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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #650 on: March 23, 2018, 11:00:35 AM »
Just hired an excavation contractor to totally rebuild an old run down pond on our property.   The dam had blown out of it decades ago, prior to our ownership, lots of trees and brush grown up, etc.
When complete, should have a 1/2 to 3/4 acre pond about 10' - 12' deep.    Hope to stock fish by late summer.

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« Reply #651 on: March 23, 2018, 03:46:20 PM »
Today marked the third week in a row of having only one, not-even-full bag of trash for trash pickup day. :-)

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« Reply #652 on: March 23, 2018, 08:15:20 PM »
Just hired an excavation contractor to totally rebuild an old run down pond on our property.   The dam had blown out of it decades ago, prior to our ownership, lots of trees and brush grown up, etc.
When complete, should have a 1/2 to 3/4 acre pond about 10' - 12' deep.    Hope to stock fish by late summer.

Ooo, I have always dreamed of having my own pond with fish in it!!  Good luck!

I have not had a dryer for almost 3 months!!  Weirdly, our utility company reports that our gas usage was identical to Jan and Feb of last year.  This can't be right-- in ordinary times we do at least 10 large loads of laundry a week. We submitted a meter reading last month, however, and they say that it was the same as their recorded value.

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« Reply #653 on: March 24, 2018, 12:59:52 PM »
I took a bus halfway to my local gun control march. The connecting bus only comes every 90 minutes on Saturdays and I was going to be late if I waited for it so I Lyfted the rest of the way. Will try to transit part way home as well.

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« Reply #654 on: March 27, 2018, 03:22:15 PM »
Technically it was 2 days ago. But instead of buying a weighted blanket for my son, I upcycled fleece blankets from Goodwill. I did have to buy the pellets new (boo) but at least I saved fleece!

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« Reply #655 on: March 28, 2018, 02:13:33 PM »
Just hired an excavation contractor to totally rebuild an old run down pond on our property.   The dam had blown out of it decades ago, prior to our ownership, lots of trees and brush grown up, etc.
When complete, should have a 1/2 to 3/4 acre pond about 10' - 12' deep.    Hope to stock fish by late summer.

This is completely awesome.  Ponds support all kids of creatures, and that will be a great size! 

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« Reply #656 on: March 29, 2018, 08:14:24 PM »
Our gardener hasn’t shown up lately (for reasons unclear) so this evening I went out there with our manual/reel lawn mower (purchased used at an estate sale) and mowed, and then cleaned up the odd bits with a vintage Craftsman sickle I once trashpicked out of a pile of scrap metal.

Anyway, no carbon emissions plus chop-and-drop “grasscycling” to build soil vitality long-term.


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« Reply #657 on: March 30, 2018, 08:52:04 AM »
- Dried laundry outside
- Will turn various vegetable odds and ends into a delicious stew
- Cleaning and decluttering and will go through our winter clothes to see if there are any items that need mending or should be donated

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« Reply #658 on: March 30, 2018, 10:01:17 AM »
Rather than simply opening the hot water tap at my sink, letting cold water run down the drain until hot, I collect it and use it for laundry day to fill the washing machine.  I also collect the basically clear rinse water, and use it for the next wash load.  Old washing machines had a feature along these same lines.  Will hang dry as much as possible allowing for conditions.

I also use a full flow shower head in conjunction with a shutoff.  This way I get a nice satisfying shower during wet-down and wash-off, but save a ton of water while lathering up, leaving it off or at a very reduced rate.  I'm also a super conservative garbage producer, maybe producing one 13 gal bag a month.  My ratio of recycling to trash is many, many orders of magnitude.

I also sweep up many piles of sunflower seed husks produced at my feeders, and turn them into great mulch.

My all gas (heat/stove/WH) breezy/practically un-insulated 1955 2 BR rental home in the heart of the Lake Erie Snowbelt, had a $54 bill last month, and it was plenty cold.

I take the city bus as much as possible, which I enjoy even more since it went to CNG.  Just looked, and I have only driven 1200 miles since June of last year.

I reload all ammunition I shoot aside from rimfire, this save a ton of $$$ not to mention resources, especially when I use bullets I cast from scrap lead, and can get many, many firings from the brass case.  When the case is beyond use, it gets recycled.

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« Reply #659 on: March 30, 2018, 10:13:56 AM »
I was craving ice-cream and decided to try one of the new Ben & Jerry's dairy free ones that were on sale :)

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« Reply #660 on: March 30, 2018, 07:05:02 PM »
Broke out the hot glue gun and managed to 90% fix an umbrella that was on the way out.  (Little end-caps that hold the nylon material on kept coming off whenever the umbrella was closed).  It won't last forever, but it should get me through spring without needing to buy a new one.  Yay!

