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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #550 on: January 30, 2018, 12:39:16 AM »
Walked to work today and will walk back again in the afternoon. 7,5 km each way.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #551 on: January 30, 2018, 02:22:05 AM »
Walked to work today and will walk back again in the afternoon. 7,5 km each way.

Wow!!


I don't think I have anything to report today. We've got all the doors and windows open to cool our house down, but that's something we always do.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #552 on: January 30, 2018, 04:43:52 PM »
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 love travelling by train, but of course that more or less requires you stay in the same continent. I have taken the train to and in many countries in Europe. It takes more time, but the scenery is often very beautiful and you meet loads of locals.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #553 on: February 01, 2018, 07:19:23 AM »
Tried cooking a new vegetarian dish yesterday... was trying to replicate a Vietnamese noodle stirfry that my new sister-in-law made for us last year.  I didn't get it quite right, but to my surprise the kids yummed it up and even complimented me!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #554 on: February 02, 2018, 01:27:42 AM »
I can always write this in both this thread and in the "what small things did you save money on today", because saving environment goes often hand in hand with saving money.

Walked to work today and will walk back again in the afternoon.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #555 on: February 02, 2018, 04:28:58 PM »
In addition to the usual text, this week I also got a letter from the library saying that my reservation was in.

Noooooooooo.

A text is fine. Don't kill a tree, too!

I opted out this morning.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #556 on: February 02, 2018, 08:15:10 PM »
I took my used plastic bags to the fruits and veggie store and re-used them.  I always use my re-use carry out bags.

The big one though is that I am dating a vegan and learning to eat way less meat!  Woohoo, win-win for me!
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #557 on: February 02, 2018, 08:44:42 PM »
Bought locally caught fish with minimal packaging.
Making zero waste baby food (baby approved!).
Set the air con a few degrees higher. It's still plenty cold!
Sorted through hand-me-downs to work out what we can use and what we should pass on.
Had to buy petrol today (that's has to the Americans) - first time since November!!
Making (hopefully delicious) vegan chickpea "meatballs" for dinner.

Plus normal things - cloth nappies, line drying washing, etc.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #558 on: February 05, 2018, 11:56:40 PM »
I went to town to pick up one of our cars after it's EU control. DH offered to drive me to the train station in the morning. I thought it was a stupid idea that he had to get up early in the morning and let the car drive 2 km downhill and then 2 km back uphill meeting all the downhill-sliding other cars. So I walked down. And then I took the train to town.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #559 on: February 06, 2018, 04:08:13 PM »
Replaced the ink cartridges in my reusable fountain pens rather than buying new plastic pens.

Line drying laundry
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #560 on: February 06, 2018, 08:11:42 PM »
Used my diva cup instead of buying tampons. 

Hung laundry.

Made pinto beans in the instapot. 

Gathered eggs from our backyard, put chicken poop from coop into an unused corner of the garden to "cool" and eventually go into garden soil.  Not the garbage can like I used to do.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #561 on: February 06, 2018, 08:29:34 PM »
Used my diva cup instead of buying tampons. 

Hung laundry.

Made pinto beans in the instapot. 

Gathered eggs from our backyard, put chicken poop from coop into an unused corner of the garden to "cool" and eventually go into garden soil.  Not the garbage can like I used to do.

Ok this might sound weird, but in my area chicken owners give away or swap their chicken poo for garden produce. It's good stuff. Likewise worm castings. Might be an option if you have more than you can deal with?

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #562 on: February 06, 2018, 09:02:41 PM »
As always, laundry gets hung on the line to dry, or if it is more delicate clothing (eg bras), it gets hung up inside on clothes racks in the living room so the UV and heat doesn't destroy the fabric.

Dinner last night (and leftovers tonight) was vegan. Chickpea salad (tinned chickpeas) with red onion, lemon juice and olive oil, plus cherry tomatoes and parsley from my garden plus a big handful of mint from my friend's garden (getting mint from her garden also pruned the mint so she was happy, I was happy).

I caught the bus home from work, even though it was horribly hot in the sun walking home from the bus stop.



Used my diva cup instead of buying tampons. 

Hung laundry.

Made pinto beans in the instapot. 

Gathered eggs from our backyard, put chicken poop from coop into an unused corner of the garden to "cool" and eventually go into garden soil.  Not the garbage can like I used to do.

Ok this might sound weird, but in my area chicken owners give away or swap their chicken poo for garden produce. It's good stuff. Likewise worm castings. Might be an option if you have more than you can deal with?

Oh yeah, I'd be happy to chuck some chicken poo in my compost! When I first got my compost bin, a colleague gave me a bucket of straw bedding/chicken poo from her chooks to get my compost bin started. I was pretty happy with that :)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #563 on: February 06, 2018, 09:31:20 PM »
..Chickpea salad (tinned chickpeas) with red onion, lemon juice and olive oil, plus cherry tomatoes and parsley from my garden plus a big handful of mint...

Yum, this sounds like a salad my dad used to make. He added boiled egg tho.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #564 on: February 06, 2018, 11:59:01 PM »

Used my diva cup instead of buying tampons. 

Hung laundry.

Made pinto beans in the instapot. 

Gathered eggs from our backyard, put chicken poop from coop into an unused corner of the garden to "cool" and eventually go into garden soil.  Not the garbage can like I used to do.

