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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1700 on: June 23, 2020, 02:28:33 PM »
Used the water from the dehumidifier to water my plants.  Going to try to make this a habit - it will save water, remind me to check/empty the dehumidifier every day, AND remind me to check/water the plants every day.  Triple win!

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« Reply #1701 on: June 23, 2020, 03:16:23 PM »
Took my used printer cartridge to the post office to return it.

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« Reply #1702 on: June 25, 2020, 01:14:38 PM »
Ate the older, less-desirable leftover AND rode my bike to work, even though this meant that I had to only bring back some of my stuff.

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1703 on: June 25, 2020, 01:55:20 PM »
Rode my bike to the dentist today.
Yesterday I walked to my haircut.

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« Reply #1704 on: June 28, 2020, 09:55:54 PM »
I've been going through my predecessor's files at work. I could've just dumped the whole closetful into the trash, BUT environmental reasons. Instead, I spent down time over the week going through each file, removing it from the folder, and making a 'reuse' pile and a 'recycle' pile.
I sorted out all the paper clips and folders and returned them to the office supply area for reuse by coworkers. The blank papers went in to the copier paper tray, and the confidential papers are going to the shredding/recycling service. I brought the cardboard boxes home and put them in my recycling bin. Now I've filled my personal printer with the pages that were only printed on one side. The only trash generated was laminated or otherwise non-recyclable items, instead of several boxes of trash.

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« Reply #1705 on: June 29, 2020, 04:26:55 AM »
I've been going through my predecessor's files at work. I could've just dumped the whole closetful into the trash, BUT environmental reasons. Instead, I spent down time over the week going through each file, removing it from the folder, and making a 'reuse' pile and a 'recycle' pile.
I sorted out all the paper clips and folders and returned them to the office supply area for reuse by coworkers. The blank papers went in to the copier paper tray, and the confidential papers are going to the shredding/recycling service. I brought the cardboard boxes home and put them in my recycling bin. Now I've filled my personal printer with the pages that were only printed on one side. The only trash generated was laminated or otherwise non-recyclable items, instead of several boxes of trash.

Great job @okcisok !

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Re: What small things did you do today to reduce your environmental impact?
« Reply #1706 on: July 02, 2020, 01:03:35 PM »
watered using the rain barrel collected water.
swept all the paint flakes off the driveway instead of letting them get washed into the storm drains.

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« Reply #1707 on: July 07, 2020, 09:40:03 PM »
watered using the rain barrel collected water. ...

I'm interested in doing this as well- did you build your own rain barrel system? Where did you get your barrels?

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« Reply #1708 on: July 08, 2020, 09:14:12 AM »
I started using a 5 gallon bucket to catch the condensation from my AC.  It generates about 10 gallons a day ( i live in the Southeast).  This, plus another 5 gallon bucket I use to catch the water from my shower while I'm waiting for it to warm-up, is enough to water my garden every single day.




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« Reply #1709 on: July 29, 2020, 08:16:24 AM »
I started using a 5 gallon bucket to catch the condensation from my AC.  It generates about 10 gallons a day ( i live in the Southeast).  This, plus another 5 gallon bucket I use to catch the water from my shower while I'm waiting for it to warm-up, is enough to water my garden every single day.

After reading your post (thank you for the motivation), I moved a 5 gallon bucket into the shower to catch my warm-up water.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn I waste less than I thought, delighted to know I was no longer wasting it regardless of quantity (it now goes to water the multitude of houseplants I own) and astonished to discover a few days later, that the DH was now saving his warm-up water as well without my having asked him too.  We're now putting the excess water (more than the houseplants can swallow) into the half full rain barrel where it gets used on the garden.

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« Reply #1710 on: July 29, 2020, 08:42:51 AM »
I started using a 5 gallon bucket to catch the condensation from my AC.  It generates about 10 gallons a day ( i live in the Southeast).  This, plus another 5 gallon bucket I use to catch the water from my shower while I'm waiting for it to warm-up, is enough to water my garden every single day.

