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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"
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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.)
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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!
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Paid 24 cents extra for my business ride to compensate CO2

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I'm really pleased with myself. I posted on a moms group for our school district to see if there was interest in petitioning for a safe walking route from the park to the school, and there has been a big response.  It wouldn't cost much for the town to draw a new crosswalk and some new lines indicating a pedestrian/bike path.

If this goes through, we could have 50 more kids a day walking instead of driving to and from school, for decades!
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Took my toddler son to a park with a splash pad to play today, and packed lunch in reusable containers and brought our own reusable water bottles. Took the apple cores home to compost. Green habits start young! :-)
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* Cargo biked the kids home from school twice this week.

* My daughter's speech therapy will be in walking/biking distance, so hopefully will keep a car off the road for transport to and from that.

* We haven't taken out the green bin in months because we compost all green waste on site, and we only take the blue recycling bin out every other week. Still working on reducing our non-recyclable trash. (We have a take-out food problem.)
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Plans for today:
- Doing laundry and drying it outside
- Mending some clothes
- Sewing a curtain from thrift shop fabric and thrift shop sewing thread
- Gardening - for years I've been working on killing off an invasive exotic plant and so far I'm doing better than most years.

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My kids made a "summer drink" when we got home after being outside - just OJ, pieces of sliced orange and ice.  Younger daughter asked why we couldn't have straws in our drinks and I explained that I no longer buy straws because of the environmental impact.  They just accepted it and moved on.

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I made a batch of muffins and froze them in a big tub with one layer of baking paper between instead of individually wrapping in cling wrap. I'll be carrying them in a lunchbox anyway, no need for the wrapping... And if it doesn't work, I'll buy a lunchbox with partitions and then it WILL work!

I also combined car trips so I only had to go out once this weekend.

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It's Saturday and we haven't driven our car since Tuesday.

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Realized a prescription would run out during the long holiday weekend. I already had my running shoes on to go to the gym.
The office is just under a mile away, so replaced my running shoes with flip-flops and rode my bike! Twenty minutes of exercise, and errand completed.

(Also a personal win about not procrastinating until the office was closed, feeling guilty all weekend about running out of meds, then a rushed trip on Tuesday morning. :)

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Rode my bike to the community garden to dump off a bag of compost. I live in an apartment, so it was real epiphany when I read (maybe here!) that I can put compostables in a bag in the freezer until I can get to a composter. No smell, no fuss, just a brick of vegetable peels and apple cores that fits handily in a paper grocery sack.

After I dumped the compost, I used the sack to collect cans I found in the street on my ride home. Exercise in the sunshine, less waste in the landfill, less trash in the street, and I made about $0.25. All the wins!



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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #777 on: June 04, 2018, 02:27:37 AM »
I planted beetroot, spinach and cos lettuce to be our leafy greens this winter (southern hemisphere, warm climate). Fingers crossed they grow! I may plant some in pots inside as well, on the kitchen bench to hedge my bets (pun intended).

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #778 on: June 04, 2018, 04:08:50 AM »
My cilantro, mint and basil plants are still going strong. Saving the plastic they're usually packed in when buying fresh herbs every time I pick them from my own plants :) :)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #779 on: June 04, 2018, 05:35:41 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth

The research the guardian article is about is this.

I should avoid meat more often. We do eat vegetarian every now and then, but should do it more consequently, like every week. I try to prepare normal portions of meat though, like 100 gram per person.

Not eating or drinking dairy would be a big problem for me. I love milk, cheeses, yoghurt, creams. This would be a lot more challenging than not eating meat.


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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #780 on: June 04, 2018, 06:14:53 AM »
I didn't let my MIL use paper plates for dinner for 4 people.  Mostly I don't understand why you would do that when we have a perfectly good, empty dishwasher.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #781 on: June 04, 2018, 08:20:13 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth

The research the guardian article is about is this.

I should avoid meat more often. We do eat vegetarian every now and then, but should do it more consequently, like every week. I try to prepare normal portions of meat though, like 100 gram per person.

Not eating or drinking dairy would be a big problem for me. I love milk, cheeses, yoghurt, creams. This would be a lot more challenging than not eating meat.

