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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1450 on: July 08, 2019, 06:21:15 AM »
Reusable produce bags are the best, especially if your store has a bulk section.  Get some mesh ones AND some solid cloth ones, so you can get produce, bulk chocolate, flour, oats - whatever you want! 

I've been riding my bike to work every day.  It's only 5 miles round trip, but we're moving soon to a new house that's 10 miles away (I know, the opposite of helpful for the environment, but it's so we can garden more!), so I feel like I have to get every last day of bike commuting that I can before I'm intimidated by biking 20 miles a day.

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« Reply #1451 on: July 08, 2019, 11:06:04 AM »
Set up yet another camp carpool.  As almost always, not only does this save the environment, but it saves gas money and a lot of time for me (10 hours of driving total)!

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« Reply #1452 on: July 08, 2019, 01:09:46 PM »
Set up yet another camp carpool.  As almost always, not only does this save the environment, but it saves gas money and a lot of time for me (10 hours of driving total)!

That's the big win that most people don't think about...what's good for the environment is also usually good for your body and wallet.

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« Reply #1453 on: July 08, 2019, 01:10:50 PM »
I have the good fortune of getting some free bread now and again.  Any suggestions on how to store it for freezing or sitting on the counter that's not a plastic bag? 

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« Reply #1454 on: July 08, 2019, 01:17:36 PM »
I have the good fortune of getting some free bread now and again.  Any suggestions on how to store it for freezing or sitting on the counter that's not a plastic bag?
For sitting on the counter you could use a bread box. Not sure about freezing - I'd probably just use a plastic bag and reuse it as many times as possible.

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« Reply #1455 on: July 08, 2019, 01:26:07 PM »
Set up yet another camp carpool.  As almost always, not only does this save the environment, but it saves gas money and a lot of time for me (10 hours of driving total)!

That's the big win that most people don't think about...what's good for the environment is also usually good for your body and wallet.

It is funny how this is. 

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« Reply #1456 on: July 08, 2019, 01:46:47 PM »
I have the good fortune of getting some free bread now and again.  Any suggestions on how to store it for freezing or sitting on the counter that's not a plastic bag?

for freezing -- pillow case if using in short amount of time.  longer timeframe-- al foil to help stop freezer burn(reuse as needed)

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« Reply #1457 on: July 08, 2019, 02:43:45 PM »
I have the good fortune of getting some free bread now and again.  Any suggestions on how to store it for freezing or sitting on the counter that's not a plastic bag?

If this comes up often enough that you're willing to spend a couple of bucks, you can get reusable silicone ziptop bags for freezing.

What happens if you store bread in Tupperware? I've never tried it but maybe that would work?

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« Reply #1458 on: July 08, 2019, 03:01:45 PM »
I have the good fortune of getting some free bread now and again.  Any suggestions on how to store it for freezing or sitting on the counter that's not a plastic bag?

If this comes up often enough that you're willing to spend a couple of bucks, you can get reusable silicone ziptop bags for freezing.

What happens if you store bread in Tupperware? I've never tried it but maybe that would work?

I've stored rolls in tupperware and frozen them, it works just fine.  Haven't tried it with a loaf, but if you've got a container that fits, I don't see why it wouldn't work.

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« Reply #1459 on: July 08, 2019, 04:44:18 PM »
I sewed bulk bags from scrap fabric!

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« Reply #1460 on: July 08, 2019, 06:47:31 PM »
For sitting on the counter you could use a bread box. Not sure about freezing - I'd probably just use a plastic bag and reuse it as many times as possible.

I use the plastic bag technique now and reuse them a good 6 times.  It's good I'm just trying to squeeze out the last MMM efficiencies.

for freezing -- pillow case if using in short amount of time.  longer timeframe-- al foil to help stop freezer burn(reuse as needed)

A pillow case is interesting.  We typically store it for a week to 2 weeks max.  I would use Tupperware but I don't have any that big and they take up valuable freezer space.  I only have the freezer above the refrigerator. 

I think I'll start cutting the loaves and sectioning them into 1/2 loaves in bags I need to re-use.  I buy frozen fruit, nuts and quinoa in these super stiff ziplock packages.  I always reuse them and I think for now I just need to accumulate more. 

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« Reply #1461 on: July 08, 2019, 08:39:33 PM »
I sewed bulk bags from scrap fabric!

Thanks for the great idea! I've got a lot of scrap fabric lying around, and I'm trying to shop more from bulk bins.

