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How to sustainably deal with garbage?

In general most collected garbage will be either incinerated or end up in land fills. The garbage that is "recycled" (like PET bottles, say) is usually downcycled (into carpets, say). A well-...
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For the exactly same income, does a person pollute more when living in a big city or in a small town?

Quick summary: The city and the country both have positives and negatives in pollution production... the data here suggests perhaps the urban core produces slightly less pollution (depending upon how ...
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How to sustainably deal with garbage?

Your first priority when living sustainably is to reduce the extent to which you rely on others for anything, since they may not share your priorities. If you get your food or energy from others you ...
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Will planting trees around my house save me from pollution?

Pollution Trees (and plants for that matter) can reduce air pollution by trapping small particles (fine dust) on their leaves and by absorbing gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone and sulfur dioxide. ...
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Is there any eco-friendly option for condom?

There is something called Reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance (RISUG, see Wikipedia page for more details) which is alternative to a condom which is 100% eco friendly. In short, it a one ...
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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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How to start sustainable living in UAE?

There are lots of small things you can do. The list is potentially endless and really depends on what you consider to be 'small' effort. But to give a few examples: Always carry a sturdy reusable bag ...
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How can I enforce the garbage recycling?

You have to persuade people to do it and ensure the infrastructure is there. For the first, start an organisation of volunteers. Put up posters, organise lectures in schools, factories, social ...
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Portable humidifier that does not use electricity

I've seen the technique that you describe used in hot desert climates, were it was used in rooms that were cooled by refrigerated air conditioning. Such air conditioning can dehumidify the air. ...
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How feasible is a city with no cars and no streets?

This is simply a fancily designed chain of cities based on the about 40 years old idea of the "compact city". The idea is to reduce urban sprawl, reduce traffic and improve living conditions....
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Can you live in a Caravan for a long term? permanently?

Some people live in caravans (or trailer homes as they are known in the US), sometimes for long periods of time, as a matter of necessity due to their economic situation. Most people find such a ...
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Producing my own energy options in urban area with windows but no roof access?

Others have touched on this too, but if it's purely about economic or environmental concerns, then saving energy is better than creating new energy just to turn around and waste it. If you spend ...
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Is there any eco-friendly option for condom?

There's another completely natural and sustainable and reusable alternative, although NOT vegan. Its the lambskin condom, made from lamb's intestines.
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Portable humidifier that does not use electricity

Besides those mentioned in Fred's answer, there are more choices available that you could consider trying. You can find non-electric humidifiers in most major online shops as Amazon. These are ...
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documented research on best practice for encouraging behaviour change towards more sustainable transport?

Some interesting work on this problem is being done by researching university campuses as "microcosms" of society. I recently came across a paper that used my school, the University of Wisconsin-...
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Is it feasible to compost in an apartment in a city like New York?

I have tried vermi-composting in an apartment, and despite the theoretical lack of fruit flies, I was never able to eliminate this problem in reality. Since you have a balcony, fruit flies may not be ...
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Meta-campaigns for sustainable building management?

There are several active organizations which provide guidelines, ratings, and certification of sustainable buildings, focusing variously on energy, water, waste, and embodied carbon. Several standards ...
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How feasible is a city with no cars and no streets?

A "city" implies people. Lots of people. Those people need to eat. Food generally is purchased at (super)markets and grocery stores. It usually is delivered by trucks. No roads means no ...
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How to start sustainable living in UAE?

There are a lot small changes that can be done and one can be improved over time thinking sustainably. Important thing is to start and know it comes with some discomfort at the beginning. Answers ...
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How to start sustainable living in UAE?

I found few while surfing internet Switch to portable cup. Carry reusable bags.(clothe tote bag). Carry steel spoon. Use a sustainable razor. Switch to bamboo brush. Use reusable straws. Try ...
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Can you live in a Caravan for a long term? permanently?

It is not for everyone, and even if it agrees with you, it may not be for you for a very long time. That said, I'd plan for a fixed period, after which you could choose to extend, or abort. I lived on ...
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Did subsidies for suburban development exist?

There is an indirect subsidy that most people ignore. In contrast to where I live (Finland), where gas taxes are high, higher than the cost to construct roads, in USA gas taxes are almost nothing. The ...
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For the exactly same income, does a person pollute more when living in a big city or in a small town?

Much depends on the local hierarchy of settlement. Canada tends to have smaller numbers of larger cities. There are relatively few cities in the 50-100K class. At present I live on a farm. (I grow ...
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For the exactly same income, does a person pollute more when living in a big city or in a small town?

My contribution to pollution comes from three main areas: my travel, both the daily commute as well as shopping, visiting, and recreation how I heat my house stuff I buy and throw out If you truly ...
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