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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #950 on: September 23, 2018, 02:21:38 PM »
Went grocery shopping today and noticed the person in line ahead of me had a small amount of produce (3 apples) in a plastic bag, that they then put into a double-layer-plastic bag.

Unless it's green beans or other small/loose produce, I never put my apples/oranges/peppers in a bag and bring reusable shopping bags ~90% of the time (I'm not perfect, but I remember them more than not).

I've wondered about reusable mesh produce bags. Have you tried them? I love my reusable shopping bags and wonder if there's any resistance to the produce bags at grocery store checkouts.

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« Reply #951 on: September 23, 2018, 02:37:17 PM »
Went grocery shopping today and noticed the person in line ahead of me had a small amount of produce (3 apples) in a plastic bag, that they then put into a double-layer-plastic bag.

Unless it's green beans or other small/loose produce, I never put my apples/oranges/peppers in a bag and bring reusable shopping bags ~90% of the time (I'm not perfect, but I remember them more than not).

I've wondered about reusable mesh produce bags. Have you tried them? I love my reusable shopping bags and wonder if there's any resistance to the produce bags at grocery store checkouts.

We use the mesh bags all the time. They need more washing (=soaking in a sink with oxy and soap) than shopping bags but no one has complained.

We use these for dry bulk items like rice and lentils: https://www.amazon.com/Drawstring-Vegetables-Reusable-Household-Organizing/dp/B01IT37BPG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1537734990&sr=8-2&keywords=cloth+reusable+bulk+bags


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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #952 on: September 24, 2018, 02:35:32 AM »
Linda, these are the numbers for the average Dutch person. That's why she recommends putting your own numbers in. The absolute impact of flying is definitely bigger than that of driving a car, but apparently the average Dutchie flies not that much (many people don't fly at all..) while using the car relatively more and this comes out worse for the cars in total average emission. Maybe also because cars get replaced more often and the non-current use part of it is higher? For me as a person the flying is definitely higher and the car at 0 so it's a very personal thing :).

I find the getting children one a tough one - do we count the kid as a full extra person to add to your impact (or half as shared with other parent)? And from what age not anymore? Because in that case you wouldn't have to count the impact of the child itself anymore if it's already counted with the parents.. I think saying you can fly and drive as much as you want when not having a child is bullshit. When I put in a calculator my footprint is already blows up to 2.5x the earth with a childless life (average Dutch person is at 3.6x I think), so adding a child would make it worse but not having the child doesn't make me an environmental saint.

I couldn't figure out where to put in my own numbers, so I used another random calculator: http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/carbon/footprint.
My footprint is half of UK average.

My travel is high, because this year I made both a domestic and a European flight and will probably make one more European flight later this year. I also made my commuting car use a bit higher than actual, because we use the car quit a bit on weekends when we travel away. I do try to walk to work once or twice a week, but that is not in my results.

Buying stuff scored quite good this year, because exactly this year we didn't buy any big and electronic stuff. But we did in the previous 3 years. :-( For buying clothes in a typical month I chose 0, because the next step was way higher than those very few items I bought this year.

I guess my home scores quite good, because I checked off for renewable energy, as Norway in general has water powered energy. This clean energy is by the way also sold on paper to Europeans to give them good conscience, the same energy sold twice. I also use wood for warming up, but couldn't register a combination of wood and electricity.

For food, I am making an effort to eat less meat and less red meat. We eat vegetarian maybe once a week on average. But I still eat meat in most meals and had to choose that option. Even though we have been eating quite a bit of self-caught fish this year, it was not enough to make a major impact on our eating footprint. I also answered that I eat quite a bit of non local food, as I am not very aware of that when I buy stuff. And I regularly eat stuff like kiwi's. I think even a lot of wheat used in Norwegian bread comes from Brazil, because we have a dangerous fungus in our wheat.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #953 on: September 24, 2018, 02:46:43 AM »
My 4 year old smartphone wasn't working properly and I started thinking about having to buy a new one. Whatever I did', it was complaining about lack of memory. Deleting files didn't help. Then I found out it was using 4,5 GB in temporary data from apps. I used the button to delete the temporary data. Now it works fine again.

