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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1350 on: May 14, 2019, 06:54:42 PM »
I took my steel straw, cutlery, cloth napkin and thermos bottle.  I didn't feel at all strange pulling them out at the work luncheon.

I also took public transit.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1351 on: May 14, 2019, 07:20:36 PM »
* Took public transit to do boring adult things.
* Wore clothes that I got from Buy Nothing.
* Brought my water bottle.
* Got a library card, so I can check out ebooks on my secondhand nook.
* Bought mostly vegetables with minimal packaging at the grocery store, and reused produce bags. I usually buy bagged salad and little tomatoes in those plastic boxes, so this is a big step.
* Brought my bulk bin bags to reuse.
* Avoided/forgot to buy quorn. It's better than meat, but it's got a ton of packaging..

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What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1352 on: May 14, 2019, 08:38:57 PM »
* Took public transit to do boring adult things.
* Wore clothes that I got from Buy Nothing.
* Brought my water bottle.
* Got a library card, so I can check out ebooks on my secondhand nook.
* Bought mostly vegetables with minimal packaging at the grocery store, and reused produce bags. I usually buy bagged salad and little tomatoes in those plastic boxes, so this is a big step.
* Brought my bulk bin bags to reuse.
* Avoided/forgot to buy quorn. It's better than meat, but it's got a ton of packaging..

If you’re okay with cutting down on meat, try adding TVP (texturized vegetable protein) to ground beef:

https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/ground-beef-tvp-lots-o-meat-442209

The recipe above calls for very lean ground beef, but I have done this with regular ground beef. The mix ends up being lean anyway since the TVP has very little fat.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1353 on: May 14, 2019, 08:44:39 PM »
* Took public transit to do boring adult things.
* Wore clothes that I got from Buy Nothing.
* Brought my water bottle.
* Got a library card, so I can check out ebooks on my secondhand nook.
* Bought mostly vegetables with minimal packaging at the grocery store, and reused produce bags. I usually buy bagged salad and little tomatoes in those plastic boxes, so this is a big step.
* Brought my bulk bin bags to reuse.
* Avoided/forgot to buy quorn. It's better than meat, but it's got a ton of packaging..

If you’re okay with cutting down on meat, try adding TVP (texturized vegetable protein) to ground beef:

https://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/ground-beef-tvp-lots-o-meat-442209

The recipe above calls for very lean ground beef, but I have done this with regular ground beef. The mix ends up being lean anyway since the TVP has very little fat.
Ah, yes, I have heard tell of TVP. I don't even buy ground beef, but I might check this out. TVP and nutritional yeast it up (once I use up my real cheese).

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1354 on: May 14, 2019, 09:03:57 PM »
* Bought mostly vegetables with minimal packaging at the grocery store, and reused produce bags. I usually buy bagged salad and little tomatoes in those plastic boxes, so this is a big step.

It is a big pet peeve of mine that it's almost impossible to buy cherry/grape tomatoes in anything but a plastic box. I basically never eat them for that reason...

I just got home from the grocery store where I failed to purchase tomatoes (in plastic boxes), cucumbers (wrapped in plastic), and lettuce (wrapped in plastic) even though they were on my list. I'm going to make an orzo salad with some veggies that didn't come in plastic instead of the salad I was planning. (The orzo did, unfortunately, come in plastic. But I never see pasta without packaging.)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1355 on: May 15, 2019, 09:31:54 AM »
* Bought mostly vegetables with minimal packaging at the grocery store, and reused produce bags. I usually buy bagged salad and little tomatoes in those plastic boxes, so this is a big step.

It is a big pet peeve of mine that it's almost impossible to buy cherry/grape tomatoes in anything but a plastic box. I basically never eat them for that reason...

I just got home from the grocery store where I failed to purchase tomatoes (in plastic boxes), cucumbers (wrapped in plastic), and lettuce (wrapped in plastic) even though they were on my list. I'm going to make an orzo salad with some veggies that didn't come in plastic instead of the salad I was planning. (The orzo did, unfortunately, come in plastic. But I never see pasta without packaging.)
I see that you're in NYC, but if you have any outdoor space at all, cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and very prolific.

