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What are the ecological effects of buying “imperfect produce”?

I have seen a few sites such as imperfectproduce.com, fullharvest.com, and hungryharvest.com. They sell food that they claim would otherwise go to waste because it would be hard to sell through ...
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How far is too far to drive to a recycling centre?

Where we live the council collects recycling, however the quantity you can recycle each fortnight is sadly limited. When I get big cardboard boxes I keep them in the garage until I have. a pretty ...
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Why western countries do not heavily tax beef imports?

I hear that Brazil slowly but surely burns the Amazonian forests (apparently already payed for by western countries) to make room for cows and supported cultures like soybean. This is obviously bad ...
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Is there a sustainable agriculture certification that sees GMOs as potentially beneficial?

I keep dreaming of a certification body that has stringent and ever-evolving standards for a sustainable agriculture that looks after the environment and humans, with a rigorous but open mind when it ...
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How bad are incense sticks for environment?

Belonging to a country where incense sticks are used extensively, I wonder how bad are they, althought it is said they are good for air. But at moment, it seems highly misleading to me.
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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 to determine whether hybrid cars are really more sustainable than traditional cars?

I purchased a Prius many years ago, but many of my friends have put forth claims that the batteries are very toxic and thus I may in fact be creating more harm than good in using a hybrid and that ...
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CO2 track of staying in huts which are supplied by helicopter

How much CO2 do we produce by sleeping on average in a hut (including breakfast and dinner)in high-altitude > 3000 m)? Let's assume that the hut offers 50 beds and that a helicopter has to supply the ...
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In the UK, is it ok to recycle plastic food packaging along with carrier bags?

I live in the UK and do most of my groceries shopping online. At the same time I collect my order I can also hand back to the driver all carrier bags from my previous order (which is great). Some ...
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Impact of vegetarianism on the meat industries

My main goal is to get rid of mass husbandry and the environmental impact of industrial meat production. My question is: Is it better to abandon meat from my diet completely or to endorse eco-...
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What are the pros and cons of electric motors vs. internal combustion engines?

What are the pros and cons of electric motors, compared to internal combustion engines, from a sustainability perspective? Are electric motors better for the economy, more efficient, or more ...
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What type/breed of animals do I want for food forest maintenance?

I'm currently building a food forest that I plan to gate in to protect animals. What type/breed of animals should I look into for keeping the forest floor clean?
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Dishwasher or paper plates: which are worse?

After running the dishwasher last night it struck he how much energy it must consume: from heating large amounts of water to the motorized pumps and spinners to the heated plate drying. Then there's ...
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Which packaging has less negative impact to the environment, foil paper or plastic + cardboard?

so I am starting a small business that sells packaged food and coffee beans. Sustainability is an important issue for me, so I'm trying for my packaging to negatively impact the environment as small ...
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Why don't we use cattle to re-store CO2 in the soil?

In this old TED conf., Allan Savory, and in this rather newer other here, Joel Salatin are quite saying the same thing as a tentative to mitigate the effect of burning fossil fuels: We should use ...
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Is biochar actually a viable way of carbon sequestration?

Biochar is often heralded as a great combination of soil improvement and carbon sequestration. However, at least on the carbon sequestration front, it seems to be a mixed bag. Biofuelwatch cites a ...
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When is cleaning recyclables less sustainable than throwing them away?

I live in the middle of the US, our tap water comes from the local river, and our sewer goes back to the local river. Communities up and down the river get their water and return their waste to the ...
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How many square kilometres of offshore wind farms would be required to replace the closing of a 4GW nuclear power station

A large nuclear power plant has a capacity of 4GW and a capacity factor of about 90%. How much installed capacity of wind turbines with a capacity factor of 40% would be required to match that output?...
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What is the most sustainable option for writing in the classroom?

I teach in a kindergarten classroom. I would like to know what is the most sustainable out of: paper (starting new, and then as the year goes on, reclaimed/reused as possible paper inside of either ...
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Excavating holes for cooling during summer nights

This idea is motivated by the readings of this Hungarian weather station: It sits within a ponor/doline which is basically a hole in the ground that allows the collection of the dense cold air. It ...
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Will a warmer climate reduce energy demand and increase solar PV production?

Nowadays, everyone talks about it: climate change, and more importantly, how to stop it from happening. Although there's a lot of debate around the topic, the consensus is that by inventing a way of ...
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Is grass efficient for carbon sequestration?

I wonder how much carbon dioxide does grass sequester, compared to trees. Moreover, is grass still efficient in absorbing pollution? It seems to me that grass would be more efficient in storing carbon ...
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Should I use a plastic trash bag for my recycling bin at home or not?

I want to have a recycling bin at home in addition to a trash bin. Should I line my recycling bin with a trash bag and bag it up when it's full to toss in the dumpster's recycling bin? Or should I ...
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How to compensate past CO₂ emissions

How would I compensate 250 tons of CO₂ emissions that I've created in my life? Is there a sustainable way? I know trees can absorb a lot of CO₂, but once they die, the absorbed CO₂ is back in the ...
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Is there standard methodology for assessing how environmentally friendly a particular lifestyle is?

