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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1000 on: October 15, 2018, 08:07:21 AM »
Big life changes, some of which should reduce enviro impact substantially. We're selling and moving!
New place: apartment vs the house we have now. ~500sqft smaller. And 15 years newer and concrete built, so should be extra energy efficient. New building has composting. And best of all, location- we'll be able to (have to, haha) walk for groceries! I've actually missed this a ton since moving from the city. Husband's main hobby will be biking/walking distance too. And his main client he commutes to about once per week is now less than an hour away, rather than over 3 hours away. So it should set us up to only need the car for work. Depending on what shakes out with my work, we may even be able to go down to one car. (Although that would only be a change cost wise, we hardly use the second right now, but it's been needed). I'll have a southeast facing balcony, so I should still be able to garden a bit, but without a lawn to maintain. Downside cost wise, upside green wise: will be much further from a costco, so it will become a once a month bulk visit. Meaning less of a price 'win' to buy non-local veg and eggs and meat, making it an easier choice. Benefit of the move is also way better access to CSAs and similar, so hopefully I'll be able to offset some of the cost that way.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1001 on: October 15, 2018, 09:59:06 AM »
I went litter-picking around our local area today again, after having forgotten to do it for the last month or so.

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« Reply #1002 on: October 15, 2018, 11:54:21 AM »
On thursday and friday driving with a 3 other colleagues in one car to a job event.

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« Reply #1003 on: October 15, 2018, 12:02:30 PM »
Big life changes, some of which should reduce enviro impact substantially. We're selling and moving!
New place: apartment vs the house we have now. ~500sqft smaller. And 15 years newer and concrete built, so should be extra energy efficient. New building has composting. And best of all, location- we'll be able to (have to, haha) walk for groceries! I've actually missed this a ton since moving from the city. Husband's main hobby will be biking/walking distance too. And his main client he commutes to about once per week is now less than an hour away, rather than over 3 hours away. So it should set us up to only need the car for work. Depending on what shakes out with my work, we may even be able to go down to one car. (Although that would only be a change cost wise, we hardly use the second right now, but it's been needed). I'll have a southeast facing balcony, so I should still be able to garden a bit, but without a lawn to maintain. Downside cost wise, upside green wise: will be much further from a costco, so it will become a once a month bulk visit. Meaning less of a price 'win' to buy non-local veg and eggs and meat, making it an easier choice. Benefit of the move is also way better access to CSAs and similar, so hopefully I'll be able to offset some of the cost that way.

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

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« Reply #1004 on: October 15, 2018, 12:36:27 PM »
I’m about to do some anti-mustachian outsourcing but I’m going to do it in unbleached cotton reusables instead of disposable petroleum-based plastic! (Yes I know there are major environmental consequences to cotton agriculture but at least it’s ultimately biodegradable.)

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« Reply #1005 on: October 15, 2018, 12:41:47 PM »
- All meals vegan
- Skipped take-out morning coffee that contains milk and comes in a non-recycable cup
- Turned off all lights that my flatmates leave on continuously. Sigh.

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« Reply #1006 on: October 17, 2018, 05:09:58 PM »
I saw that a toiletry item I use was newly available in a much larger size, which appears to use significantly less plastic per ounce of product. The manufacturer had a great sale going on their website, so I ordered a ton of it at once (to minimize shipping/packaging waste) and when they asked me to fill out a survey I wrote a paragraph about how I was specifically ordering this product to minimize plastic and packaging waste and how that was important to me. Hopefully that will help encourage them to think critically about their packaging/plastic use in the future, since they are hearing from customers about it.

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

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« Reply #1007 on: October 19, 2018, 05:04:03 AM »
I pieced together a dozen eggs from a few cartons that had broken ones. It helped avoid making a trip to a different store for eggs, and it also helped keep a carton of eggs out of the landfill.

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« Reply #1008 on: October 23, 2018, 03:18:28 PM »
I’ve made an effort to refuse paper receipts whenever possible. It’s easiest at ATMs and gas stations but some stores now allow it as well.

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

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« Reply #1009 on: October 23, 2018, 03:39:43 PM »
Iíve made an effort to refuse paper receipts whenever possible. Itís easiest at ATMs and gas stations but some stores now allow it as well.

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

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« Reply #1010 on: October 23, 2018, 03:44:23 PM »
I had to travel to another (close-by) city for work anyway, so I combined a bunch of errands that had to be done anyway.  It made for a long day, but I think it was worth it.