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« Reply #1356 on: May 15, 2019, 11:26:31 AM »
unintentional success.

We started asking around about some abandoned community garden beds, and not only got permission to use some, but inspired another person to plant some veggies.

We've also been asking around about bikes, we'd like to purchase two second hand. Two different people have said "Oh, yeah I have a bike in my basement, I'll dig it out and you can look at it."  Both of those people declined to sell after they got their bikes out and have since been posting photos on social media of them out riding! 



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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1357 on: May 15, 2019, 04:49:41 PM »
About veggies and pasta - here in Aus we have a pasta brand called Barilla that comes in a card box with a small plastic window. Maybe you can find a brand like that? All the others come in plastic here too.

We also get telegraph cucumbers in plastic (otherwise they only keep a few days apparently) but luckily the Lebanese variety seem to store better and we can get them uncovered. The Lebanese are what we grow in our gardens here so I expect they aren't available in New York!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1358 on: May 15, 2019, 05:08:23 PM »
* Bought mostly vegetables with minimal packaging at the grocery store, and reused produce bags. I usually buy bagged salad and little tomatoes in those plastic boxes, so this is a big step.

It is a big pet peeve of mine that it's almost impossible to buy cherry/grape tomatoes in anything but a plastic box. I basically never eat them for that reason...

I just got home from the grocery store where I failed to purchase tomatoes (in plastic boxes), cucumbers (wrapped in plastic), and lettuce (wrapped in plastic) even though they were on my list. I'm going to make an orzo salad with some veggies that didn't come in plastic instead of the salad I was planning. (The orzo did, unfortunately, come in plastic. But I never see pasta without packaging.)

Some stores have bulk pasta. Whole Foods has rice and pasta, not sure which other ones in NYC do.

@Fresh Bread - cardboard boxes for pasta is standard here. Plastic is used for some brands, usually specialty.

I think I'm going to switch to rice anyway. I got a giant bag for free, and it's easier to find in bulk bins. Every time I eat pasta, I end up overeating and feeling kind of sick.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1359 on: May 15, 2019, 05:24:19 PM »
I generally eat whole wheat pasta, which means there's a lot less choice in stores (at least in my neighborhood - Harlem grocery shopping isn't always great for health food). There was only one brand of whole wheat orzo and it was in plastic. I considered couscous instead for a recipe substitute, but the only ones I could find were either in plastic or in those tiny boxes with flavor mixes. I figured one plastic bag is better than four boxes of couscous containing four separate 'flavor packets'.

I never thought to look in the WF bulk bins for pasta... I'll see what they have next time I stop in there.

(And to nessness - I have zero access to outdoor space for growing plants, unfortunately. I was looking into maybe a potted-plant cherry tomato option but they put up scaffolding on my building so I haven't even had a sunny window for the last 11 months! Luckily there is a farmer's market so I can get good tomatoes plastic-free for a couple of months a year when they're growing locally.)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1360 on: May 15, 2019, 05:48:10 PM »
Dollar, might be worth checking out Organic Forever too if it's near you. Probably expensive but you never know. https://www.litterless.com/bulk-food-guide/new-york

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1361 on: May 15, 2019, 06:54:37 PM »
Dollar, might be worth checking out Organic Forever too if it's near you. Probably expensive but you never know. https://www.litterless.com/bulk-food-guide/new-york

Unfortunately that place closed and has been an empty storefront for ages. I used to walk by it fairly frequently. Thanks, though!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1362 on: May 15, 2019, 09:50:43 PM »
Dollar, might be worth checking out Organic Forever too if it's near you. Probably expensive but you never know. https://www.litterless.com/bulk-food-guide/new-york

Unfortunately that place closed and has been an empty storefront for ages. I used to walk by it fairly frequently. Thanks, though!