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« Reply #661 on: March 30, 2018, 08:03:06 PM »
Giving away and receiving items on Buy Nothing this week.

As always, line drying all laundry including cloth nappies.

Mulching my garden to improve water retention.

Mostly vegan and vegetarian meals this week.

Baby's food is all cooked from scratch, no overly packaged "convenience" foods for him.

Traditional Easter takeaway tonight will be wrapped only in paper, no plastic or plastic-coated cardboard.

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« Reply #662 on: March 30, 2018, 10:00:49 PM »
I basically did nothing today besides run and read a book.  By doing nothing I feel like I did something for the environment.  That makes sense, right?

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« Reply #663 on: March 30, 2018, 10:32:23 PM »
I basically did nothing today besides run and read a book.  By doing nothing I feel like I did something for the environment.  That makes sense, right?

Yes! You didn't drive, or buy stupid consumer shit, or anything like that. It counts.

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« Reply #664 on: March 31, 2018, 12:53:54 AM »
Hung out two loads of laundry to dry.

Peed in a bucket and fed it to my persimmon tree.


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« Reply #665 on: April 01, 2018, 12:20:08 AM »
Easter Sunday here. We only purchased eggs and bunnies in foil (no plastic or plastic-coated cardboard boxes) so the packaging is 100% recyclable.

Thought ahead with Easter brunch so we had a plan for all the leftovers. I might be eating more bagels than usual, but nothing will be wasted.

Food scraps and cardboard and paper waste are going in the worm farm.

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« Reply #666 on: April 01, 2018, 09:09:22 AM »
Took home the leftovers from Easter brunch at my grandma's. She was happy to get rid of them and I was happy to take them. Mostly veggies and some cold meats. We don't normally eat that, but eating it is better than throwing it away.


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« Reply #667 on: April 01, 2018, 12:36:32 PM »
Hung two loads of laundry on the clothesline and one in the basement on the drying rack.
Walked to church this morning.

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« Reply #668 on: April 01, 2018, 12:49:36 PM »
Took home the leftovers from Easter brunch at my grandma's. She was happy to get rid of them and I was happy to take them. Mostly veggies and some cold meats. We don't normally eat that, but eating it is better than throwing it away.

Oh, and also got a relative's thermos flask. They wanted to get rid of it because the cap is missing (not the lid). It's 0,5 liter sized so you can either drink straight from the flask or take any other unbreakable cup with you to drink from. Good enough for me.

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« Reply #669 on: April 04, 2018, 03:26:49 PM »
Today we're combining (necessary) car trips to minimise fuel use.

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« Reply #670 on: April 04, 2018, 06:37:44 PM »
I am right now using my reusable coffee cup that I purchased last year.

Iíve only forgotten it once so far this year and caved in and bought coffee in a disposable cup. Better yet for my wallet too, I usually make my coffee at home and take it with me on my walk now.

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« Reply #671 on: April 04, 2018, 06:51:02 PM »
Today we're combining (necessary) car trips to minimise fuel use.

I did this today too!

I also did not buy myself Starbucks as a treat after my doctor appointment because we had plans to go out for ice cream after dinner, then those got scrapped when toddler refused to eat his dinner. So no single use disposables today!

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« Reply #672 on: April 05, 2018, 04:43:45 AM »
I bought some silverware at Goodwill and stuck it in the drawer in the break room at work.  Some people are using it, rather than the plastic forks and spoons they provide. 

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« Reply #673 on: April 05, 2018, 04:56:36 AM »
I really, really wanted to go for a drive to the shops for got chips. Instead I took baby to the library for sing-along time, then we went to the park after his nap, and I ate various junk food in the pantry instead. Both trips were walking in the pram. He got worn out and slept well, I still got my fix.

Also line drying washing, hubby took the bus to work and we're reusing the boxes from our recent house move by giving them back to my parents for when they move in a few months. Some of those boxes have been through 5+ people moving house now, we only bought a couple to help us move and the rest are very second-hand!

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« Reply #674 on: April 07, 2018, 12:14:56 AM »
Biking to work, grocery store and all activities within town. My goal is, except for emergency calls, not to drive for the next 6 months.