After reading your post (thank you for the motivation), I moved a 5 gallon bucket into the shower to catch my warm-up water.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn I waste less than I thought, delighted to know I was no longer wasting it regardless of quantity (it now goes to water the multitude of houseplants I own) and astonished to discover a few days later, that the DH was now saving his warm-up water as well without my having asked him too.  We're now putting the excess water (more than the houseplants can swallow) into the half full rain barrel where it gets used on the garden.

This is great! I just started using rainwater for toilet flushing (since the plants here don't need it in the rainy summer), and can grab the shower warm up water too.

Where did you get your barrels?

@BuffaloStache your city or county might have rain barrels available at reduced cost. I've bought Upcycle rainbarrels online from both Hayneedle and Walmart for $55 (this one: https://www.hayneedle.com/product/upcycle48galterracottarainbarrel.cfm).

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« Reply #1711 on: August 02, 2020, 05:23:51 PM »
I started using a 5 gallon bucket to catch the condensation from my AC.  It generates about 10 gallons a day ( i live in the Southeast).  This, plus another 5 gallon bucket I use to catch the water from my shower while I'm waiting for it to warm-up, is enough to water my garden every single day.

After reading your post (thank you for the motivation), I moved a 5 gallon bucket into the shower to catch my warm-up water.  I was pleasantly surprised to learn I waste less than I thought, delighted to know I was no longer wasting it regardless of quantity (it now goes to water the multitude of houseplants I own) and astonished to discover a few days later, that the DH was now saving his warm-up water as well without my having asked him too.  We're now putting the excess water (more than the houseplants can swallow) into the half full rain barrel where it gets used on the garden.

I guess I should get out a bucket.

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« Reply #1712 on: August 03, 2020, 12:33:20 AM »
I installed about 40 square metres of insulation in our uninsulated house over the weekend.  Not a fun job as the ceiling space is no more than 2 feet high at the highest point.  I just bought another 40 square metres to do the bedrooms at the other end of the house.  It should make the house a lot warmer in our current winter, and reduce our need to air condition in summer.


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« Reply #1713 on: August 13, 2020, 02:03:38 PM »
Im recycling bottles for my container garden irrigation system.  Ive only gotten 4 cherry tomatoes off my plant thus far, so Im hoping for a big August yield.  I also fertilized some coffee grounds and epsom salt.  I deadheaded my sunflowers (they sadly only looked good for about a week). 

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« Reply #1714 on: August 17, 2020, 01:55:46 AM »
Made my teen daughter 2 dozen reusable makeup remover wipes. I used flannelette material from her worn out pajama pants as it is super soft, cut 2 small circles per wipe and zig zag stitched them together. And I made a little wash bag for her to chuck them in when used so they can be washed in one go. Hopefully this will lead to no more disposable cotton wipes which a) come in plastic and b) she doesn't bother composting.

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« Reply #1715 on: August 17, 2020, 09:47:36 AM »
We got an e-bike and are using it instead of the car for a lot more of our errands.  And since I am now in the habit, I took my regular bike on a short errand that didn't involve the big hill.

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« Reply #1716 on: August 18, 2020, 06:51:18 AM »
When I cleaned out my mom's house, I posted every usable random item on Craigslist for free, including her cleaning supplies and random shed stuff. It went immediately. Generally people advise hiring a dumpster, but we produced only about 10 bags of trash (including kitchen trash generated by us during the cleanout process).

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« Reply #1717 on: August 18, 2020, 06:52:28 AM »
Also, watered garden with fish tank water (which also fertilizes) though water scarcity is not really an issue in our area.

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« Reply #1718 on: August 18, 2020, 07:48:53 PM »
We got an e-bike and are using it instead of the car for a lot more of our errands.  And since I am now in the habit, I took my regular bike on a short errand that didn't involve the big hill.

What brand do you have? I'm considering getting one!

