Questions tagged [environmental-impact]

describes all effects (positive or negative) of the production, consumption and/or disposal of a product, service, policy, or project on the environment.

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Recycling : paper, plastic or aluminum, which one to choose, if only one?

Supposing I can focus only on one type of material to recycle, choosing from paper (card board etc), aluminum (can etc) or plastic (water bottle etc), then which choice of material will help the ...
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Most sustainable type of cream container?

The grocery co-op where I shop offers local, organic cream from three different farms, which use three different types of recyclable containers (all roughly the same volume): Mini version of clear ...
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Plastic incineration vs discarding considerations

Firstly, let me say, I am not pro-either. I just hear about people trying to save the environment (and putting an end to bad municipal 'dump site' behaviour) by rather burning their trash. This is ...
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Life-cycle assessment of software products?

I'm a software engineer, and lately I've been thinking whether it's possible to delineate the environmental impact of a software product - say a web service, a website, an app for your phone, etc. It ...
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Is there a scientific consensus whether lifestyle or amount of human population the biggest problem

When discussing with a colleague about ecology yesterday, we had agreed on the following premise : Before industrial age, world population was low, and the environment was not significantly damaged ...
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Why don't toilets use saltwater?

My question is in the header. It would seem to be a major environmental benefit if toilets used saltwater in stead of potable fresh water, right?
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How much CO2 is emitted after 1 hectare of woodland gets burnt in a wildfire?

Wildfires are getting more and more common due to dryer and hotter summer seasons. I'm interested in the impact of wildfires in terms of CO2 contribution in the atmosphere. I'd like to get a gross ...
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What is the environmental impact of meal kit subscriptions (Blue Apron, etc)?

According to Wikipedia, a meal-kit is... ...a subscription service that sends customers pre-portioned food ingredients and recipes for them to prepare homecooked meals. Well-known examples include ...
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Environmental impact of toner versus ink cartridges?

I'm trying to decide what type of printer to buy. I've read a number of posts on the web where people claim that laser printers are more durable than ink-jet printers. Some people say this is because ...
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How do you decontaminate land?

How do you decontaminate land that has been contaminated with various toxic materials? Is it safe to just unearth everything? I live around a lot of contaminated fields and it looks like companies ...
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What is palm oil mostly used for?

What percentage of total world production of palm oil is used for fuel, and what is used for food and cosmetics? I am asking this because there seems to be more awareness in the media of palm oil use ...
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Is there a recent life cycle analysis for cloth diaper and for disposable diaper?

I am looking for specific studies on the life cycle of cloth diaper versus disposable diaper. The municipality I work for wants to establish a compensation program for parents who want to choose a ...
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The least sustainable pathway of the IPCC SR15 report

Looking briefly at the recent IPCC report it presents a number of pathways for keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees celsius by 2100. These follow a spectrum from enormous reductions in consumption ...
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Wood vs. plastic vs. metal furniture and other items, is the wood product generally most environmentally friendly?

Consider a bed or a chair, one made of wood, another of plastic, another of metal. All else being kept similar between the materials to the extent feasible, is the wood product generally the most ...
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When tape is needed for simple labeling, which tape is the most environmentally friendly?

When it comes to quick and temporary labeling of bins and storage things, a strip of tape written on can be very useful. Painters tape, masking tape, duct tape are all occasionally used for this ...
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Which consumes more carbon dioxide: a fully grown forest or a newly planted one that is growing?

I was talking to some friends and one of them claims that it is more efficient to combat global warming by cutting the trees and replanting them because a growing forest consumes more CO2. (Firstly, a ...
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Is delivery of mail to house doors by postal services more sustainable than picking up mail from a central location?

Today there exists more than one mail and parcel services to distribute deliveries. I wonder about sustainability effects, especially when you receive several deliveries a day. When everybody has to ...
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Is it better to put something potentially unrecyclable in the recycling bin or to put something recyclable in the waste bin?

This may sound like a weird question, but the other night I was about to throw away a plastic package which didn't have any recycling information on it, and I hesitated before throwing it in the waste ...
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Discretionary Carbon Footprint vs. Per-capita footprint

Are there any published academic studies which compare per-capita carbon footprint against discretionary carbon footprint (ie. lifestyle-connected emissions)? per-capita footprint is the result of ...
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What is the energy and greenhouse gas footprint of Skysource/Skywater water generator?

The Water Abundance X-Prize was recently awarded to the Skysource/Skywater alliance for: ... developing an easily deployable high-volume water generator that can be used in any climate, meeting the ...
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Which is better for carry-out eating: disposable bamboo chopsticks or disposable plasticware?

Assuming that I throw them away each time, and taking transportation out of the question, which is the most environmentally sound choice: single use bamboo chopsticks, or single use plasticware? What ...
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How environmentally friendly is palm oil with a certified organic label?

I'm trying to reduce my consumption of palm oil because palm oil production is responsible for deforestation, large forest fires and loss of biodiversity. The problem is that palm oil is present in ...
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I throw compostable food into trash — how much harm do I cause?

I live in a city that doesn't have composting facilities that ordinary citizens like myself could easily use. Although I recycle most of the plastic, metal, glass and paper I lay my hands on, getting ...
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What is the environmental impact of recycling beverage containers, by material?

I just read the article "Oregon Launches First Statewide Refillable Bottle System In U.S.". Discussing the environmental impact of this system, the article says: Until that facility [in Portland, ...
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What kind of nuts are eco-friendly?

