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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #700 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 5/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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« Reply #701 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 5/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!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #702 on: April 16, 2018, 06:22:41 PM »
Yesterday DH and I bought some new clothes from a vintage/secondhand clothes shop.

He got a shirt that he should be able to wear to work and some cuff links (looked new and were about half the price of ones we’ve seen in department stores).

I got an A-line long wool jacket for winter (and if I end up not wearing it, DH is happy to have it). And I got a gorgeous waistcoat.

All of it was in as-new condition. Huzzah!

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« Reply #703 on: April 17, 2018, 12:15:44 AM »
Walked to and from my brother's house instead of driving.

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« Reply #704 on: April 17, 2018, 06:41:00 AM »
Used up overripe bananas and sour milk by making muffins. Greased the pan with butter instead of using liners.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #705 on: April 17, 2018, 12:27:43 PM »
Walked to the post office instead of adding distance to my work drive. Plus, bonus exercise!

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« Reply #706 on: April 18, 2018, 11:31:01 PM »
I went fishing for a bit today but it was crazy windy. So I actually spent most of my time picking up trash around the area I was fishing. Ended up with a plastic grocery bag full mostly of beer cans and plastic liquor bottles. I once stumbled upon a geocache in the same area while picking up trash.

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« Reply #707 on: April 19, 2018, 12:33:56 PM »
Went for a walk in the neighbourhood this evening, and yesterday, and picked up some garbage.

At work we have a perforator that worked really badly. I though I had to order a new one. But then I asked the janitor to grease it. Now it works fine again.

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« Reply #708 on: April 19, 2018, 12:36:49 PM »
DH just had an operation in a hospital 1,5 hour driving from home. He is not allowed to drive home. I had planned to pick him up tomorrow. But he said he is feeling so well now that he is planning to take the train home.

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« Reply #709 on: April 19, 2018, 12:49:23 PM »
DH just had an operation in a hospital 1,5 hour driving from home. He is not allowed to drive home. I had planned to pick him up tomorrow. But he said he is feeling so well now that he is planning to take the train home.

Did he have surgery for the heart issue you have discussed on here? I'm glad to hear he's feeling well now, I hope he's going to feel a lot better now.

It kind of sounds like he's planning to take the train on his own. I would check with the hospital if they're willing to let him go home alone. A few years back I had a (relatively minor) surgery that required an overnight stay. I was going to take the bus home the next day, but the hospital said I'd have to stay another night if I planned on travelling home alone. I also felt well, the bus ride was 45 minutes and the stop right in front of my house, but the hospital still wasn't comfortable with it. I guess legally they wouldn't have been able to force me to stay another night, but I called around and in the end found someone willing to give me a ride home. 

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« Reply #710 on: April 19, 2018, 01:18:11 PM »
DH just had an operation in a hospital 1,5 hour driving from home. He is not allowed to drive home. I had planned to pick him up tomorrow. But he said he is feeling so well now that he is planning to take the train home.

Did he have surgery for the heart issue you have discussed on here? I'm glad to hear he's feeling well now, I hope he's going to feel a lot better now.

It kind of sounds like he's planning to take the train on his own. I would check with the hospital if they're willing to let him go home alone. A few years back I had a (relatively minor) surgery that required an overnight stay. I was going to take the bus home the next day, but the hospital said I'd have to stay another night if I planned on travelling home alone. I also felt well, the bus ride was 45 minutes and the stop right in front of my house, but the hospital still wasn't comfortable with it. I guess legally they wouldn't have been able to force me to stay another night, but I called around and in the end found someone willing to give me a ride home.

Yes, it is that heart surgery. I will warn him to ask the hospital explisitely. I don't feel like asking them behind his back.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #711 on: April 19, 2018, 02:49:00 PM »
These comments are so enjoyable to read. I walk 5-6 days per week, taking various routes through my town. The last couple weeks I've starting picking up the misc garbage and recycling that tends to get blown out of cans on windy days.

