Author Topic: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?  (Read 85256 times)

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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
Waste is lost profit made visible. #zerowastehome #permaculture

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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.

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I'm staying home today to work on some coursework, with a few books borrowed from the libary and many digital files downloaded from the online library. I have not printed a single thing and I won't even have to print this essay once it's finished. Back when I first went to uni, I remember I looked up physical magazines quite a lot and copied articles. Everyone did that even though many publications were already available online: we simply didn't have a device to bring with us to class to store it on and internet connections at home were slow. I'm not even 30 yet but when I first went to uni laptops weren't common and I don't think smartphones actually existed. Everyone used pens and paper. Writing essays has become a lot more convenient now I have a fast laptop on my kitchen table and almost every publication you need available online.

I did two loads of laundry and line dried them. Will hopefully do some mending tonight. I've ripped the only pair of jeans I have left and even though the fabric is getting really thin, hopefully mending them will allow me to wear them for another month or so. I ride my bike a lot so jeans wear out quite fast. I get all my jeans secondhand and generally wear them out in about 6 months. I haven't had time to go thrift shopping for new-to-me jeans yet. It always amazes me how many women get rid of barely worn jeans from expensive brands.

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Oh Imma it's actually really good that you avoid printing stuff. I'm still really bad at that. I just prefer paper so much compared to reading from a screen. I also can't get myself to getting an e-reader no matter in how many ways it is more convenient than regular books. And reading academic papers on my laptop is horror due to my endless ways to distract myself online. Just having it printed out in front of me while all electronics are off ensures that I'll actually read it.

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Meal planned and batch cooked to reduce food waste. Shopped at our farmer's market to reduce food miles. Picked up our weekly milk delivery (in glass!) and chatted with the dairy farmer about how to make homemade cottage cheese with the milk leftover from last week. I love living in an area with a robust agricultural community!

Checked out two ebooks from the library to read on my Kindle.

DH is cutting the grass with our reel mower.

This afternoon I'm going to do shorten the sleeves on a long-sleeved maternity dress so I can continue wearing it for the remainder of my pregnancy. More wardrobe options (and less laundry) with zero extra resource use. The cut-off sleeves will go into my scrap bin for kid sewing.
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Oh Imma it's actually really good that you avoid printing stuff. I'm still really bad at that. I just prefer paper so much compared to reading from a screen. I also can't get myself to getting an e-reader no matter in how many ways it is more convenient than regular books. And reading academic papers on my laptop is horror due to my endless ways to distract myself online. Just having it printed out in front of me while all electronics are off ensures that I'll actually read it.

It took some training for me as well, but there are clear advantages too, like using ctrl-f to search for the exact piece of information you need. I don't have an e-reader, I read articles on my laptop (I download the pdf, I get distracted when I read it straight from the browser). I have a free app on my phone that I use to read novels on the train.

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My chickens bed down in paper shredding from my office, which then goes on the compost and finally the garden. The chickens clean up the food the cat leaves, and any other leftovers, and turn it into eggs.

I reuse jars, plastic bags etc etc.

Most of my environmental impact stuff is because I'm cheap, not because I'm environmentally aware!

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* Old-fashioned all-metal safety razor

* Cloth diapers, working on potty-training the baby

* Cooked at home

* Bamboo toothbrush instead of plastic handle

* Bar soap instead of plastic-bottled "body wash"
Waste is lost profit made visible. #zerowastehome #permaculture

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Today I:
- line dried a load of washing
- used some cloth nappies
- fed toddler "big people" food, mostly leftovers including rice, lentils, banana, hummus and crackers... Actually, I think today we were vegetarian!
- Enjoyed the pleasant weather!

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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.

How about getting him a beautiful new mug of his own at some point? Or a reusable water bottle with his name on it? I wouldn't give it as a pointed hint, but at some point when it seems reasonable to celebrate (like his birthday, minor promotion, or anniversary of his arrival)? Or give out free mugs/water bottles to a group of people and he gets one too?

In other words, you can't force him to reuse, but maybe if using a mug/bottle makes him feel good he will start.

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Cargo bike 4 miles round trip to pick up the kids from school. I think I found the route I can do without the elevation rise killing me while pushing three kids. (The big one should be able to ride by himself. Working on it.)
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

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Refused a straw today

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- not so small but including cause it makes me ridiculously happy: Paid the deposit on our Solar Panels!

- small: continuing to pick every tomato with a hint of ripening and bringing them inside to ripen by the window (this is impressive as in the Central Victorian Highlands were reaching max temps of about 12C now, how are these plants still growing?!)

- small: about to walk to the farmers market for ethical pork.

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- not so small but including cause it makes me ridiculously happy: Paid the deposit on our Solar Panels!

Woo hoo!

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Decided I'm just not going to use disposable plastic stuff anymore. No soda bottles, no straws, no disposable utensils. Read the latest National Geographic to see why.


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I had an old friend over for lunch, no cafe outing, I made delicious food and amazing brownie for us to share.

My partner has been taking our toddler to the toy library with Nana, so instead of buying toys he's getting a constant mix of cool new stuff that we don't have to store!

Hung washing to dry on the line.

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Decided I'm just not going to use disposable plastic stuff anymore. No soda bottles, no straws, no disposable utensils. Read the latest National Geographic to see why.

Book recommendations, in case you're interested: Zero-Waste Home by Bea Johnson, and Plastic-Free by Beth Terry

Ecological things:
* We had a royal-wedding viewing party at a friend's house. I made scones and coffee at home and brought them in reusable containers that I had purchased at a thrift shop.
* This afternoon walked to a coffee shop to work and got my coffee in a non-disposable ceramic mug.
* Cloth diapered the baby. She took herself to the potty two or three times today which saves on laundry!
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

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Paid 24 cents extra for my business ride to compensate CO2