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« Reply #1462 on: July 09, 2019, 12:54:26 PM »
I sewed bulk bags from scrap fabric!

Thanks for the great idea! I've got a lot of scrap fabric lying around, and I'm trying to shop more from bulk bins.

This is the tutorial I used: https://fitbottomedgirls.com/2013/04/how-to-make-a-reusable-bulk-food-bag-a-tutorial/5/

If you don't have an old t shirt you could use any non-raveling knit fabric you might have, or just omit the tie and use (and reuse) twist ties. Good luck!

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« Reply #1463 on: July 09, 2019, 12:56:31 PM »
I'm continuing to bike to work at least 4 days/week. I've also harvested more food from my balcony garden than I'd expected. It's producing almost as much salad greens as we eat and the snap peas are going gangbusters. I've also picked a single zucchini.

Alas, potato plants aren't quite as deer resistant here as they were at a previous house. Hopefully the fact a couple plants have been nearly razed won't affect the roots too much.

Time for the Chaplin deer fence!

Making our deer fence was fun. It will be a while before it pays back in reduced grocery store costs though. Happy to help build v2.0 and use what I learned to make it better and less expensive.

Thanks for the offer! However, our yard has serious elevation issues with lots of solid granite so I've permanently nixed the idea of ever fencing it. The deer and I just have an agreement that they'll let me know when I've planted something irresistible and I'll make a mental note not to plant it again ;-)

In the last couple weeks I've learned that Bulk Barn has a very liberal reused container policy. I've now got cocoa powder, corn starch and a few other things in the mass market version containers I used to buy these items in. For example, my bulk cocoa powder is in a Fry's cocoa powder tin. I like not having to find a specific container for these things, plus they're clearly labelled in the pantry for the rest of the family.

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« Reply #1464 on: July 09, 2019, 01:02:10 PM »
I sewed bulk bags from scrap fabric!

Thanks for the great idea! I've got a lot of scrap fabric lying around, and I'm trying to shop more from bulk bins.

This is the tutorial I used: https://fitbottomedgirls.com/2013/04/how-to-make-a-reusable-bulk-food-bag-a-tutorial/5/

If you don't have an old t shirt you could use any non-raveling knit fabric you might have, or just omit the tie and use (and reuse) twist ties. Good luck!

I have a bunch of produce and bulk bin bags I made from an old sheet. I like these better than the ones I made from t-shirts because they don't stretch.

I put a ribbon casing in the top of a few of the smaller bags, but I didn't bother with most of the bags. I just made them a little taller than strictly necessary so the items inside don't fall out. I've even carried dried beans home in a "open" cloth bag. I'm just careful in how I pack the bag so nothing spilled out.

I also round off the corners of the bags when I sew up the bottoms. This stops small amounts of food from getting stuck in the corners so I don't have to mess around with cleaning them out.

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« Reply #1465 on: July 09, 2019, 10:50:55 PM »
I sewed bulk bags from scrap fabric!

Thanks for the great idea! I've got a lot of scrap fabric lying around, and I'm trying to shop more from bulk bins.

This is the tutorial I used: https://fitbottomedgirls.com/2013/04/how-to-make-a-reusable-bulk-food-bag-a-tutorial/5/

If you don't have an old t shirt you could use any non-raveling knit fabric you might have, or just omit the tie and use (and reuse) twist ties. Good luck!

I have a bunch of produce and bulk bin bags I made from an old sheet. I like these better than the ones I made from t-shirts because they don't stretch.

I put a ribbon casing in the top of a few of the smaller bags, but I didn't bother with most of the bags. I just made them a little taller than strictly necessary so the items inside don't fall out. I've even carried dried beans home in a "open" cloth bag. I'm just careful in how I pack the bag so nothing spilled out.

I also round off the corners of the bags when I sew up the bottoms. This stops small amounts of food from getting stuck in the corners so I don't have to mess around with cleaning them out.

The rounded corners idea is so clever!! Nice thinking.

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« Reply #1466 on: July 10, 2019, 12:12:28 AM »
I picked berries and scavenged canned food from the sidewalk. I didn't buy anything and traveled only by foot and by bike.

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« Reply #1467 on: July 10, 2019, 07:17:34 AM »
Where are you finding canned goods on the sidewalk?