Confirmed that my new office mate knows where the recycling cans are and emphasized that we are big in recycling (he throws his recycling in his trash can daily). The majority of us use reusable water bottles and coffee/tea mugs but he is a 10 cup of coffee, take a new paper cup each time, plus 3 plastic water bottles a day kind of a guy so I likely wasted my breath. Oh well.

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« Reply #712 on: April 19, 2018, 03:19:33 PM »
That sucks. My new thing is to let people know that all the plastic they ever used still exists.

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« Reply #713 on: April 19, 2018, 06:54:00 PM »
My new thing is to let people know that all the plastic they ever used still exists.

I needed to read this today - illness has lead to far more plastic usage (primarily food packaging) than usual for our household.

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« Reply #714 on: April 19, 2018, 07:29:39 PM »
My new thing is to let people know that all the plastic they ever used still exists.

I needed to read this today - illness has lead to far more plastic usage (primarily food packaging) than usual for our household.

I think you get a pass right now. Single use stuff for sick, injured or disabled people, and for hospitals & clinics, is totally ok in my book! The rest of the developed world just needs to slow the fuck down and take a look.

eta: #slowthefuckdown - the slow movement with a bit more bite.

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« Reply #715 on: April 20, 2018, 01:11:15 AM »
These comments are so enjoyable to read. I walk 5-6 days per week, taking various routes through my town. The last couple weeks I've starting picking up the misc garbage and recycling that tends to get blown out of cans on windy days.

Confirmed that my new office mate knows where the recycling cans are and emphasized that we are big in recycling (he throws his recycling in his trash can daily). The majority of us use reusable water bottles and coffee/tea mugs but he is a 10 cup of coffee, take a new paper cup each time, plus 3 plastic water bottles a day kind of a guy so I likely wasted my breath. Oh well.

Our customers who visited our office the last few days, grabbed a paper cup and wrote their initials on it. And kept using the same cup the whole day. They are well trained. :-)

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« Reply #716 on: April 20, 2018, 04:53:45 AM »
My new thing is to let people know that all the plastic they ever used still exists.

I needed to read this today - illness has lead to far more plastic usage (primarily food packaging) than usual for our household.

I think you get a pass right now. Single use stuff for sick, injured or disabled people, and for hospitals & clinics, is totally ok in my book! The rest of the developed world just needs to slow the fuck down and take a look.

eta: #slowthefuckdown - the slow movement with a bit more bite.

Agreed. It is ENTIRELY appropriate for your situation.

I'm currently trying to plan ahead for late pregnancy and the first few weeks with a newborn to keep the packaging from getting out of control. But I, you know, have had notice and time to plan. That doesn't necessarily happen with illness.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #717 on: April 22, 2018, 05:44:01 AM »
I have realised all over again that my menstrual is so much more convenient than the disposable pads and tampons I used before. Making the switch to cloth pads and a menstrual cup was daunting, but I'm so glad I did.

On that topic, today:
Used my menstrual cup and cloth pads.
Baby is in cloth nappies.
Cooked from unpackaged ingredients.
Washed clothes in cold water and line dried them.
Turned off the retic now that we're finally getting some rain.
Shifted potted plants to catch the rain.
Used warming up water from the shower to water plants that never get rained on.

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« Reply #718 on: April 22, 2018, 05:59:32 AM »
I have realised all over again that my menstrual is so much more convenient than the disposable pads and tampons I used before. Making the switch to cloth pads and a menstrual cup was daunting, but I'm so glad I did.

On that topic, today:
Used my menstrual cup and cloth pads.

Ohh never realized how using the cup was also an environmental win. Used mine for the whole past week and it's soooo much better than tampons. I still have friends who say they find it gross, but I find tampons much much more gross!

I also went to the market yesterday and got quite some unpacked veggies.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #719 on: April 22, 2018, 06:42:59 AM »
I have realised all over again that my menstrual is so much more convenient than the disposable pads and tampons I used before. Making the switch to cloth pads and a menstrual cup was daunting, but I'm so glad I did.

