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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #850 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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« Reply #851 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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« Reply #852 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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« Reply #853 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 #854 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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« Reply #855 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 #856 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 #857 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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« Reply #858 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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« Reply #859 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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« Reply #860 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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« Reply #861 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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« Reply #862 on: July 24, 2018, 01:32:12 PM »
The AC condensation line broke some time ago and it's been dripping water into the crawl space.

1) repaired the line and routed it through the crawl space wall and near a tree desperate for water.
2) put some poly down where the leak was as the start of enclosing the entire crawl space. The hygrometer read around 70% -- outside is currently 30% so there's some efficiency gains to be had there.

I routed the back unit's condensation line into some native grasses and they're flourishing. Those grasses will reach ~6 feet tall and shade the AC condensing unit.

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« Reply #863 on: July 24, 2018, 11:40:11 PM »
Made foaming hand soap using liquid Castile soap, a few drops of essential oils and water. This used up the last of the Castile soap, so I have washed out the container to be refilled when we next get to the bulk shop.
Washed out the plastic bags from frozen veges, to put in the special soft plastics recycling bin at the supermarket.
Set aside paper and cardboard recycling, to get added to the worm farm.
Talked through plans to switch to more expensive, but more environmentally friendly, options in a few areas. Got husband's buy in, which is vital.
Bought bigger inserts for cloth nappies. We have been struggling to make cloth nappies work (had a wet-through in under an hour this morning...). I don't know what we will try next if the bigger inserts don't work, but I HATE creating so much landfill waste by using disposables.
Still using cloth pads.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #864 on: July 25, 2018, 01:35:14 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

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« Reply #865 on: July 25, 2018, 01:37:05 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

We use icecream tubs (2L ones). Mr Happier was SO SAD when I explained I needed him to eat icecream so I could collect the tubs ;-)

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« Reply #866 on: July 25, 2018, 04:59:24 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

We use icecream tubs (2L ones). Mr Happier was SO SAD when I explained I needed him to eat icecream so I could collect the tubs ;-)
I may need to tell Ponder to do the same.

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« Reply #867 on: July 25, 2018, 05:29:35 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

We use icecream tubs (2L ones). Mr Happier was SO SAD when I explained I needed him to eat icecream so I could collect the tubs ;-)
I may need to tell Ponder to do the same.

Or buy dairy-free icecream and you can do it ;-)

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« Reply #868 on: July 25, 2018, 06:27:13 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

We use icecream tubs (2L ones). Mr Happier was SO SAD when I explained I needed him to eat icecream so I could collect the tubs ;-)
I may need to tell Ponder to do the same.

Or buy dairy-free icecream and you can do it ;-)

That's what my parents use too!  It's a good idea :)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #869 on: July 25, 2018, 11:39:05 AM »
For a long time we used an old dishwasher-pods tub in the freezer; freezer is by far the best for preventing flies.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #870 on: July 27, 2018, 02:53:29 AM »
Today, we walked to the local fish & chip store for dinner, dried clothes on the line and made a delicious garden salad from the greens I've been growing!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #871 on: July 27, 2018, 02:54:34 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

We use icecream tubs (2L ones). Mr Happier was SO SAD when I explained I needed him to eat icecream so I could collect the tubs ;-)
I may need to tell Ponder to do the same.

Or buy dairy-free icecream and you can do it ;-)

That's what my parents use too!  It's a good idea :)
I would, but the tubs are not as good! The size and ease of using the lid is just not the same

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« Reply #872 on: July 27, 2018, 03:46:37 AM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

We use icecream tubs (2L ones). Mr Happier was SO SAD when I explained I needed him to eat icecream so I could collect the tubs ;-)
I may need to tell Ponder to do the same.

Or buy dairy-free icecream and you can do it ;-)

That's what my parents use too!  It's a good idea :)
I would, but the tubs are not as good! The size and ease of using the lid is just not the same

Today I bought a 4kg laundry powder bucket which will become our compost bucket. It will be fine through winter but might not work in summer, we'll see. If not, I will convert it into an in-ground compost near the backdoor!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #873 on: July 28, 2018, 07:24:46 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

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« Reply #874 on: July 28, 2018, 10:16:14 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!

