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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1400 on: June 17, 2019, 11:16:30 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.
My friend has been vegan for years and also thought it tasted just like a burger. I thought it tasted like a turkey burger when I tried the patty by itself. Still meat, just not beef to me. With the bun and sauce and toppings, I didn't taste the patty much. This restaurant might have cut the patties in half, though, it was much thinner than my friend has had in the past.

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« Reply #1401 on: June 17, 2019, 11:58:07 AM »
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...

I had an interesting discussion yesterday with my children about all of the various impacts to our carbon footprint.  I'll link a calculator I used to enlighten me as well.  While the calculator doesn't show you which thing impacts it the most it does trigger you to think....if you care.

To you point though I think that soon we will be mocking people for bragging about being here, there and everywhere by plane.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1402 on: June 17, 2019, 12:00:27 PM »
Environmental Footprint Calculator

https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

^this little calculator is enlightening for determining your personal footprint.  Some things are hard to estimate (i.e. how far away does your food come from) but it's still worthwhile.  I'd love to hear of someone who is down to only 1 earth.  I'm 2.5.

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« Reply #1403 on: June 17, 2019, 12:11:08 PM »
Environmental Footprint Calculator

https://www.footprintcalculator.org/

^this little calculator is enlightening for determining your personal footprint.  Some things are hard to estimate (i.e. how far away does your food come from) but it's still worthwhile.  I'd love to hear of someone who is down to only 1 earth.  I'm 2.5.

1 earth.

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« Reply #1404 on: June 17, 2019, 04:09:57 PM »
Yikes, I'm 2 earths. And I'm pretty low impact compared to most people in this country.

No credit given for my lack of offspring, though.

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« Reply #1405 on: June 17, 2019, 04:33:38 PM »
Ugh, I'm at 2.9. I fly a lot for work. Maybe that's a big one?

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« Reply #1406 on: June 17, 2019, 04:36:36 PM »
Yeah, unfortunately flying contributes a ton of carbon emissions. (Both literally and metaphorically... a single flight can be over a ton of carbon emissions per passenger.)

Yikes, I'm 2 earths. And I'm pretty low impact compared to most people in this country.

I don't think it's possible to be one 'earth' worth of carbon emissions in some of these calculators. I tried one where I literally only put in food and medicine (no heating, electric, housing, transportation, clothes, etc.) saying that I was on a low-meat diet, and I was already over my sustainable carbon budget for the year. I'm not sure of the calculators' accuracy (I've tried a few and had pretty varying results, by a factor of 100%) but if they are fairly accurate then a lot of the change is going to have to be in industry and not at home. If it's not possible to feed yourself and heat your home without being unsustainable... then we need more efficient/less polluting food and heat sources.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1407 on: June 17, 2019, 07:14:07 PM »
I am a 1.1 earth. I live in a town that is 1 mile across, so don't drive very frequently. I live in a townhouse with 2 other people and it's very energy effecient. I recycle everything and ride my bike most places. I could improve by eating fewer animal products, and driving a more fuel efficient vehicle when I drive. I don't fly, and don't really buy things like household appliances/clothing/shoes/stuff.
I do think if the calculator were to get more specific, I would be a higher number...I buy at least 1 carbon bicycle every year for bike racing, and I know the manufacturing process is not environmentally friendly, as well the material itself is not recyclable in any way. For being an eco friendly thing to do (bike riding, that is) the bike industry is actually not terribly environmentally friendly, and wastes a lot of plastic and other materials.

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« Reply #1408 on: June 18, 2019, 01:49:22 PM »
I got 3 earths! Ouch!

It's possible that I drive less than I think--I just moved and started biking to work and I don't have a good idea of that yet. And I probably overestimated my flying. Not sure what else I can do short of moving to an apartment, which was hell with my children. The other thing is that there is a wide variety of "packaged" foods. On the one hand, I don't bring my own jar to buy bulk rice, I get it in bags, but I get uncooked rice in big bags--not pre-cooked rice, which uses much more packaging. For instance.