On that topic, today:
Used my menstrual cup and cloth pads.

Ohh never realized how using the cup was also an environmental win. Used mine for the whole past week and it's soooo much better than tampons. I still have friends who say they find it gross, but I find tampons much much more gross!

I also went to the market yesterday and got quite some unpacked veggies.

I post this literally every time anyone in any forum/FB post mentions their menstrual cup, lol. 

I feel like my cramps are at least 10x better with a cup than they were with a tampon.  The whole process is far more manageable for me, and the cup lasts so much longer between changes than tampons do!  I recommend them to EVERYONE.  I've had my cups for far longer than the manufacturer recommends (>10 years), but they are still clean and perfectly usable.

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« Reply #720 on: April 22, 2018, 07:18:41 PM »
I have realised all over again that my menstrual is so much more convenient than the disposable pads and tampons I used before. Making the switch to cloth pads and a menstrual cup was daunting, but I'm so glad I did.

On that topic, today:
Used my menstrual cup and cloth pads.

Ohh never realized how using the cup was also an environmental win. Used mine for the whole past week and it's soooo much better than tampons. I still have friends who say they find it gross, but I find tampons much much more gross!

I also went to the market yesterday and got quite some unpacked veggies.

I post this literally every time anyone in any forum/FB post mentions their menstrual cup, lol. 

I feel like my cramps are at least 10x better with a cup than they were with a tampon.  The whole process is far more manageable for me, and the cup lasts so much longer between changes than tampons do!  I recommend them to EVERYONE.  I've had my cups for far longer than the manufacturer recommends (>10 years), but they are still clean and perfectly usable.

It's the long lasting bit that really does it for me - I LOVE not having to worry about emptying my cup for twelve hours at a time. I sleep so much better than I do wearing a pad. It's just awesome!

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« Reply #721 on: April 22, 2018, 10:45:59 PM »
Car-free weekend!

I, too, used a menstrual cup!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #722 on: April 23, 2018, 02:12:51 AM »
I have probably written it here before. We have a project where we receive warm water from the neighbours who produce this with their mountain warmth pump. There are supposed to be solar panels set up as well, but after 2,5 years, these are still not in place. Maybe this summer, but I've heard this before...

We have been running the project the whole winter. When we started in October, the water entering our house was 32C. This went into our CV kettle that has a lowest temperature of 30C. So in October, the CV kettle didn't have to work to warm up the water for the floor heating. Unfortunately, the shower water is not going through the same system and needs to be warmed up seperately.
But as the days got colder, the water entering our house got colder. At the coldest, it was down at 25C, while 26C was very common. This water was warmed up by our kettle to 30C and then sent in the floor.
As long as we took care the thermostat didn't switch off, the water we returned was colder than the water coming in. We put the thermostat on 23C (much too warm for our house), and the house got 18C at max in practice.

Yesterday we finally had a meeting with the neighbours about this system. We told our experiences. Turns out the neighbour has been receiving 32-33C warm water into his house. While our water was down to 26C. And it is coming from the same large tank. Something weird was going in. So we did a test with changed water pressure and putting the pump higher. That worked, the water into our house changed to 32C.

It is a pity that we didn't have a meeting earlier. It didn't help that the neighbour who has this system in his house was living in south America for the last half year. So there was no one around who actually understood the system. But at least now, we find that now (when the weather is a lot warmer than in the winter) the system works well, with 2 of the 3 houses connected. But we still don't know who it will work when all 3 houses are connected and lived in and it is a proper winter.

Because we have been receiving so little warm water, which was so cold, the neighbours have decided that we didn't have to pay for this winter.

We saved 17% of our energy bill. We presume that the warmth pump at the neighbour's house uses less than our saved amount to warm up the water. When the solar panels ever are in place, this should be the main heating source in all months except for November to February.

I really want this to work, as it will make our house a lot more energy efficient. When we sell it (in a year or 2 when we start FIRE, hopefully), we can also sell it as a house with a (partly) green energy solution.

