea HaH, I did mean to put that here. My mind is a sieve.

HappierAtHome

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6733
  • Location: Australia
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #527 on: January 23, 2018, 05:24:56 PM »
If you're reducing your use of disposable plastic, you may find this thread inspiring: Plastic Free February :-)

Oh yeah, good idea HaH, I did mean to put that here. My mind is a sieve.

Clearly a BIFL metal sieve, not a crappy plastic one :-P

frooglepoodle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1239
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #528 on: January 23, 2018, 05:36:18 PM »
I made a key lime pie this afternoon, and used the zested and juiced limes to make a lime syrup following these instructions before composting the limes.
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Forum journal

FIRE_at_45

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1833
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #529 on: January 23, 2018, 05:51:06 PM »
Quote
I just reuse the plastic bags but last time I forgot, and I just put my veggies right in my reusable grocery bag gently. The Boy said I made him think of, like, grocery shopping in Old Europe or something :-).

Today I thought of a more efficient route for running my errands/grocery shopping.

And this will likely be my solution.  Reuse the ones I have by actually getting them into my trunk. No bags?  Go bag less and just throw the veggies in the crisper. 

Anyone have experience with stuff wilting in the refrigerator?  I bought a more expensive bunch of carrots and just threw them in the crisper.  I forgot about them for a while and found them all wilted.  The huge bag left open lasts for months??
I have a journal: A Journey of Self Discovery in the Pursuit of Happiness

On dating endlessly: “Everything will be alright in the end! If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!”

Canadian and not satisfied with your current bank?  Switch to Tangerine using this key 47894562S1 and we both win.

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #530 on: January 26, 2018, 12:33:38 AM »
I'm a bit frustrated that I haven't written anything in here for several days.

Small thing: tonight we are going out in the city (35 kms from home) and we'll take the train to get there.

Astatine

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 3449
  • Location: Australia
  • Pronouns: they/them
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #531 on: January 26, 2018, 02:05:01 AM »
I used up a bunch of food that was about to go off in a fried rice meal for lunch.

I would have liked to have said I mended a work cardigan but it's beyond my skills to fix. Cardigan is now in my bag of clothes waiting for the next clothes swap.

I would have also have liked to have said I finally took up the sleeves of a work jacket that I got in a clothes swap last year but again it was  beyond my sewing skills. I hemmed one sleeve (by folding it back and using a basic hemming hand stitch) but it looked like shit so I unpicked my stitches. Work jackets should look neat, not bodgy. But, I marked the length with a safety pin and if I feel up to it tomorrow, we'll go to a mall where there is a tailor and pay to have the sleeves taken up properly. Then I will actually have a jacket (not just cardigans) to wear to work. It's unusual for me to find a jacket that fits my upper arms but isn't too big elsewhere. Plus, it's secondhand not new. So, a tiny partial win.

Imma

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 828
  • Location: Europe
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #532 on: January 26, 2018, 07:17:21 AM »
- I took in the waist of a skirt so it fits me again. I lost a bit of weight around the stomach so it was sagging, and this is a high waist skirt.
- Dried laundry on a drying rack
- Didn't turn on the heating at all last night (it was 16,5 C indoors, no problem if you're wearing proper clothes)
- Cut up some old pairs of jeans that people gifted to me. I'm working on a quilt made of recycled denim.
- Reduced someone else environmental impact: my brother moved and needs a few more hand towels for the bathroom. I have promised to give him 4 of mine. I have 8 of them because they came in a pack of 8. I only use 2 of them because they are only used by guests. We let our towels dry on a rack in the bathroom after showering and we dry our hands with them too. I think I have owned those hand towels for almost 10 years, I'm happy to give them away to somone who's actually going to use them.

Hirondelle

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 502
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #533 on: January 26, 2018, 09:14:57 AM »
My brother and I decided to diversify our investments and put our €1000 investment of this month into a "solar panel loan" investment. I can't take any solar panels on my own rental roof, so this is my way of participating in the energy transition for now :)

tyort1

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1786
  • Age: 46
  • Location: Denver, Colorado
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #534 on: January 26, 2018, 11:38:29 AM »
With Xcel Energy (our local electricity provider), there's the option to switch to renewable based energy.  Its slightly more expensive, but worth it IMO.  I switched us over to 100% renewables for the energy we use.  Feels good.
Frugalite in training.

jengod

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 902
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #535 on: January 27, 2018, 02:08:41 PM »
Spread five gallons of beautiful homemade chocolate-cake-crumb worm compost on our raspberry beds.
Waste is lost profit made visible. #zerowastehome #permaculture

Reading with children pays dividends. Recommended resources for Mustachian families: The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease |  The Read-Aloud Revival podcast by Sarah McKenzie | Books to Build On by E.D. Hirsch | The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

Anatidae V

  • Walrus Stache
  • *******
  • Posts: 6979
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Fourecks
  • Nullus Anxietas
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #536 on: January 27, 2018, 04:29:40 PM »
I worked out how to get cloth nappies onto my son while he's standing up so we can keep using the ones we have and don't need to buy pull-ups yet (he's all of 9 months). Bonus, they're easier to get on him than disposable nappies now.

Also had a go at meal planning and grocery shopping only from a list. I'm hoping to make all his baby food this week, except his special snack biscuits for biting/chewing practice.

bacchi

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2526
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #537 on: January 27, 2018, 05:01:51 PM »
Anyone have experience with stuff wilting in the refrigerator?  I bought a more expensive bunch of carrots and just threw them in the crisper.  I forgot about them for a while and found them all wilted.  The huge bag left open lasts for months??