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« Reply #875 on: July 28, 2018, 10:18:09 PM »
Started plants from seed, and reused plastic pots from plants I'd previously bought.

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« Reply #876 on: July 28, 2018, 11:40:31 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

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« Reply #877 on: July 29, 2018, 12:47:14 AM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

Thank you!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #878 on: July 29, 2018, 03:44:16 PM »
We've been traveling by bicycle, cargo bike and public transit since Wednesday (Honda Fit is in the shop w a check-engine light).

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« Reply #879 on: August 01, 2018, 12:42:41 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

Thank you!
I did my toilet and laundry doors today. Then I realised the toilet door was pointless, because it is short and stops a full 2cm below the edge of the door frame! No wonder I have a draught - there's a window in the toilet that's permanently open for ventilation, doesn't have the ability to be closed. I guess we're buying a new door?!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #880 on: August 01, 2018, 01:01:58 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

Thank you!
I did my toilet and laundry doors today. Then I realised the toilet door was pointless, because it is short and stops a full 2cm below the edge of the door frame! No wonder I have a draught - there's a window in the toilet that's permanently open for ventilation, doesn't have the ability to be closed. I guess we're buying a new door?!

Could you add a door shoe with a sweep on it? You can get some pretty good extra distance covered that way.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #881 on: August 01, 2018, 05:27:29 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

Thank you!
I did my toilet and laundry doors today. Then I realised the toilet door was pointless, because it is short and stops a full 2cm below the edge of the door frame! No wonder I have a draught - there's a window in the toilet that's permanently open for ventilation, doesn't have the ability to be closed. I guess we're buying a new door?!

Could you add a door shoe with a sweep on it? You can get some pretty good extra distance covered that way.
Does that work on the top of the door? It's the top that's the problem, not the bottom.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #882 on: August 01, 2018, 05:56:18 PM »
AV, maybe you could attached one of those brush excluders meant for the bottom of the door on the top of the door frame so it hangs down to cover the gap. It would not look pretty but if you are freezing now it might be a good temporary measure.

We have a mini curtain rail over our back door and a cheapo ikea curtain because the gaps are so awkward we can't sort the draughts. That would be annoying for the toilet door though! Maybe a little pelmet!!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #883 on: August 01, 2018, 06:03:58 PM »
What do people use to collect their compost scraps?

We've been using takeaway containers which are stored in the fridge but it's not really working, partly because we have a small fridge/freezer. I don't really want to buy a bin new but don't have anything to repurpose that has a lid to discourage the fruit flies. Maybe it's time to visit an op shop (thrift store)? Or ask someone that buys icecream in nice big tubs?

IME I never use a lid ever.  It surprisingly cuts down on odours (no anaerobic bacteria) where most people think they are preventing odours with a lid.  When fruit fly season happens you just have to dump more frequently.

I store mine under the kitchen sink and pull it out when I cut up veggies or whatever (all the time in my house).  I dump it when it gets full every 3-4 days without issues.  I live in the Pacific Northwest so not sweltering hot. 
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #884 on: August 01, 2018, 06:17:51 PM »
You guys are all very inspiring! 

For the last 7 months I've been transitioning to a vegan diet.  I write about it in detail in my journal.  At this point I have no plans to turn back.  I feel fantastic, I've lost weight and I'm super lean.  I fit into pants that are smaller than when I was 20 and I'm 44.  It's not all diet.  I exercise a lot more than the average person. 

There's a pretty simple formula for this transition (having your questions answered, gaining confidence etc.) and it generally takes people 3 months to change their palette. 

At work I am working on 3 initiatives - EV charging, hand dryers over paper towels and eliminating bottled water.  They each have challenges but I plan to be successful with every one of them.

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« Reply #885 on: August 01, 2018, 06:45:58 PM »
Started carrying a set of stainless steel flatware, chopsticks and straws with me. So far have saved a plastic straw and a plastic fork & knife; SO GRATIFYING. I swear the metal straw makes drinks taste colder too LOL.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #886 on: August 01, 2018, 09:23:33 PM »
You guys are all very inspiring! 

For the last 7 months I've been transitioning to a vegan diet.  I write about it in detail in my journal.  At this point I have no plans to turn back.  I feel fantastic, I've lost weight and I'm super lean.  I fit into pants that are smaller than when I was 20 and I'm 44.  It's not all diet.  I exercise a lot more than the average person. 