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« Reply #954 on: September 24, 2018, 03:36:45 AM »
We use mesh bags for fruit and veges, calico bags for dried beans etc. Never had an issue so far, and we just chuck ours in the wash.

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« Reply #955 on: September 24, 2018, 05:00:22 AM »
Linda, these are the numbers for the average Dutch person. That's why she recommends putting your own numbers in. The absolute impact of flying is definitely bigger than that of driving a car, but apparently the average Dutchie flies not that much (many people don't fly at all..) while using the car relatively more and this comes out worse for the cars in total average emission. Maybe also because cars get replaced more often and the non-current use part of it is higher? For me as a person the flying is definitely higher and the car at 0 so it's a very personal thing :).

I find the getting children one a tough one - do we count the kid as a full extra person to add to your impact (or half as shared with other parent)? And from what age not anymore? Because in that case you wouldn't have to count the impact of the child itself anymore if it's already counted with the parents.. I think saying you can fly and drive as much as you want when not having a child is bullshit. When I put in a calculator my footprint is already blows up to 2.5x the earth with a childless life (average Dutch person is at 3.6x I think), so adding a child would make it worse but not having the child doesn't make me an environmental saint.

Exactly, these numbers are for an average Dutch person and like the article said, very scalable for flying and car use. But also for house and stuff.

We eat vegan, so the food impact is very low. The book also mentions dairy having a really big impact. The only reason fish doesn't have a impact  on this scale is that Dutch people don't eat a lot, so substituting meat with dairy and/or fish wouldn't help.

For me personally, the flying has a bigger impact than food, house, car.. We eat vegan, don't have a car, don't have a lot appliances (1 tv, no dryer, no clothes dryer, no dishwasher). We do however travel to other cities and countries. We try to limit it to once or twice a year but that shit adds up.

Our footprint is also something like 2 - 2.5 x the earth. Still a lot!!!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #956 on: September 25, 2018, 08:54:40 AM »
Went grocery shopping today and noticed the person in line ahead of me had a small amount of produce (3 apples) in a plastic bag, that they then put into a double-layer-plastic bag.

Unless it's green beans or other small/loose produce, I never put my apples/oranges/peppers in a bag and bring reusable shopping bags ~90% of the time (I'm not perfect, but I remember them more than not).

I've wondered about reusable mesh produce bags. Have you tried them? I love my reusable shopping bags and wonder if there's any resistance to the produce bags at grocery store checkouts.

I don't have the mesh bags, but those do seem good! But I think i still might just not use bags unless I have a lot of produce and/or they are small and numerous items (like green beans)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #957 on: September 25, 2018, 09:58:05 AM »
Hand Dryers

There were questions about how hygienic hand dryers are compared to paper towels.

https://youtu.be/YKxT1k1cmXc

^here is an explanation of the study that garnered so much media attention.  People love to hear about bacteria and viruses that are literally everywhere.  In my workplace we have many towel dispensers that require you to push a handle to get a towel.  These are much less hygienic than placing your hands under a stream of air run through a hepa filter.

Here are some other facts about paper towels:

Paper towels have a high impact on the environment.
They need constant restocking and disposal, ending
up in landfill. Dyson Airbladeô hand dryers produce
up to 79% less CO2 than some other hand dryers
and up to 76% less than paper towels.

Credit for this stat to General Motors and Dyson.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #958 on: September 25, 2018, 10:54:37 AM »
started more actively monitoring the local Craigslist>free section along with freecycle.org, and nextdoor.com to see whats going on.
2 weekends ago someone was giving away huge agave plant as long as we dug it (took about an hour), as well as 30 cans of wet cat food, a bag of dry food, and a bunch of snacks (the owner's cat had passed and wanted to get rid of it as it was causing grief).
Also starting to use the library more as it is right next to my wife's job and she can pick up books for us on her lunch break.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #959 on: September 25, 2018, 11:23:21 AM »
Hand Dryers

There were questions about how hygienic hand dryers are compared to paper towels.

https://youtu.be/YKxT1k1cmXc

^here is an explanation of the study that garnered so much media attention.  People love to hear about bacteria and viruses that are literally everywhere.  In my workplace we have many towel dispensers that require you to push a handle to get a towel.  These are much less hygienic than placing your hands under a stream of air run through a hepa filter.

