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Ensuring Long-Term Data Accessibility in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for the Building Sector: Strategies and Challenges

I'm currently dealing with a challenge regarding the long-term accessibility of data in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) setups, particularly within the Building sector. One recurring concern is ensuring ...
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Are there sustainable footwear alternatives to leather boots/shoes?

I'm trying to make sure my next main set of shoes aren't just cheap plastic tat, but I'm struggling to find good alternatives. My criteria are: Good enough shape to walk in all day without damaging ...
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Why are EVs tagged as green when they consume so much?

There's alot of greenwashing when it comes to electriv vehicles no doubt. One major point I noticed that seems to slip through the cracks is that they don't need to be as fast as they are. The faster ...
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Infrared microwave

Microwaves are very efficient because they heat the food much more than the (highly reflective) walls of the oven. However, they heat the food throughout and thus won't make a nice crisp. Most metals ...
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What is an environmentally friendly alternative to bubblegum for freshening one's breath?

In North America, what is a more long-term sustainable alternative to bubblegum for freshening one's breath? Suppose that x and y are elements of the set of all substances edible to men, women, and ...
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Homescale designs for plastic incinerators?

I'm under the impression that it's better to burn the plastic and maybe get a bit of energy from it than disposing it somewhere only for it to deteriorate into many microplastic particles. That said, ...
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Can a significant pay rise realistically not affect my carbon impact?

In a previous part of my life, to reduce my environmental footprint, I consciously kept my salary low. My thinking was, even saving the money wouldn't help, as banks would invest them in energy ...
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Powering a small apartment

I recently saw a sale on EcoFlow products (in this case, an EcoFlow Delta Pro Ultra Starter Kit) so I decided to contiue researching ways to power up my small apartment without having a rooftop full ...
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Where can I find South and South East Asian fish fingerlings in Europe?

I am interested in farming South and Southeast Asian fish species (e.g., Labeo catla, Labeo rohita, Heteropneustes fossilis, Channa punctata, etc.) in my backyard pond in Germany. How can I obtain ...
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How to properly dispose of foreign soil?

Long story short, had some soil stuck to a vegetable that ended up passing customs (got waved through by the customs officer as they were reasonably confident there should be none present, despite ...
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What material is more biodegradable than plastic bristles for a toothbrush?

What sturdy fibres are more biodegradable than plastic bristles? Assume the bacteria which eat the toothbrush bristles are a 95% or greater match in DNA comparison to bacteria which pre-date the year ...
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What type of financing is compatible with Degrowth?

Since Degrowth is a political, economic, and social movement based on ecological economics, anti-consumerism and anti-capitalism. I wonder what type of investment could be compatible with Degrowth. ...
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Incubated chickens: how much of behaviour is nature vs. nurture?

I have dabbled with keeping some chickens in the back yard so have some basic knowledge from observing them, but I'm by no means a chicken eggspert. I know that different chicken breeds have been bred ...
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What is the environmental impact of replacing a functioning furnace with a heat pump?

It's generally accepted these days that electric vehicles are better for the environment than similar gas-powered models. Despite that, I have heard (and this very site confirms) that the most ...
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Why is it easier to retrofit an AC-coupled than a DC-coupled battery to an existing domestic PV installation?

Not wishing ever to charge a (prospective) house-battery from the grid, naively, I think of a DC-coupled battery as a sort of capacitance between existing solar panels and their inverter. Again, ...
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How many miles per year is too few to make an EV more sustainable than a small petrol car

I need a car for occasional short journeys. My yearly millage will probably be less than 2000 miles. Is it worth getting an EV or will a small petrol be more environmental. I’ll be buying used, ...
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Short Life of a Battery in a Solar Cell Garden Light

I have the small garden lights with the LED lamp powered by a AA Ni-MH battery that is recharged by a solar panel on the top of the light fixture. These lights loose power and go dark within a couple ...
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Is this symbol of three arrows pointing away from a person with a arrow surronding him a recycling symbol?