There's a pretty simple formula for this transition (having your questions answered, gaining confidence etc.) and it generally takes people 3 months to change their palette. 

At work I am working on 3 initiatives - EV charging, hand dryers over paper towels and eliminating bottled water.  They each have challenges but I plan to be successful with every one of them.
the 3 months info is fascinating, I wonder if that's how long I took to stop whining about giving up dairy! I've moved from almond to soy milk and the creaminess is incredible.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #887 on: August 01, 2018, 10:02:43 PM »
the 3 months info is fascinating, I wonder if that's how long I took to stop whining about giving up dairy! I've moved from almond to soy milk and the creaminess is incredible.

It's accurate in my humble experience.  I've stumbled a bit recently (having a work donut) but typically I have no cravings for sweets, cheese or anything.  I'm a pretty good example of what's possible because I was a 'meat and potatoes' eater my whole life albeit on the 'balanced diet' end of things. 

It's possible, and actually becoming much easier to give up dairy.  There are continually new almond/soy milk cheeses being invented and there are also many near meat alternatives that continue to get better.  I personally don't eat any of these things right now...a bit of cheese substitute but that's it. 

I've experimented with nothing in my coffee and I may drift that way eventually. 

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #888 on: August 02, 2018, 08:39:29 AM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

Thank you!
I did my toilet and laundry doors today. Then I realised the toilet door was pointless, because it is short and stops a full 2cm below the edge of the door frame! No wonder I have a draught - there's a window in the toilet that's permanently open for ventilation, doesn't have the ability to be closed. I guess we're buying a new door?!

Could you add a door shoe with a sweep on it? You can get some pretty good extra distance covered that way.
Does that work on the top of the door? It's the top that's the problem, not the bottom.

Why not remount the door?

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #889 on: August 02, 2018, 04:05:05 PM »
I put weather stripping around our front door, laundry door that leads to the outside, and the baby's room. I'll be putting some on all the other internal doors as well, as we heat rooms individually. Next up is making some sausage toys to go along the bottoms of the doors!

Can you share a link to the weather stripping you used? Because we need to do this!
This one:
https://www.bunnings.com.au/raven-5m-superior-white-door-and-window-weather-strip-rp59-white_p3961089
DH agrees that it's also reduced the sound transfer between rooms. One box did one door, and read the instructions because you don't put it on the same surface of the frame all the way around - it's different for the part where the hinge is (I mucked one up).

Thank you!
I did my toilet and laundry doors today. Then I realised the toilet door was pointless, because it is short and stops a full 2cm below the edge of the door frame! No wonder I have a draught - there's a window in the toilet that's permanently open for ventilation, doesn't have the ability to be closed. I guess we're buying a new door?!

Could you add a door shoe with a sweep on it? You can get some pretty good extra distance covered that way.
Does that work on the top of the door? It's the top that's the problem, not the bottom.

Why not remount the door?
I admit to zero diy experience with doors. Either way I'm gonna have to drill things and redo the handle, aren't I? Ok, I will investigate this.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #890 on: August 05, 2018, 06:14:08 PM »
Fairly US specific--I wrote to my senators about legislation. In a fit of especially deep climate change depression, I started googling on the various climate change solutions listed by the Drawdown project.  Number one on the list is "refrigerant management", phasing out HFCs (https://www.drawdown.org/solutions/materials/refrigerant-management).  I also discovered that there was actually legislation introduced in the Senate earlier this year that would support this phasing out in the US.  So I wrote each of my senators and asked them to support this legislation (S 2448, American Innovation and Manufacturing Act).  I also wrote my representative and asked her to introduce/support companion legislation in the House.  Then I emailed some close friends/family and asked them to do the same, fingers crossed at least one of them does.

I was also heartened to see that some of the other top 10 solutions (reducing food waste, adopting a plant rich diet) are ones that I can take action on myself.  These are already things my family and I work on but I am now inspired to increase our efforts.  Seeing how high on the list "tropical forests" is also has me inspired to look more closely into some of those carbon offset programs where you pay to have some trees planted.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #891 on: August 07, 2018, 07:52:39 PM »
Walked to my polling place instead of driving.