Back to the topic, this weekend I blew 18 bags of cellulose insulation into my attic to increase its R value.

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« Reply #1409 on: June 18, 2019, 02:54:36 PM »
Working hard on going paperless and today I mastered “electronic check-in” at the doctor so that saved at least one printout.

All our insurance stuff is now on apps as well, as well as the existing online banking stuff we already set up.

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« Reply #1410 on: June 18, 2019, 04:11:44 PM »
* Air-drying all my laundry.
* Threw dry-clean only clothes in with the wash.
* Ate vegan leftovers for breakfast.
* Tried someone's tofu yesterday - it's not as terrible as I used to think.
* About to clean off a secondhand side table to use as my bedside table. (The bed is secondhand too. Was a roommate's, so it's not like I picked it off the sidewalk.)
* No impact yet, but I emailed my county's waste department to see if produce stickers could go in compost bins. I can't get consistent answers on this. (Update: nope, not compostable. Not a big deal if a few get into the mix, but ideally they should be removed.)

Yikes, I'm 2 earths. And I'm pretty low impact compared to most people in this country.

I don't think it's possible to be one 'earth' worth of carbon emissions in some of these calculators. I tried one where I literally only put in food and medicine (no heating, electric, housing, transportation, clothes, etc.) saying that I was on a low-meat diet, and I was already over my sustainable carbon budget for the year. I'm not sure of the calculators' accuracy (I've tried a few and had pretty varying results, by a factor of 100%) but if they are fairly accurate then a lot of the change is going to have to be in industry and not at home. If it's not possible to feed yourself and heat your home without being unsustainable... then we need more efficient/less polluting food and heat sources.

Agree that systematic changes are needed. That's part of why I've worked to get Democrats elected in swing areas, as they're better on environmental policy on the whole. But I could still do better on a personal level. I've pledged not to fly for at least a year, but I've already flown twice this year. I'm also living in a free-standing house for the first time in my adult life. That has a big impact, even with roommates.
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« Reply #1411 on: June 18, 2019, 04:43:20 PM »
Agree that systematic changes are needed. That's part of why I've worked to get Democrats elected in swing areas, as they're better on environmental policy on the whole. But I could still do better on a personal level. I've pledged not to fly for at least a year, but I've already flown twice this year. I'm also living in a free-standing house for the first time in my adult life. That has a big impact, even with roommates.

Yeah, I'm 100% not arguing that we shouldn't do the best we can. Just pointing out that it may not be possible for some people to achieve 1 'earth' where they live (at least according to those calculators, which may not be that accurate - e.g. if you are in a HCOL city and it's judging your utility and food consumption by dollar prices, it will overestimate your usage compared to someone living somewhere cheap, because the same amount of electricity and food costs more; or if someone is buying expensive vegan cheese and ice cream they might spend more on food than someone who eats chicken and eggs every day, and the calculator would erroneously say they had more emissions than the meat-eater). Some calculators do a better job than others, I've taken several and gotten anywhere from 8-15 tons of carbon emissions (although that was before I switched to renewable electricity sources).

Housing is a challenge - if you live somewhere with a lot of old stock, it's probably better to live in an existing home and be as efficient as possible in it, rather than use all the resources to build something brand new, even if it would then allow you to rank a lot lower on the carbon emissions calculator. But if you're in a city like NYC, building probably isn't an option anyway, and there are vanishingly few clean/green buildings to live in.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1412 on: June 18, 2019, 06:23:31 PM »
I realize that we are still a small subgroup who even have any idea about what impacts our carbon footprint but it got us talking.  I think it would be very hard to make a perfect calculator because there are so many variables. 

I applaud those who ended up with 1 earth and living in the first world.  One thing I often ponder is that if I had more money and spent more money wouldn’t this have a direct impact on my carbon footprint?  I know the answer is yes.  Our culture has ingrained a sense of getting as much as possible because this will make you happy.  A big cultural shift needs to happen unfortunately.