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« Reply #1468 on: July 10, 2019, 07:18:32 AM »
We are digging up the whole backyard, taking out the concrete paving and putting in grass and locally sourced gravel. We will also add a rainbarrel. Because heavy rains are more common now than in the past due to climate change, the local council is encouraging everyone to take out concrete and tiles to let rainwater soak into the ground. Unfortunately our yard is too small to receive a subsidy but we're going to do it anyway.

It's too late in the season to grow vegetables but from next year we will add raised beds. We're saving some berries that are already in there now and will move them to their new location. We are also going to grow apples and grapes. We live in a very urban location so it's not like we're going to be self sufficient or anything but from next year I hope to grow enough to not have to buy produce as much during the summer.

Have you thought about planting some native plants instead of grass?  Far better protection against water run off, better carbon capture, and you create habitat particularly for polinators. Oh, and WAY less maintenance.  Grass is a terrible waste of space. We naturescaped 3/4 of our yard and will be getting rid of the last bit of grass as well.  No more lawnmower!
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« Reply #1469 on: July 10, 2019, 08:14:27 AM »
Where are you finding canned goods on the sidewalk?

Welcome to the beautiful and weird world of Portland, Oregon. Where sidewalks are an unofficial Freecycle program for food, clothes, furniture, whatever your heart desires. We also used to have 'unofficial' bike share programs, where cheap abandoned (or let's be honest, previously stolen) bikes were never locked up and people would just use them to get place to place then leave them unlocked on another bike rack, for the cycle to begin again.


As for the prompt- I walked to yoga for evening class, even though I was a little worried about it getting dark, and it was a bit rainy. All in all it was a nice walk though, so I'm glad I've kept my streak of never driving to yoga!

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« Reply #1470 on: July 10, 2019, 08:24:15 AM »
I'd never need to buy anything again!

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« Reply #1471 on: July 10, 2019, 08:28:32 AM »
I'd never need to buy anything again!

Pretty sure MJ only pays for rent at this point =P

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« Reply #1472 on: July 10, 2019, 10:38:41 AM »
I'm planning on going to the gym tonight for the first time in many years. Since I don't really have any gym shorts I plan to simply cut the legs off an old pair of yoga pants. I'll hem them properly later, when I have more time.

Vegetarian dinner for everyone last night.

Picked a big bowl of peas and lettuce from the balcony garden last night. I wish my pole beans would produce more. I'm only gotten a few so far this year.

Packed the compostable food bits home from my work lunch. We don't have an office composting program so the mango peels and tea bags I generated yesterday would've otherwise gone in the trash.

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« Reply #1473 on: July 10, 2019, 10:53:23 AM »
My city also has a thriving sidewalk freebin culture -- I just got a cute coffee cup out of one the other day.

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In the spirit of being on-topic, I made a vegan jambalaya yesterday with homemade seitan. It was delicious and a great way to lower my use of animal products.

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« Reply #1474 on: July 10, 2019, 01:28:01 PM »
I'd never need to buy anything again!

Pretty sure MJ only pays for rent at this point =P

This... is pretty accurate. I've spent $19 this month outside of rent.

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« Reply #1475 on: July 10, 2019, 06:31:06 PM »
I sewed bulk bags from scrap fabric!

Thanks for the great idea! I've got a lot of scrap fabric lying around, and I'm trying to shop more from bulk bins.

I actually did it! I made produce bags completely from my scrap bin. Fabric, drawstrings, thread, all from my stash. And it was fabric that I didn't really love, but now I like it. I made them with reinforced seams, so they should last for a long time. Money and plastic waste saved.

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« Reply #1476 on: July 10, 2019, 07:42:29 PM »
Today, I used the cream in the fridge to make whipped cream before it went bad.  We don't normally buy dairy, but I make an exception for birthday cakes.  However, the planned birthday cake never got made - and I was determined to make sure the cream didn't get wasted.  A small thing that feels like a victory.

Additionally...
-cloth diapers are line drying
-power strips were off most of the day
-walked to the grocery store and park
-kept AC off all morning and turned it off when we were out of the house

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« Reply #1477 on: July 11, 2019, 05:11:11 AM »
We are digging up the whole backyard, taking out the concrete paving and putting in grass and locally sourced gravel. We will also add a rainbarrel. Because heavy rains are more common now than in the past due to climate change, the local council is encouraging everyone to take out concrete and tiles to let rainwater soak into the ground. Unfortunately our yard is too small to receive a subsidy but we're going to do it anyway.

It's too late in the season to grow vegetables but from next year we will add raised beds. We're saving some berries that are already in there now and will move them to their new location. We are also going to grow apples and grapes. We live in a very urban location so it's not like we're going to be self sufficient or anything but from next year I hope to grow enough to not have to buy produce as much during the summer.