Here are some other facts about paper towels:

Paper towels have a high impact on the environment.
They need constant restocking and disposal, ending
up in landfill. Dyson Airbladeô hand dryers produce
up to 79% less CO2 than some other hand dryers
and up to 76% less than paper towels.

Credit for this stat to General Motors and Dyson.

I didn't know that. I just find that some hand dryers make so much noise that I don't tolerate them. Then I rather shake my hands off and wipe the rest off on my t-shirt.

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« Reply #960 on: September 26, 2018, 09:15:50 PM »
My 4 year old smartphone wasn't working properly and I started thinking about having to buy a new one. Whatever I did', it was complaining about lack of memory. Deleting files didn't help. Then I found out it was using 4,5 GB in temporary data from apps. I used the button to delete the temporary data. Now it works fine again.

What did you do to delete the temporary app data? I spent over an hour last night trying to back up my iphone, but there wasn't enough space. I deleted a lot of pictures and some unnecessary apps, but I'd like to try what you did.

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« Reply #961 on: September 27, 2018, 02:29:09 AM »
My 4 year old smartphone wasn't working properly and I started thinking about having to buy a new one. Whatever I did', it was complaining about lack of memory. Deleting files didn't help. Then I found out it was using 4,5 GB in temporary data from apps. I used the button to delete the temporary data. Now it works fine again.

What did you do to delete the temporary app data? I spent over an hour last night trying to back up my iphone, but there wasn't enough space. I deleted a lot of pictures and some unnecessary apps, but I'd like to try what you did.

My phone has norwegian language, so I'll need to take a guess at what the functions are called in English. Try to find a synonym if it isn't there.
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Settings, More, Storage/Memory.
Here I have a overview of use system memory, used storage space, intermediate/temporary data, various files.
I clicked on intermediate/temporary data and got the question whether I wanted to delete them. That did the trick.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #962 on: September 27, 2018, 10:50:11 AM »
I went to a zero waste class yesterday and my wife was one of the speakers at the event. It was interesting seeing so many people who try to live with reduced waste production all in one place.

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« Reply #963 on: September 28, 2018, 08:24:15 PM »
My 4 year old smartphone wasn't working properly and I started thinking about having to buy a new one. Whatever I did', it was complaining about lack of memory. Deleting files didn't help. Then I found out it was using 4,5 GB in temporary data from apps. I used the button to delete the temporary data. Now it works fine again.

Thank you! I was able to get some unneeded items off my phone
What did you do to delete the temporary app data? I spent over an hour last night trying to back up my iphone, but there wasn't enough space. I deleted a lot of pictures and some unnecessary apps, but I'd like to try what you did.

My phone has norwegian language, so I'll need to take a guess at what the functions are called in English. Try to find a synonym if it isn't there.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Android
Settings, More, Storage/Memory.
Here I have a overview of use system memory, used storage space, intermediate/temporary data, various files.
I clicked on intermediate/temporary data and got the question whether I wanted to delete them. That did the trick.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #964 on: September 29, 2018, 03:01:16 PM »

I just find that some hand dryers make so much noise that I don't tolerate them. Then I rather shake my hands off and wipe the rest off on my t-shirt.

Amen! There's a business opportunity for someone to create a sanitary zero waste, silent or low noise dryer!

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« Reply #965 on: September 29, 2018, 03:33:16 PM »

I just find that some hand dryers make so much noise that I don't tolerate them. Then I rather shake my hands off and wipe the rest off on my t-shirt.

Amen! There's a business opportunity for someone to create a sanitary zero waste, silent or low noise dryer!