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« Reply #723 on: April 23, 2018, 02:17:00 AM »
I have realised all over again that my menstrual is so much more convenient than the disposable pads and tampons I used before. Making the switch to cloth pads and a menstrual cup was daunting, but I'm so glad I did.

On that topic, today:
Used my menstrual cup and cloth pads.

Ohh never realized how using the cup was also an environmental win. Used mine for the whole past week and it's soooo much better than tampons. I still have friends who say they find it gross, but I find tampons much much more gross!

I also went to the market yesterday and got quite some unpacked veggies.

I post this literally every time anyone in any forum/FB post mentions their menstrual cup, lol. 

I feel like my cramps are at least 10x better with a cup than they were with a tampon.  The whole process is far more manageable for me, and the cup lasts so much longer between changes than tampons do!  I recommend them to EVERYONE.  I've had my cups for far longer than the manufacturer recommends (>10 years), but they are still clean and perfectly usable.

It's the long lasting bit that really does it for me - I LOVE not having to worry about emptying my cup for twelve hours at a time. I sleep so much better than I do wearing a pad. It's just awesome!

I have also converted to the combination of cloth pads and cup. The cup is great at night and doesn't leak like any type of pad does. But I don't want to use it at work, even though we have many handicap toilets with water in the cubicle. I have also noticed it fills up quickly when I'm hiking in the forest. So I don't want to rely on it.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #724 on: April 23, 2018, 01:39:06 PM »
Yesterday I was in the garage, about to throw out my bike tire (bulging sidewall after three years of service) when I looked down at the old belt that I had tossed in the trash earlier that morning.  Pulled the belt buckle off, used some tin snips to cut my bike tire into a long strip roughly the same width and length as the ruined leather belt, drilled some holes at appropriate locations . . .

Today I'm wearing a cool looking, comfortable belt.
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« Reply #725 on: April 25, 2018, 10:55:04 AM »
Planted six Persimmon trees on the back forty near the pond.  Should be an excellent wildlife food source sometime in the future.

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« Reply #726 on: April 30, 2018, 12:27:32 PM »
Visiting a shop that we usually don't visit because it is out of our route. We found another shop in the same chain at a convenient place along the route we drove today for another purpose.

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« Reply #727 on: April 30, 2018, 05:21:51 PM »
We're having issues with Baby Ewok wetting straight through his nappies, and Mr Happier has been musing on the possibility of switching to disposables during the day (we already use a disposable overnight). I showed him this image yesterday and his immediate response was "shit, no way we can switch to disposables and do THAT". Crisis averted.

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« Reply #728 on: April 30, 2018, 06:58:34 PM »
We're having issues with Baby Ewok wetting straight through his nappies, and Mr Happier has been musing on the possibility of switching to disposables during the day (we already use a disposable overnight). I showed him this image yesterday and his immediate response was "shit, no way we can switch to disposables and do THAT". Crisis averted.
Might be time to change the size or design of the diaper.  We had to make adjustments a couple of times with each kid to prevent the leaks.
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We're having issues with Baby Ewok wetting straight through his nappies, and Mr Happier has been musing on the possibility of switching to disposables during the day (we already use a disposable overnight). I showed him this image yesterday and his immediate response was "shit, no way we can switch to disposables and do THAT". Crisis averted.
Might be time to change the size or design of the diaper.  We had to make adjustments a couple of times with each kid to prevent the leaks.

I recently started doubling up on inserts because our toddler is peeing through too.  The only problem is that he seems fairly susceptible to diaper rashes, and DH doesn't change him often enough in reusables, so then we go back to disposables so we can use the super-effective rash cream :(  The same thing happens at daycare, so we're only using cloth 3 days a week, and that picture @HappierAtHome posted makes my brain hurt.

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This morning I asked a local independent grocery shop whether they would start stocking more packaging-free lines. They said they're working on it!! This is the only place I can get unpackaged nuts, beans etc anywhere near home, so if they keep moving towards plastic-free that will be fantastic for me.