Ok this might sound weird, but in my area chicken owners give away or swap their chicken poo for garden produce. It's good stuff. Likewise worm castings. Might be an option if you have more than you can deal with?

Oh yeah, I'd be happy to chuck some chicken poo in my compost! When I first got my compost bin, a colleague gave me a bucket of straw bedding/chicken poo from her chooks to get my compost bin started. I was pretty happy with that :)

DH bought chicken poo fertilizer and put it in our flower garden. After that there grew an awful lot of weeds in that garden. You might want to be careful with that product. Maybe boil it first before use.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #565 on: February 07, 2018, 06:48:59 AM »

Used my diva cup instead of buying tampons. 

Hung laundry.

Made pinto beans in the instapot. 

Gathered eggs from our backyard, put chicken poop from coop into an unused corner of the garden to "cool" and eventually go into garden soil.  Not the garbage can like I used to do.

Ok this might sound weird, but in my area chicken owners give away or swap their chicken poo for garden produce. It's good stuff. Likewise worm castings. Might be an option if you have more than you can deal with?

Oh yeah, I'd be happy to chuck some chicken poo in my compost! When I first got my compost bin, a colleague gave me a bucket of straw bedding/chicken poo from her chooks to get my compost bin started. I was pretty happy with that :)

DH bought chicken poo fertilizer and put it in our flower garden. After that there grew an awful lot of weeds in that garden. You might want to be careful with that product. Maybe boil it first before use.

We have chickens, and if our compost is predominantly made of chicken litter and poo, and not enough grass clippings/vegetable leftovers/coffee grounds, we get too much leafy growth in our garden.  Chicken waste is very nitrogen-rich, and nitrogen based fertilizers promote vegetative growth and overall health of plants.  Two years ago we got the biggest most beautiful tomato plants ever, and tiny tiny little fruits.

Also, you're supposed to let it sit or compost for a while before you add it, because it can kind of burn your plants if you just add it straight.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #566 on: February 07, 2018, 10:44:15 AM »
Didn't turn on the heating even though it's the coldest day this winter so far. It's still 16 C  / 61 F inside, no need for extra heating. We always have an extra blanket on our bed during winter, when it's freezing we have two blankets on top of our duvet.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #567 on: February 08, 2018, 02:00:57 AM »
When I had a hypo (low blood sugar) this afternoon, I ate 2 black jelly beans instead of chucking them in the bin or the compost. (black jelly beans are gross :p)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #568 on: February 09, 2018, 04:26:21 AM »
Walked to work and will walk back again later.

This weekend I will take the train to the city on Saturday and Sunday. I will try to get up early enough to walk to the train station as well (25 minutes walking), instead of driving.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #569 on: February 14, 2018, 07:42:51 AM »
Very small thing but I had to buy envelopes and agonized for a bit over whether to buy the peel and stick ones that don't leave a horrible aftertaste but create trash or the ones you have to lick. I opted for the more eco-friendly ones.

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« Reply #570 on: February 16, 2018, 04:46:37 AM »
Very small thing but I had to buy envelopes and agonized for a bit over whether to buy the peel and stick ones that don't leave a horrible aftertaste but create trash or the ones you have to lick. I opted for the more eco-friendly ones.

This would never have occurred to me but I suspect it's going to be one of those things I can't unsee!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #571 on: February 16, 2018, 02:43:10 PM »
Very small thing but I had to buy envelopes and agonized for a bit over whether to buy the peel and stick ones that don't leave a horrible aftertaste but create trash or the ones you have to lick. I opted for the more eco-friendly ones.

This would never have occurred to me but I suspect it's going to be one of those things I can't unsee!
The only reason it occurred to me was because I had just finished off a box of the peel and stick ones and was annoyed that I had to throw something away

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #572 on: February 16, 2018, 04:20:10 PM »
I am new to this. Just the fact that a random plastic bottle I throw away doesn't decompose for  ~450 years blows me away. Definitely not the kind of legacy I want to leave behind.

My todays work -

1. Opted out of redplum  advertising at:
https://www.redplum.com/tools/direct-mail-preferences

2. Opted out of valpak coupons (have pretty much never used it) :
https://www.valpak.com/coupons/show/mailinglistsuppression

3. Opted out of credit card solicitation mails though was initially very apprehensive about providing ssn  online - but after extensive googling it seems legit (I hope)
https://www.optoutprescreen.com

After this stumbled on the app paperkarma that does this for you. Haven't  checked it out though - has anyone else any experience using this app?
Also planning to signup at the direct marketing agency site to take me off their mailing list
https://dmachoice.thedma.org/register.php

To others out there who have done this -- does this work and stop all the junk mail?



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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #573 on: February 16, 2018, 04:59:15 PM »
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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??

The carrots that you buy are usually a variety of carrot that is a storage variety.  Many of the baby carrots sold with the greens attached are bred to be sweet and not for storage.   Removing the green tops ASAP will help all carrots from wilting so quickly. 

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #574 on: February 18, 2018, 02:58:28 AM »
I paid the few cents CO2 compensation premium on my bus ticket. Not sure if it's gonna make any difference, but at least I tried.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #575 on: February 18, 2018, 03:04:06 AM »
Picked up five bottles for Return and Earn walking home after my run tonight.