I used up a bottle of moisturising cream today, and so I looked around the bottle to find out whether I could recycle it or not. I found this symbol of a person with three arrows coming out of his ...
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Is there a business model to do carpentry without a vehicle?

I'm currently a co-owner of a small renovations contractor in a small city (~50k) in northern Wisconsin. My equipment consists of a 7x14' trailer full of tools, large diesel truck, and minivan. All ...
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Any source of recycled / second-life PV panels in Ireland?

Does anyone know of any source of recycled / second-life PV panels in Ireland ? I have a idea for a pathway to reuse panels but I'm missing the original source. Many panels that are rejected from ...
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If the groundwater is unsafe to drink, does that make the sap from a maple tree unsafe to use for maple syrup?

I tried googling an answer to this one, but this is one of those times when Google just didn't provide an answer. It says that trees are good at removing contamination from soil and that harvested ...
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How do buildings with eco-electricity know their electricity is eco?

Walking around the city centre of Warsaw I saw a poster placed by a construction zone of a new skyscraper. The poster said something along the lines "our building will use electricity from ...
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Sustainability and ethics of buying a domestic battery from a higher emissions country

I've been mulling over whether to have a domestic battery installed. I already have solar panels. I know that installing a battery will reduce my reliance on grid electricity, however I have ...
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Inexpensive way of permanently running a fridge with solar power?

I have about USD $3,000 that I can use to invest in solar-powered alternatives at my apartment. Since I live in Latin America, my small rooftop receives tons of sunlight 12 hours/day but is not big ...
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Does my facial scrub contain microplastics?

I was wondering if my facial scrub contains any microplastics. In particular, the tiny beads that are inside the soap, are they made of plastic? Are they polluting the waste water or they just ...
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For Electric vehicles, HOW are miles per gallon equivalent (or L/100 Km) calculated, accounting for different sources of energy in the grid?

Could someone giver a clear and authoritative answer on HOW miles per gallon equivalent (or L/100 Km) are calculated for Battery electric Vehicles like Tesla Model 3 AWD long range? On the Electric ...
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Why are EV batteries so much cheaper than household batteries from a per kWh basis?

If anything - shouldn't the EV battery have more requirements and be more expensive? It needs to be lighter as that affects efficiency It needs to have safety aspects like not blowing up in a crash A ...
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Where to find the column "Decadence Now", which is cited in _Garbology_

My favorite book about garbage is Garbology, by US journalist Edward Humes. It discusses garbage, what we do with it, and better ways to deal with it. The book is about a decade old, but still ...
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How to get rid of half a can of durable water repellent spray (similar to 3M Scotchgard)

(Cross-posted, together with additional questions, to a post on the /r/Anticonsumption sub-Reddit.) I have an 8 ounce (~200 g) can of Foot Locker ultra fabric & leather protector spray. I guess ...
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Does anyone know of a map of Solar PV Installers in Ireland?

Just checking if there's anyone else in Ireland out there ? I'll be using the SolarMeitheal tag to group all questions about domestic Solar PV in Ireland. The Meitheal idea is a workgroup or a peer-to-...
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Does it matter whether I recycle packaging as one contiguous chunk or as separated parts?

I deliberately avoid cutting off or tearing off parts of packaging which I intend to recycle as in my mind I would imagine that this makes the recycling process easier. But does it actually? Is there ...
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Is there a energetically low way to chemically degrade / destroy cement and concrete?

Personally I dislike cement and concrete. Nothing grows on it, it's hard and unconfortable and exists for cars rather than living beings. There are some concrete spots in front of my house where I ...
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Resources on reflective cooling

Preparing for the next heatwave with something more sustainable than air conditioning, I'm looking into the idea of installing cooling reflectors as promoted by the site www.meer.org (basically, ...
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Which alternatives to PFAS-contaminated cardboards for vermicomposting?

