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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #850 on: July 09, 2018, 05:24:49 PM »
I took some of my produce bags and put them by the reusable shopping bags so the Boy will hopefully find and take them when he goes shopping. He wants to reuse the produce bags but lacks the habit.

I used up previously frozen milk. (I have trouble using up a whole gallon so I freeze some so it doesn't go to waste.)

Yesterday the Boy made an extra stop (on his way) in his hybrid car at Sprouts so he could buy the milk in the reusable carton. I will take credit for this since he learned about it from me!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #851 on: July 10, 2018, 04:13:42 AM »
Drove a little slower to work this morning, averaged 81mpg.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #852 on: July 10, 2018, 08:53:07 AM »
Drove a little slower to work this morning, averaged 81mpg.

That's sweet @Ecky -- What are you driving?

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #853 on: July 10, 2018, 04:16:19 PM »
I remembered to bring a cloth napkin to work and use it!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #854 on: July 10, 2018, 11:53:16 PM »
* Cargo biked to the grocery store just now with reusable bags.

* Made rolled/old-fashioned oats at home from whole groats using a grain flaker we ordered a couple of years ago. Cuts down on packaging waste and probably saves money. (I make overnight oats with the whole groats, but prefer rolled oats for baking.)

* Shopped at the thrift store as usual instead of buying new household goods; picked up a popover pan for baking and a fruit basket for the table.

* Composted dryer lint, baby poop, Tub Shroom discards, food waste, solarized Bermuda grass runners, dustpan leavings.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #855 on: July 11, 2018, 06:17:47 AM »
Remembered to bring a ceramic coffee mug with me to work, because I'm at a different building than usual.  My desk has silverware, a coffee mug, a plate, and a nalgene, but I started my (6 am) work day at a different building and I usually end up with a styrofoam cup and feel like a dick about it.  Not enough of a dick to not drink coffee all day, though.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #856 on: July 11, 2018, 07:05:35 AM »
Drove a little slower to work this morning, averaged 81mpg.

That's sweet @Ecky -- What are you driving?

First generation Honda Insight. It's around 250k miles now with no maintenance other than regular (oil, tires).

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #857 on: July 11, 2018, 08:08:26 PM »
Packed the kids' lunches in mostly second-hand thrifted reusables: thermos containers and ice packs from Goodwill, vintage Revereware stainless-steel covered containers from eBay, cloth napkins from an estate sale. (The insulated bags and the plastic sporks were bought new.)
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #858 on: July 12, 2018, 08:22:02 AM »
haven't read the whole thread so these may have been mentioned somewhere already, but I saw them yesterday and thought they looked pretty 'revolutionary'. Seriously.

and most of the things like this I see as gimmicky "...We REINVENTED the Shish-kabob skewer!! BAM"...who cares? "this company is disrupting the coffee mug industry"...they're fine already, thanks.

But not these. They seem pretty legit. Not cheap though

https://www.shopetee.com/

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #859 on: July 13, 2018, 06:44:36 AM »
I just finished the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, and it's already making me radically consider the way I buy and eat food. Highly recommend!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #860 on: July 14, 2018, 05:52:24 PM »
haven't read the whole thread so these may have been mentioned somewhere already, but I saw them yesterday and thought they looked pretty 'revolutionary'. Seriously.

and most of the things like this I see as gimmicky "...We REINVENTED the Shish-kabob skewer!! BAM"...who cares? "this company is disrupting the coffee mug industry"...they're fine already, thanks.

But not these. They seem pretty legit. Not cheap though

https://www.shopetee.com/

What do yall think?

They look like pretty standard beeswax wraps? Beeswax wraps are useful, lots of people like them for avoiding glad wrap (cling film).

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #861 on: July 14, 2018, 08:06:21 PM »
Bought some picture frames and quart sized mason jars at a yard sale today. The jars will be for canning applesauce this fall. I donít have an immediate use for the frames but we have a lot of empty wall space so Iím sure theyíll get used.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #862 on: July 15, 2018, 07:36:35 AM »
Made fancy breakfast overnight oats jars with DH, and showed him how to make them. He added choc chips to his. This should reduce him buying breakfast (and associated rubbish)

We rearranged our shed to access our bikes, so we can fix them up and start riding again!

And I used my (mostly) wooden hairbrush. It seems to be nicer on my hair than plastic ones.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #863 on: July 15, 2018, 01:43:31 PM »
Started using cloth diapers during the day on le bebe.

Ordered toilet paper made from 100% recycled paper that comes in plastic free packaging

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #864 on: July 15, 2018, 02:08:35 PM »
* Bike and transit to meet my mom for a cooking class on Friday.

* Brought reusable Lunchbots in a personal Coleman cooler to bring home leftovers.

* Cargo bike with the baby 2.5m each away to and from the farmer's market this morning.

* Brought reusable coffee mugs with us to the market.

* Line dried a load of laundry.

* Replaced lithium batteries in bike lights, fountain pen cartridge, and gasket from stovetop espresso maker, rather than replacing the whole gizmos.

* Been reading about how to find and prepare foraged foods in hopes of expanding our low-carbon, less-miles food sourcing. (I found a couple of morels earlier this year and it's currently purslane season.)

* Everybody except the baby and DH is currently using a bamboo-handle toothbrush.