It depends on what your starting point is and what your meals generally look like. When I moved towards a more vegetarian diet I started out by replacing my morning milk by tea (now I dislike milk). Then I just refused to put meat on sandwiches and ate other stuff (cheese, peanut butter, jam etc) instead for breakfast.

Dinner was the hardest for me as I still lived with my parents and their diet was very traditionally Dutch potatoes-veggie-meat. However now I live by myself I greatly enjoy eating curries, vegetarian pastas and just any dish without meat (even potatoes/veggie ones!). For me it's hard to imagine why I would miss meat if I already have a delicious curry or chili or pasta with a wide variety of ingredients in it. Sure it can be nice, but why is it such a big deal to leave it out for so many people?

I'm mostly sad that cheese is one of the worst things - it's the hardest to give up for me :(

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #782 on: June 04, 2018, 09:59:24 PM »
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.

I think most of the content is online here if anybody wants to look:

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #783 on: June 04, 2018, 10:10:15 PM »
* Cargo biked our school run
* Line-dried a load of laundry
* Watered our roadside sycamore with graywater from the house
* Cloth-diapered the baby
* Made tea from loose-leaf tea rather than bagged tea (which may have some non-compostable packaging)
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #784 on: June 05, 2018, 03:00:03 AM »
Went on foot to work today. Will walk back as well.
Planning to walk to the train station on Thursday (half an hour one way).

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #785 on: June 05, 2018, 10:01:13 AM »
I just found the Trash is for Tossers website, and I'm seriously considering replacing all of my personal care products with things she sells as I run out.  Refillable floss,  refillable conditioner, shampoo bars, compostable hair ties.  And they all come in compostable packaging!  I've been looking for shampoo bars for so long, I'm pretty excited.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #786 on: June 06, 2018, 01:56:53 AM »
Walked/ran to work today. Will walk back in the afternoon.

I need to get more into running regularly.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #787 on: June 06, 2018, 04:51:35 AM »
I just found the Trash is for Tossers website, and I'm seriously considering replacing all of my personal care products with things she sells as I run out.  Refillable floss,  refillable conditioner, shampoo bars, compostable hair ties.  And they all come in compostable packaging!  I've been looking for shampoo bars for so long, I'm pretty excited.

I did similar to this last month! A local store here has bulk enviro friendly cleaning & care products, with minimal or refillable packaging (or byo, so you dont need to purchase more plastic!) The shampoo is more exy than what Id been using previously, but is divine. The dishwasher powder is hands down the best weve ever had- no caustic smell or squeaky plates and is lasting for ages so is better value than I realised. And I love supporting a local small business.

Small things-
- Ordered a local veggie box from a local not for profit now that our garden has slowed production. All sourced from farms within 40kms of my house!
- went for a run today, so no wine bottle in the recycling bin tonight. Am feeling extra virtuous!
- covered herbs with an old bedsheet to protect them from last nights frost
- washing is drying on a rack in front of a sunny window


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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #788 on: June 06, 2018, 06:30:44 AM »
I just found the Trash is for Tossers website, and I'm seriously considering replacing all of my personal care products with things she sells as I run out.  Refillable floss,  refillable conditioner, shampoo bars, compostable hair ties.  And they all come in compostable packaging!  I've been looking for shampoo bars for so long, I'm pretty excited.

I did similar to this last month! A local store here has bulk enviro friendly cleaning & care products, with minimal or refillable packaging (or byo, so you dont need to purchase more plastic!) The shampoo is more exy than what Id been using previously, but is divine. The dishwasher powder is hands down the best weve ever had- no caustic smell or squeaky plates and is lasting for ages so is better value than I realised. And I love supporting a local small business.


I never even thought about local specialty stores!  We have a food co-op in town, and now that I've looked at their website, it appears they have shampoo, household items, olive oil, vanilla - all in bulk!  It is out of my way to shop there, but it sounds like it is absolutely worth looking into.  I'm so glad your comment made me think about them @Phryne !

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #789 on: June 07, 2018, 06:18:00 PM »
Walked four miles down the creek path to meet a friend for lunch.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #790 on: June 08, 2018, 01:31:31 AM »
Walked to work this morning and will walk back in the afternoon. Took the train to the city yesterday and did not take the car to the train station (but I was given a ride with neighbour's cars).