Made a vinegar/salt/borax solution to clean the living room rug instead of using a heavily scented commercial cleaner.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #892 on: August 07, 2018, 08:19:55 PM »
I put my compost scraps in a zipper bag in the freezer. When it's this hot out, I just dump the whole frozen brick in the compost when the bag gets full. When it's colder out, I let it thaw in the sink for a while before I take it out. No smell, and helps keep the freezer full and working at optimal levels.

I started a new job where I can walk/bike to work! There are 4 others who bike regularly out of about a 25 person staff, so pretty high percentage for here in the lower Midwest. I had to drive to a training today, but I made sure to carpool to our lunch portion.

I'm also still picking up cans for recycling as I walk my dog. I bring home plastic bags from work or ask friends who don't carry their own bags for their plastic bags. Haven't bought dog poop bags in almost two years!

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« Reply #893 on: August 07, 2018, 08:32:40 PM »
I have been following up my letter writing over the weekend (I heard back from one friend that they wrote too!) and have decided I need to broaden my horizons beyond elected officials.  So I wrote to the customer service contact of several of the grocery store chains we occasionally frequent and asked about food waste and what they are doing to cut back on it.  I specifically mentioned that I've read that a lot of food gets wasted before it even gets to the store because it's perfectly good but doesn't meet appearance standards (i.e. irregular shape and color) and that I've noticed the produce at these stores is quite uniform.

Anyway, I actually heard back from a real person at one chain (Sprouts, if anyone would care to join me).  They told me all about their practices with giving edible but not saleable food to hunger relief, and inedible food to composting or animal feed, but nothing about the incoming end.  So I wrote back and thanked them for the response and reiterated that I was interested in their buying practices and said I would be more inclined to shop there if I saw them promoting things like "irregular" produce.  Will be interested to see if I hear more back.

Also sniffed the dress I wore today and decided it was good for one more day instead of tossing it in the wash.  Less laundry and less wear and tear on the dress.  My husband seems to go through way less clothing than I do and I need to start taking a bigger page out of his book on this one.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #894 on: August 07, 2018, 09:35:53 PM »
I have been following up my letter writing over the weekend (I heard back from one friend that they wrote too!) and have decided I need to broaden my horizons beyond elected officials.  So I wrote to the customer service contact of several of the grocery store chains we occasionally frequent and asked about food waste and what they are doing to cut back on it.  I specifically mentioned that I've read that a lot of food gets wasted before it even gets to the store because it's perfectly good but doesn't meet appearance standards (i.e. irregular shape and color) and that I've noticed the produce at these stores is quite uniform.

Anyway, I actually heard back from a real person at one chain (Sprouts, if anyone would care to join me).  They told me all about their practices with giving edible but not saleable food to hunger relief, and inedible food to composting or animal feed, but nothing about the incoming end.  So I wrote back and thanked them for the response and reiterated that I was interested in their buying practices and said I would be more inclined to shop there if I saw them promoting things like "irregular" produce.  Will be interested to see if I hear more back.

Also sniffed the dress I wore today and decided it was good for one more day instead of tossing it in the wash.  Less laundry and less wear and tear on the dress.  My husband seems to go through way less clothing than I do and I need to start taking a bigger page out of his book on this one.

I don’t know where you live, but you might be interested in a program like Hungry Harvest, which is like a CSA for exactly the type of irregular and surplus produce you’re describing. We’ve been subscribers since it expanded to our area in early June, and we’ve been pleased with it. For about $20 per week (including a small delivery charge), we get a sturdy, reusable/recyclable cardboard box of several different types of irregular/surplus veggies delivered to our front porch every Friday (you can get mixed fruit/veg boxes too, but we tend to prefer veggies).

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« Reply #895 on: August 08, 2018, 07:33:16 AM »
I have been following up my letter writing over the weekend (I heard back from one friend that they wrote too!) and have decided I need to broaden my horizons beyond elected officials.  So I wrote to the customer service contact of several of the grocery store chains we occasionally frequent and asked about food waste and what they are doing to cut back on it.  I specifically mentioned that I've read that a lot of food gets wasted before it even gets to the store because it's perfectly good but doesn't meet appearance standards (i.e. irregular shape and color) and that I've noticed the produce at these stores is quite uniform.