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Request for help: I need to buy bigger inserts for my cloth nappies and am looking for alternatives to my current brand, that will work with my shells. Some light googling has not brought up other brands of cloth nappies with inserts I can snap into my shells. My inserts are as per the attached picture, with a snap at each end, and they are sized. All I want is sized inserts with a snap at each end. Anyone know a brand off the top of their head?

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Request for help: I need to buy bigger inserts for my cloth nappies and am looking for alternatives to my current brand, that will work with my shells. Some light googling has not brought up other brands of cloth nappies with inserts I can snap into my shells. My inserts are as per the attached picture, with a snap at each end, and they are sized. All I want is sized inserts with a snap at each end. Anyone know a brand off the top of their head?

@HappierAtHome Do you have to have snaps?  A lot of inserts will stay in place once they're on the baby, it just takes a little bit longer to get them on.  What kind of shells do you have? 

From a quick Googling, here in the US Alvababy and Lalabye diapers have sized inserts with snaps.  The Alvababy inserts have snaps only on one end, and the Lalaybe have a larger insert with snaps on both ends, and a doubler with one snap that you can add to the first insert.  I have mostly pocket diapers - more pricy, but I find stuffing them to be pretty easy/relaxing.

Other thought - could you just get a snap fastener tool and add snaps to inserts that are the right size?  I'd never considered it before, but the snaps are the same type you see on the fronts of most PUL diapers.

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Request for help: I need to buy bigger inserts for my cloth nappies and am looking for alternatives to my current brand, that will work with my shells. Some light googling has not brought up other brands of cloth nappies with inserts I can snap into my shells. My inserts are as per the attached picture, with a snap at each end, and they are sized. All I want is sized inserts with a snap at each end. Anyone know a brand off the top of their head?

@HappierAtHome Do you have to have snaps?  A lot of inserts will stay in place once they're on the baby, it just takes a little bit longer to get them on.  What kind of shells do you have? 

From a quick Googling, here in the US Alvababy and Lalabye diapers have sized inserts with snaps.  The Alvababy inserts have snaps only on one end, and the Lalaybe have a larger insert with snaps on both ends, and a doubler with one snap that you can add to the first insert.  I have mostly pocket diapers - more pricy, but I find stuffing them to be pretty easy/relaxing.

Other thought - could you just get a snap fastener tool and add snaps to inserts that are the right size?  I'd never considered it before, but the snaps are the same type you see on the fronts of most PUL diapers.

Thanks chaskavitch! I have Best Bottoms shells, which are basically a PUL nappy cover with snaps at each end for the insert.

I will totally consider adding snaps if I can find the right size (HUGE) inserts without snaps. Better still, a Perth MMMer has offered to lend me her snap press if I do that. Right now I'm weighing up whether it would actually be cheaper to sew my own inserts rather than buy the extra large Best Bottoms ones, or buy another brand and add snaps... and weighing up how many spoons (energy units) it would take, too.

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We used to go through a lot of sandwich sized ziploc bags.
Anytime we had a bit of leftover whatever, it went into a plastic bag.
And, most of the time, once that leftover was eaten (within just a few days) then the bag went in the trash.

We use some tupperware, but never seemed to have enough of the right size. Well, we got a set of small mason jars which we are using in place of ziplock bags. It's only been a week and we already see the difference.

And, bonus, since they're glass and sit vertically in the fridge its MUCH easier to see what we have.

Hopefully this is just the first step in significantly reducing our plastic consumption.

EDITED TO ADD:
I should probably mention that I never would have thought about it if it hadn't been for this site.  So thank you to this community for opening my eyes a bit more.
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* Harvested some Swiss chard from the backyard for dinner, used it as the greens in this one-skillet sweet potato-bean dish we like.

* Decanted a 3L jar of citrus vinegar to use for cleaning
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Walked to work and will walk back again this afternoon.