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #791 on: June 09, 2018, 07:05:23 AM »
I had 2 family chair re-upholstered instead of buying new.  Of course I paid no mind to the fact I picked a pricey material but oh well.  two 40 year old chairs look new again.

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« Reply #792 on: June 09, 2018, 07:35:43 AM »
Bought 2nd hand shoes.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #793 on: June 10, 2018, 02:01:14 AM »
Yesterday we ate fish soup from a fish my DH had caught earlier. We will eat the other half today.

I did a walk in the forest from my house, no car used.

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« Reply #794 on: June 13, 2018, 03:27:01 AM »
- Worked from home (saving the 40km car trip just to get to the train station)
- Went for a 5 km walk at lunch time which meant I could keep the fire low, saving wood, emissions & power (as the fan wasnt on)
- made faux fried rice for dinner to use up last night roast chicken (with tarragon...), the pakchoy from my veggie box & a bundle of ginger a neighbour gave me. Was inauthenticity delish!
- planted the ends of spring onions Id cut up yesterday.
- had grated beetroot rather than the roasted beetroot Id planned for my salad, seemed  silly to turn the oven on for so long for something so small

I love reflecting on my day like this, it inspires me to do more tomorrow!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #795 on: June 13, 2018, 06:01:31 AM »
The pump on my liquid soap dispenser broke. Instead of buying a new dispenser I bought a new Pump. Still had to throw away the old pump but better than throwing away the whole thing!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #796 on: June 13, 2018, 05:41:21 PM »
Remember to take a plastic grocery bag with me on the dog's walk. I have the specialty poo bags clipped to the leash, but I've been trying to cut down on them--one-use plastic and something I have to pay for. I use fabric bags for my groceries, so I have friends who don't save me their castoff bags and use them for the dog's business.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #797 on: June 14, 2018, 03:20:09 AM »
Made biscuits (cookies) instead of walking to the shops to buy them.

Walked to the library for baby rhyme time.

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« Reply #798 on: June 16, 2018, 06:10:04 PM »
Jumping in. My recycling company no longer accepts virtually ANY plastics. Only gallon size milk jugs. Full stop. Throwing away cottage cheese and sour cream and yogurt containers is KILLING me. We used to have a 3/4 full recycling bin and a 1 bag trash can a week. Now we have like 1/4 and a full trash bin. SO. I am making a plan. I already own an instant pot.

-I picked up conventional milk and cream to start, in case I screw up a batch or two. But I'm going to use my IP to make cottage cheese, sour cream, and yogurt myself. When I get the recipes tuned in, I'll start buying the organic variety of this local brand I always buy.
-Also entertaining making my own laundry detergent now, since I can't recycle those bottles either. Recipes are welcome. I have a LOT of skin sensitivites, so I've been using the Ecos brand from costco. We have an HE washer, so it needs to be compatible.
-Finally got myself organized enough to get the deposit down for our 1/4 cow from a local lady we like. Grass fed, uses biodiesel, etc. I was buying some organic beef at costco as a stopgap, but I really prioritize local too.
-Garden is coming along.
-Picked cherries from a relative's. She's not able body enough to do it solo, and they would go to waste otherwise. Gifted some to her, of course, and brought a lot home for ourselves. Now to figure out what to do with them! The tree isn't sprayed or netted, so a lot of them have bad spots. Jam maybe? They're on the tart side of sweet.

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #799 on: June 16, 2018, 06:50:43 PM »
I'd suggest cherry pie, but I don't think you'd do the pie crust?

(Also, please don't jump on me re: meat+dairy. A lot goes into our decision to eat the way we do, and we're not blind to the environmental impacts of it. Better is sometimes the best you can do when "best" isn't a good option. Thanks for understanding.)

I'd like to believe this is a jumping-on-people free zone.

My personal belief is that anyone who is putting thought into the impact of what they're eating is miles ahead of anyone who isn't (that statement applies to health as well as environment), plus different bodies tolerate foods differently. My body feels great on loads of beans, nuts and seeds; if I couldn't digest beans I might make completely different choices.