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« Reply #1011 on: October 23, 2018, 03:47:23 PM »
Iíve made an effort to refuse paper receipts whenever possible. Itís easiest at ATMs and gas stations but some stores now allow it as well.

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

Was it a CVS?  The CVS near me does the same thing. It's usually coupons, but I don't think I have ever used one. Sears does the same thing.

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« Reply #1012 on: October 23, 2018, 03:51:33 PM »
Was it a CVS?  The CVS near me does the same thing. It's usually coupons, but I don't think I have ever used one. Sears does the same thing.

Yep. I think there are other chains that do the coupon thing, but this was the longest one I've ever seen.

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« Reply #1013 on: October 23, 2018, 04:12:15 PM »
Iíve made an effort to refuse paper receipts whenever possible. Itís easiest at ATMs and gas stations but some stores now allow it as well.

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

That's crazy. I believe receipts aren't recyclable either due to the special paper? There needs to be a no coupons button on the till!

Here in Australia in most places the cashier will ask if you'd like a receipt. On some older machines it seems to automatically spit them out and they throw it in the bin but for the most part it does save waste. At one supermarket self service checkout it asks you if you want a receipt if the total is less than $30 (don't qualify for the fuel coupon) but above that it spits it out. Whereas the other supermarket puts the fuel coupon on your loyalty card, so is paperless. Some places email you a receipt (Officeworks, my local co-op) but for the most part if I'm buying a product that might need returning or might break, I still need to take the receipt. Hopefully that will change. It's the little things!

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« Reply #1014 on: October 23, 2018, 04:22:10 PM »
That's crazy. I believe receipts aren't recyclable either due to the special paper?

Oh no, I didn't know that! I've been recycling them all this time :-(  That makes it so much worse if they're not even recyclable...

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« Reply #1015 on: October 23, 2018, 04:29:29 PM »
That's crazy. I believe receipts aren't recyclable either due to the special paper?

Oh no, I didn't know that! I've been recycling them all this time :-(  That makes it so much worse if they're not even recyclable...

Well I'm not 100%, it's just something I saw on a zero waste group. It's still a pointless use of resources either way!

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« Reply #1016 on: October 23, 2018, 05:42:34 PM »
That's crazy. I believe receipts aren't recyclable either due to the special paper?

Oh no, I didn't know that! I've been recycling them all this time :-(  That makes it so much worse if they're not even recyclable...

At the library where I work, we were told that our receipts are recyclable.

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« Reply #1017 on: October 23, 2018, 05:50:38 PM »
I looked it up. Where I live you can recycle them and they (the local paper recycling plant) make an effort to filter out the chemicals that are in that paper. So I guess I'm ok. But other places may have different processes that would make it better to throw it away and keep the chemical out of the water supply. (And some receipts are printed with ink on plain paper and those would be ok everywhere.)

Thanks for bringing it to my attention, though! Better off knowing the full impact of our actions.

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« Reply #1018 on: October 23, 2018, 08:09:19 PM »
My understanding (from one of the anti-plastic documentaries on Netflix) is that the shiny thermal paper likely contains BPA and when it's recycled it contaminates the paper recycling stream.

Pro tip re CVS: If you have the CVS app installed on your phone, you can select "digital receipt" as one of your settings and permanently avoid paper receipts from them.

Other eco things today:

* Line dried one load of laundry
* Cargo biked two trips for about 6 m (9 km) total.
* Bought only previously owned/used household goods thanks to my friends at Goodwill.

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« Reply #1019 on: October 24, 2018, 01:53:30 AM »
That's crazy. I believe receipts aren't recyclable either due to the special paper?

Oh no, I didn't know that! I've been recycling them all this time :-(  That makes it so much worse if they're not even recyclable...

I had no idea either...
In the shops where you scan your own goods without a cashing person, you often need a receipt to scan at the porch to slip out.

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« Reply #1020 on: October 25, 2018, 08:45:03 AM »
- Had a vegan lunch today of stale bread that was toasted in the oven, vegan pesto, tomato and vegan mozzarella. Will have a vegetarian dinner: mashed potatoes and kale and vegetarian meatballs. Mashed potatoes and vegetables (stamppot) are a traditional Dutch food that we eat almost every week during the winter. It's cheap, filling and vegan and also easy to prepare and to freeze. Plus there are many modern variations possible.
- Bought a single loose tomato for lunch, no packaging
- Put on an extra sweater in the morning when it was a bit cold instead of turning on the heat

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1021 on: October 25, 2018, 09:39:49 AM »
- Bought a single loose tomato for lunch, no packaging

22 calories (https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes][url]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes[/url]) for lunch sounds kinda short.  :(

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« Reply #1022 on: October 26, 2018, 01:45:43 AM »
Today I am going on a hike. No driving, but walking from my home.