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« Reply #675 on: April 07, 2018, 03:07:36 AM »
It's a bright and sunny Saturday morning in here. I'm going to dry laundry outside today and then go to the market on my bike to buy unwrapped fruit and vegetables and to refill my glass milk bottle. We don't drink milk a lot, but these days, when we use it we go to the market where a farmer fills my bottle straight from the tap. No extra waste and no middle man to take the farmer's profits.

Then I'm probably going to clean and do a bit of DIY in our bedroom. We have guests coming over next week and the room really needs a good spring clean.

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« Reply #676 on: April 09, 2018, 07:06:34 AM »
524 bottles returned this year.

Thanks for your inspiring number! I just cashed in my second $20 load of cans and bottles (in addition to some $1-$2 trips) so by my calculation (rough count of the coins in my 'can money' lunchbox) I've return-and-earned 520 cans/bottles. Woot woot! All this 'bonus money' is going to paying down a debt just a liiiittle faster.

I've also learned tonight that it is a little frightening to be a smallish young woman who looks a little hipster (short blue hair) cashing in cans on bin night on recycling fortnight with all the houso's screaming at each others for 'stealing' each others recycling O_O... I think I'll make sure to avoid Monday nights in the future and stick to a nice safe Saturday morning with all the Soccer Mums cashing in the team's waterbottles (legit saw someone pull up in a ute with the tray completely full of water bottles - who buys that much bottled water in a city with lovely free tap water???) purely for safety/scary reasons.

Other than that - ate vegetarian, composted coffeegrounds, dried laundry on the clothes horse outside, closed windows and blinds in the heat of the day, opened them in the evening, opened the dishwasher to air-dry instead of fan-dry, borrowed friend's car for half an hour to take the cans to the machine rather than owning a car (haven't had a car for almost three years now), caught the free bus to and from work.

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« Reply #677 on: April 09, 2018, 07:52:07 AM »
Our office is extremely wasteful, with paper cups, plastic utensils, paper plates, etc.  I can't stand the waste so I have my own set of real utensils, water cup with lid, a travel mug, and a bowl that all live at my desk.  I also bring in a clean cloth napkin and dish towel every week to use during lunch.  People give my a strange look, especially with the napkin, but I just can't stand the extreme waste that I see daily. I am just trying to do my part.

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« Reply #678 on: April 09, 2018, 07:57:00 AM »
I re-use my paper cup at work and also have my own mug (but it's super large so sometimes I still grab a paper one if I just want a single cup of tea).

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« Reply #679 on: April 09, 2018, 02:30:25 PM »
REPAIR:
* I fixed our stepstool by replacing four hex nuts that had been lost in the 40 years since it was manufactured.
* I sewed up a separated seam on one of our couch cushions.
* I sewed up a hole in the bottom of one of my reusable bags. It's very imperfect (darning, how does it work?) but it will do.

CONSERVE
* Watered houseplants with leftover drinking water, dishwater and melted ice cubes
* Peed in a bucket and fed it to the compost bin
* Routed some household greywater toward plants

ROT
* No green waste sent to the city again this week, all to to the compost bins or as top-dressing/mulch for the yard.

REDUCE
* The weekend was almost completely car-free. All trips were transit or walked, except our return from a date-night cooking class in an Uber.

RECYCLE
* Gave away our learning tower to another mom in our local Buy Nothing group. It has a fairly large footprint in our small-ish house, the big kids refuse to use it, and the little one is too small to help cook for a couple more years. Hopefully I'll be able to borrow it back in the future if I need one again.

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« Reply #680 on: April 10, 2018, 06:02:53 AM »

* I sewed up a hole in the bottom of one of my reusable bags. It's very imperfect (darning, how does it work?) but it will do.



Are you using a machine or sewing by hand?

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #681 on: April 10, 2018, 06:21:07 AM »
I fixed some mittens that were wearing thin in the thumbs, and then decided to sew some more and made a lavender rice bag out of an old sock :) 

One of the pair wore through in the heel, but the socks are a super cute elephant pattern, so I wanted to keep them somehow.  It actually will work really well for neck aches, because it bends nicely to rest on your shoulders when you put it on your neck.  Unexpected benefit!

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« Reply #682 on: April 11, 2018, 07:23:51 PM »
Normal things today:
Taking public transport.
Eating vegan and vegetarian bulk cooked meals.
Baby in cloth nappies.
Line drying laundry.

Unusual things today:
Going to pick up prescriptions from a pharmacy within walking distance to avoid driving.
Researched medical imaging chains to find one that had a location within walking distance of home. Also great because I never want to drive immediately after any kind of medical appointment.

