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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1600 on: February 12, 2020, 04:44:19 PM »
@chaskavitch, I will have to look for that floss and see if I can stand it. I'm kinda picky.

Last time I was at my Sprouts, I bought one bamboo toothbrush and one made from recycled yogurt cups. Thoughts a bout which one is better environment-wise are welcome.

In other news, I finally got my thermostat programmed so that the heat turns itself down when we're all out of the house during the day. That happened because my nine-year-old was messing with the thermostat and somehow accidentally got it to the setting screen--which turned out to be super intuitive. I hadn't gotten around to looking for the manual.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1601 on: February 14, 2020, 07:26:13 AM »
I went to a meeting last night with our elected officials.  Made my feelings known.

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« Reply #1602 on: February 14, 2020, 10:50:47 PM »
So far this year, I've read Beth Terry's book on reducing waste and another book called F*ck Plastic. Discovered you can compost tissues and cotton swabs. Which shouldn't have taken a book to tell me, but I know now!
I've been buying more items from the bulk store. Also learned to use my phone's note app to write down the numbers for bulk bin items instead of using the paper ties.
I am working on mending a sweater instead of buying a new one. Next I'm on the hunt for the perfect (secondhand) flannel shirt.
Have started doing puzzles as a hobby. They can be passed on an reused a number of times.
Going to try newspaper for picking up dog poop instead of plastic bags.

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« Reply #1603 on: February 15, 2020, 10:13:26 AM »
Biked to work even though coooold and still some icy patches.

Okay, we got takeout last night. We are humans! BUT it was Chipotle. The wrappers from our burritos we will have to toss, but I saved the paper kids' meal trays and the paper bag it all came in for our municipal compost.

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« Reply #1604 on: February 15, 2020, 11:52:21 AM »
Mended pajamas and a sweater. Hung two loads of laundry to dry instead of electric drying.

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« Reply #1605 on: February 15, 2020, 02:17:20 PM »
Went to the native plant nursery and bought a dozen seedlings and starts for landscape plants that will feed the local bugs and birds.

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« Reply #1606 on: February 16, 2020, 05:34:09 AM »
I started some catnip seeds indoors for my furry husbands.  Plants are cool. I also started 2 pots with cherry tomato seeds indoors. 

Iím sending a box of clothing to ThredUP to recycle/reuse.  I also am donating a trunk full of books and housewares to my local charity thrift store this week. 

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« Reply #1607 on: February 16, 2020, 07:23:43 PM »
Just signed up for a CSA half-share. From May through October, we will get locally grown, chemical fertilizer/artificial pesticide-free produce directly from the farmer every week. Healthier for us, for the farmers, and the earth.

(Yes, we could grow our own but have had limited success in the past.)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1608 on: February 16, 2020, 08:55:27 PM »
Took transit instead of taxis on a day when I was sorely tempted (L train weekend maintenance schedule, plus I injured my foot someone injured my foot for me on the way there). Four trains and a bus and a mile of walking instead of burning extra fossil fuels.

Stopped at the grocery store on the way home and decided to make a vegetarian batch cook this week. (Would be vegan except I'd rather use up chicken stock from the freezer than buy vegetable stock... I don't currently have any veggie scraps to make it homemade.)

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1609 on: February 17, 2020, 04:10:40 AM »
Hosted a potluck dinner with neighbours and used dishes  and cloth napkins instead of disposables.

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« Reply #1610 on: February 17, 2020, 12:46:27 PM »
To conserve water while bathing:

Apply soap to underarms before getting in shower.

Use hand held shower head to fill bucket with cold water while I'm waiting for warm water to arrive.  Cold water collected in bucket is used to flush toilet.  (Applying the "if it's yellow, let it mellow" philosophy, I only flush solid waste immediately.  Generally I collect liquid waste and flush once a day.)  Wash only 'critical areas' most days with full shower about every 5 days or so.  Every other day just wet down my short hair to make it presentable rather than using with soap.  Use glycerin soap on body and head - no shampoo.

Use control on shower head to turn water off while washing my hair.  For a part time office rat, this level of hygiene is perfectly adequate.  And I don't have as much dry skin b/c I'm not constantly soaping my entire body.  And I save water.