Anyway, I actually heard back from a real person at one chain (Sprouts, if anyone would care to join me).  They told me all about their practices with giving edible but not saleable food to hunger relief, and inedible food to composting or animal feed, but nothing about the incoming end.  So I wrote back and thanked them for the response and reiterated that I was interested in their buying practices and said I would be more inclined to shop there if I saw them promoting things like "irregular" produce.  Will be interested to see if I hear more back.

Also sniffed the dress I wore today and decided it was good for one more day instead of tossing it in the wash.  Less laundry and less wear and tear on the dress.  My husband seems to go through way less clothing than I do and I need to start taking a bigger page out of his book on this one.

I don’t know where you live, but you might be interested in a program like Hungry Harvest, which is like a CSA for exactly the type of irregular and surplus produce you’re describing. We’ve been subscribers since it expanded to our area in early June, and we’ve been pleased with it. For about $20 per week (including a small delivery charge), we get a sturdy, reusable/recyclable cardboard box of several different types of irregular/surplus veggies delivered to our front porch every Friday (you can get mixed fruit/veg boxes too, but we tend to prefer veggies).

Thanks for the suggestion!  I actually buy most of our produce at a local grocery that does sell more irregular produce and it also winds up being $20-25/week for our fruit/veggies, so I have a solution that is working well for me personally.  However, that's just 2 stores whereas Sprouts is a larger chain with a much bigger customer base, so I figure it's worth writing and asking if they'd consider doing something similar and actively promoting it to customers as a good thing.  I guess I'm lately feeling that while personal action is great and necessary, it's not enough. So I'm working on reducing impact also by reaching out and asking people (i.e. elected officials) and businesses with a larger impact than I have to do more also.  There are a lot of people in the US living a very carbon intensive lifestyle and I don't think they're going to change that unless they get bigger nudges than just their crazy hippy frugal neighbor or co-worker mentioning it :)

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« Reply #896 on: August 09, 2018, 07:28:25 PM »
Tonight I bought $33 of thrift store clothes, mostly dresses, because I have discovered a great local thrift store and joined there rewards program.  I will maybe return one item and donate a bag of clothes on Saturday myself.  Reduce reuse recycle, or something like that, right.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #897 on: August 11, 2018, 08:03:29 PM »
If this is the inappropriate place for this let me know and I will delete but does anyone have any environmentally friendly ways to store breast milk? Right now we’re using these one time use plastic bags, which are very convenient and easy to store, but I hate one use plastic. We’re trying to be as green as possible with baby, using cloth diapers, hand me down clothes and toys, etc... but this has me stumped

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« Reply #898 on: August 11, 2018, 08:11:28 PM »
If this is the inappropriate place for this let me know and I will delete but does anyone have any environmentally friendly ways to store breast milk? Right now we’re using these one time use plastic bags, which are very convenient and easy to store, but I hate one use plastic. We’re trying to be as green as possible with baby, using cloth diapers, hand me down clothes and toys, etc... but this has me stumped

What about glass jars? They're freezer safe as long as you leave room at the top for the milk to expand.

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« Reply #899 on: August 12, 2018, 02:31:33 AM »
I realized we were doing a lot of things that did not fit in our goals. I really want to change a number of things to get back on track.

So I went to the organic farm just a bit over a mile from my home yesterday. Due to medical issues and yes, laziness, I had not been there for at least 6 months. Unfortunately, I drove there by car. I really have to see whether I can get a bike attachment for my wheelchair so I can cycle again.
It was really nice to go again, the atmosphere there is so relaxed, I enjoyed watching she sheep a bit with the fruit trees in the background. The lady that runs the store once a week writes your receipt on scap paper. She has a calculator but hardly uses it. I pay her with my bank app, I just transfer the money.
Got bio dynamic veggies, fruit, eggs and heavenly goat's yoghurt.  The BD eggs are a bit expensive, think we will buy organic from the supermarket next week.

I'm also cooking more vegetarian and vegan meals. Found nice lookings meals on Pintrest.

Also I'm working on more minimalism and zero waste. I have no idea what to do with the plastic straws, makeup cotton pads etc etc I don't need anymore. The unopened will go to the local charity for the poor but the others? Maybe I'll put everything in a box for a year, date on it and everything that I haven't used will go to the correct recycling bin after a year.