Have you thought about planting some native plants instead of grass?  Far better protection against water run off, better carbon capture, and you create habitat particularly for polinators. Oh, and WAY less maintenance.  Grass is a terrible waste of space. We naturescaped 3/4 of our yard and will be getting rid of the last bit of grass as well.  No more lawnmower!

The grass we are putting in is native to where we live. Previously we had a small patch of the same type of grass and we know it's pretty sturdy and resistent to draught.

I don't agree that grass is a waste of space in all cases. Right now we are putting it in as a placeholder for the raised beds next year, but we will certainly keep a patch of grass. A massive lawn that is cut every week is absolutely a waste of space, but a small area of grass in an urban backyard that's cut semi-regularly is very practical. You can sit there with friends, picknick, play or even pitch up a tent when friends are visiting. It's basically an extension to the living room.

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« Reply #1478 on: July 11, 2019, 07:46:16 PM »
Bought a more expensive item at the grocery store because I noticed that the cheaper one was pre-portioned into individual servings using little plastic bags and would have a lot more plastic waste. Chose something else in a glass jar rather than metal can because I read that glass has a lower carbon footprint than metal packaging.

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« Reply #1479 on: July 13, 2019, 02:45:39 PM »
We did our 4th bike camping trip.  We are becoming somewhat of pros although the double stroller I was pulling weighed a freaking tonne.  Thankfully we didn’t have to bike too far to camp. 
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« Reply #1480 on: July 13, 2019, 02:50:23 PM »
Hung the laundry to dry on the rack.

Used an old ziploc (which we'll use for this over and over) to make fresh tortillas at home instead of buying the tortillas at the store and wasting a larger amount of plastic over time.

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« Reply #1481 on: July 13, 2019, 03:03:13 PM »
Bought shoes at the thrift shop.

Had fresh tea (from a large plastic bag) rather than single-packed tea.

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« Reply #1482 on: July 13, 2019, 03:11:38 PM »
I got a bunch of old sewing supplies from a relative's attic. Will doet them tomorrow. I hardly ever buy thread, buttons, zippers etc new, I all get them used.

In return I gave the relative some plastic bags from my stash - we never buy plastic bags either (it's illegal to give them out for free where we live) but somehow I always have a pile of them & I never use them, I always use my backpack to carry stuff around.

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« Reply #1483 on: July 14, 2019, 08:44:08 PM »
* Went plogging (“picking up litter while jogging”) with a friend, and then picked up litter again while walking back from an errand.

* Planted more milkweed in my yard to make up, a little, for lost wild habitat that supports monarch butterflies.

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« Reply #1484 on: July 15, 2019, 09:50:19 PM »
My mom sprained her ankle and was thinking about ordering an ankle brace via overnight delivery. Instead I brought her the one I bought when I sprained my ankle five years ago. Still perfectly good and no wasted packaging and fuel to deliver/manufacture a new one.

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« Reply #1485 on: July 15, 2019, 10:06:11 PM »


I've been reusing bags for years.  This is a typical scene at our place.  I find that the bags from several things (almonds, granola, frozen fruit) as so strong with ziplocks included that I'll never buy a ziplock bag again. 

I use them to pack snacks for my mountain bike rides.  And this summer I'll freeze fresh blueberries and blackberries that are plentiful everywhere around us. 

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« Reply #1486 on: July 17, 2019, 08:50:38 AM »
Re-planted a tree (tulip tree) that was coming up in my garden to a permanent place in the back yard with sun. Should provide shade, privacy, fresh air, and a wind break in addition to sequestering carbon over it's life span.

Made my own laundry detergent (and saved money): 1 bar of Dr Bronner's lavendar soap (4.5oz), 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda. Mix in a blender, let the dust settle before opening, pour into large mason jar to keep near washer.

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« Reply #1487 on: July 17, 2019, 05:04:20 PM »
When I go the gym before work, I drive instead of biking (because Reasons). So I hit the gym today instead of tomorrow because today I needed my car for an offsite meeting anyway.

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« Reply #1488 on: July 17, 2019, 06:05:49 PM »
Re-planted a tree (tulip tree) that was coming up in my garden to a permanent place in the back yard with sun. Should provide shade, privacy, fresh air, and a wind break in addition to sequestering carbon over it's life span.