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I've been doing some weeding in advance of planting my vegetable garden this year. Delicious herbicide-and-pesticide-free produce with no shipping miles, you say? Mmm...

I persuaded my mum to buy British-grown red cabbage instead of Savoy cabbage from Spain, which I'm sure would have more air miles to it.

On Saturday I walked the half an hour to the village pop-up cafe event instead of driving there (5 mins each way) and using up the fuel.
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Working my way through the freezer contents to make sure we use everything in a timely fashion to minimise food waste.

Making baby food (finger foods and purees) from unpackaged ingredients.

Baby and I are both dressed warmly so we don't have to put the heater on (our house gets COLD in Autumn and Winter).

As always, cloth nappies.

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I dug up 54 dandelions instead of using chemicals

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Awesome thread! Today I:

Rode my bike to work (about 1.6 miles to and from work)

Made my own coffee in the morning, reducing the need for a cup of coffee at the store.

Left the light off at the office and let natural light come in (feels healthier!)


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Off work sick today. To pass the time after I eventually dragged myself out of bed around lunchtime I sat and fixed three t-shirts that had started to come apart at various seams and replaced the velcro fly on a pair of board shorts. All back into circulation rather than needing to be replaced.

However I am currently more proud of the fact OH has just trundled off with the bike trailer to pick up a huge load of used kids clothes. Putting the kids in used clothes and then passing them on again afterwards is of course good in itself,  but while OH rides quite a lot, it's usually with me rather than alone, and I usually do the hauling of stuff. If I wasn't sick, I'd probably have done this trip. In the circumstances she could easily have decided to take the car. Did I mention that it's a ten mile round trip and it started drizzling just as we got the bike out? Reasonable badassity upgrade in my opinion.

Also this week, we (read: she) has managed to find a different cloth nappy/diaper setup that works overnight for both kids. We've mostly used cloth with both in the daytime, but wound up using disposables overnight. Should now be down to just using disposables for holidays where we don't have access to a washing machine (camping).

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Walked two miles each way to get the kiddos from school.

Made a flower arrangement for the dinner table from what's growing in our backyard rather than buying a bouquet grown far away and shipped in by truck
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We decided not to buy any decorations, party favours etc for the small afternoon tea we're hosting for Baby Ewok's first birthday. Today on Buy Nothing a gorgeous gold "one" balloon popped up - going to landfill if no-one wanted it. Perfect! I don't ever want to buy another balloon in my life now that I know how terrible they are for the environment, but reusing one that would otherwise be thrown out really appeals to me. I expect I can find another home for it afterwards, too!

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We decided not to buy any decorations, party favours etc for the small afternoon tea we're hosting for Baby Ewok's first birthday. Today on Buy Nothing a gorgeous gold "one" balloon popped up - going to landfill if no-one wanted it. Perfect! I don't ever want to buy another balloon in my life now that I know how terrible they are for the environment, but reusing one that would otherwise be thrown out really appeals to me. I expect I can find another home for it afterwards, too!

Yes I always see occasion balloons being given away, what a score!

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We decided not to buy any decorations, party favours etc for the small afternoon tea we're hosting for Baby Ewok's first birthday. Today on Buy Nothing a gorgeous gold "one" balloon popped up - going to landfill if no-one wanted it. Perfect! I don't ever want to buy another balloon in my life now that I know how terrible they are for the environment, but reusing one that would otherwise be thrown out really appeals to me. I expect I can find another home for it afterwards, too!

Such an amazing coincidence! Love those giveaway groups on Facebook.
And good job on not buying any decorations  single use decorations are so bad, so unnecessary and such an easily avoidable category of waste. Hope more people will follow your example!

I've eaten vegetarian and mostly vegan for the past weeks.

Walked to work (instead of biking so no environmental win there)

Haven't heated my place since April or so?

Barely use the light as the sun is up from 5.30 AM till 9 PM.

My roommates are kinda bad leaving the kitchen and hallway lights on 24/7, so I turn them off whenever I walk through the house.