Vermicomposters add cardboard pieces to their waste in order to provide a source of carbon and to dry/ventilate the medium to avoid any hot fermentation. The amount of cardboard is usually high to ...
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How to prevent rust on garden tools

Without using chemicals that I cannot easily produce myself, is there a way to prevent garden tools from rusting? They are bound to stay* outdoors, protected from direct rain. I tried sunflower oil, ...
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What kind of lenses used for eyewear doesn’t melt in the oven?

Hello and sorry for my silly question! I want to create a pair of sunglasses made of Fimo (polymer clay). I know, maybe no one did something like this, but I'm ambitious when it comes to nonsense. To ...
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Because dirty dishes stink, I have to run a half empty dishwasher. How environmentally harmful is that with modern appliances?

My dishwasher is modern, bought 1 year ago. Because dirty dishes stink, I have to run a half empty dishwasher. Unfortunately I have no other choice, even fungus develops when the dirty dishes are too ...
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Why does my max power produced differ depending on the resistance of the test load?

I have a pair of solar panels mounted on my roof. They are rated 90W each, but I want to know, given my latitude and installation, what amount of power they are actually able to generate. I have a ...
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Is it inefficient to turn off the airconditioner for short durations of less than two hours?

I was recently recommended not to turn off the airconditioner (A/C) when leaving a room for two hours or less but instead to increase the temperature setting closer to the outside temperature. The ...
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Is there any evidence more renewables lowers oil consumption

Has anyone provided any evidence that building more wind turbines results in less oil wells being drilled?
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Does a solar powered direct air capture plant capture more CO2 from air than a forest planted on the same area?

I couldn't find a fair comparison. Let's the compare the following two: A direct air capture plant which is surrounded by solar panel farm which provides the energy to run it. It obviously runs only ...
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Airline CO2 emissions

There are 50,000 aircraft in the air or idling all the time. An airliner consumes 5 tons (or whatever) per hour of fuel. So 3 billion tons per year of fuel. So one ton of fuel is actually 3 tons of ...
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Why is adding thermal mass good for heatwaves, given the importance of cooling off at night?

Thermal mass is the amount of thermal energy needed to raise a building one degree. Sometimes it's desirable: earthships have very thick walls with a lot of material, while phase-change materials ...
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How do modified square and sine wave inverters work and which to use?

Today there are two kinds of inverters sold: modified square wave (sometimes erroneously marketed as "modified sine wave") and true sine wave. These allow converting low voltage direct ...
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US: Does canned pineapple produce more CO2 per calorie than fresh?

I've seen a few papers (like this and this) which suggest that fresh pineapple is less CO2-intense (also way less fresh water-intense) than canned pineapple in a few different contexts. However, these ...
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For dehumidification purposes, does a ductless heat pump use more or less energy than a dehumidifier?

We have recently installed a ductless heat pump (Mitsubishi) in some soon-to-be-finished basement space. It will be used primarily for heating during the winter (we live in Maine). During the summer,...
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Does banning plastic bags really help protect the environment? I always re-use them as rubbish bags anyway

According to Wikipedia, there has been a global trend of banning plastic bags. But does it really help protect the environment? In the past, I always re-used plastic bags as rubbish bags so I seldom ...
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At which points in a pressurized municipal water distribution system are energy-recovering turbines placed as part of "in-pipe energy" generation?

I just watched the June 9, 2023 DW Planet A video In-pipe energy: The hydro power nobody is talking about. It's a "happy story" video light on data and specifics. There's a demonstration for ...
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Where do forests store the carbon?

I am beginning to doubt the obvious answer: in the branches and trunk. The soil organic carbon (SOC) pool is larger than global vegetation and the atmospheric pool combined source Forest soils store ...
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Can we do without plastic film without an explosive growth of food waste?

The big plastic says we need plastic films to make fresh produce last longer. It seems a bit of a stretch: after all, retailers can just buy less, just as much as they can sell. However, the demand is ...
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