Ah bummer, it's such a shame when shops like that close. It's a difficult balance I'm sure in pricing / paying rent / getting the footfall. My local co-op moved to a higher priced site with higher exposure and has loads more members now but obviously it was a massive risk at the time. Today at the co-op I bought pepitas, milk and a brownie without packaging. I followed that up with a trip to the supermarket next door though for packet soup and biscuits :/

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1363 on: May 17, 2019, 07:18:29 AM »
Brought my own containers to the store I get my shampoo, spices and dried fruit from.  Our shower came with a fancy soap dispenser and I finally started using it when my health food store started selling my favourite expensive shampoo in bulk at almost half the price of the bottled product.  The soap dispenser is pretty mustachian in that it dispenses the tiniest amounts of shampoo so we are using way less than before.
Dried fruit keeps freshest in a mason jar in the fridge - and the family eats it because it is front of mind and convenient to get to.  I also think that if we eat prunes and apricots out of season, then the dried version has the most food value and lowest footprint.  So buying them in the mason jar and just bringing them home and popping into the fridge is a great way to save time as well as cut down on food waste.  (no one in the family likes to investigate what is in that plastic bag in the drawer of the fridge)
I dream of building a solar dehydrator and drying local in season fruits to really lower the footprint of my fruit loving family this summer and drying bushels of Niagara fruit so that I have a stash of dried fruits.  I can't can enough to last us all winter.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1364 on: May 17, 2019, 07:13:18 PM »
I bought bulk organic eggs! First time doing so. I brought in an old egg carton and took the amount I wanted. This will be really useful when I only need a few. They're more expensive, but eggs are cheap to begin with.

I brought a container for bulk nutritional yeast and had them weigh and tare it. Also only bought package-free produce - the prices at the closest coop grocery store were comparable to a big chain for some of it.

ETA: Picked up shower supplies from Buy Nothing.
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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1365 on: May 17, 2019, 09:50:43 PM »
Reading this is helping me stay motivated not to take the easy way out even with a baby in the house!

Today:
-baby is in cloth diapers that were line dried
-using cloth pads (And decided I will buy a cup after being inspired by others here.  Was going to buy more cloth pads now that I am home all day instead of at an office, but I want to try the cup first.)
-made a batch of baby food using a recipe from a library cookbook
-saved a bread bag to give to my in-laws for dog waste
-turned all the leftover foods in the fridge into a fried rice dish for dinner
-added food scraps to compost bin
-poured all water left in cups (mostly baby's!) into watering can for the houseplants
-turned power strip that controls wifi and TV off whenever baby was awake (we have committed to not using screens in front of baby during this stage of life)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1366 on: May 18, 2019, 11:29:46 PM »
Mowed the lawn with our reel mower, left the clippings to “grasscycle”


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« Reply #1367 on: May 20, 2019, 09:17:23 PM »
Brought a hand towel on my hike to dry my hands in public restrooms. (It was too cold to air dry.)

Also successfully used my own container for the bulk bin at Fred Meyer!

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« Reply #1368 on: May 29, 2019, 04:44:46 PM »
We are not being our best environmental selves these days but now that I’m two weeks post-partum and mostly healed, I’ve gotten back on my bike/e-bikecar! I biked to the ATM the other day and I just did a school run in the ELF.

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« Reply #1369 on: May 30, 2019, 05:33:48 PM »
I need turf that my kids can run on, and my turf has bare patches. I planted those with a mixture of tall fescue (lower water needs) and clover (supposedly crowds out other weeds naturally and reduces fertilizer dependence, and bees like it). Watered by hand to reduce wastage.

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« Reply #1370 on: May 30, 2019, 10:16:15 PM »
I noticed that one of the bakeries providing bread to the grocery store I shop at had switched to using biodegradable plastic bags. I went to their website to see if they had more info about it and they had a really long explanation of all the ways they try to be clean and green - using biodiesel, installing solar power, reducing waste and donating extra food to soup kitchens, purchasing ingredients grown by local farmers, donating food scraps to those same farmers to feed their pigs, using eco-friendly cleaning products, reusing things whenever possible (boxes etc.) including collecting things that farmers can reuse, etc... I'm so impressed with their dedication and efforts! The bag seems almost beside the point after reading about everything they're doing. I will definitely make a point to buy from them in the future. (It's Iggy's Bread if you're in the Northeast U.S. and want to look for them.)