I went back and did it again and tried the adding more details sections.  I am down to 1.8 Earth and my problem is my stupid work commute!!
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« Reply #1413 on: June 19, 2019, 06:36:03 AM »
Convinced my husband to move acquiring a composting bin up the house-project-list by a few months - he was pushing to leave it until fall, because there are other things he thinks are more important.  Whereas I want to have it as soon as possible, it is a low difficulty project (unlike most of the rest), and will have an immediate effect on our environmental impact.  Our city doesn't offer composting, so the sooner I can get ours up and running, the better.

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« Reply #1414 on: June 19, 2019, 07:40:01 AM »
Over the weekend:

 - Acquired an allotment, to try and make sure a bigger chunk of our food only travels a few miles by bike.
 - Shifted a substantial amount of old timber from the garden (decking boards, etc) in a couple of bike trailer trips.
 - Used it to build some beds, avoiding buying new materials.
 - Did some bike advocacy stuff at neighbourhood summer fete thing.

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« Reply #1415 on: June 19, 2019, 10:26:24 AM »
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.

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« Reply #1416 on: June 19, 2019, 11:03:46 AM »
I brought a bamboo toothbrush to work to stash in my desk.  I give my teeth a quick brush after my morning coffee. 

ETA:  Sometimes I like to buy my lunch at a local bakery/cafe that has very good quality baking.  They also have quiche with a side salad that you can get to go and reheat later.  Since I knew I was going to stop there on the way to work, I took a tupperware container and a small jar from home.  They put the quiche and salad in the container and a little bit of salad dressing for me in the jar.  No waste!   They've got us well trained at that place for sure.

Also, for the first time ever, I picked up a piece of plastic trash and I'm going to put it in my home recycling container.   
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« Reply #1417 on: June 19, 2019, 12:43:33 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!

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« Reply #1418 on: June 19, 2019, 12:58:59 PM »
Rescheduled gym for tomorrow. See, I have to drive to the gym, which means driving to work. BUT tomorrow I have to drive to work anyway because I have an awkwardly located meeting AND a dinner immediately after work. This way, I combined all 3 reasons I need to drive into 1 convenient day, leaving the other days bike-able!

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« Reply #1419 on: June 20, 2019, 12:34:03 AM »
I ran out of cleaning spray and decided to try a natural/green type of cleaner instead of the nasty chemical-y stuff I used to use. Half the online reviews say it's great and half of them say it smells terrible, so we'll see how it goes ;-)

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« Reply #1420 on: June 20, 2019, 04:54:06 PM »
I just got my "Outdoor water use report." It has a green smiley face and says "thank you for using only what you need."

I planted grass seed! I was watering twice a day for a while! Jesus, what are other people doing in their yards??

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« Reply #1421 on: June 20, 2019, 05:11:33 PM »
Agree that systematic changes are needed. That's part of why I've worked to get Democrats elected in swing areas, as they're better on environmental policy on the whole. But I could still do better on a personal level. I've pledged not to fly for at least a year, but I've already flown twice this year. I'm also living in a free-standing house for the first time in my adult life. That has a big impact, even with roommates.
Speaking of getting Democrats elected in order to effect systematic change! I participated in the anti-IDC movement back in NY, and those victories led to the new Democratic majority in the NY senate passing ambitious environmental targets. I had a minor role in this, but hey my personal usage also has a minor effect, so I'm gonna claim a tiny bit of credit.

It's kind of crazy to look back and realize the cumulative effect of all of our activism is resulting in real policy change.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/6/20/18691058/new-york-green-new-deal-climate-change-cuomo

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« Reply #1422 on: June 21, 2019, 05:31:59 AM »
Yesterday, the head of the Environmental, Health, and Safety team was working a table outside the cafeteria promoting plastic reduction.  While I had her available, I asked about installing bike racks at the entrances to each building, and about adding composting for the cafeteria and switching to compostable plates, cups, and cutlery.  She said something is in the works for composting, but they are having trouble finding a composting company to take the waste.  However it will be going forward as soon as they find someone, as this is a global company initiative.  She also said she hadn't realized there was demand for more bike racks - there is one on the manufacturing side of the building, but not the admin or R&D buildings.  She will look into if they can be added at other entrances.

