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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-11-2020, 07:09 PM Thread Starter
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I am making an effort to be more environmentally friendly.

Some small things I do... try not to waste water, short showers, not flushing with every pee, turning off lights, recycling although I am trying to get better.

Recently a lot of products have been coming to my Instagram feed like reusable ziplock bags, and rubber plastic tops instead of using Saran Wrap and bio degradable garbage bags.

My question is... what are other things I can be doing that will actually make a difference?

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And my other question is... a lot of these eco friendly items require more washing and therefore more water use. So whatís worse... buying plastic produced in factories that omit chemicals, and throwing them away each time increasing the plastic in the water and our fish that we eat etc. or wasting more water...
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My question is... what are other things I can be doing that will actually make a difference?
You can save even more water by showering with a friend.

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While being Eco friendly ensure you're also health friendly.
I prefer stainless or glass for most things. More plastic is washed, the more it will break down. Hot water increases the effect of breakdown.

An idea I'm implementing for showers is a mist shower. Should be able to google an find info on it. We currently use a water conserving shower head.

I use this for my lunch. Payed for itself in 10 days, and reduced a garbage bag of trash during the same time. And saved a lot on propane for cooking. 15 total minutes on the stove, and 4 hours later it was still scalding hot. Takes a little getting used to. First time I used it thought it was full and by the time I was ready to eat is was only half full of food. The rest was water.
Just have to keep it from falling over and staying on its side.

https://www.amazon.com/Thermos-Brand...9669757&sr=8-8

A big one is to buy local from farmers markets, or little mom and pop gardeners.
Massive amounts of waste in the food transportation industry.
If able learn local wild plants. Be surprised how much one can save in both $ and environmental costs doing so.


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Unfortunately, acting in an environmentally friendly manner is not simple ,there are often trade-offs, and those trade-offs vary a lot with where you are. In some places there is plenty of water, so extra washing is not a significant effect, in others water is scarce.

I see CO2 as the largest environmental problem, so minimizing fossil energy use is probably the best overall approach. No simple rules.
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And my other question is... a lot of these eco friendly items require more washing and therefore more water use. So whatís worse... buying plastic produced in factories that omit chemicals, and throwing them away each time increasing the plastic in the water and our fish that we eat etc. or wasting more water...

Depending on where you live and the amount of time and space you have.
If you like fresh fruits and veggies consider container gardening.
Many fruit trees can be grown in containers. I have several and they are
doing well. I also have several containers which catch rain water.
I use that for watering plants in the containers. I use fish fertilizer
on a lot of my plants. Dogs and cats are attracted to it because of the
smell.

Unless I have no other option I will not buy anything that comes in a plastic
container. Milk is usually the only exception. No water, soda, or juice.

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Another way you can be eco friendly is to not go shopping until you have several stores that you need something from. Only shop when you already have to go somewhere (work, a Dr.'s appointment, to drop off or pick up a child, etc.) and then plan all your stops on route to and from that place. If a store is out of the way, wait until you have another reason to be in that location.

When you wash dishes by hand, use a small tub with a few inches of water in it and dish soap. Wash a few items, rinse them and turn off the rinse water. Many people just leave the rinse water on between washing items.

Quit using paper towels except for picking up disgusting things, like throw-up or animal messes. Buy Norwex cloths (and Norwex laundry soap just to wash the cloths, because it works better than regular soap.) They are expensive, but they last for years. You don't have to use soap or cleaner when cleaning with them. Just water. Even grease comes up with a wet Norwex cloth. Find someone who sells them and attend a "party" to see for yourself how they work. (I don't sell them. I just am a happy customer.)
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