This is true and it is a valid concern.  In the 'old days' dryers spat out from a large orifice with hot air.  It was a somewhat satisfying experience.  Today they do not heat the air but they are working hard to make them quieter.  The dryer that seems to be leading the charge is called the Dyson V-blade.  It's just gone from 80 dB to 79 dB which is a significant drop in the noise pollution because it's a logarithmic scale. 

There is no zero energy solution, just ones that use less ;) 

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« Reply #966 on: September 29, 2018, 08:05:59 PM »
Knew I had to drive to a birthday party across town today. (Very frugal fun with homemade potluck and decade-old swingset:).Last night I made The Grand List of Errands so that I'd go in a continuous loop and not waste gas driving. I got some weekly things crossed off the list, and something I'd been meaning to get off the list for a few months. It took a while, but I came home with groceries and a sense of accomplishment.

Plus I brought my own bags to the store :)

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« Reply #967 on: September 30, 2018, 12:08:30 PM »
Went grocery shopping today and noticed the person in line ahead of me had a small amount of produce (3 apples) in a plastic bag, that they then put into a double-layer-plastic bag.

Unless it's green beans or other small/loose produce, I never put my apples/oranges/peppers in a bag and bring reusable shopping bags ~90% of the time (I'm not perfect, but I remember them more than not).

I've wondered about reusable mesh produce bags. Have you tried them? I love my reusable shopping bags and wonder if there's any resistance to the produce bags at grocery store checkouts.

My grocery store just started selling those mesh bags! Previously there was some resistance if you weren't using plastic bags at the checkout, but I assume that now they sell them, the checkout girls will have to adopt this new policy and stop complaining.

I patched a sheet that had a hole in it (from used fabric) and also line-dried my laundry. Probably one of the last weeks of the year the laundry will dry properly outside. Autumn is pretty rainy where I live. In the middle of the winter when it's dry and cold, it starts to get easier to line dry again.

I cooked a vegan meal today - butternut squash, zucchini, spinach, olive oil and pasta.

We have resisted turning on the heating so far, although it's getting colder and colder inside. I did some laundry and used the oven, which helped a bit. As it will be quite cold the next couple of days, I'm afraid we're not going to be able to hold out much longer. It's around 17.5 -18 C (63-64F) in the living room during the day, but the bedrooms are colder.

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« Reply #968 on: October 01, 2018, 02:10:46 AM »
I am using my refillable fountain pen (rather than a disposable plastic-barrel ballpoint pen) to take notes at a two-week sustainability course.

Collecting seed (with permission) from the resource center I’m visiting for my gardens and neighbors at home.

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« Reply #969 on: October 01, 2018, 04:32:26 AM »

I just find that some hand dryers make so much noise that I don't tolerate them. Then I rather shake my hands off and wipe the rest off on my t-shirt.

Amen! There's a business opportunity for someone to create a sanitary zero waste, silent or low noise dryer!

What about the old fashion cloth towel? If everybody washes his/her hands well enough, it shouldn't be too unhygienic. But I guess in this case, I would also dry my hands on the air and my shirt.

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« Reply #970 on: October 05, 2018, 02:04:19 PM »

What about the old fashion cloth towel? If everybody washes his/her hands well enough, it shouldn't be too unhygienic. But I guess in this case, I would also dry my hands on the air and my shirt.

I doubt they are very hygenic, but the old-school towel-loop dryers seem to still exist: http://www.darmanco.com/endura2/

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« Reply #971 on: October 05, 2018, 02:37:09 PM »
Why wouldn't that be hygenic?

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #972 on: October 06, 2018, 12:02:07 PM »
I sold my BMW M3 today! I have been trialling using the train to get to work over the last few weeks (involves 3.5 miles of walking per day) and even with the cramped, expensive and unreliable train network in Manchester I'm finding myself really positive about it.


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« Reply #973 on: October 07, 2018, 03:18:43 AM »
Managed to bring home all the component parts of an IKEA Kura kids' mid-sleeper bunk bed that some friends were giving away in our double kids' bike trailer rather than drive the car somewhere that's only a few streets away.