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« Reply #1611 on: February 26, 2020, 10:45:10 AM »
Walked to work, saved food scraps for the community compost, eating plant-based meals, wrote a letter to city representatives to support bicycling infrastructure.

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« Reply #1612 on: February 26, 2020, 10:28:13 PM »
Took tupperware to work to save leftovers from catered lunch instead of using disposable to-go box.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1613 on: February 27, 2020, 07:07:39 AM »
Made a vegetarian dinner last night.  Hung a load of laundry to dry in the house.  Shoveled the drive instead of using a plowing service.

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« Reply #1614 on: February 27, 2020, 09:00:11 AM »
taught a group of kids the 7 principles of Leave No Trace.


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« Reply #1615 on: February 27, 2020, 12:23:14 PM »
Finished reading Inconspicuous Consumption (borrowed from the library). Will be participating in freecycling much more, and being more cognizant of the impact of clothing purchases.

Earlier this year, I saved a floor lamp from a friend who was moving away and brought it into work. Now the glaring overhead lights are off and my office is lit by the LED in the lamp. The computer and other electronics are plugged into a power strip that I turn off every night when I leave.

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« Reply #1616 on: February 27, 2020, 12:52:58 PM »
My general cycle of clothing goes something like:

But something new and durable.
Wear it till it rips, has holes, etc...
Put it in my rag box and use it as a rag.
Throw it away after it's too ratty to use as a rag.

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« Reply #1617 on: February 28, 2020, 04:15:02 PM »
Had a craving for that gross sweetened 7-11 iced coffee (don't judge, I have reasons). I emptied out the travel mug that I normally use for water and brought that to save the plastic cup and straw. And I walked there.

Yesterday, I mended LB's new onesie pajamas. Infuriatingly, considering he had only worn it a handful of times, the zipper had come unstitched and the pull kept falling off. I reinstalled it and sewed up the bottom so it will stay in place now.

Fortunately, he does not seem to have noticed that it is a smidge crooked now...

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« Reply #1618 on: February 28, 2020, 07:38:55 PM »
Our daughter works in a cafe. On Saturdays they throw out most of the food left at the end of the day (which is 12:30pm). Except on the days she works she brings home all the leftovers. So, I ate a leftover pulled pork and caramelised onion pepita roll, even though she has brought home so many of the last few years that I am tired of eating them.

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« Reply #1619 on: February 29, 2020, 04:06:41 PM »
I doused my bathroom floorboards with a white vinegar concoction to get rid of the ants Iíve been seeing.  Then I did some laundry with a small dash of 365 Brand detergent without using the extra rinse function.  Iím trying to make a concerted effort to use less toothpaste, detergent, whatevs because I tend to be...heavy handed with soap substances!

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« Reply #1620 on: February 29, 2020, 08:13:36 PM »
I saw a big bag of plastic recycling that had somehow gotten way out into the street (in the bus lane on a major avenue in Manhattan). It hadn't been run over yet so I ran out and grabbed it and carried it to a nearby restaurant that had put some trash and recycling out for pickup, and left it in their recycling pile. I figured it it got hit by a bus it would end up scattered and wrecked and degrade into the environment, or get thrown in the trash at best.

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« Reply #1621 on: March 02, 2020, 06:33:56 AM »
Bicycled 18 miles round trip for a meeting across town and got to enjoy the sun and flowers starting to bloom. Repaired a pair of jeans that were starting to rip along the inner seam. Saved water from washing veggies and boiling pasta to water plants. Used the hay box method to make a batch of lentils and veggie broth (from veggie scraps). Vacuumed and wiped the dust from the condenser coils behind/under the fridge.

Found some of these tips interesting:  www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/29/50-ways-to-green-up-your-life-save-the-planet

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« Reply #1622 on: March 04, 2020, 09:12:35 AM »
I'm part of a project that tries to remove barriers between those in public administration who work with climate, and the rest of society. As part of this, we have tried establishing a forum for discussing ideas and sharing policy ideas and tools. But we are not seeing a lot of activity. Could you please have a look, maybe test posting there, and give me som feedback on what we are doing wrong?

https://pentahelix.eu/climate-forum-7/

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« Reply #1623 on: March 04, 2020, 12:32:06 PM »
Brought my lunch to work in a glass jar that used to contain Better than Bullion, because I have been putting off buying more dedicated containers.