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« Reply #1371 on: May 30, 2019, 10:51:14 PM »
Picked up tomato starts from Buy Nothing. I would normally let someone else take em, since I'm not good at growing things, but nobody was biting. Wish me luck!

As usual, took the bus, brought a water bottle and snacks from the bulk bin.

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What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1372 on: May 31, 2019, 03:24:31 PM »
Picked up tomato starts from Buy Nothing. I would normally let someone else take em, since I'm not good at growing things, but nobody was biting. Wish me luck!

LUCK!!

* Line drying a load of laundry saves electricity usage
* The new manual edger works great. Between the scythe, the edger and the reel mower, our yard can be maintained without any fossil-fuel inputs. Whoo! Plus not hiring a gardener saves us ~$900 a year, and it’s a good workout.
* Trying to use crossbreezes to cool the house instead of turning on the AC
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« Reply #1373 on: May 31, 2019, 03:44:06 PM »
Biked to work and combined this change in routine with giving up my morning cup of coffee.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1374 on: May 31, 2019, 04:35:50 PM »
I made a cabbage/kale/chive coleslaw with the kale sourced from my garden.  It was very rewarding to clip off those leaves so close to home ;)

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« Reply #1375 on: June 04, 2019, 01:01:07 AM »
I ate mostly produce today, with no or minimal packaging. Got a bunch of free secondhand goods - some for me, some for friends with babies on the way, and some for strangers that mentioned a need. Also serving as distribution center for stuff someone left behind after a move. Better than throwing it in a dumpster.

Next I need to plant my tomato starts. I might kill them, but they were going to be wasted otherwise.

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« Reply #1376 on: June 04, 2019, 05:13:33 AM »
Harvested a big load of produce from my garden:  kale, tomatoes, carrots, cherries, gooseberries, and blueberries.  Doesn't get any fresher than 50 feet from your door.  :)

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« Reply #1377 on: June 04, 2019, 07:20:31 AM »
Planted seven acres of alfalfa clover mix and 80 hills of pumpkins for the wildlife.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1378 on: June 05, 2019, 10:00:22 AM »
I have been without hot water since Friday, and I've been sorely tempted to use disposable plates and forks for all our meals. But I can't bring myself to do that, so instead I heated water on the stove to wash dishes.

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« Reply #1379 on: June 06, 2019, 06:04:38 AM »
I was finally able to cash in my travel points for 4 tons of carbon offsets. That company's website took about 2 months to fix the part where you cash in points (eyeroll). I dunno how much carbon offsets actually help but it's probably better than not doing it and it's definitely better than using the points to travel or buy stuff.

I have been without hot water since Friday, and I've been sorely tempted to use disposable plates and forks for all our meals. But I can't bring myself to do that, so instead I heated water on the stove to wash dishes.

I wash dishes in cold water a lot since my building replaced the water heaters... for some reason it takes for-freaking-ever to get hot water sometimes (like 4-5 minutes of running the tap). Some dishes are too greasy to clean in cold water, but most are OK.


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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1380 on: June 08, 2019, 08:10:38 AM »

I wash dishes in cold water a lot since my building replaced the water heaters... for some reason it takes for-freaking-ever to get hot water sometimes (like 4-5 minutes of running the tap). Some dishes are too greasy to clean in cold water, but most are OK.

I would just boil some water in a kettle and add it to the cold sink water.  Even at Cub camp we heated up water for washing dishes.  Rinsed in cold though.

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« Reply #1381 on: June 08, 2019, 08:44:40 AM »
One of our pillowcases has a big rip, but most of the material is still in good shape (not wornout / getting thin). I will put it with my fabric stash and probably use it for the pockets of a dress I'm making.

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« Reply #1382 on: June 08, 2019, 09:14:15 AM »

I wash dishes in cold water a lot since my building replaced the water heaters... for some reason it takes for-freaking-ever to get hot water sometimes (like 4-5 minutes of running the tap). Some dishes are too greasy to clean in cold water, but most are OK.

I would just boil some water in a kettle and add it to the cold sink water.  Even at Cub camp we heated up water for washing dishes.  Rinsed in cold though.

