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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

Are there any sustainable (and useful) alternatives to toothpaste? I've tried so far this kind of tooth tabs and I'm also aware of the existence of tooth powder but I haven't tried it yet. I liked ...
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Is there a shaving razor that is an alternative to, say, Gillette Mach 3, and does not use plastic ?

I believe in adopting sustainable practices in our daily or recurring maintenance activities. Recently, I measured the amount of water I spend at the sink and shifted to mug-based shaving (rinsing the ...
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What alternatives exist for bean bag filler?

One of my kids has asked for a bean bag for their room. I'm hesitant, mainly because of the styrofoam/plastic filler beans which (I assume) are generally terrible for the environment when they ...
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

When frying food, what's a good alternative to paper towels for soaking up/draining excess oil?
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Which energy sources will replace fossil fuels for heating homes in cold climates?

Many countries are looking to phase out fossil fuels for domestic heat and hot water within this decade (see related question). Which alternative energy sources will primarily replace fossil fuels? ...
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Which CO2 price would make a real difference?

For context: Sweden is said to have the highest carbon price in the world at €110/ton (source). This price only applies to emissions not covered by the EU ETS (about half) which currently trades at an ...
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Alternatives to concrete for a flat roof

I am from India and planning to build a house with as little cement, steel and sand as possible. I am looking to keep the temperature inside the home to be minimal since temperature will touch around ...
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Are there petroleum products which do not have practical alternative sources?

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, about 23 L (13%) out of every barrel of oil is turned into "other products": The other 150 L or so is turned into things which are burned ...
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Is less white paper usually more sustainable?

Copy paper can be purchased in different white tones. The shades of white are defined by the Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage (CIE) and take values from 55 (recycling-grey) to 171 (most white)....
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Where can I find out about sustainable electronics?

Are there an online resources about brands or outlets? Are there certifications? Wikipedia refers to a 2014 Rank a Brand report about the sustainability of global electronics brands in general. I ...
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Organic & natural (maybe edible) alternatives for Pre Shaving cream, foam, oil etc?

From some old school yoga & ayurveda folks I've heard of the following for shaving: Raw Milk - I haven't tried this as yet but hope to do so when I get some unheated/ unpasteurized milk. It can ...
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What is the most sustainable choice to write on a whiteboard?

I write a lot on a whiteboard and I would like to find a sustainable alternative to traditional (disposable) whiteboard markers which are what I'm using right now. I was thinking of getting a ...
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Alternative to sealing compound

Has anyone ever used self-made, eco-friendly sealing compound for outdoors? What recipe? How long does the recipe you used last? I intend to use this sealing compound to stop wasps from getting in ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

Are there any sustainable alternatives for toilet paper? This could either be done by recycled paper (if such exists), but perhaps some other creative solution could be interesting.
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Are there any studies comparing the ecological footprint of an e-ink tablet with traditional pen and paper?

I am a graduate student in physics and I was considering getting a paper tablet like the reMarkable or the Sony DPT to replace the notebooks where I do calculations and take notes. But I was wondering ...
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Organic natural sustainable alternatives to commercial Hair Styling products; clay, wax, pomade, mousse, gel?

I am looking for organic natural materials & receipes for Hair clay, wax, pomade, mousse, gel for hair styling, not shampoo. If there are some examples please point me to them. Any that can be ...
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What are ideas to change the advertising system towards sustainability?

Recently I've heard degrowth proponents often mention how they found the whole advertising industry problematic and the topic seems to be treated as if advertisements themself were the problem. I ...
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How to mark pavement and grass without harming environment

I'm looking for some kind of paint to make markings on the pavement and on a grassy area, so that the markings are well visible for a day or so. Spray paint would do the trick but is not very ...
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Tea tree oil and water organisms

I've seen tea tree oil been advertized as powerful anti-fungal & anti-bacterial agent, which people seem to use for practically anything: laundry (in particular cloth diapers) room freshener ...
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Alternatives to garbage plastic bags

I currently use plastic garbage bags in the kitchen. I would like (if possible) to use something plastic free, as hygienic as the usual plastic bag and easily obtainable in Europe. Is there any ...
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What feed is typically used in cricket farming?

Insect farming has been hailed by some as a sustainable alternative to animal agriculture because the requirements for land and water are much lower. But just as livestock depend on plant food that ...
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Sustainable diapers?