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« Reply #1023 on: October 29, 2018, 01:17:17 PM »
* Vacuumed the house today and added all the dust bunnies and goldfish crackers to the compost when I was done.

* Dried chicken bones in a low oven and then smashed them and added to the garden beds for calcium.
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« Reply #1024 on: October 29, 2018, 03:00:04 PM »
- Bought a single loose tomato for lunch, no packaging

22 calories ([url]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes][url]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/tomatoes[/url]) for lunch sounds kinda short.  :(

Obviously the tomato was part of this :)

-  Had a vegan lunch today of stale bread that was toasted in the oven, vegan pesto, tomato and vegan mozzarella.

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« Reply #1025 on: October 29, 2018, 05:47:51 PM »
The tap water in my apartment can take quite a while to heat up, but when doing dishes I suck it up and wash with cold / lukewarm water. Definitely a small impact, but I imagine that the water I save adds up quite a bit over time and that makes me happy!

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« Reply #1026 on: October 31, 2018, 10:39:42 AM »
Deep-dug my garden and added layers of leaves and grass clippings. Little by little the dirt is getting better. My neighbors burn leaves. In years past, when I had better neighbors, they would give me their leaves too. Recent neighbors can't take the trouble.

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« Reply #1027 on: October 31, 2018, 08:13:21 PM »
When going down a rabbit hole on the web one day, I stumbled across the idea that peeing before a flight saves fuel! Well I'm about to board a flight (it's rare for me but it's happening twice this year and I paid for the carbon offset your honour) so here goes :)

https://abcnews.go.com/Travel/airline-asks-passengers-empty-bladders-boarding-flights/story?id=8775226

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« Reply #1028 on: October 31, 2018, 10:36:00 PM »
That's crazy. I believe receipts aren't recyclable either due to the special paper?

Oh no, I didn't know that! I've been recycling them all this time :-(  That makes it so much worse if they're not even recyclable...

I had no idea either...
In the shops where you scan your own goods without a cashing person, you often need a receipt to scan at the porch to slip out.

Receipt recycling varies from city to city. It is theoretically recyclable but some of the paper brands contain certain ink contaminants that degrade the value of the paper. Thus, some cities will not recycle them while others take the hit (which is probably quite small since receipt paper is a small fraction of all paper products).

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« Reply #1029 on: October 31, 2018, 10:51:03 PM »
Biked to visit a pet-adoption space with a friend and then to lunch. No parking cost either!

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« Reply #1030 on: October 31, 2018, 10:58:52 PM »
We're hoping to get into the new daycare being built near our house. Currently drive all 3 of us into the city and pay for parking. This will let us walk to daycare and then take the bus in or ride our bikes!

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« Reply #1031 on: November 01, 2018, 06:34:05 AM »
My prescription changed so I needed new lenses for my sunglasses. I still love my current 5-year old pair and it's still in perfect condition so I kept the frame and only replaced the lenses.

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« Reply #1032 on: November 01, 2018, 06:36:46 AM »
Walked to and from the pharmacy.

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« Reply #1033 on: November 03, 2018, 07:38:45 AM »
Went on a hike in the local forest, walking from home, instead of driving to a place further away. Collected a little garbage on the way.

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« Reply #1034 on: November 11, 2018, 06:51:34 PM »
Recommitting to reducing my food waste, which has been out of control for the past couple of months. Plus making an effort to get back to eating at least five serves of veges a day, which typically pushes my diet further towards plant-based meals.

For a while I was doing well at avoiding dairy, but fell off the wagon when life turned to crap (the TL;DR is that my Dad was diagnosed with a brain tumour and died following surgery, all within six weeks). It's time to recommit to that too.

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« Reply #1035 on: November 11, 2018, 07:35:53 PM »
Forgot an important one - using cloth pads today. I love that I don't have to worry about buying pads or tampons, making sure I have them on hand before my period arrives, all of that crap.

I made sure I mentioned how much I love cloth pads to a friend who I know is interested in alternatives to plastic pads and tampons. You never know when a comment to the right person will help them make a positive change.

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« Reply #1036 on: November 11, 2018, 08:09:40 PM »
After brunch with friends, I walked to a good local bike shop to get a new bike. I currently have a cruiser but I'm trying to bike "commute" more and for the longer distances I need real brakes and gears. I rode home on the new bike, about 4 miles (6 km).