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« Reply #683 on: April 11, 2018, 07:51:46 PM »
Took a long soaking bath. Left water in tub. Put a small bucket between tub and toilet bowl (small bathroom, they are near each other) and will use buckets of water from the tub to flush the toilet until the water in the tub is gone.







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« Reply #684 on: April 11, 2018, 09:33:09 PM »
Renovated my small solar water heater for the spring season by replacing the reflector. This is simply a cardboard box lined with aluminum foil. Place a pan of water in it and leave it in the sun. On bright days it reaches just short of boiling temp. Really cuts down on cooking time.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #685 on: April 12, 2018, 05:57:18 AM »
- Not eating animal products (not only today but every day)
- Biking to work
- Brought homemade vegan chocolate fairtrade treats to work for my colleagues
- Brought my outdoor cardigan to a tailor to get it fixed (needs a new zipper)
- Brought my lunch to work in a reusable bag

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« Reply #686 on: April 12, 2018, 08:48:07 AM »
- Not eating animal products (not only today but every day)
- Biking to work
- Brought homemade vegan chocolate fairtrade treats to work for my colleagues
- Brought my outdoor cardigan to a tailor to get it fixed (needs a new zipper)
- Brought my lunch to work in a reusable bag

+1 this list is impressive

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #687 on: April 13, 2018, 06:58:33 AM »
All of my trips in town are by ebike. I have a utility trailer for groceries and larger stuff and I recharge the battery with solar panels.

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« Reply #688 on: April 13, 2018, 03:14:05 PM »
I read a NYTimes article about a doctor who picked up almost $100/year from walking through the park. Inspiration!

You intrigued me. Looked it up. So cool.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/23/coin-drop


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« Reply #689 on: April 13, 2018, 10:13:51 PM »
Ended up having to buy some baby clothes new (got as many hand-me-downs as we could via Buy Nothing but did not strike gold; still had to acquire quite a few things in the next size for winter. No baby clothes at all in any of my local op shops!). We took reusable grocery bags to pack our purchases. I'm used to bringing my own bags for groceries but don't really think about it for "stuff" shopping (mostly because I just avoid shopping at all costs).

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« Reply #690 on: April 13, 2018, 10:29:35 PM »
Ended up having to buy some baby clothes new (got as many hand-me-downs as we could via Buy Nothing but did not strike gold; still had to acquire quite a few things in the next size for winter. No baby clothes at all in any of my local op shops!). We took reusable grocery bags to pack our purchases. I'm used to bringing my own bags for groceries but don't really think about it for "stuff" shopping (mostly because I just avoid shopping at all costs).

I tried to take some baby toys to Vinnie's as a favour for someone and they wouldn't have them. Cited hygiene. I wonder if it's put people off donating anything baby. They did take the clothes off me and some scruffy books, a bunch of CDs but turned their nose up at many useful bits. Got rid of it all on FB so it didn't go in the bin.

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« Reply #691 on: April 13, 2018, 10:57:03 PM »
Ended up having to buy some baby clothes new (got as many hand-me-downs as we could via Buy Nothing but did not strike gold; still had to acquire quite a few things in the next size for winter. No baby clothes at all in any of my local op shops!). We took reusable grocery bags to pack our purchases. I'm used to bringing my own bags for groceries but don't really think about it for "stuff" shopping (mostly because I just avoid shopping at all costs).

I tried to take some baby toys to Vinnie's as a favour for someone and they wouldn't have them. Cited hygiene. I wonder if it's put people off donating anything baby. They did take the clothes off me and some scruffy books, a bunch of CDs but turned their nose up at many useful bits. Got rid of it all on FB so it didn't go in the bin.

It makes me wonder what volume of baby clothing ends up in landfill :-(

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« Reply #692 on: April 14, 2018, 05:07:54 AM »
Ended up having to buy some baby clothes new (got as many hand-me-downs as we could via Buy Nothing but did not strike gold; still had to acquire quite a few things in the next size for winter. No baby clothes at all in any of my local op shops!). We took reusable grocery bags to pack our purchases. I'm used to bringing my own bags for groceries but don't really think about it for "stuff" shopping (mostly because I just avoid shopping at all costs).

I tried to take some baby toys to Vinnie's as a favour for someone and they wouldn't have them. Cited hygiene. I wonder if it's put people off donating anything baby. They did take the clothes off me and some scruffy books, a bunch of CDs but turned their nose up at many useful bits. Got rid of it all on FB so it didn't go in the bin.

I wonder if this is just St. Vinnie's.   I could swear I have seen baby clothes at Goodwill?