The lunch in question was not actually made with Better than Bullion, though--it used up the turkey broth that has been sitting in my freezer since Thanksgiving. Win!

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« Reply #1624 on: March 05, 2020, 09:01:16 AM »
Walked to work. Spot cleaned a small spill on a pair of pants instead of running a quarter load of laundry. Used up some herbs that were getting wilty in a quick chickpea salad. Started planting seeds in the container garden.

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« Reply #1625 on: March 06, 2020, 07:47:41 AM »
I ordered a new cap for my nalgene bottle when the old one wore out while the bottle was still serviceable (I carry this thing everywhere).  When the cap arrived in the mail it was inexplicably packaged with two used paperback books.  I have no use for either book so on my commute to work this morning I stopped at a little free library and dropped them off.

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« Reply #1626 on: March 06, 2020, 04:41:59 PM »
Coronavirus is not helping my carbon footprint! I've been Clorox wiping the shared desks at work, for instance, nad all that hand-washing (at work) involves paper towels. BUT instead of using some kind of specially-purchased device or disposable wipes for my phone, I mixed up rubbing alcohol and water in an old jam jar. I can dip a reusable microfiber cloth in it to disinfect my cellphone.

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« Reply #1627 on: March 08, 2020, 09:15:49 AM »
so soy milk...   my family likes it fine but I stopped buying it because of packaging.   however if I make either soy milk or soy milk powder, I would remove this issue.  has anyone here made their own?  any tips or tricks?

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« Reply #1628 on: March 08, 2020, 11:18:48 AM »
all that hand-washing (at work) involves paper towels.

Funny little video on how to minimize paper towels after washing hands: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FMBSblpcrc&vl=en

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« Reply #1629 on: March 08, 2020, 11:25:47 AM »
I got toothbrushes from recycled plastic for the first time (also no plastic packaging!).

The regular store also had bamboo brushes, but as the recycled-plastic brand was on sale I went with these ones for now.

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« Reply #1630 on: March 08, 2020, 12:17:15 PM »
Has anyone successfully canceled phone book delivery?  I swear we get a new one 2 or more times a year which is ridiculous.   I have not used a phone book in multiple decades.  How do I get off this list of environmental tragedy?

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« Reply #1631 on: March 08, 2020, 03:49:19 PM »
Biked to both the Goodwill and ARC thrift stores looking for flatware.  There were forks and knives aplenty, but not a spoon to be found.  Biked to the dollar where I found spoons.

I have my theories on the used spoon shortage (it's not the best part of town).

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« Reply #1632 on: March 08, 2020, 08:46:55 PM »
This weekend I didn't drive anywhere, buy anything, or create any trash except compostable food scraps.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1633 on: March 09, 2020, 09:43:33 AM »
Lined dried three loads of bed linens. 

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« Reply #1634 on: March 09, 2020, 12:07:47 PM »
Has anyone successfully canceled phone book delivery?  I swear we get a new one 2 or more times a year which is ridiculous.   I have not used a phone book in multiple decades.  How do I get off this list of environmental tragedy?

Wow, I haven't gotten a phone book for the last 10 years. I did call the local news organization that sponsors the free weekly advertising 'paper' which has all the coupons and supermarket ads to tell them to take me off the mailing list. They said they would but it might take a while. It's been a month and I'm still getting the adverts so maybe I need to call again.

This weekend I biked to get groceries, bringing my own bags and panniers. I also biked to go birding. The data collected helps organizations evaluate the state of health of the bird population, and the state of the local ecosystem. While I was birding, I stopped to listen to a mockingbird cycle through its songs, mimicking seagulls, song sparrows, cardinals, and even a car alarm. A few other people saw me watching the bird and stopped to marvel at it as well. That was cool. On the flip side, this year's reported spring migrant birds and chick sightings are all earliest on record for the area...