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« Reply #974 on: October 07, 2018, 08:58:03 PM »
We visited the farmers market on Saturday. The food looked amazing, so we're doing our grocery shopping there next week. Supporting local growers and local patisserie and bakers (bought breakfast there, yum!)

We've also been doing our midweek shopping by for at the local shop.

Got a dishwasher so we'll bulk cook and make less food waste and eat out less. Really loving it.

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« Reply #975 on: October 09, 2018, 07:22:07 AM »
Managed to bring home all the component parts of an IKEA Kura kids' mid-sleeper bunk bed that some friends were giving away in our double kids' bike trailer rather than drive the car somewhere that's only a few streets away.

Follow up...

Friends had bought bed second-hand for their child. Wanted to paint it as it looked a bit tired and was going into a newly decorated bedroom. Unfortunately when they tried the paint reacted with the original varnish. At this point, with a load of other home renovation stuff going on they decided to give up and sourced a different bed.

Yesterday I sat down for a couple of hours and sanded back all the affected bits. Is probably now shabbier than before they tried to paint it, but our aesthetic standards for kids furniture are... not that high.

Upshot, we will (when I actually put it together) have gained a piece of furniture which we will use for several years, and which helps solve the question of sticking two kids into one room once #2 gets a bit bigger, from someone else's junk, without anything else being manufactured and without burning any fuel to get it to our house.

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« Reply #976 on: October 13, 2018, 11:48:32 PM »
Jumping in here because I want to get some ideas to do more after the upsetting climate reports lately. :-/

This week: refused bags a couple of times when buying something at the drugstore. Didn't buy meat at the grocery store and decided to do a big vegan batch cook instead, with black beans I already had in the cupboard. 100% public transit/walking and suggested to friends not to share a taxi but take the subway with me instead since we were all going the same way.

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« Reply #977 on: October 14, 2018, 01:39:27 AM »
Brought a vegan dish to a potlock dinner with friends. None of us is a real vegetarian or vegan, but only 1 out of the 3 main dishes contained meat/dairy!

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« Reply #978 on: October 14, 2018, 05:39:32 AM »
We haven't turned on our furnace, despite frost advisories the past couple of nights. Hopefully, husband will tolerate extra layers and blankets for a bit longer because once the furnace is on, it will be on for at least 6 months.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #979 on: October 14, 2018, 10:07:07 AM »
Why wouldn't that be hygenic?

In an ideal world it could work but in a public restroom setting I have my doubts about hygene and I don't really trust the old school loop things either.  Maybe they are fine but I'd prefer to shake my hands off and let them dry naturally.  I'm trying to do that vs taking paper towels every time. 

Edit: I've seen a few places that have individual small towels that you use and throw in a basket to be washed.  Even with single-use washing, that has to be way greener than disposable paper towels right? 
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« Reply #980 on: October 14, 2018, 10:11:21 AM »
You guys rock.  I keep coming back to this thread for inspiration.  This is going to be a tough pill to swallow but I am embarking on a personal challenge to avoid discretionary airplane trips.  I'm also eating less meat.  I hope we figure out a carbon neutral mode of air travel soon because there are lots of places I'd like to see.  Maybe sailing is an option instead of flying. 

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« Reply #981 on: October 14, 2018, 10:16:06 AM »
Today while cleaning the bathroom with my trusty old rag and vinegar/water mixture I realized that it has been years since I've purchased any other chemical cleaning product for use around the house.

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« Reply #982 on: October 14, 2018, 10:23:08 AM »
I hope we figure out a carbon neutral mode of air travel soon because there are lots of places I'd like to see. 

I'd guess air travel is the technology least likely to be made carbon neutral.

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« Reply #983 on: October 14, 2018, 10:31:18 AM »
I hope we figure out a carbon neutral mode of air travel soon because there are lots of places I'd like to see. 

I'd guess air travel is the technology least likely to be made carbon neutral.

Unless governments would wake up and finally start taxing kerosine. It's still baffling me that air travel doesn't pay VAT tax and that kerosine is tax-free too. For me a flight to the other side of Europe is cheaper than the train to get to the airport...