Made my own laundry detergent (and saved money): 1 bar of Dr Bronner's lavendar soap (4.5oz), 1 cup borax, 1 cup washing soda. Mix in a blender, let the dust settle before opening, pour into large mason jar to keep near washer.

I am curious.  You cut a package, yes.  What other advantages?

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« Reply #1489 on: July 17, 2019, 06:08:04 PM »
I bike all the time and I use a camel back but without the proper backpack.  I have just been running the hose up through the zipper and hoping it stays closed which it really does not.  I decided rather than buying a new backpack I would just sew a little square in the top to prevent material tear and then cut a hole in the top of the backpack.  I am hoping my solution works well.  1 ride down, no issue ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1490 on: July 17, 2019, 06:29:15 PM »
I bike all the time and I use a camel back but without the proper backpack.  I have just been running the hose up through the zipper and hoping it stays closed which it really does not.  I decided rather than buying a new backpack I would just sew a little square in the top to prevent material tear and then cut a hole in the top of the backpack.  I am hoping my solution works well.  1 ride down, no issue ;-)

Paint the edges of the cut with a little nail polish.  That should keep it from fraying.  It could still tear with great force, but ought to last a long while.

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« Reply #1491 on: July 17, 2019, 07:36:58 PM »
In honor of this thread, I am shutting off my AC for the night.

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« Reply #1492 on: July 17, 2019, 09:03:57 PM »
* Went grocery shopping in the cargo bike instead of the minivan.

* Brought my own bags and used a couple of cloth produce bags as well.

* Used the bulk spice offerings instead of buying new bottles of stuff.


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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1493 on: July 17, 2019, 09:35:06 PM »
I bike all the time and I use a camel back but without the proper backpack.  I have just been running the hose up through the zipper and hoping it stays closed which it really does not.  I decided rather than buying a new backpack I would just sew a little square in the top to prevent material tear and then cut a hole in the top of the backpack.  I am hoping my solution works well.  1 ride down, no issue ;-)

Paint the edges of the cut with a little nail polish.  That should keep it from fraying.  It could still tear with great force, but ought to last a long while.

Interesting, thanks for the tip.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1494 on: July 18, 2019, 04:55:22 AM »
My ac is working hard this week.  I bought another pair of heavy blackout curtains from Amazons bargain bin (previously returned by someone else) and added them to the ones I already have in my bedroom.  It may not help much  at the moment but I’m thinking it will be most helpful as the temps drop in winter.  I am also taking my recycling down to the recycling area more frequently lately. 

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1495 on: July 18, 2019, 02:19:08 PM »
I bike all the time and I use a camel back but without the proper backpack.  I have just been running the hose up through the zipper and hoping it stays closed which it really does not.  I decided rather than buying a new backpack I would just sew a little square in the top to prevent material tear and then cut a hole in the top of the backpack.  I am hoping my solution works well.  1 ride down, no issue ;-)

Paint the edges of the cut with a little nail polish.  That should keep it from fraying.  It could still tear with great force, but ought to last a long while.

Interesting, thanks for the tip.

If the hole you cut starts to tear, sew it closed (I'd use the small patch + zig zag stitch method) and then use your sewing machine to put a big buttonhole in a spot away from the first hole. You'll want to interface and possibly reinforce the spot where the buttonhole will go first, but it should last a good long time after that.
 
Alternately, you could make the existing slit into a buttonhole by hand stitching it, but I've never done that before so you'll have to refer to YouTube ;-)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1496 on: July 18, 2019, 03:03:08 PM »
Once in a while, I buy a slice of quiche with a side salad on my way to work to have at lunch time.  I bring my own tupperware container rather than using one of their take-out boxes. 

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1497 on: July 18, 2019, 04:41:46 PM »
I picked up fruit from Buy Nothing. I don't even like some of it, so I'll bring it to a meetup to share. This also saves me money!

In honor of this thread, I am shutting off my AC for the night.

You have made a difference.

Nice! How'd it go without AC?

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1498 on: July 20, 2019, 02:58:09 PM »
I've been switching to glass containers instead of plastic (for health as well as environment). Instead of buying them, I've been re-using glass jars from spaghetti sauce, jelly/jam, etc. I just remove their labels and run them through the dish washer. For jars with any residual stickiness, WD-40 takes it off quickly.

My former spaghetti sauce container was already labeled with measurements, which is handy.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1499 on: July 22, 2019, 07:08:55 PM »
Made deodorant out of baking soda & coconut oil. I keep it in a small glass mason jar.