I'm looking for a sustainable overnight (read: long lasting, high-absorbancy) diaper for my 3yo daughter. She has been cloth diapered since she was a newborn, but now I just can't find an overnight ...
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Alternatives to bottled water in the UK

I live in Devon, and tap water in my household does not taste consistently. When I moved in my current property, the neighbours warned me that they had been buying bottled water since 20 years, ...
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Is flushing dog faeces down the lavatory better than bagging and binning them?

I have taken to collecting our dog’s fæces in lavatory paper and flushing them rather than using the little plastic bags one can buy for the purpose and putting those in the (non-recycling) rubbish ...
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What are alternatives for deodorant?

There must be natural alternatives for deodorant that at least to some degree help in covering body odor caused by perspiration. I have tried to live without antiperspirant, but I don't consider it ...
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How much, if any, does resolution effect the net power consumption of watching online video?

I watch a lot of online video. I'd assume that for example videos on Youtube in 720p use less power than the same videos in 1080p. I think this might be because: more power is used by sending network ...
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How can alum stone be melted and molded into small shapes?

We are a small NGO in Nepal working to help people after the recent earthquakes of 2015 and now the floods of this year's monsoon of 2017. There is a stone here that is used as an astringent/after ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

Yellow jackets (technically a kind of wasp) can be very annoying when trying to eat outside as they are attracted to food, and especially to meats. When there are lots of them, if you are not careful,...
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Alternative for electrical washing machine

I don't by any means live an electricity-free life, yet, but more than any other household item, I think I would miss the washing machine the most. Sweeping with a good broom is a good alternative to ...
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Biodegradable cleaners to remove mold?

I've relocated to an apartment with considerable mold in a couple of closets and bathroom. Is there a way to remove this mold with a biodegradable solution?
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Hotel communal living

I want to purchase a hotel and sell rooms that have been renovated into tiny apartments that can accommodate one couple. Living together will reduce costs for all and the rent can reinvested in green ...
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Organic or Homemade equivalent White board Cleaning liquid & scrub?

We have some white boards where the ink has dried. I am sure there are commercial cleaners out there, but I am looking to find something: Liquid: Organic/ Edible - Maybe as natural as a fruit/ ...
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What are the natural alternatives for toothpaste? [duplicate]

According to culture and countries, people must have using alternatives for toothpastes. What all things can be used as effective alternatives for tooth cleaning and whitening? For example, in ...
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Solar Panel short section of string due to obstacle

Recently I have installed a set of 10 panels connected in series with 1 single Inverter. I have realised that for the first 2 hours 2 PVs have a cast shadow on them from a neighbourhood tank (that ...
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How renewable is diatomaceous earth? (How much is left on earth?)

I've read a lot about diatomaceous earth being useful for organic gardening, animal raising, pest control, intestinal parasite treatment, etc. However I am somewhat conflicted about the material ...
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How do word processing on a laptop and writing with pen and paper stack up sustainability-wise?

I suddenly had to write a packing list for a trip I'm going to make (a really sustainable one), scribbling it off the top of my head while it was on my mind. I had the choice of writing the list with ...
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Oxyhydrogen as home heating method

I'm curious about the efficiency of using Oxyhydrogen as a home heating method. Oxyhydrogen can be generated from water. I understand the fact that it takes more energy to generate the oxyhydrogen, ...
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Rocket Mass Heater Build

I'm getting ready to build my first rocket mass heater. I have access to free quartz stone and granite. Could I use this type of material to build my "J Tube" instead of fire brick? Not really sure if ...
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Is there a green alternative for spray polyurethane foam?

I know that spray polyurethane foam is difficult to remove and separate from other building materials. Also, dust particules containing toxins can be released when applying or removing it. What is a ...
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What soil mixture is suitable for sustainably growing ginger indoors?

In the past when I have grown ginger indoors, I have started it in the summer in a pot of 100% peat moss. Ginger is very sensitive to changes in humidity and requires very moisture-rich soils (in the ...
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Storing whole chickens without plastic?

Inspired by this comment: Try to replace [ziplock bags] with something else, and reuse the ones you have until they fall apart. I haven't used ziplock bags in over 5 years and haven't missed them. –...
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Solution To Cat Litter

I have a cat that is fixed and fully de-clawed. It is strictly an inside cat only and never goes outside. I buy regular cat litter from the store frequently. I would like to find an alternative. I ...
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What to use as an alternative to store-bought hay?

Given the chance and with endless cashflow I would use store-bought hay everywhere. This keeps animals dry, they like to munch on it and it also reduces the smell for those animals (like ducks) that ...