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Freezing Ice Pops Sustainably

When storing ice pops for retail customers, I need to package them in a freezer-safe ,clear wrapping. I would like for it to be compostable, but apparently the compostable cellophane options are not ...
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Are any large restaurant chains pursuing better alternatives to recyclable packaging?

Yesterday Kraft Foods announced that by 2025 all of its packaging will be recyclable. (Note that while they include "reusable" and "compostable" in the announcement, they talk almost exclusively about ...
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Is a sump tank necessary for my proposed aquaponics system?

I am designing an aquaponics system for my basement. I am thinking about one large fish tank approximately 3500 gallons. The grow beds will be above the fish tank and consist of twelve 45 gallon ...
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What is the Degrowth perspective on ad blocking and online advertising?

From a Degrowth perspective, how would one argue in favour or against ad blocking and online advertising? To give a perspective on Degrowth, Degrowth is a political, economic, and social movement ...
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What is the effect of hot weather on the performance of electric vehicles?

Allied to the question: How does cold weather affect electric vehicles? How does hot weather affect electric vehicles, particularly when the atmospheric temperature is above 30 C and closer to 40 C,...
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How can I figure out what's using so much electricity in my home?

I recently moved into a new home with 2 other housemates (joining 1 who already lived there) and our combined bill for electricity is far higher than I expected. Now we're using just over 40 kWh per ...
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Biomass: Digestor/Reactor vs Gasifier Efficiency

When using biomass for energy, two popular options are reactors and gasifiers. The first uses anaerobic micro organisms to convert the biomass to fertilizer and a methane rich gas mixture. The second ...
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Which part of the process of estimating wind resource has the potential greatest benefit from further research?

Estimations of the potential generation resource of wind power happens at all scales from very coarse global estimates, to detailed estimates at individual sites based on specific locations and ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using lidars over sodars for wind resource assessment?

The process of wind resource assessment has used a variety of methods over the years; more recently, lidar - radar-style sensing using lasers; and sodar (similar, but using sound) have come to ...
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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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Is manual sorting of household waste more effective than mechanical separation?

In theory people can separate waste much better than a machine, since they have more knowledge about the waste itself. In practice, with all my good will, I find that following the directions for ...
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Why is the usage factor for utility-scale storage declining in the U.S.?

This chart from the U.S. Energy Information Agency was published last week in the article "EIA expands data on capacity and usage of power plants, electricity storage systems": The text of the ...
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How much CO2 is currently captured in the EU per year with CCS technologies?

I wonder how much carbon dioxide is captured per annum in the EU at the moment. In this article (p. 5), one can read that the two largest CCS facilities in Europe currently capture around 1,55 Mt/y. ...
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Is there any useful recycling of fibreglass boats or other products made of it?

Lifetime is running out for a large number of fibreglass boats produced about 50 years ago. Many shipyards where they have been produced do no longer exist and last users frequently do not have the ...
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How to manage a largish hugelkultur?

As part of the site clearance for the in-fill house I'm building at the rear of the section I have had to remove a 100 year plus old pine ( which the neighbour wanted to remove as he felt it was ...
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Which is more sustainable for eyewear/spectacles : Glass lenses or Fiber-plastic lenses?

I am about to get my first pair of spectacles. From where I am, glass lenses need a frame. Fiber-plastic lenses can be frameless. It's well known Fiber lenses are much more durable and longlasting. ...
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Any sustainability difference between anionic/cationic/nonionic detergents?

Are any of these three types of detergents more or less damaging to manufacture and/or use or dispose of than the others? I realise these are rather broad classes, but this is usually the only detail ...
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Pond for largemouth bass / perch

In NE Ohio (Zone 5 - 6) how large of a pond would I need to raise largemouth bass or perch for food production. What is the minimal depth and diameter required for 100 fish?
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Large-scale test data on LED, CFL, and incandescent brightness and longevity

A google search for "comparing LED, CFL, and, incandescent brightness" returns hundreds of charts showing what equivalent wattage of LEDs and CFLs are to match an incandescent bulb. This is fine for ...
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How do I choose the most sustainable chocolate?

I've heard that the production and import of chocolate has some consequences including deforestation, excessive use of pesticides and CO2 emissions. There are also concerns about exploitation of ...
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What is the connection between detergent enzymes and sustainability?

I was looking at the shelf with "ecological" detergents in a store and noticed that most of them boasted of being enzyme-free. I wondered why this is a preferable quality in a detergent, ...
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What to do if small amount is left in the toilet after flush?

Apologies in advanced for disgusting question. I share a bathroom with someone. He has started to get really mad that after I flush the toilet...not all the waste gets removed (95% of it does but some ...
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How much additional CO2 emissions will result from recent changes to US vehicle regulations?

From the Guardian, March 31, 2020: Trump to roll back Obama-era clean car rules in huge blow to climate fight (emphasis added): The Trump administration is rolling back the US government’s ...
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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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What is the environmental impact of detergent pods?

Laundry detergent pods became popular around 2012. Rather than measuring out detergent, you throw a pod in your washer and it does the rest. The "capsule" is made from a type of plastic that is water ...
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How effective is a Smoke Control Area at reducing particulates? (UK)

Smoke Control Areas are in place in 195 out of 434 local authorities. 53 of those cover the entire local authority. Smoke Control Areas make it illegal to burn coal and other smokey fuels and ...
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Solar Panel Drawing Amps instead of adding them?