I don't fill up the sink with water since I'm cooking for one and the dishes are pretty minimal. Luckily cold water is fine most of the time, or I can wait until after I take a shower since that gets the hot water going. If I really wanted to get hardcore I could test the hot water every 30 minutes and see if I can figure out what time my neighbors take showers/wash dishes/etc. and then the hot water would already be piped up to our floor ;-)

Today's small thing: purchased some reusable containers/bags to eliminate more single-use plastic going forward. I decided to hold off on the silicone freezer bags I was thinking about, just because I use Ziploc bags so infrequently already that the box I have will probably last another year.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1383 on: June 08, 2019, 11:41:44 AM »
Saved paper that is printed on only one side and re-used it.

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« Reply #1384 on: June 09, 2019, 05:54:16 PM »
Biked with my daughter to drop her off at her weekend lesson. Then biked to get groceries, dropped them off at home and then back to the lesson site to pick her up. The hardest part was convincing DD to bike home since a lot of it is uphill and she was tired.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1385 on: June 10, 2019, 02:43:13 PM »
Very small: I started mixing vegetable bouillon in with my chicken bouillon. For some reason I haven't wanted to make the switch, so I'm easing myself into full vegetable broth.

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« Reply #1386 on: June 10, 2019, 09:10:34 PM »
I brought my own container to Sprouts and got sausage links from the meat counter in my dish instead of getting the bulk sausage packed in Styrofoam. I even saved the butcher paper.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1387 on: June 11, 2019, 08:49:36 AM »
I brought my own container to Sprouts and got sausage links from the meat counter in my dish instead of getting the bulk sausage packed in Styrofoam. I even saved the butcher paper.

Wow, that's awesome that they will let you do that! 


My item:  I semi-regularly (maybe every other month) have work meetings in a town about 75 miles away.  I usually drive, I do try to carpool with another co-worker if someone else from my location is attending the meeting.  A few months ago I realized that the part of town many of these meetings occur in is not too far from their train station.  So yesterday I had a meeting and I took the train!  It does take longer than driving (about 2 hours vs. 1.5 hours, plus then about 30 min total getting to/from the stations on each end), but it was much much nicer.  I did some work on my laptop on the ride out, and then snoozed and listened to an audiobook on the way home, so it was a much more productive AND restful day than if I had driven.  I got more exercise in than I would have driving (because I biked to the train station on each end), and my back and butt weren't all stiff and cranky like they are after 3 hours sitting in a car.  And I could get up and pee whenever I wanted :) I'm totally going to do it again whenever carpooling is not an option (maybe even when carpooling *is* an option!)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1388 on: June 11, 2019, 09:20:06 AM »
Had a meeting to get to in another city. Rode my bike in a dress with shorts underneath and fancy sandals, left bike at free train station bike valet that I just realized/remembered exists, took train to meeting. Came back, the valet recognized me and brought me my bike. I said "do you have a super power for remembering which person goes with which bike?" and he said, "something like that." Rode a new route home that I just realized had been striped for bikes. Stopped by my favorite "little library" and picked up some new free reading.

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« Reply #1389 on: June 11, 2019, 11:19:50 AM »
I reused spice and produce bags for my groceries. The only thing with packaging waste was deodorant. Which is a lot of waste, but this one's a lot harder to change up.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1390 on: June 11, 2019, 10:31:33 PM »
Reading this is helping me stay motivated not to take the easy way out even with a baby in the house!

Today:
-baby is in cloth diapers that were line dried
-using cloth pads (And decided I will buy a cup after being inspired by others here.  Was going to buy more cloth pads now that I am home all day instead of at an office, but I want to try the cup first.)
-made a batch of baby food using a recipe from a library cookbook
-saved a bread bag to give to my in-laws for dog waste
-turned all the leftover foods in the fridge into a fried rice dish for dinner
-added food scraps to compost bin
-poured all water left in cups (mostly baby's!) into watering can for the houseplants
-turned power strip that controls wifi and TV off whenever baby was awake (we have committed to not using screens in front of baby during this stage of life)

+1 on the cloth pads, and gentle encouragement to buy a cup. I really like mine, and it saves so much water and plastic waste. If you're at all a sewist, cloth pads are really simple to make. I made mine from scraps of fabric. They can be hand sewn quickly if you don't have a machine. Mine have lasted for almost a decade with machine washing and air drying. When they finally wear out, they're 100% cotton so I'll compost them.
Good on you for not using screens in front of your little one!