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« Reply #1423 on: June 22, 2019, 01:13:15 PM »
I’ve ramped up my recycling efforts at home and at work.  I also averaged 62 mpg this month in my Prius—actually I just learned that my Prius will tell me my mpg averages over a day or month.  I’m also hanging up my work dresses straight from the washing machine and I do notice the fabric looking better for longer with less wear and tear. 

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« Reply #1424 on: June 24, 2019, 06:12:48 PM »
Yesterday: Made beeswax wraps with materials I already had on hand, to reduce my plastic wrap and plastic baggie use. Organized my craft stash to optimize gift making and crafting without buying new supplies. Took some old clothing items apart to use the buttons and fabrics for other projects.
Used a carrier bag for dog poo.

Today: Picked up cans on my dog walk. Used a carrier bag for the dog poo. Left the a/c off all day, even though it's over 90 degrees outside. With the place shut up tight, it was only 79 when I got home, so I didn't have to turn it home when I got in.

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« Reply #1425 on: June 24, 2019, 09:59:55 PM »
Made beef broth from leftover bones!

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« Reply #1426 on: June 29, 2019, 02:17:28 PM »
I took the test too and ended up at 1,5 earth. I occasionally eat meat/animal products so I figured that was probably what's causing most carbon emissions, but I'm surprised the mobility category is the worst. And I don't even have a driver's license. I travel 95 miles / 150 km by bus and 50 miles / 80 km by train every week. In my country the trains all run on electricity from renewable sources though, I don't think the calculator knows that :) The bus I take is still running on diesel but in my city more and more buses are electric.

I mended my boyfriend's summer shorts today. He's had them for 6-7 years probably, first they were regular jeans, when the knees wore out they became shorts. They ripped while he was doingyard work and making an awkward movement. They're not the prettiest looking shorts in the world but he's only wearing them around the house anyway. I hope they last for the rest of the summer. By next summer one of his current pairs of jeans is probably worn out enough to be turned into a brand new pair of shorts. What I really love about him is that he's just as much into  'using it up and wearing it out'  as I am. We are pretty extreme compared to 99% of the people, even most eco types I know, but I'm pretty good with the sewing machine so any repairs are usually invisible.

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« Reply #1427 on: June 29, 2019, 02:27:18 PM »
90+ and humid out.  Running the AC but only cooling to about 83-84.

Going biking in an hour or two.  Car sits today.

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« Reply #1428 on: June 30, 2019, 05:29:53 AM »
This is an incredibly tiny thing, but I'm still proud of it.  When I cooked a whole chicken last week, in addition to saving the carcass to make stock, I saved the rendered fat (called schmaltz).  I usually just throw away the fat, but I am trying to waste less, especially on the rare occasions we cook meat.  Last night, I made roasted potatoes using the schmaltz instead of oil or butter.  It was a rousing success, my husband couldn't believe how good they were and asked how I did it.  So, looks like now saving and rendering chicken fat is going to be a regular thing.  One less thing in the trash, and one less part of the animal wasted.

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« Reply #1429 on: June 30, 2019, 02:59:50 PM »
I brought a bamboo toothbrush to work to stash in my desk.  I give my teeth a quick brush after my morning coffee. 

Also, for the first time ever, I picked up a piece of plastic trash and I'm going to put it in my home recycling container.

Wonderful! I read that we create and use a billion plastic toothbrushes a year! And detrashing can get kind of addictive. Have fun :)

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« Reply #1430 on: July 01, 2019, 01:21:16 PM »
Ripped up an old stained shirt (yellow pit stains that didn't come out after multiple treatments) for rags. I'm getting better at using rags for cleaning instead of paper towels (it's a majority rag process now).