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« Reply #693 on: April 14, 2018, 05:12:38 AM »
Ended up having to buy some baby clothes new (got as many hand-me-downs as we could via Buy Nothing but did not strike gold; still had to acquire quite a few things in the next size for winter. No baby clothes at all in any of my local op shops!). We took reusable grocery bags to pack our purchases. I'm used to bringing my own bags for groceries but don't really think about it for "stuff" shopping (mostly because I just avoid shopping at all costs).

I tried to take some baby toys to Vinnie's as a favour for someone and they wouldn't have them. Cited hygiene. I wonder if it's put people off donating anything baby. They did take the clothes off me and some scruffy books, a bunch of CDs but turned their nose up at many useful bits. Got rid of it all on FB so it didn't go in the bin.

I wonder if this is just St. Vinnie's.   I could swear I have seen baby clothes at Goodwill?

No Goodwill in my city / country.

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« Reply #694 on: April 14, 2018, 05:57:34 AM »
Ended up having to buy some baby clothes new (got as many hand-me-downs as we could via Buy Nothing but did not strike gold; still had to acquire quite a few things in the next size for winter. No baby clothes at all in any of my local op shops!). We took reusable grocery bags to pack our purchases. I'm used to bringing my own bags for groceries but don't really think about it for "stuff" shopping (mostly because I just avoid shopping at all costs).

I tried to take some baby toys to Vinnie's as a favour for someone and they wouldn't have them. Cited hygiene. I wonder if it's put people off donating anything baby. They did take the clothes off me and some scruffy books, a bunch of CDs but turned their nose up at many useful bits. Got rid of it all on FB so it didn't go in the bin.

I wonder if this is just St. Vinnie's.   I could swear I have seen baby clothes at Goodwill?

No Goodwill in my city / country.

Got it!  I was interested when you mentioned Vinnie's, as I grew up with those in the midwest US.   But I have not seen any Vinnie's since I moved to the east coast . . . Regional thing I guess.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #695 on: April 15, 2018, 03:12:35 AM »
This is from a couple of days ago. We stayed in a cabin in a caravan park for the better part of a week on holidays. We made the mistake of grocery shopping while hungry and overestimated how much we’d actually cook.

Instead of throwing out a bag of veggies (or trying to transport it home in a hot cramped car over several days and it all going off), I put it all in a bag and went for a wander. Found a young family camping nearby and asked if they’d like our veggies.

They said yes and seemed very happy to have them! So I saved some food waste and hopefully saved a young family a few dollars.

Which reminds me: before we went away I managed to run down our perishables almost completely except for garlic. So our friend got a small bag of garlic with her birthday present the night before we left on our holiday.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #696 on: April 15, 2018, 12:29:18 PM »
We heard on TV that biologically degradable plastic bags often don't degrade in a composting bin. They need a lot of hest, which is only retrieved in a professional garbage factory.
We noticed that the bags in our compost bin don't degrade fast enough. When we take out the composted earth at the end of the season, there are still grey plastic strips. From now on we will thow away the green stuff without the bag. We placed a separate container for the bags beside the compost bin, so that it is easy to throw away the bag.
I fished a pile of half degraded plastic bags out of the top layer of compost.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #697 on: April 15, 2018, 10:52:36 PM »
* Brought reusable shopping bags and produce bags to grocery shop. Bought milk in reusable glass bottles.

* Drank the juice of a blood orange that we grew in our very own yard. The tree has taken years to produce any substantial fruit crop but it's pretty darn tasty.

* We have a outdoor faucet that drips. Placed one of our potted pineapples and a native tree under there to absorb the drips, and then put the watering can under to collect more from around the yard. I've noticed goldfinches perch on the watering can and drink the water!

* Watered herb bed with greywater runoff from sink/dishwasher/laundry.

* Collected and crushed wind-blown leaves for mulch.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #698 on: April 16, 2018, 03:20:10 AM »
Not from today, but we received the water bill today.

We did some DIY this winter and found a few small leaks in our pipes. We fixed them and now our water bill is 17% lower! That's only Ä5/month, but it's a lot of water saved. We have also installed a water saving toilet, so I hope to be able to reduce our bills even further in the future.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #699 on: April 16, 2018, 05:07:38 AM »
Not from today, but we received the water bill today.

We did some DIY this winter and found a few small leaks in our pipes. We fixed them and now our water bill is 17% lower! That's only Ä5/month, but it's a lot of water saved. We have also installed a water saving toilet, so I hope to be able to reduce our bills even further in the future.

That's great Imma!  Congrats!