@BuildingFrugalHabits great job on making changes re less meat and air travel. I know how tough the air travel one can be. But if you're on the way to FIRE there's many ways to slow travel, which requires less to no air travel (depending on places). Also don't forget how many amazing spots there might be nearby your place that can be reached by car/train/bus/bike. Many people are so busy crossing of the "big things" that they forget the amazing stuff around them.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #984 on: October 14, 2018, 11:07:01 AM »
we went to the harvest festival for the end of our CSA(community supported agriculture) season.

 In recent years,  there has been a hand cranked apple press that makes fresh cider from the apples the kids pick from the trees.  My kids spend the entire party (3+hrs) climbing trees, picking apples and drinking cider.  In true community spirit, the older kids watch out for the younger kids.  This year was the first year my kids have been considered in the older kids-- it was amazing to watch the transition from younger to older.  I am grateful they get to have this childhood memory.  The head CSA farmer is moving on to other projects next year and I am already becoming nostalgic that this was our last harvest festival with this group.

Almost everyone brings their own dishes, utensils and cups to the festival as well as a vegetarian dish to pass. 
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #985 on: October 14, 2018, 01:14:58 PM »
I put air in my tires because the sudden cold snap made my TPMS low pressure light come on.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #986 on: October 14, 2018, 04:20:44 PM »
I put air in my tires because the sudden cold snap made my TPMS low pressure light come on.

I did the same thing yesterday morning. I check mine every two weeks. Not only does it help with your fuel economy, it helps with ride, handling, and ensuring you get as much life out of your tires as possible.

I also check my spare tire pressure too. A couple of years ago when I had to put the spare tire on my wife's car after she picked up a screw, the spare was almost as low as the damaged tire. The spare was at 20psi when it was supposed to be at 60psi. I don't think anyone had checked the spare tire pressure and it was 4.5 years old at that point.

My public safety announcement is over :)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #987 on: October 14, 2018, 09:03:18 PM »
Attended a local swap for clothing and household items. Got rid of 16 items that I didnít need, got a pair of swim trunks and some t-shirts for hubby, a storage cube, materials for some of my charity sewing, and some books which I will soon recycle at another such event.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #988 on: October 15, 2018, 05:11:31 AM »
Had a "what options do we have to significant reduce our carbon footprint" meeting with DH. Eating local food and buying secondhand doesn't begin to make up for the emissions we create by living in a semi-rural area across the country from our families. Larger lifestyle changes will be a longer term project and will take a few years to implement, but it's good to have a plan. In the meantime, we're eliminating at least one plane trip in the next year.

We plan on keeping our heat pump off as long as possible.

I've been making an effort to plan my cooking around getting as much use out of the oven as I can while it's on. Last night I roasted a chicken and beets for dinner, then immediately put bread and a frittata in the oven when those came out. Then I stuck my cast iron pans in the still-warm oven to make sure they dried thoroughly after washing.

Used the chicken carcass and veggie scraps for broth (which will make soup with the leftover chicken). I'm going to resurrect my bokashi composting bucket so I can compost the carcass.

Cloth diapers for the baby.