I'm vegetarian but I need a high-protein diet. I was eating a lot of beans but they're not so great for my digestion. My belly really prefers nuts instead. I know a lot of veggies eat cashews, but ...
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Are the red worms suggested for vermicomposting considered an invasive species?

I'm considering vermicomposting as a next step to hot composting, and plan to release the red worms directly into my garden bed (using a worm bucket), but wanted to check before ordering a batch of ...
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What is the maximum sustainable population of the earth?

This question prompted by discussion regarding this answer to a question about vegetarianism. I recently came across a U.N. review of studies seeking to determine the earth's maximum sustainable ...
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Which type of BBQ grill has less of an environmental footprint, charcoal or propane or what?

Of course buying used vs. new makes a big difference, but in any case, if one is set on purchasing a BBQ grill, is there less environmental impact in the production & use of a charcoal vs. a ...
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What is an environmentally-conscious replacement for white yogurt?

I am looking for an environmentally conscious replacement for white yogurt. I do have a couple of ideas for foods that could work well, but I have very little clue if they are a better choice from the ...
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What is the environmental impact of replacing a vehicle?

I'm currently driving a Suzuki SX4 2008. It gets (supposedly) 30 MPG (9.4 l/100km) on highways, though I suspect it's much lower now because of the beating I have given the poor car and lack of ...
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What is current best practice for setting up recycling?

I'm interested in public policy as regards recycling. I recently read an interesting Atlantic article on single-stream recycling, which noted that single-stream certainly makes it as easy as possible ...
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How sustainable is the use of materials such as slate, clam shells and wood for go stones and boards?

I should like to buy some attractive go equipment and am wondering which choices are ethically acceptable, whereby I imagine that sustainability of ecosystems is more or less the only significant ...
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How to choose a more sustainable vacation option?

Background In general, for a given transportation medium, modes of transport that are more densely populated are more efficient than those that are more sparsely populated. For example, it is not a ...
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Recycling soda stream cannisters in Australia?

My wife and I have a bunch of random broken things from our previous lives that we're trying to get rid of correctly. One of them is a few left over soda stream canisters. Many recycling centers in ...
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What is the impact of switching to smart metering?

Is there some way to estimate the environmental impact on overall carbon emissions of a community switching from normal to smart meters, with all the integrated solutions(monitoring, for instance)? I ...
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Use Ebooks or normal books? [duplicate]

Ebooks and normal paper books both contribute to environmental damage in some way. I want to know, which of those two contributes to less environmental damage, on average?
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How can we all together clean up the vast plastic carpets in our oceans? [closed]

It is mind-boggling to me that there is still so much plastic out in our oceans, floating around for years and ever growing and nothing is being done about it. Governments should work together, ...
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How much is the environmental benefit of organic food offset by its higher economic cost when purchased?

One thing that I do in my life is earn extra money just so I can afford organic food as much as possible. But in this higher-earning job (which is not organic farming and thus not sustainable ...
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Is an electric shaver more sustainable than water-based shaving ? And how to determine so for one's context?

I have tried both, a low-cost electric shaver and a medium-cost regular razor for water-based shaving. Water and Electricity, are both, equally important factors to be considered for sustainable ...
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When should I get rid of a product and buy a new more efficient/useful version? [duplicate]

When should I get rid of a product and buy a new more efficient/useful version? The existing product works okay for its primary use case so I don't want to throw it away or recycle it and then spend ...
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How much soya is needed to produce a glass of cow's milk?

Producing soya beans is responsible for some significant amounts of deforestation in tropical areas and relying on soya introduces a demand for transportation in countries where soya is not grown. I ...
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Why the eco-friendly soy ink is not abundent on the market?

From time to time I see on different papers "Printed with eco-friendly ink," so I assume that it is the soy-based ink. I have read a bit about it, and the opinions about soy-ink being eco-friendly are ...
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Relative merits of 'milkman' glass vs. 'supermarket' plastic milk bottles?

(A question with looking for answers from a UK perspective, preferably) Does anyone have any pointers to, or have the knowledge to answer, the question of the larger-scale environmental arguments ...
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How environmentally friendly is the production process of vitamin B12 supplements?

A vegan diet recommends the use of fortified foods and supplements (Wikipedia). How environmentally friendly is the production process of these vitamin B12 pills? Might it maybe even be better for ...
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Is there any eco-friendly option for condom?

I am from India and there is no availability of vegan condom. I am a hardcore practitioner of sustainable living and don't wanted to create waste with single-use condom which is definitely resulting ...
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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 heating with candles economically and/or ecologically worthwhile?

Considering my home doesn't have a heating system nor chimneys, I wonder if it's worthwhile to heat using only candles. There are multiple dimensions to consider: Does it cost less than electric ...
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What is the real impact of the new Adidas collection made with recycled plastic bottles?

Adidas has a new collection made with recycled plastic bottles recovered from the oceans. I have been trying to find the real environmental impact of this collection but it has been difficult to ...
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Should I replace existing inefficient light bulbs?

Similar to this question (except that's about cars), if I can buy more efficient light bulbs than the ones I'm using right now, should I? Or is it better to wait until my current light bulbs expire, ...
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PNG optimization for website and environment impact

PNG images can be optimized in different ways. Reducing PNG size for websites seems to be a good choice in order to reduce bandwidth usage and data transport (and reduce the impact on environment). ...