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« Reply #1719 on: August 22, 2020, 04:09:11 PM »
We got an e-bike and are using it instead of the car for a lot more of our errands.  And since I am now in the habit, I took my regular bike on a short errand that didn't involve the big hill.

What brand do you have? I'm considering getting one!
We wanted to buy Canadian so DH ended up with a Rook assembled by surface604.

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« Reply #1720 on: August 25, 2020, 02:21:59 PM »
Joined a group that is examining greening footprints.  The proposed action was to commit to a 5-week challenge.  I chose menu planning to reduce food waste and eat what we have as my son moves out to university. 

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« Reply #1721 on: September 01, 2020, 08:21:31 AM »
I used a drying rack instead of drying 2 loads of wet clothes
I also resurrected my old drying rack...and even use it to dry re-washed ziploc bags.

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« Reply #1722 on: September 01, 2020, 05:21:28 PM »
Repaired another pair of kid's shoes with Shoe Goo. After countless repairs, the tube is finally finished! The repairs made in the past have generally lasted until the shoe is outgrown or worn out.

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« Reply #1723 on: September 04, 2020, 12:37:36 PM »
Sorted through my cookbooks and gave away the ones I don't want anymore through a local Buy Nothing group.

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« Reply #1724 on: September 04, 2020, 04:08:54 PM »
Opening windows at night to cool down the house as much as possible, keeping AC at 80 during day when occupied with the incoming heatwave and running a ceiling fan as needed. Hopefully can avoid rolling blackouts this weekend in CA!

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« Reply #1725 on: September 04, 2020, 08:16:16 PM »
I repair my head phones - some crazy glue and hockey tape for the win.  I dare not use them for anything but meetings at my desk top but they stay on and you can't see the repair.

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« Reply #1726 on: September 08, 2020, 07:27:49 AM »
Dumpster dove enough drywall to finish a small project at home.  It will take one extra line of joint tape and a little extra spackle using rescued drywall over new, but it keeps the rescued drywall (from a local building site - and yes, it was inside the dumpster when we rescued it) out of the landfill.

We also found a short length of hardwood that may soon become a new shelf.

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« Reply #1727 on: October 09, 2020, 10:48:21 PM »
Started a new job a few weeks ago. There wasn't any kind of recycling in the office, just a shredder bin for sensitive documents. While we provide plastic water bottles and canned soda for clients and go through reams of copy paper a day!

I ordered some recycling totes for the break room and take each one home to my city recycling bin when they get full since there's no commercial bins. It's been two weeks and I've already emptied three bags. One of the partners (and her visiting husband) have both asked who brought them and thanked me for it.

Next is a visit to a thrift store to get some flatware, plates, and bowls. Right now the break room is single-use plastic and disposable *everything*. I bring my lunch in reusable containers with flatware wrapped in a cloth napkin.

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« Reply #1728 on: October 11, 2020, 03:48:08 AM »
Started a new job a few weeks ago. There wasn't any kind of recycling in the office, just a shredder bin for sensitive documents. While we provide plastic water bottles and canned soda for clients and go through reams of copy paper a day!

I ordered some recycling totes for the break room and take each one home to my city recycling bin when they get full since there's no commercial bins. It's been two weeks and I've already emptied three bags. One of the partners (and her visiting husband) have both asked who brought them and thanked me for it.

Next is a visit to a thrift store to get some flatware, plates, and bowls. Right now the break room is single-use plastic and disposable *everything*. I bring my lunch in reusable containers with flatware wrapped in a cloth napkin.

Great job @okcisok !  I did something similar at a prior job -- brought in a bunch of thrifted dishes, cups and silverware, and a drainer for next to the sink.  Then the challenge was to get everyone to wash their stuff!   

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« Reply #1729 on: October 11, 2020, 02:29:51 PM »
I suspect most people here won't like this one, but I didn't register to vote.  Once you register to vote, your personal info is given to the political factions who in turn proceed to send you an endless deluge of political circulars that end up being landfilled. Skip the registration, save the waste.     

