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What is the most commonly available eco-friendly writing instrument?

How would you rank the following in terms of damage to the environment: Pencils (regular) Mechanical Pencils Single-use ball point pens. Refillable ball point pens. Fountain pens The eco-friendly ...
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Are there any good diy examples of home level STES or BTES

I just came across the concept of STES - Seasonal Thermal energy storage and more specifically BTES - Borehole Thermal Energy Storage. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasonal_thermal_energy_storage ...
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Feed in Control for SMA STP 60 kW inverter

I just need to know whether SMA STP 60kW can be integrated with the feed in control methodology? or Zero Export methodology
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What is the wind wake effect and why is important for wind turbines?

I was reading about wake models. However it is unclear to me how they are used to model wind turbines. Could anybody explain me what are wake models and why it is important to predict wakes in wind ...
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What level of light intensity (lumens) do you need across a solar panel in order to obtain 15% energy efficiency?

What level of light intensity (lumens) do you need across a solar panel in order to obtain an incident-light to energy-output efficiency of 15%?
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What do I feed my snails?

So I've recently gotten into foraging and found a site called eattheinvaders.org that encourages people to eat invasive species. One of the most invasive species here in California is the common ...
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Efficiency considerations of forced air vs. hydronic central heating

For a building that is centrally heated by local fuel combustion (i.e. heating within the building rather than district heating), one may distribute the heat throughout the building using as a energy ...
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Is hydrogen a good way of storing energy from excess hydroelectric generation?

Referring to hydro electricity generation, a lot of what we produce is wasted as the buyer buys only the minimum generation. What would be the appropriate measure to use that excess energy? Is ...
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What function does hanging a compost bin serve?

I just came across a school project to build a hanging compost bin: Lakeview Compost Bin. The benefits of composting have been a frequent topic here, but I'm wondering what purpose is served by ...
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Recycling with stickers

So many of our products have stickers/tape on them, i.e. boxes, glass and plastic. I have been removing stickers/tape from boxes (except amazons recyclable tape) but do I need to be doing this for ...
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Nike water bottle breakdown?

So many know that single use plastic water bottles break down with repeated use. Well the other day, I decided to buy a reusable water bottle. I am on a budget and picked up a Nike Hyperfuel 32oz. Its ...
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Does air duct cleaning increase heating efficiency?

I recently moved into an older house with a natural gas-burning forced hot air furnace. There are no records of the ducts being cleaned, and based on the layer of black grime I can see, they are quite ...
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Roughly, how much water does it take to grow 50 lbs of fodder for most dairy cows in the US?

I'm looking for a ballpark number. Obviously fodder can include more than just one crop (e.g., barley/corn or hay/straw), and that's why I am having trouble finding a figure. Aside, I found that an ...
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Is cooking with palm oil healthy? [closed]

Cooking oil is very important to get a good taste. Is cooking with palm oil healthy?
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If there is No reason why this site - Sustainable Living could Not have a Contest to choose a new Logo - what would the Contest look like? [migrated]

Why a new Logo and a Contest? To help move this Stack Exchange site (Sustainable Living beta) up from page 12 of 15 to at least page 6/15 of the ~170 sites by 'traffic',and move it off beta (status ...
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What's the impact of throwing plastic in the bin?

There's a lot of fuss about reducing plastic usage, and one of the main reasons seems to be that otherwise it will end up in the environment, particularly the ocean. But if I dispose of the plastic ...
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What are the uses of bones from the different animals bred industrially?

The food industry grows animals for meat, but some parts cannot be sold. What is the final use of bones from the different animals grown industrially? pigs, beef, poultry.
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Is it possible to harvest energy from the storm?

My idea of a device for harvesting energy from wind, waves and especially storms is introduced in the manuscript below. If used in reality, this device will harvest significant amounts of energy from ...
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Is burning wood the same as letting it biodegrade from a CO2 emissions perspective?

I always thought, that burning wood, would be bad for the total CO2 in the atmosphere until I heard it being pitched as "renewable energy". Now I am slightly unsure. The logic goes like this: Wood ...
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Is it okay from a sustainability viewpoint to buy a christmas tree?

I am thinking about buying a christmas tree but I want to know if that is or isn't good from a sustainability viewpoint.
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Ongoing source of distilled/filtered water for humidifiers

My family has several table-top humidifiers (the cool-mist/nebulizer kind) in the house that we use a lot during the winter. Distilled water is recommended for using in humidifiers because the ...
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What's the environmental impact of industrial sources of store-bought bagged soil? Is it a 'net positive' in terms of building soil & storing carbon?

To help grow lots of trees and ecologically friendly gardens, I've bought lots of bags of soil over time. There are better, more local sources of soil/mulch/compost, but nevertheless I go the route of ...
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Which appliance should I replace first?

