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What is Body Shower Milk (common term in Germany)? Is it more sustainable than ordinary shower gel?

It looks like the term is only used in Germany. I tried to search for it and found some hints in a random forum. I do not know how trustworthy this information is. Errr, no. What is sold as "...
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How to correctly get rid of human poop?

I want to live alone in a floor above where I'm currently living cause I don't stand my family, only inconvenience, there is nothing not even tiles, I don't mind the discomfort but, how can I get rid ...
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Renewable garden watering system - 12v battery system (solar recharged) to ensure there is 50l of water at 20ft twice a week

I have a load of water butt rainwater storage linked to my gutter downpipes for my garden water needs, but I can't stand around waiting to fill watering cans from taps on butts, so occasionally (once ...
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Do timber buildings absorb carbon in the long run?

One of the advantages of timber buildings is regularly said to be their ability to absorb carbon from the atmosphere. Wouldn't this require the timber used in the building to not decay, or at least to ...
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Are soybeans mainly grown for animal feed or oil production?

In the great vegan vs. non-vegan environmental debate a big point of contention is the topic of animal feed. Vegans argue, that a large percentage of agriculture, namely 98% of soy production should ...
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Solution for reducing volume of plastic recyclables

I've been having issues with my indoors storage solution for plastics. Loose wrappers and containers from food products tend to take an unnecessarily large amount of space and without a way to ...
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Grass rug/carpet sustainable alternatives?

My balcony has a very ugly concrete floor that I don't like. I really like grass carpets (see a few examples on Amazon) though. I like their texture and I think they make a balcony more homely. To ...
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Solar setup for well pump

The electricity where I live is pretty expensive at about almost 30 cents a KWh, so I'm considering setting up a solar system. I got 3 100 Watt Polycrystalline solar panels a while ago, pretty cheap. ...
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How to sustainably survive in Besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University? [closed]

Given the current situation in Hong Kong Polytechnic University, with 50 survivers (protesters) being besieged by more than 500 polices located at every intersection of streets nearby, and even drains/...
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Solar Install Flat Roof

I want to install 23 305w panels on my roof. It's a flat roof constructed with 2x8 beams spaced at 24". There is no snow load to consider and we get occasional wind and rain storms a few times per ...
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Uses for Sycamore tree bark?

I live near a number of parks which have very large Sycamore trees. In winter these trees naturally shed their bark. The bark tends to pile up at the bottom of the tree until, I assume, the park ...
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What are the root and aboveground dimensions of a cotton plant at its largest? [closed]

I'm experimenting with optimal cotton growing techniques using the least amount of water required and plan on growing a cotton plant in simulated field conditions. That said, I need a large enough ...
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Adding solar to a small van.. just need steady 12v source not a battery bank.. question about switches and isolators? [closed]

I have a 2018 Ram Promaster city cargo van with OEM 12v 70AH 120RC Sealed Led acid battery and a 160a alternator. Sitting on top of the battery I have a 1200 Watt pure sine 100v inverter connected ...
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Why is recycling (or trash collection) not a government subsidized or ran project? [closed]

The government (specifically the US, and by governemnt I mean local, state, and federal) is responsible for many public works, social welfare programs, and public safety projects that span locally to ...
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How to setup the below solar configurations? [closed]

I have following components :- – 2 * 250 watt solar panels v-guard – 1 * 12 volt, 150ah battery mtekpower – 1 * 900va inverter v-guard – 1 * 12/24 volt , 50amp charge controller v-guard the ...
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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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Innovative design solutions to increase recycling rates among university students

I have an assignment to research innovate design solutions to increase recycling rates, in particular recycling rates among university students. I've found an excellent research report on topic (but ...
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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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Is going paperless really that much better for the environment [duplicate]

Say you want to read some document, like an newspaper article, If you read it online you still have to power a screen, which is powered by a computer or mobile device, which these days are becoming ...
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Are renewables sustainable? [closed]

Wind and solar require steel, which is made with coal and/or natural gas to create using the Bessemer process, BOS, and other standard steelmaking practices. How do you get around this?
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What are the environmental consequences of shipping food across the Atlantic Ocean [closed]

For a given weight and volume of food requiring refrigeration, how much worse would US manufacturing need to be than Western European manufacturing to environmentally justify purchasing imported food? ...
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Living in a horse lorry [closed]

What are some of the main reasons horse lorries are so cheap to buy? (they just seem very cheap and it instantly makes me suspicious) Such lorries can be converted into a housetruck and be lived in, ...
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Which chemical should be added on recycling LDPE to make the granules brighter [closed]