Ordered toilet paper made from 100% recycled paper that comes in plastic free packaging

YES! This is all compostable too, so I often just stick the paper wrapper in the old tube and throw into our compost bin.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #865 on: July 15, 2018, 06:21:02 PM »
Today:
Using public transport and my legs to get me where I need to go.
Washing in cold water and line drying.
Vegan breakfast and vegan nearly vegan lunch (just remembered I put oyster sauce on the tofu!).
The baby is with his Grammy today, which means disposable nappies, but when he gets home he'll be back in cloth.
We hosted friends for lunch on Saturday, and they took it as a matter of course that we used cloth napkins. We've had a few people question the cloth napkins lately so it was a nice change not to have someone ask for paper instead.

Recently I was diagnosed with a borderline allergy to dairy (borderline as in not quite officially an allergy - for those familiar with the prick test for allergies the reaction was just under the size required for a diagnosis - but the immunologist said that it would definitely be affecting me and could possibly be the cause of some health issues I've been dealing with). A nice side effect of this is that I have finally broken my milky coffee habit, and am consuming considerably less dairy overall (not NONE, because I find I'm okay with a moderate volume of hard cheese or butter). This is a good thing - I have been wanting to cut down my dairy consumption for environmental and ethical reasons for a long time :-)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #866 on: July 16, 2018, 06:22:00 AM »
Rode my bike to work, with my old helmet.  The whole inside of the padding was peeling off and the foam was leaving black schmutz all over my head, and when my husband saw it he was aghast that I hadn't already thrown it out and bought a new one.  Subsequently, I've used school glue to paste the lining back inside and the helmet is perfectly comfortable again :)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #867 on: July 16, 2018, 10:19:07 AM »
Rode my bike to work, with my old helmet.  The whole inside of the padding was peeling off and the foam was leaving black schmutz all over my head, and when my husband saw it he was aghast that I hadn't already thrown it out and bought a new one.  Subsequently, I've used school glue to paste the lining back inside and the helmet is perfectly comfortable again :)

Small word of caution . . . bike helmets do go bad, even if they haven't been crashed.  Most manufacturers recommend replacing them every three to five years.  I think that replacing every seven at the most is prudent.  If the padding on your helmet is just falling off, no real worries.  If you're helmet is from the 90s or something, it's probably a good idea to try out a new one.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #868 on: July 16, 2018, 10:23:42 AM »
Rode my bike to work, with my old helmet.  The whole inside of the padding was peeling off and the foam was leaving black schmutz all over my head, and when my husband saw it he was aghast that I hadn't already thrown it out and bought a new one.  Subsequently, I've used school glue to paste the lining back inside and the helmet is perfectly comfortable again :)

Small word of caution . . . bike helmets do go bad, even if they haven't been crashed.  Most manufacturers recommend replacing them every three to five years.  I think that replacing every seven at the most is prudent.  If the padding on your helmet is just falling off, no real worries.  If you're helmet is from the 90s or something, it's probably a good idea to try out a new one.

It's pretty old, so I should probably get a new one.  Oh well.  At least I wasn't forced into doing it immediately and without research by the threat of black grime on my forehead at work :)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #869 on: July 16, 2018, 10:39:43 AM »
Rode my bike to work, with my old helmet.  The whole inside of the padding was peeling off and the foam was leaving black schmutz all over my head, and when my husband saw it he was aghast that I hadn't already thrown it out and bought a new one.  Subsequently, I've used school glue to paste the lining back inside and the helmet is perfectly comfortable again :)

Small word of caution . . . bike helmets do go bad, even if they haven't been crashed.  Most manufacturers recommend replacing them every three to five years.  I think that replacing every seven at the most is prudent.  If the padding on your helmet is just falling off, no real worries.  If you're helmet is from the 90s or something, it's probably a good idea to try out a new one.

That's good to know... glad I didn't listen to all the people here berating me for being unmustachian because I was replacing my 15-year-old-and-full-of-spiders helmet with a new one.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #870 on: July 16, 2018, 12:59:31 PM »
I guess this was actually last week--encouraged my boys to wash their hair with bar soap. My beloved does this and his hair is fine. I personally use shampoo and conditioner (2-3 times per week at least, not daily), but if the kids are happy with bar soap, think of the lifetime bottle savings!

If they were to ask for shampoo, I would probably buy it for them, but given how they seem to feel about soap in general, this seems highly unlikely.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #871 on: July 22, 2018, 06:05:35 PM »
Ordered a bulk supply of bamboo toothbrushes.
Researching more environmentally friendly cosmetics, from an online retailer who accepts returned packaging to recycle.
Using cloth pads.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #872 on: July 22, 2018, 07:06:22 PM »
I guess this was actually last week--encouraged my boys to wash their hair with bar soap. My beloved does this and his hair is fine. I personally use shampoo and conditioner (2-3 times per week at least, not daily), but if the kids are happy with bar soap, think of the lifetime bottle savings!

If they were to ask for shampoo, I would probably buy it for them, but given how they seem to feel about soap in general, this seems highly unlikely.

The co-op near me has byob(ottle) shampoo (and honey, and maple syrup, and vinegar, and peanut butter....)

It's really reduced the buying of new bottles.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #873 on: July 22, 2018, 10:59:58 PM »
Replaced the ink cartridge in my fountain pen rather than buying a whole new plastic pen.

Replaced a Maglite lens that my kid had damaged, rather than replacing the whole flashlight.

Cloth diapers.

Peed in the backyard to accelerate the soil food web/mulch decomposition in a new bed with pomegranate, goji berry, two kinds of sweet potato, turmeric and ginger.

Decanted two bottles of citrus vinegar cleaner and composted the used peels.
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