Celery can go in water in a container. Carrots can go in a closed container with a little water. If I have both, I'll lay the celery in water and put the carrots on top, out of the water.

Malkynn

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 583
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #538 on: January 27, 2018, 08:06:37 PM »
-Picked up washable bamboo “paper towels” and I loooove them.

-No buying meat, as always, never use produce bags

-Made a dish called “fridge garbage”, which basically means something made of mostly wilted and about to go off scraps of vegetables. I hate food waste.

-Walked to the library, it was just above freezing today, so I had to get outside!

-Had my decade old shoes repaired again.

-Made yogurt for the first time





Hirondelle

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 502
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #539 on: January 28, 2018, 08:56:10 AM »
Had to buy new shoes so went to a second hand charity store, where I found a perfect pair at the children's department of the store :D

jengod

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 902
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #540 on: January 28, 2018, 09:49:21 PM »
Refuse
Reduce
Reuse
Recycle
Repair: Had a high-quality purse restored after 15 years of use (I bought it used). Got it back today with new straps and braces. Hope it will last another 15 years.
Rot
Waste is lost profit made visible. #zerowastehome #permaculture

Reading with children pays dividends. Recommended resources for Mustachian families: The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease |  The Read-Aloud Revival podcast by Sarah McKenzie | Books to Build On by E.D. Hirsch | The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer

FIRE_at_45

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1833
  • Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #541 on: January 28, 2018, 10:37:31 PM »
I did the vegetable and fruit run with no plastic bags.  I just packed everything into the reusable bags.  It was fine.  @frugalparagon would approve!
I have a journal: A Journey of Self Discovery in the Pursuit of Happiness

On dating endlessly: “Everything will be alright in the end! If it’s not alright, it’s not the end!”

Canadian and not satisfied with your current bank?  Switch to Tangerine using this key 47894562S1 and we both win.

Fresh Bread

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1247
  • Location: Australia
  • Insert dough/bread/crust joke
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #542 on: January 29, 2018, 02:02:09 AM »
I realised today that I haven't taken a flight in 2 years. That probably blows everything else I've done out of the water.

Meat free meal tonight. Did some rescheduling of clients to save about 50km of travel by combining trips. Rescued someone else's stuff that they were sending to landfill and rehomed it.

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #543 on: January 29, 2018, 02:19:37 AM »
I realised today that I haven't taken a flight in 2 years. That probably blows everything else I've done out of the water.


Well done. I find it difficult to avoid flying, if you really want to visit the other place. Driving to the same location is often more time consuming. What is easier, that is planning your holidays closer to home instead of in abroadistan.

Fresh Bread

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1247
  • Location: Australia
  • Insert dough/bread/crust joke
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #544 on: January 29, 2018, 02:26:07 AM »
I realised today that I haven't taken a flight in 2 years. That probably blows everything else I've done out of the water.


Well done. I find it difficult to avoid flying, if you really want to visit the other place. Driving to the same location is often more time consuming. What is easier, that is planning your holidays closer to home instead of in abroadistan.

Unfortunately everywhere abroadistan is over the water from here... But there are loads of nice places to holiday within 5 hrs drive and where I live is pretty idyllic if you like beaches.

frooglepoodle

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1239
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #545 on: January 29, 2018, 04:06:22 AM »
I find it difficult to avoid flying, since we live on the opposite coast from our families. That offsets most, if not all of the good we are able to do elsewhere in our lives. :-/

Last night I made a vegan lentil and walnut chili for dinner. The cornbread I served with it was not vegan, but it used up ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste (bacon drippings and whey strained from yogurt in place of buttermilk - both from local sustainable farms).
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."

Forum journal

Hirondelle

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 502
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #546 on: January 29, 2018, 05:14:25 AM »
I really wish there would be a more sustainable way to fly (e.g. huge improvements in "mileage" for planes). I love to travel and have many friends abroad so even though I could avoid it, I really don't want to.

Linda_Norway

  • Magnum Stache
  • ******
  • Posts: 2572
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #547 on: January 29, 2018, 06:23:08 AM »
I really wish there would be a more sustainable way to fly (e.g. huge improvements in "mileage" for planes). I love to travel and have many friends abroad so even though I could avoid it, I really don't want to.

After FIRE you could perhaps stay longer in the same region and with that fly less frequent.

They are experimenting with electric planes, but for the moment only for short stretches.

Hirondelle

  • Pencil Stache
  • ****
  • Posts: 502
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #548 on: January 29, 2018, 10:39:54 AM »
I really wish there would be a more sustainable way to fly (e.g. huge improvements in "mileage" for planes). I love to travel and have many friends abroad so even though I could avoid it, I really don't want to.

After FIRE you could perhaps stay longer in the same region and with that fly less frequent.

They are experimenting with electric planes, but for the moment only for short stretches.

I did slow travel for a couple months last year and that was indeed perfect. Won't wait till I'm fully FIRE. If I have no obligations after finishing my PhD I'll be on the road again ;)

Electric planes would be great for short/domestic flights! Hope that technology will mature soon.

Poundwise

  • Handlebar Stache
  • *****
  • Posts: 1026
Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #549 on: January 29, 2018, 12:04:08 PM »
Carpool: Reached out to an additional family and reorganized so that the carpool is more efficient in terms of fewer trips made. Saves everyone time, too!