Packed a tupperware + my own chopsticks for going out to ramen tonight. I always have leftovers and no need to use disposable wooden chopsticks.

I also worked out offsets for every flight I've ever taken (being an academic was terrible for the environment, oh gosh). Any recommendations for organizations which do tree planting offsets that have good practices and aren't just acacia/eucalyptus plantations?

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« Reply #1431 on: July 01, 2019, 02:56:00 PM »
I also worked out offsets for every flight I've ever taken (being an academic was terrible for the environment, oh gosh). Any recommendations for organizations which do tree planting offsets that have good practices and aren't just acacia/eucalyptus plantations?

I was reading about carbon offsets the other day and came across some useful links - this site has a few tree-planting offsets that seem pretty solid. (There are some that aren't listed under "forests" so you might want to look through the whole list...)

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« Reply #1432 on: July 02, 2019, 01:59:39 AM »
I also worked out offsets for every flight I've ever taken (being an academic was terrible for the environment, oh gosh). Any recommendations for organizations which do tree planting offsets that have good practices and aren't just acacia/eucalyptus plantations?

I was reading about carbon offsets the other day and came across some useful links - this site has a few tree-planting offsets that seem pretty solid. (There are some that aren't listed under "forests" so you might want to look through the whole list...)

That's amazing! I've only started doing offsets since last year but going back to earlier flights would be a good (and painful, and expensive) thing to do. I used to donate to Cool Earth but came across a piece of Effective Altruism of why they might have overrated Cool Earth initially . They suggested The Coalition for Rainforest Nations and The Clean Air Task Force as alternatives. I donated my last offsets to the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, but I have to admit that I didn't do too much in-depth research on what exactly they do.

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« Reply #1433 on: July 03, 2019, 05:56:24 AM »
Not necessarily my environmental impact, but I'm carpooling with a coworker today.  I would have been driving anyway, but she would otherwise have called an uber/lyft, so carpooling saves her having a separate drive.  She will take public transit (bus) from my place to hers, so there is no additional cost to me.

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« Reply #1434 on: July 04, 2019, 03:12:38 AM »
Thank you all for posting here.

Over the past few weeks my anxiety and, well, grief over the state of our planet has become overwhelming.

I follow a lot of environmental groups online, and all I see is post after post about ghost fishing nets, dead whales and dolphins and birds with bellies full of plastic, and starving polar bears wandering thousands of kilometres in search of food. Today I saw a viral photo of a bird feeding its baby a cigarette butt, and a platypus dead in abandoned fishing line.

As a lifelong animal lover, these posts bring me to tears, and make me want to scream at those responsible.

So this thread is a tiny reminder that there are good people out there making meaningful changes.

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« Reply #1435 on: July 04, 2019, 03:32:12 AM »
This thread has cheered me up.

My regular things (including today):
- Walked to work (although otherwise I would have taken the bus, which is going anyway, so maybe I shouldn't count this!)
- Got my coffee (not v. Mustachian) in my own reusable cup

I also took 2 things out of my Amazon basket (decided they weren't necessary) before I placed my order.

Earlier in the week took some toys and books we've finished with to neighbours to be given out at the local summer fair (they give a free book and toy to every child who attends as there are a lot of families on welfare or lower incomes in our area, so it's a nice way to re-use things our kids have grown out of, and give them a new toy and book each without anybody burning any fossil fuels).

We've been playing a lot with cardboard boxes with the kids - making robots and buses and dress up outfits out of them.  Hopefully that reduces the use/wear out of the many plastic toys they have, so those will have a longer life ahead of them.

The stuff on offsetting is really useful.  We are flying for our summer holidays this year so I need to look into how we can try to offset that (financially at least - I know really we have to just stop flying every year).