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« Reply #1037 on: November 12, 2018, 01:21:47 AM »
Walked to work (in the dark) and will walk back again this afternoon (in the dark).

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« Reply #1038 on: November 12, 2018, 07:47:06 AM »
Forgot an important one - using cloth pads today. I love that I don't have to worry about buying pads or tampons, making sure I have them on hand before my period arrives, all of that crap.

I made sure I mentioned how much I love cloth pads to a friend who I know is interested in alternatives to plastic pads and tampons. You never know when a comment to the right person will help them make a positive change.

Menstrual cups are fantastic for those who don't like pads. Ridiculous savings and they last YEARS.  I've spread the word as much as I tastefully can (every time someone asks for a tampon).


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« Reply #1039 on: November 12, 2018, 07:48:16 AM »
^oops, I guess we posted same thing at the same time!

Forgot an important one - using cloth pads today. I love that I don't have to worry about buying pads or tampons, making sure I have them on hand before my period arrives, all of that crap.

I made sure I mentioned how much I love cloth pads to a friend who I know is interested in alternatives to plastic pads and tampons. You never know when a comment to the right person will help them make a positive change.
Did you mention menstrual cups? The Diva cup is really great and has saved me much money (and waste) over a decade.  https://divacup.com/


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« Reply #1040 on: November 12, 2018, 07:57:06 AM »
Mulched the leaves into the lawn. Saved us time in raking, the town won't have to waste energy transporting, and hopefully will work like fertilizer!  I was concerned that all the acorns and nuts on our lawn would be a problem, but they didn't seem  to interfere with the mulching mower at all.

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« Reply #1041 on: November 12, 2018, 10:19:49 AM »
^oops, I guess we posted same thing at the same time!

Forgot an important one - using cloth pads today. I love that I don't have to worry about buying pads or tampons, making sure I have them on hand before my period arrives, all of that crap.

I made sure I mentioned how much I love cloth pads to a friend who I know is interested in alternatives to plastic pads and tampons. You never know when a comment to the right person will help them make a positive change.
Did you mention menstrual cups? The Diva cup is really great and has saved me much money (and waste) over a decade.  https://divacup.com/

Yay, Diva cup!  Wash it well and it lasts forever.  I also try to mention it discreetly if the topic comes up :)

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« Reply #1042 on: November 12, 2018, 02:18:24 PM »
Let the car sit for almost 2 days.  It has the double benefit of stress reduction for me and itís less waste. 

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« Reply #1043 on: November 12, 2018, 06:12:25 PM »
Yes - I'm a big advocate for menstrual cups. But this friend is much more interested in cloth pads :-)

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« Reply #1044 on: November 12, 2018, 06:14:28 PM »
Walked the toddler to a park this morning instead of driving anywhere (we really needed to get out of the house!).

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« Reply #1045 on: November 13, 2018, 03:27:21 PM »
I'm combining errands today so I can do a bulky Buy Nothing pickup *and* return bulky borrowed items to friends, but only take the car out once.

I've opted out of my work secret santa. Whatever I receive usually ends up donated / passed on via Buy Nothing, and there's a real risk that whatever I give will end up in landfill. It's completely unnecessary consumption, so I'm just not doing it anymore.

Need to talk with Mr Happier about Christmas presents for his extended family, and how we can keep that obligation as low impact as possible.

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« Reply #1046 on: November 13, 2018, 04:09:07 PM »
Walked to work and brought my lunch.

One side of the family may be opting out of adult to adult presents at the holidays (yay!). We will find out next week for sure.


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« Reply #1047 on: November 13, 2018, 04:19:33 PM »
One side of the family may be opting out of adult to adult presents at the holidays (yay!). We will find out next week for sure.

Oh, that's brilliant! My family no longer does gifts for adults; still does gifts for the kids (and there's seven kids including mine) but I have told my siblings that from now on I'm only buying books for their kids. The kids love books and I figure they have to be better for the environment than another piece of plastic crap.

The in-laws, particularly extended family, are slower to come around to fewer or no gifts. Possibly because there are very few kids on that side.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1048 on: November 13, 2018, 04:45:49 PM »
Instead of getting a tree this year for Christmas my kids want to decorate a grandfather clock that sits in the corner of the room.  I'm open to the idea because it means we don't have to sacrifice the space for a tree, which we don't really have to give up.  Now let's see if I can get this done without buying a bunch of extra unnecessary stuff.  It may be a fun arts and craft project ;)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1049 on: November 13, 2018, 05:59:20 PM »
I took a bunch of excess flyers, cut them up and punched holes in them, and put them in my planner instead of buying new pages!