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1391 on: June 11, 2019, 10:45:59 PM »
Reading this is helping me stay motivated not to take the easy way out even with a baby in the house!

Today:
-baby is in cloth diapers that were line dried
-using cloth pads (And decided I will buy a cup after being inspired by others here.  Was going to buy more cloth pads now that I am home all day instead of at an office, but I want to try the cup first.)
-made a batch of baby food using a recipe from a library cookbook
-saved a bread bag to give to my in-laws for dog waste
-turned all the leftover foods in the fridge into a fried rice dish for dinner
-added food scraps to compost bin
-poured all water left in cups (mostly baby's!) into watering can for the houseplants
-turned power strip that controls wifi and TV off whenever baby was awake (we have committed to not using screens in front of baby during this stage of life)

+1 on the cloth pads, and gentle encouragement to buy a cup. I really like mine, and it saves so much water and plastic waste. If you're at all a sewist, cloth pads are really simple to make. I made mine from scraps of fabric. They can be hand sewn quickly if you don't have a machine. Mine have lasted for almost a decade with machine washing and air drying. When they finally wear out, they're 100% cotton so I'll compost them.
Good on you for not using screens in front of your little one!

This wonderful list gives me hope, in a way. I was born in the 1970s and this was how we lived. But seems to me from 1990 onward the culture of excess took hold. Supposedly it was the 80s but personally I didn't feel it at all till the 90s, and used to look around and wonder what happened, when did we all stop turning off the lights, when did we all get so obsessed with making money?

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« Reply #1392 on: June 12, 2019, 07:35:36 AM »
Not something I did today, but thought it was worth mentioning - if you use the Amazon Smile program (which donates a small percentage of your eligible purchases to a charity of your choice) you can choose a pro-environment charity like 350.org or NRDC to benefit. It's peanuts in the overall scheme of things but we're all about tiny changes adding up to big results on MMM :-)  And it's a "set it and forget it" kind of change you can take five minutes to do and it will have small benefits for years.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1393 on: June 12, 2019, 08:59:41 AM »

I wash dishes in cold water a lot since my building replaced the water heaters... for some reason it takes for-freaking-ever to get hot water sometimes (like 4-5 minutes of running the tap). Some dishes are too greasy to clean in cold water, but most are OK.

I would just boil some water in a kettle and add it to the cold sink water.  Even at Cub camp we heated up water for washing dishes.  Rinsed in cold though.

I don't fill up the sink with water since I'm cooking for one and the dishes are pretty minimal. Luckily cold water is fine most of the time, or I can wait until after I take a shower since that gets the hot water going. If I really wanted to get hardcore I could test the hot water every 30 minutes and see if I can figure out what time my neighbors take showers/wash dishes/etc. and then the hot water would already be piped up to our floor

You are a better dishwasher than I am.  Without a dishwasher (i.e. at the apartment) I wash dishes once a day, start with not much water in the sink and wash the cleanest things, rinse, then wash the next cleanest things, rinse, and the sink has more water in it by the time I get to really dirty things that need a bit of a soak.  At home there are still things I wash by hand, and the best time to wash them is when the (stuffed full) dishwasher is running or right after I have had a shower, because the hot water is already there.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1394 on: June 12, 2019, 09:57:24 AM »
Finally walked kids to school and ran my out of shape, jiggly self back home. And will do it again at pickup.

A combination of a tight schedule and a new school that is 5 blocks farther than the old one caused me to drive all year.  During this time I hauled an extra 3 tons of metal around town twice daily for no good reason, and I also gained 7 pounds, felt ill, sluggish and grumpy.  Not my finest year.  So it was kind of a non-negative I did this morning.

On the positive side, I lent our reel mower and electric mower to a neighbor whose gas mower died.  I gave him the lecture on the evils of 2 stroke gas engines.  He really liked our electric mower, so perhaps he will get one as a replacement for his polluting machine.