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« Reply #1635 on: March 09, 2020, 12:09:03 PM »
Has anyone successfully canceled phone book delivery?  I swear we get a new one 2 or more times a year which is ridiculous.   I have not used a phone book in multiple decades.  How do I get off this list of environmental tragedy?

try using https://www.catalogchoice.org

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« Reply #1636 on: March 09, 2020, 12:42:39 PM »
ē Ate no meat.
ē Working our tonight on a used stationary (commercial grade) bike after having canceled my gym membership - less driving, less demand, and certainly cheaper.
ē Brewed my own tea (no extra plastic) for Arnold Palmers with dinner.

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« Reply #1637 on: March 10, 2020, 07:41:25 PM »
Hung my laundry to dry.
Reused water from cooking rice to cook oatmeal.
Pressure cooked some beans instead of opening a can.



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« Reply #1638 on: March 16, 2020, 08:55:09 AM »
Saved water from heating up shower water for watering plants. Biked to drop off compost and bring home some soil to start seedlings.

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« Reply #1639 on: March 16, 2020, 09:14:35 AM »
Saved water from heating up shower water for watering plants. Biked to drop off compost and bring home some soil to start seedlings.

Oh that's a great idea to catch the shower water--I'll do this too!

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« Reply #1640 on: March 16, 2020, 11:11:46 PM »
Fished a box of old chargers and cables out of the rubbish bin (bad husband!) and dropped them off at our e-waste recycling centre on the way home from other errands.

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« Reply #1641 on: March 17, 2020, 12:43:44 AM »
Worked from home, so no petrol burnt today.  Looks like I may be doing it for a while, which is fine with me.
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« Reply #1642 on: March 27, 2020, 11:28:51 PM »
Spent some of my quarantine time cleaning up a local creek. I filled up one bag of trash and one of recyleables, putting them in the correct receptacles.
Put cotton fabrics scraps and cardboard in my compost bin to balance out greens & browns. Learned that Bausch & Lomb will accept contact lenses and the packaging for recycling! https://www.biotrueonedaylenses.com/one-by-one-recycling

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« Reply #1643 on: March 28, 2020, 05:22:53 AM »
I have been helping organize cloth mask-making groups in New York.  I think that soon wearing masks in public will be a fact of life for ordinary people. Though eventually industry will catch up to making enough disposable masks for medical facilities, the rest of us should be using reusable masks.

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« Reply #1644 on: March 28, 2020, 04:48:42 PM »
Because I havenít really worn clothing this week in self isolation I decided my laundry could wait until Iím off again.  Iím trying to wait until the loads are larger for a more efficient use of my washer and water supply. 

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« Reply #1645 on: March 28, 2020, 05:28:12 PM »
Cleaned my oven today. I started with a can of commercial oven cleaner that I've had for years, the kind that's so poisonous that I need to have the windows open and wear gloves. It didn't do a very good job, though I followed the the directions exactly.
I tried regular dish soap (I have a biodegradable kind) and it worked! I slathered on the soap with a bit of water on an 'unpaper towel' and a sponge. Let it sit for a few minutes, then got a bucket of water to rinse the towel and SCRUBBED. It looks brand new and the by products are safe enough to dump in the yard. (Next time I clean it, since this time had oven cleaner residue.) The can of poison is off to the chemical waste recycling. No more spraying that stuff in my house!

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« Reply #1646 on: March 31, 2020, 08:13:07 AM »
Laundry on the line again.
Lots of cooking at home
We are really working on reducing food waste.

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« Reply #1647 on: April 10, 2020, 04:59:32 PM »
Used baking soda to clean the bathroom sink, tub, and toilet. Planted more seeds in the garden. Snipped some escaped vines that are choking the neighborhood trees.

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« Reply #1648 on: April 10, 2020, 05:11:39 PM »
Started a compost pile!

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« Reply #1649 on: April 10, 2020, 09:39:42 PM »
* Walked (instead of driving) to the ATM and a small local market to pick up coffee beans, flour, yeast and some treats for the kids for Easter.

* Got out our box of hollow wooden Easter eggs--we will use these for a backyard egg hunt on Sunday and then they are storable and reusable for next year