I have an off grid powered house powered by 6 x 12v batteries all hooked up in parallel. I also have 4 x 150w 12v solar panels all hooked up in parallel too. Things were good however I decided to move ...
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What is the time basis for offset programs?

I'm kicking around the idea of creating a local offset program. My question is: what is the time basis for offsets? Best seen with an example. Say I build a solar PV system that costs $10,000 and ...
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WTW versus LCA approach in carbon footprint calculations?

I recently did some carbon footprint calculations for the organization I work for. I used conversion factors I found at the Dutch CO2 emission factors website. This website lists standard emission ...
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Is Tawashi really suitable for dishwashing?

As a step to reduce my waste I planned to make a tawashi to replace artificial dishwashing sponges. I had a t-shirt not suitable to be donated, waiting to be upcycled, so I made t-shirt yarn out of it ...
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Distinguishing between polyethylene and polypropylene plastic food packaging for recycling

I want to recycle as much food packaging plastic films as possible (I'm willing to clean and dry them). As far as I know, food packaging films are only made from 3 types of plastic: polyethylene (PE), ...
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Is there a “break even point” or life cycle analysis directory or calculator that's kept up to date?

I've seen plenty of one-time calculations dedicated to one specific thing (usually plastic vs metal straws, or reusable vs disposable cups) but don't know of any organizations or even blogs that ...
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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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Are there any articles that describe to correlation between the forecast errors for renewable energy resources, depending on the distance?

In an article by Zhang et al., the authors describe how the (normalized) forecast errors of different renewable energy sources (like solar panels and wind mills) are correlated. To that end, they ...
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Environmental benefit of recycling small cables from electronics and holiday mini lights?

For electronics, I've watched some online videos explaining commercial shredding operations and some home based scrapper videos showing how they strip insulation from common household electrical ...
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Ammoniacal Nitrogen (NH3-N) test and sources of ammonia in natural bodies of water

One parameter that's involved in water quality assessment is ammoniacal nitrogen (NH3-N), a measure of ammonia. Where does ammonia come from in natural water sources, such as a river? What factor ...
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Are talcum powder tins more sustainable than the ones that come in plastic boxes?

I was shopping and as a trial, I bought a talcum powder in a tin container instead of the usual ones that comes packaged in a plastic box. The material looks like a tin, although one cannot tell from ...
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Which type of portable heaters are best suited to use in a static caravan?

I am looking for 2 portable heaters to use in a static caravan. One to go in the children's bedroom (safe to leave on at night), the other to go in the living room. Which types of heaters would be ...
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Relationship between number of public rubbish bins and MSW(municipal Solid Waste) among countries and areas

Is there any research really about the relationship between the number of public rubbish bins and MSW? Any studies about it? Do municipalities with less public rubbish bins tend to produce less MSW? ...
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Should a projector be turned off if it won't be used for five to ten minutes?

The conference rooms in my office have projectors mounted on the ceilings, typical of many offices. During the day, several meetings will be scheduled in the rooms, with perhaps five to ten minutes ...
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How much weight would a wireless charging system add to an electric bus?

Wireless charging requires a number of 'receiving charging pad's and a 'management module' and I imagine there will be additional wiring. How much extra weight does this add to an electric bus?
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Is Marine Plywood better than plastic for the environment?

I work for a brewery and we have recently started using 3mm thick 140x90mm Pump Clips on our taps instead of 2mm thick PVC Pump clips. These are the little plaques we see when we order a beer at the ...
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Where can I find the paper “Life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA) for products and processes.”

I am currently studying circular economy theory. More specifically life cycle sustainability assessment theory. And I notice that a paper in this area that presents a lot of citations is Finkbeiner, ...
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Designing an electrical off grid system for winter

I'm currently planning the conversion of a panel van into an RV including heating, water, and electrical. The part which I'm not confident about is the reliable supply of electrical power in the ...
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My solar inverter display volts but no amps and a few watts. What's wrong?

I have 150watts 7 solar panels of specs : max DC volts 20; max SC amps 8.02Amps. Individually checked all 7 solar panels short circuit amps and they are in 6.54 - 7.84amps range. Solar Inverter Specs ...
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When/where is it feasible to use a solar cooker to boil water?

Can a parabolic reflector-type solar cooker of reliably boil water? If so, what major factors determine how much/how intense sunlight is required to do this how much water can be boiled how long the ...
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How do I clean my avocado oil intermediate bulk container so I can store water in it?

I have two 275 gallon (1040 liter) IBC totes that used to hold avacado oil in one, and canola oil in the other. I want to use it for emergency drinking water. What is the best way to clean it and ...
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Should I purchase new tins or plastic refills for chocolate powder?

A few brands of chocolate milk mix come in re-sealable tins like this: It is also possible (and slightly cheaper) to buy 'refill packs', in order to reuse the tin. However, these refill packs are ...
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How much renewable energy is curtailed around the world?

CAISO, the California electric grid operator, provides daily and historical reports on wind and solar curtailment: I started looking for similar data from MISO, the grid operator where I live, ...
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Are American census bags recyclable?

Yesterday, I received my census questionnaire. So have many millions of other Americans, recently. These bags are not labeled for recycling, but are they recyclable? Can I put them in the deposits at ...

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