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What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1436 on: July 04, 2019, 10:13:31 PM »
* Cloth diapering is going well with baby #4
* Did lots of gardening and composting that will ultimately sequester carbon in the soil
* Reading Sandor Katz’s fermentation book, which will hopefully be another skill for saving produce and reducing waste
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« Reply #1437 on: July 05, 2019, 12:38:28 AM »
Instead of calling a cab when I missed my bus, I speed-walked a mile to catch a different one.

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« Reply #1438 on: July 05, 2019, 06:48:58 PM »
I used my new reusable produce bags for the first time today. I was a little worried that it would annoy the staff somehow since it's a really busy store and I went at a fairly busy time, but the cashier didn't comment, just weighed/scanned the veg and even adjusted the tare weight (the bags don't have a tare weight printed on them, so I guess the store must have a policy about that). Bonus: I think the weight she entered was slightly higher than the actual weight, so I probably saved a couple of pennies...

These are the ones I bought if anyone is interested.

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« Reply #1439 on: July 05, 2019, 07:29:46 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.

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« Reply #1440 on: July 05, 2019, 07:39:47 PM »
This is definitely a favorite thread!

A few of our ongoing or recent items:

1. Switched to cloth grocery and vegetable bags.
2. Many other steps to reduce our incoming plastic.
3. 95% of my son's clothes for the last 8 or 9 years have been second-hand.
4. My wife walked our son to and from school almost every day for the past school year (next year will be tougher since the school is further, but I'm working on getting them ready to bike it as often as possible).
5. Working on replacing the three worst windows in our house to improve energy efficiency.
6. There's enthusiasm at work to reduce plastic use and increase bike-friendliness, and I'm in a position to help make those things happen.

The struggles:
1. We still eat more meat than we should. We're all working on it, but my wife is a bit less gung-ho than my son or me.
2. I fly fairly often for work.
3. Trying to encourage the neighbors in a way that is both respectful and successful.

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« Reply #1441 on: July 05, 2019, 08:47:21 PM »
* Did my first cargo-bike grocery run in a long time (I was heavily pregnant and hospitalized for pneumonia for a while, and then the bike had a flat it took us a while to get fixed).

* Got milk in glass bottles and bought sugar and popcorn from the bulk bins to reduce packaging.

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« Reply #1442 on: July 06, 2019, 04:50:41 PM »
I recycled some plastic bottles and paper in my buildings recycling area today.  Did not take a bag with my grocery store purchase but just jammed the stuff into my purse.  I also wore my Goodwill short-shorts today.  New to me, but cheap and breezy ;)

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« Reply #1443 on: July 06, 2019, 07:00:05 PM »
I took my recyclables down to the recycling bin in my condo.
I walked to run some of my errands today.

I know it doesn’t seem like I did much, but I am glad I took the opportunity to think about it.

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« Reply #1444 on: July 07, 2019, 11:14:55 AM »
I used my mesh produce bags for the first time at the grocery store today.

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« Reply #1445 on: July 07, 2019, 11:26:01 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.

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« Reply #1446 on: July 07, 2019, 11:52:08 AM »
I drink milk that I had remembered to freeze before I left on vacation instead of pouring it out or letting it go bad.

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« Reply #1447 on: July 07, 2019, 04:25:44 PM »
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.

Check out microclover instead of grass if you want to skip the maintenance side of cutting.  It's resistant to drought better than grass and it's also good for bees. 

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« Reply #1448 on: July 07, 2019, 04:32:34 PM »
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.

Check out microclover instead of grass if you want to skip the maintenance side of cutting.  It's resistant to drought better than grass and it's also good for bees.

You can also mix clover and grass together if you want the advantages of clover (it's also a nitrogen fixer, which is good for grass) but want better foot traffic tolerance. I am trying both in my yard.

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« Reply #1449 on: July 08, 2019, 03:35:18 AM »
I'd never heard of reusable produce bags or microclover, so I've learned two useful things just on this page!  :)