Went secondhand shopping for the kids last week. My older boy now has a red and green plaid shirt for Christmas, regular church clothes, and fleece jackets for this winter and next.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #989 on: October 15, 2018, 08:07:21 AM »
Big life changes, some of which should reduce enviro impact substantially. We're selling and moving!
New place: apartment vs the house we have now. ~500sqft smaller. And 15 years newer and concrete built, so should be extra energy efficient. New building has composting. And best of all, location- we'll be able to (have to, haha) walk for groceries! I've actually missed this a ton since moving from the city. Husband's main hobby will be biking/walking distance too. And his main client he commutes to about once per week is now less than an hour away, rather than over 3 hours away. So it should set us up to only need the car for work. Depending on what shakes out with my work, we may even be able to go down to one car. (Although that would only be a change cost wise, we hardly use the second right now, but it's been needed). I'll have a southeast facing balcony, so I should still be able to garden a bit, but without a lawn to maintain. Downside cost wise, upside green wise: will be much further from a costco, so it will become a once a month bulk visit. Meaning less of a price 'win' to buy non-local veg and eggs and meat, making it an easier choice. Benefit of the move is also way better access to CSAs and similar, so hopefully I'll be able to offset some of the cost that way.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #990 on: October 15, 2018, 09:59:06 AM »
I went litter-picking around our local area today again, after having forgotten to do it for the last month or so.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #991 on: October 15, 2018, 11:54:21 AM »
On thursday and friday driving with a 3 other colleagues in one car to a job event.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #992 on: October 15, 2018, 12:02:30 PM »
Big life changes, some of which should reduce enviro impact substantially. We're selling and moving!
New place: apartment vs the house we have now. ~500sqft smaller. And 15 years newer and concrete built, so should be extra energy efficient. New building has composting. And best of all, location- we'll be able to (have to, haha) walk for groceries! I've actually missed this a ton since moving from the city. Husband's main hobby will be biking/walking distance too. And his main client he commutes to about once per week is now less than an hour away, rather than over 3 hours away. So it should set us up to only need the car for work. Depending on what shakes out with my work, we may even be able to go down to one car. (Although that would only be a change cost wise, we hardly use the second right now, but it's been needed). I'll have a southeast facing balcony, so I should still be able to garden a bit, but without a lawn to maintain. Downside cost wise, upside green wise: will be much further from a costco, so it will become a once a month bulk visit. Meaning less of a price 'win' to buy non-local veg and eggs and meat, making it an easier choice. Benefit of the move is also way better access to CSAs and similar, so hopefully I'll be able to offset some of the cost that way.

Sounds like a great move. I also hope to luve in a place where you can walk/bike everywhere. Now I can walk for groceries, but it's a 40 minute walk one way. Too time consuming on a working day.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #993 on: October 15, 2018, 12:36:27 PM »
I’m about to do some anti-mustachian outsourcing but I’m going to do it in unbleached cotton reusables instead of disposable petroleum-based plastic! (Yes I know there are major environmental consequences to cotton agriculture but at least it’s ultimately biodegradable.)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #994 on: October 15, 2018, 12:41:47 PM »
- All meals vegan
- Skipped take-out morning coffee that contains milk and comes in a non-recycable cup
- Turned off all lights that my flatmates leave on continuously. Sigh.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #995 on: October 17, 2018, 05:09:58 PM »
I saw that a toiletry item I use was newly available in a much larger size, which appears to use significantly less plastic per ounce of product. The manufacturer had a great sale going on their website, so I ordered a ton of it at once (to minimize shipping/packaging waste) and when they asked me to fill out a survey I wrote a paragraph about how I was specifically ordering this product to minimize plastic and packaging waste and how that was important to me. Hopefully that will help encourage them to think critically about their packaging/plastic use in the future, since they are hearing from customers about it.

Took the bus instead of a rideshare taxi when going someplace that was near a subway station that is closed for maintenance.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #996 on: October 19, 2018, 05:04:03 AM »
I pieced together a dozen eggs from a few cartons that had broken ones. It helped avoid making a trip to a different store for eggs, and it also helped keep a carton of eggs out of the landfill.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #997 on: October 23, 2018, 03:18:28 PM »
I’ve made an effort to refuse paper receipts whenever possible. It’s easiest at ATMs and gas stations but some stores now allow it as well.

I used my own reusable metal chopsticks and washable cloth napkin today at lunch rather than single-use disposables.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #998 on: October 23, 2018, 03:39:43 PM »
Iíve made an effort to refuse paper receipts whenever possible. Itís easiest at ATMs and gas stations but some stores now allow it as well.

I got a receipt at the drugstore the other day (from a sub-$5 single item purchase) that was, no exaggeration, over five feet long. It was within a couple of inches of my height when I held it up. So wasteful!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #999 on: October 23, 2018, 03:44:23 PM »
I had to travel to another (close-by) city for work anyway, so I combined a bunch of errands that had to be done anyway.  It made for a long day, but I think it was worth it.