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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

To add to Terry and Darren's suggestions, I wanted to insist on the fact that modern bidet attachments are available and easily installable on a sitting water toilet without major modification. This ...
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How much, if any, does resolution effect the net power consumption of watching online video?

The Natural Resources Defense Council commissioned a study in late 2015 to understand the energy consumption from 4K TVs, titled The Big Picture: Ultra High-Definition Televisions Could Add $1 Billion ...
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Hotel communal living

Since you don't indicate in which country you're thinking of implementing this plan, I'm going to write from my perspective in the US, considering chain hotels (Marriot, Holiday Inn, Hilton,, etc) ...
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

I have not found much of an alternative to paper towels, but you could at least try the following: Drain food that has been deep fried on a wire rack. Only after this use paper towel to soak up ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

When my daughter was in diapers, we used cloth wipes for her. I bought them online, but pretty much any small piece of cloth will do. I would wet it with a spray bottle of water or a wipes solution to ...
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What feed is typically used in cricket farming?

I received the following answer after emailing a company that raises crickets. We use a agricultural feed that includes feed beans, buckwheat, and feed corn non of which are edible by humans. We ...
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Is flushing dog faeces down the lavatory better than bagging and binning them?

Flushing down the toilet is a lot better than have it end up in a city dump where it will remain as long as the bag that contains it lasts. You can purchase dedicated pet waste composting units or ...
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How to prevent rust on garden tools

Linseed oil is traditional. Presumably you could either grow the seed or buy a bag of it and crush and boil it yourself. Linseed oil is a drying oil which, in contrast to the sunflower oil you ...
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Alternative to sealing compound

Indians, and later voyageurs used a mix of wood ash, spruce resin and lard. Spruce resin is just collected off of trees. Melt. Once it flows well, filter the sticks and bugs out. Add wood ash to the ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

I personally use a combination of d-limonene & borax. First, borax is a natural occurring salt from lake beds and d-limonene is basically just orange oil, a solvent. Mix the two together and ...
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What are ideas to change the advertising system towards sustainability?

This is a complex issue and one that's hard to address succinctly. It gets into the larger matter of media and its role and interaction with society, which is profound. This includes political and ...
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What are ideas to change the advertising system towards sustainability?

The issue is not advertising per se, but what drives it. In a capitalist system, businesses pursue higher revenues and lower costs in order to maximize profits. Advertising is a part of this system ...
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Organic & natural (maybe edible) alternatives for Pre Shaving cream, foam, oil etc?

There are a few recipes available out there. Most of those that I have seen are oil based and the ingredients that they use are very easy to buy (at least where I live). I will give you an example ...
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Organic or Homemade equivalent White board Cleaning liquid & scrub?

I use lab alcohol for the ones in work. You need a solvent to free up the inks. At home I'd use methylated spirits (alcohol stove fuel). Flambe alcohol might work. You could test some vodka but the ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

In more outhouse oriented times, folk would use old corn cobs. Giving us the expression 'corn-hole'
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

Slices of stale bread are a good alternative. I keep crusts / the ends of loaves in the freezer and place 4 to 6 on a tray to cover the tray. You then just place your fried food on top to drain. The ...
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What alternatives exist for bean bag filler?

Rice hulls , and I think other small grain hulls should be very good . Some pillows are stuffed with rice hulls ( the TV advertisements claim they are wonderful ).
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Is less white paper usually more sustainable?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: White paper is produced by bleaching the dried pulp, whether raw tree product or recycled. The following is reproduced from this site: To produce a white paper ...
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Alternative for electrical washing machine

If you don't feel like making a DIY washer, there is actually a whole niche industry of non-electric washers, including the Laundry Pod and the Wonderwash. You spin them around manually and leave your ...
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Is there a shaving razor that is an alternative to, say, Gillette Mach 3, and does not use plastic ?

Until I see a lifecycle analysis of safety razor shaving vs. electric shaving to show electric is more sustainable (less water, less soap etc.), I would say safety razor wet-shaving seems to be the ...
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What are ideas to change the advertising system towards sustainability?

Steps that would make a difference: Regulation A: A truth in advertising policy. Go after them hard for deceptive practices, especially 'life style' ads. (The attractive young lady does NOT come ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

Another way is to use a trap to get rid of them. I hate wasps and these devices work quite good and most importantly passively (i.e. you don't have to spray the wasps). It's also very easy to build ...
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What is a low-toxic way to kill yellow Jackets?

One method that I have found to be particularly good is using a soap with surfactants in a Hand Pump Garden Sprayer which can be found for under $20, for example here is one on Amazon that looks ...
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Is flushing dog faeces down the lavatory better than bagging and binning them?

Well, dogs excrements seem to be something special. First of all, they will not cause any problem to sewage-treatment facilities, as long as they do not come together with bags. It might rather be a ...
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Alternatives to bottled water in the UK

From a BBC article on 2018-01-25: Plastic bottles: Free water refill points rolled out to cut waste Shops, cafes and businesses will offer free water refill points in every major city and town in ...
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Alternatives to bottled water in the UK

I was looking at the website of South West Water, the company that supplies tap water for Devon, and they have a page on Tastes and smells where they say that ...often unusual tastes or odours ...
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Alternatives to bottled water in the UK

There are jugs with filters. This happens to be a Brita.
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What alternatives exist for bean bag filler?

Polystyrene recycles well. I’d look at intercepting some. Yes, you didn’t like this option. But it’s the best one I can think of off the top of my head. Additional ideas: Partially fill the bag with ...
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Which energy sources will replace fossil fuels for heating homes in cold climates?

There's an interesting summary of the situation in the UK here. In short, the most widespread option is likely to be heat pumps, despite some significant disadvantages, such as cost, and that fact ...
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