The headline says it all, I'm looking for a standard way of assessing a lifestyle against environmental criteria. I'm thinking of some sort of lifestyle questionnaire that will produce a score from 0 ...
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Climate change, air pollutants and greenhouse gases

I am searching article since last 10 days but could not find any articles where the inter-relation between the climate change, air pollutants and greenhouse gases is clearly explained.Can you help to ...
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Is fleece clothing a cheap and sustainable alternative to conventional cotton?

I was wondering whether fleece clothing is a good, cheap and above all sustainable alternative to conventional cotton, which uses a lot of pesticides and takes a lot of water to grow. The other ...
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Carbon emissions from Ethanol car fuel

I understand that much of the low CO2 emissions for ethanol as vehicle fuel are related to its entire lifecycle (CO2 is sequestrated when the crop is grown and released when it combusts so it is ...
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Do we have a way to limit rising sea levels in a warmer global climate?

So, let's be honest the global climate is warmer and is going to be even much warmer no matter what. This causes glaciers to melt and more water to move to the oceans, and rising sea levels. This also ...
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How to set up grid-tied photovoltaics without feed-in?

In my current place (Morocco), the electrical utility operator does not allow feed-in. How can I create a photovoltaics installation that respects this rule? I would like to create a grid-tied ...
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Where I can collect recyclable plastic waste?

Where I can get recyclable plastic waste? I have a friend in the recycling plastic business in another country and he needs a lot of plastic.
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Pros and cons of bamboo clothing compared to cotton?

I've read that clothes made from bamboo fibers require about 1/3 the amount of water compared to cotton. Also bamboo grows much faster than cotton and it requires little or no herbicides or fertilizer....
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Is there a recent study that shows how accurate wind turbine wake models are?

Wind-turbine wake models are used in the design of wind farms, to optimise the choice of turbine model, and the layout of the turbines. They're also sometimes used in the operation of wind farms, to ...
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Using LEDs to generate electricity

I recently saw the Wired article You Can Power a Calculator With Some LEDs that said that LEDs can use electricity to produce light or they can turn light into electricity. If this is true, could the ...
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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's the carbon footprint of stackoverflow?

Inspired from What’s the carbon footprint of an email? and other recent questions that made me reconsider the "immaterial" internet usage. I am curious about updated statistics about the carbon ...
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How to reduce indoor humidity in the summer time?

I own a home in southern Wisconsin, USA, where we have a humid continental climate (emphasis on humid!). There is no central air conditioning. This summer we are experimenting with cooling strategies ...
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How to reduce energy usage of a window air conditioner?

In the summer, we use a window air conditioner in our bedroom to be able to sleep comfortably at night. It takes a while to cool, and I know it uses quite a bit of energy. Here are a few steps we take ...
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Non-plastic straws in Germany?

I want to find non-plastic straws. Are there are any in Germany, that you can physically buy? I live in Bavaria. I have a big Edeka, Rewe, Lidl and Rossmann nearby, but I am ready to travel "great" ...
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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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Is wind power practically dead?

U.S. annual installations have been declining since 2012. Essentially everywhere else, besides China's low quality wind, there's only a handful of new farms being built. Is wind pretty much dead?
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How could I use egg yolk from boiled eggs?

Both my wife and I avoid eating yolk (as much as possible). I know I can find some uses for raw yolk but I am not sure if the yolk from boiled eggs can be put to good use, other than forms that ...
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Can metal drink cans be melted at home? [duplicate]

Can metal drink cans be melted at home and reused, remoulded into something?
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Reducing/Offsetting Impact of New-Build Home [closed]

So, here's a breakdown of the question. Situation: In the next month or two I will be moving house to a new-build detached house in the UK, which is on an estate of around 100 similar such properties....
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Where can I get a methanol generator?

I’m looking for a source for a methanol generator. Google is not helping. If nobody makes them, maybe a good solid methanol motor could be attached to a generator. Please help me if you have ...
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Is the cardboard from a firework box recyclable?

Firework boxes seem to have a thin layer of metal foil on the outside, presumable to assist in fireproofing. Does this mean they can't be easily recycled? There are probably some differences in ...
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

When my family purchases meat from the supermarket, it comes on a non-recyclable plastic foam tray with plastic cling wrap over the top. We can improve on this by purchasing meat elsewhere. However, ...
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Corn after humans

None of my farmer friends who grow corn for a living seem to have an answer for this. After an event that wipes out all/most human life, how long would fields planted with food corn be expected to ...
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Estimating the cost of solar panels and return time?

I'm interested in installing a solar array on my property, and am trying to find tools that can help me do a cost analysis so I can optimize my budget and see how long it will take to balance the ...

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