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« Reply #1395 on: June 16, 2019, 03:29:55 PM »
I picked up a load of groceries that were about to expire. It includes tofu that will go into a pasta dish and cabbage that will go into a nice vegan curry for tomorrow's dinner. It also included two pots of yoghurt, french bread and some fruit. I had the bread for dinner with leftover soup and one of the pots of yoghurt for dessert. All of this would have otherwise been thrown away.

I repaired an old quilt that I made years ago and is starting to wear out in some places. I fixed a few rips with a wide zig zag stitch and I actually quite like the look. This quilt is our favourite quilt because of its nice weight and it's especially relevant to this thread because the quilt was initially made from worn out jeans, so my mending today will prolong its second life. It's not the first time I've been fixing this quilt, but this is the first major renovation, as opposed to adding a few stitches here and there over the years.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1396 on: June 16, 2019, 10:19:10 PM »
I bought my son his entire graduation outfit of gray pants, white shirt and shoes from the thrift store.  I feel bad now that I have some clothes on route from the GAP but I had to hedge our bets that we may not find anything appropriate.  The best part is that we started tailoring it together on the 1975 sewing machine that my mom bought used for us as a Christmas present.  We watched another YT video to refresh our memories on how to sew darts.  I helped him with the measuring and ironing and he did the sewing.  The darts turned out great!  Next up we have to slim the sleeves and possibly hem it.  He is not sure if he wants to wear it tucked or untucked so we will likely want to give him the option.

I am really happy with thrift store shopping for the kids and for myself.  I have been twice now in the past 2 weeks and both times I have found 2 or 3 pair of nice casual pants that I would buy.  I have to keep reminding myself of my clothing rules. 

I used to just aimlessly shop.  I would walk into a store and if I saw something that I liked I would buy it.  This resulted in many poor purchases and a closet that was basically just a miss mash of things that did not go together.  I did a whole lot of research on fashion and learned the basic rules.  I have to remind myself exactly what I am going to buy before entering the store.  With everything being so cheap it is awfully tempting to just walk away with 3 pairs of pants.  In the end I bought nothing except for the kids. 

His grad outfit cost $5.50 pants, $7.50 shoes and $5.50 for the shirt.  So good!  The shoes alone would have cost $65 and he likely would only wear them 2-3 times. 

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« Reply #1397 on: June 16, 2019, 10:38:30 PM »
I ate a beyond burger. I've been holding off on buying it at the grocery store since it's expensive and untested. It should be a good addition to my chili and keep me from pining over meat. It does come packaged in plastic though...

I'm also picking up secondhand baby clothes and kitchen supplies.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1398 on: June 17, 2019, 08:58:59 AM »
I ate a beyond burger. I've been holding off on buying it at the grocery store since it's expensive and untested. It should be a good addition to my chili and keep me from pining over meat. It does come packaged in plastic though...

I'm also picking up secondhand baby clothes and kitchen supplies.

I had one at a fast food place and was blown away by the taste.  I haven't eaten meat for well over a year but I could not tell the difference.  My ex is a vegetarian because she never liked meat.  She tried one and was disgusted because it really does taste like meat.

I saw a clip on YT that Burger King are coming out with a Beyond Whopper.  My concern is that the price point is wrong.  They are going to sell it for $1 more.  To me most people don't care enough to pay more.

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« Reply #1399 on: June 17, 2019, 09:08:10 AM »
I saw a clip on YT that Burger King are coming out with a Beyond Whopper.  My concern is that the price point is wrong.  They are going to sell it for $1 more.  To me most people don't care enough to pay more.

I'm sure Burger King is not approaching it from a "how can we get people to cut back on meat" angle, but rather from a "how can we get more money out of vegetarians/vegans" angle. They're happy to milk those people for an extra buck since they know they're dedicated enough to their cause to make sacrifices.

This probably doesn't count for much, but yesterday I could not resist calling out the hypocrisy of someone who, in one breath, bragged about the insane amount of transatlantic flights he's doing this summer, and in the next mocked Americans for being in denial about climate change and not driving electric cars. Hoping I spread a little awareness about the high carbon emissions from air travel...