I recently bought a home with many appliances approaching 20 years old. As I expect that many of them will fail over the next several years, I want to get a head start on replacing them (since last-...
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How can an individual support mass reforestation?

There's lots of benefits and threats to forest, and given our current, pervasive, and severe ecological challenges, forests are more important than ever. However, it's not obvious what the best ...
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How much energy does it take to store 1 Terabyte of data in the cloud?

Some time ago I saw a documentary/infotainment program on television where they said that on average storing 1TB of data in the cloud costs 41 kWh of electricity per year. There was no further ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

Anything single-use is suspicious in terms of sustainability, especially if it goes to the trash afterwards and is not recyclable. Considering that, and the disproportionate use of paper towels by the ...
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Cooling my concrete roof [duplicate]

I need to lower the temperature on my concrete roof ,I already painted in white but also I need something more permanent and able to walk on it . I am thinking to build a wood deck and since it is ...
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Why are my LED light bulbs so short lived?

I thought the idea of LED is, that the light bulb has a very long life and uses very little electricity. I have not invested in full LED lighting but tried the LED bulbs, you screw in your normal ...
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Do people who work in sustainable offices make sustainable choices at home?

I have heard that employees who work in organizations or buildings with a focus on sustainability are more likely to make more sustainable choices in their personal lives and homes. For instance, if ...
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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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Shortcut carbon emission trading by buying and sinking coal

Carbon emission trading is supposed to use market mechanisms to make carbon-intense processes less attractive. Unfortunately, the EU market is flooded with emission certificates, such that the ...
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What is the average CO2 emission for a human while debating?

I am looking to calculate the CO2 emission of an average male human while arguing/debating. It is my understanding that the amount of CO2 emitted will be based on the respiratory rate of any given ...
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Is burning PVC with municipal waste 'acceptable' nowadays?

I started to write a comment under the question Is there an efficient way to dispose of credit cards? about the dangers of burning PVC, because this can lead to dangerous chlorine compounds in the ...
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Is there an efficient way to dispose of credit cards?

I have about 10 credit cards which I ended up not using for various reasons and I feel bad for having to throw them away in the trash, this is the case for many other things, but seems quite ...
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Is Tesla Powerwall a good investment?

I'm trying to determine if investing in a couple of Tesla Powerwall units to store solar energy is a wise financial decision. My energy cost is $0.1649/kWh. The installed price of the two Powerwall ...
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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 IKEA a good furniture brand?

We all know IKEA is known for affordable, stylish, and easy-to-assemble home goods. I've furnished my apartment with several products but was recently questioning if I should continue to purchase to ...
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Comparing train station pollution with smoking

A research done in my city's main train station showed 400,000 UFP particles per cubic centimetre. I am looking into printing pamphlets and wanted to inquire how does spending half an hour in a 400,...
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How can bath tissue be both “100% recycled” and “50% post-consumer recycled material”?

While shopping for bath tissue at the store today I saw Seventh Generation brand with this information on the label: Seventh Generation 100% recycled bath tissue minimum 50% post-consumer recycled ...
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Understanding how bottle recycling works in Germany

I am new in Germany, and I am failing in recycling, thus I couldn't help but posting here, asking for help, let me know if this is off-topic! My bottles are: Plastic bottle of orange juice Glass ...
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Bacterial digestion of leaves

Is it possible to subject plant leaves to bacterial digestion to harness methane production therefrom. Is so what are the limitations.
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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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How to choose between an electric, natural gas, or heat pump clothes dryer?

I will soon be moving into a new home with a very old electric clothes dryer. I expect that before too long it will fail and need replacing. I would like to replace this with a more efficient model. I ...
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Energy use for monitor vs pc tower

I work in a few schools where children have been taught to turn off the monitors to save energy. Unfortunately, this is all that they turn off. Every Monday morning I find 30+ computers running with ...
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Why does wind just track the economy

Whenever oil booms, wind booms too. Whenever oil production crashes wind crashes too. The US added about 5GW or 2 million barrels of oil equivalent this year of wind and 300 million barrels of oil in ...
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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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For overnight heating, is it more efficient to use an electric space heater in a bedroom or a whole house natural gas furnace?

Is it more efficient to heat a bedroom with whole house's forced-air natural-gas burning furnace, or only an electric space heater in the bedroom? For a very location-specific application, electric ...
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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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Can garbage trucks crush empty but closed plastic bottles?

Empty plastic bottles are often dumped carelessly without being flattened but the cap on. I assume no human can flatten such a 1.5l bottle (see example image), but can a garbage truck? I want to ...
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Which climate change mitigations take longer than 12 years to see a net benefit?

The recent IPCC SR15 Report has garnered a lot of press coverage because it warns that we must dramatically reduce CO2 emissions by the year 2030, less than 12 years away. Global net anthropogenic ...

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