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« Reply #1730 on: October 11, 2020, 06:46:16 PM »

Next is a visit to a thrift store to get some flatware, plates, and bowls. Right now the break room is single-use plastic and disposable *everything*. I bring my lunch in reusable containers with flatware wrapped in a cloth napkin.

Great job @okcisok !  I did something similar at a prior job -- brought in a bunch of thrifted dishes, cups and silverware, and a drainer for next to the sink.  Then the challenge was to get everyone to wash their stuff!

I thought of that! :) But right now we do have coffee mugs that everyone is very good about washing at the end of the day, so I think it'll be an easy segue. Worth a try! At least I'll do it and try to be a good example.

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« Reply #1731 on: October 12, 2020, 10:07:02 AM »
The DH installed a much needed high efficiency mini-split hvac system replacing an ancient and unreliable energy-hog heat exchanger.  We used the squishy foam packing material to block off/seal the no longer needed air vents and put the packing cardboard down as the first layer in new sheet composting pile.  We still have to responsibly dispose of the compressor, but the duct system we pulled out of the crawlspace has been recycled and were very happy with the small amount of waste created overall.

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« Reply #1732 on: October 13, 2020, 08:46:19 PM »
The DH installed a much needed high efficiency mini-split hvac system replacing an ancient and unreliable energy-hog heat exchanger.  We used the squishy foam packing material to block off/seal the no longer needed air vents and put the packing cardboard down as the first layer in new sheet composting pile.  We still have to responsibly dispose of the compressor, but the duct system we pulled out of the crawlspace has been recycled and were very happy with the small amount of waste created overall.

Impressive that you had so little waste on a home improvement project! Plus you'll be using less energy.

Brought home a copy paper box stuffed with paper and cardboard from work and put the whole thing in the recycling bin.
Was able to reuse plastic packaging as dog poop bags.
Picked up cans and other assorted trash on my walk and put them in the appropriate bins.

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« Reply #1733 on: October 29, 2020, 10:14:38 AM »
Yesterday I helped my late friend's sister clear out the freezers in her apartment.  We diverted a lot of food from the garbage.  Some items were just so old (my friend died in April) that they were unrecognizable, so I hauled them home for my compost.  I separated all the plastic from the organics and salvaged the reusable containers.  I am getting myself geared up to wash all the resealable bags.

All the 'treats' will go to my son and his buddies.  I filled our fridge and freezer to the gills.  I am hoping some of my neighbours will help eat some of the 6L of squash soup. 
My friend was a home economist and foodie but also a bit of a pack rat.  The great thing is - everything is labelled in her beautiful handwriting.  Hopefully I can use up a number of the sauces and pestos.  It will be like having dinner with her again almost.

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« Reply #1734 on: October 29, 2020, 10:19:25 AM »
So sorry for your loss @Frugal Lizard.  It sounds like it's a kind of way to keep your friend close, and I hope that brings some comfort.

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« Reply #1735 on: March 07, 2021, 03:33:16 PM »
Tonight I'll be taking my recycling down to the recycling bins in my building and then later this week I'll be donating some shoes to the thrift store.  I am also recycling some AMZ boxes for returns. 

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« Reply #1736 on: March 07, 2021, 04:10:55 PM »
Our old box spring started creaking with even the slightest movement so we pulled it out and put the mattress on the floor for now. Rather than sending the box spring to the landfill we disassembled it ourselves and kept some of the wood for building shelves and the wire mesh on top is now a trellis in the garden. Rather than getting another box spring, we'll get a bed frame with slats that makes all future box springs unnecessary.

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« Reply #1737 on: March 08, 2021, 06:41:04 AM »
Love that @Chaplin!

A project I'm doing is repurposing used cardboard boxes (beer boxes are especially nice/heavy duty with carry handles) with leftover contact paper to make easy to clean organizing bins.