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How do I get rid of numerous small pieces of charcoal?

There's a small piece of land used for burning tree branches on bonfire (because that's the easiest way to get rid of them). Most of the material gets burnt to ashes but some of it only turns into ...
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Is using a menstrual cup better for the environment than using pads or tampons?

Menstrual cups can last between 5 to 10 years depending on the brand and care in use. There are many different brands and designs. E.g. Diva cups only last about the average of 5 years, while Mooncup ...
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Are used “blister packs” recyclable?

Now, in management of recurring everyday waste, this is something totally unavoidable. Are tablet strips (what they call blister pack strips), after use, recyclable? Can they be dumped with dry ...
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Are there any take-out restaurants where you can bring your own dishes?

Many cities in the US have banned plastic bags, and more are added to the list regularly. In addition, some cities are even beginning to ban plastic water bottles. These bans (and in some cases, fees)...
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Reusable alternatives to plastic wrap?

I have been reducing use of one-time-use items in the house, and have drastically reduced the use of plastic wrap by putting food items in tupperwares. However, there remains a few uses for plastic ...
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Why refrigerant cooler is more popular than evaporative cooler?

When I look at how houses/offices are cooled in my area I see that refrigerant cooler is far more popular than evaporative cooler. I did not find any company which serves evaporative cooler services/...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

For at least a few weeks, I've been living using others resources. I do not own a cellphone and have no expenses except my car insurance. I'm currently using my car for sleep and transportation. For ...
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Are my compost piles adding CO2 to the atmosphere by offgassing?

I make several compost piles, flip them regularly, add some additives and apply them to my crops. I often cover the piles when its rainy, will this affect the offgassing? Some of my neighbors apply ...
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How to best dispose of a plant-based 100% compostable plastic ECO-CUP?

I would like to dispose of a plastic cup: Bottom view: Markings on the cup say: 100% COMPOSTABLE & BIODEGRADABLE MADE FROM 100% RENEWABLE RESOURCE ECO-CUP® Made from plant NatureWorks® Type 7 ...
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One big container vs multiple small containers

I use Fage yogurt as an example, but if possible, I'd like a general answer that can apply to products that are similarly packaged (ice cream tubs, detergent, etc.). Assume the consumer consumes 1kg ...
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Tissues or cloth to clean a baby - what's more sustainable?

We have a baby and use tissues often to wipe him after feeding, cleaning his nose etc. The alternative would be to use cloth and wash it on a regular basis. My gut feeling is that cloth is more ...
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What can I do to give second life to half-drained batteries?

Suppose I'm replacing batteries in some powerful device like a flashlight - the flashlight will not even run on those batteries but some low power device like a TV remote or a wall clock will continue ...
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How to buy an ecofriendly printer that accepts refilled cartridges?

I have a HP Deskjet printer that does not allow me to use refilled cartridges, therefore every time it runs out of ink I need to buy a new cartridge, which implies a lot of waste. I would like to ...
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How can I manage my fridge's contents better?

Sadly, about 30-50% of the Western world's food is thrown away. Personally, I waste about half of my food, due to poor fridge management. I forget what I have bought and find expired food located in ...
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Can wood wool be produced from plywood waste?

For packaging of parcels, is it feasible/ possible to produce wood wool from the waste of plywood products? If not, what alternative packaging uses are there for plywood waste?
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How to minimise waste when making preserves safely and cheaply?

When reusing preserving jars, the most commonly available metal lids (with a rubber or soft plastic seal) are really just meant for a single use. I did find some reusable plastic lids (BPA and ...