What should be added while recycling LDPE(low density polyethylene ) to brighten the granules. Which chemical should be used and how much amount.
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Melting of plastics in absence of air [closed]

Kindly advice me whether melting of plastic in absence of air produce harmful fumes or other chemicals? Whether it is a safer practice compared to normal melting?
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What would need to happen to push NYC or other urban centers towards holistic sustainability? [closed]

Structurally or otherwise, is there a way to transition an unsustainable city into a sustainable one? What would needs to occur and what would the effect be? Can modern civilization become sustainable?...
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Will chickens eat quince? [closed]

I've read that a quince is a very hard fruit, and was wondering if chickens like them enough for one of their forage foods.
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How can I find artisanal bakeries in Madrid? [closed]

For me, artisanal refers to local production with traditional methods that, due to its local focus and valorisation of time taken for production, are less resource intensive than industrial mass ...
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What is the most valuable “thing” I should focus on when scrapping electronics? [closed]

Since I'm still getting to know the world of sustainable living, recycling, scrapping, and everything related to that - I would be very grateful if someone gave me a few pieces of advice. I would ...
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Legalities of compost toilets [duplicate]

Is there any compost toilet that is legal for new construction? Assuming the answer is no, will there ever be?
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How to fight back bad companies/governments and *really* do something? In other words, how to change the world in better? [closed]

I was wondering what could I do to fight back "bad" companies and practices, for instance seed industries the produce MGOs, companies that starve their employees, companies that pollute the ...
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What is the economic sustainability of solar power [duplicate]

A lot of opponents of solar power that I talk to argue that solar power is not current economically sustainable in the long term based on the energy and infrastructure required to create the panels, ...
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Is it correct in thinking that Constant (Continuous) Flow is NOT the same as Constant Flood?

So the long debated question of which system is better has already been argued and fought for a while now. This isn't that. See the end of this post for the direct question. In trying to determine ...
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Which paperboard/wood is not healthy for cooking barbecue? [closed]

In Argentina on weekends we cook barbecue with fire generated with woods and paperboard. We don't use gas like in the USA. I know there are some things that cause cancer and other illness like OSB ...
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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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Sustainable vs. responsible consumption

What is the conceptual difference between sustainable and responsible consumption, if any?
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Is mud, or berm/swales considered to be worth more in a wetland?

I understand that many animals like frogs need to reproduce in water, but live mostly on land after that. If I create berm/swales in the wetland will this likely increase the value of the land to ...
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If I plan to drive on soft ground, what can I do to avoid sinking in?

I'm expecting tons of wood chips to be dropped off in part of my yard every day this year, and am wondering what I need to do so the arborist can easily drop them off as close to where I want them as ...
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Are there currently any solar panels that are produced/built entirely with solar power/energy?

The closely related Are there types of solar panels that can be made completely locally and independent of fossil fuels? Suggests that it is possible to make solar cells without fossil fuels. I ...
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In what unexpected ways could human hairs be recycled or upcycled? [duplicate]

Currently, hairdressers around the world throw away tonnes of human hairs after they have given someone a new hairstyle. I know people sometimes donate their hair, which can be used to create wigs. ...
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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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How long to charge 12v deep cycle battery?

How long would it take to charge this deep cycle battery (Amazon link) with a regular household electricity plug? Thanks.
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Is it healthy to brush teeth only with tea tree oil? [closed]

I want to reduce my own consumption of industrial toothpaste, in particular to avoid the large amount of plastic packaging it uses. I have already been using tea tree oil as a supplement to my ...
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Move to electronic documents [closed]

It has occurred to me that no one has thought about this issue, so I thought I would pose the question. Why, in the modern electronic age are we still using paper? Just to give you an idea, at my ...
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How do I innoculate a 3 year old tree with a mycorrhizal fungus? [closed]

I have a number of fruit trees that have been in the ground for several years. I did not have access to mycorrhizal innoculants at the time of planting. Can I inoculate them somehow now? How?
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Is the cost of non-fossil fuel LCOE misleading?

Natural gas is a waste product. Its "cost" is almost entirely profit. All renewables can do is compete down this margin, they can never beat gas. If renewables are cheaper that just means some ...
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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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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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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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How to prepare my home for vacation to reduce energy use?

When going away for vacation for a few weeks, what steps can I take to reduce the energy and water my home will use while I'm gone? I've already asked about what to do with a refrigerator, but I'm ...
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Creating a string of six 2V batteries in series to power an inverter

Background: I have a Magnum Energy MSH3012RV 3kw inverter-charger that runs on 12VDC and I'd like to be able to discharge around 250 to 300 AH between recharges (from 120VAC input) without the ...

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