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Is buying online more sustainable than in local shop next door?

TLDR: in this particular case, where the buyer lives very close to the shop, it's likely that buying in a brick-and-mortar shop has a lower carbon footprint compared to buying online. Online shopping ...
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Is buying online more sustainable than in local shop next door?

It depends on your definition of sustainable. Your question doesn't have an absolute answer as stated. Sustainable can refer to an individual, a community, a region, a country, or civilization as a ...
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How much power does a computer monitor left switched on use?

Usually its around .5-10 Watts depending on the make/model/size etc. I would recommend getting a kill-a-watt meter and checking a variety of monitors to get a rough idea of the average. Then you could ...
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Deciding when to stop patching a hose

A 50m garden hose weighs about 5-6kg (e.g this one). That's largely PVC. So a 30ft hose will be about 1kg of PVC. Plastic hose repair connectors are (according to Amazon) 18g of polypropylene. A ...
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Which is more sustainable: Almond, Soy, Coconut, Cashew or Other Milk?

I would argue that by using non-dairy you are already putting yourself into the top 20% of low impact because any plant based alternative to dairy is significantly better than dairy itself. As you ...
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Are luxury goods more sustainable than supermarket brands?

No. Sometimes yes, but often enough no - so that looking at whether a brand is 'luxury' or 'supermarket' is not a good replacement for looking at the actual sustainability of the product. I can't ...
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Environmental impact of using paper towels for hand drying

I was able to find several different news articles discussing this topic: "Paper towels least green way of drying hands, study finds" - The Guardian "Electric Hand Dryers vs. Paper Towels" - Slate "...
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Why is it often more expensive to repair and maintain than to buy new?

Whether repairing or replacing is cheaper varies a lot between situations. You wouldn't buy a new bike or car because of a flat tire. Depending on the hole and your DIY abilities, replacing the tube ...
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Is it ethical to dump packaging of products at the same store you bought them from?

If a store offers a publicly accessible rubbish bin, then it would be ethical to ask the store for permission to discretely transfer their product to your own containers inside or near the store and ...
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Deciding when to stop patching a hose

Let's keep things practical. If two of your hoses get too short, then you would be able to patch them together to get a longer hose. If your most-patched hose has 6 patches on it (which cost $5 each)...
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Which is more sustainable: Almond, Soy, Coconut, Cashew or Other Milk?

I cannot answer the questions completely but I have experience in Coconut cultivation and processing. In our part of the world (Southern part of India), Coconut farming is very sustainable since most ...
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Do higher electricity prices cause people to use less?

In some locations, the overall cost of domestic electricity & gas (not gasoline) is not solely dependent on usage. This can arise in locations where electricity and gas bills have two charges, ...
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Why is it often more expensive to repair and maintain than to buy new?

Costs and consumers shopping for low prices. Most "stuff" is made in massive quantities in factories where process and other types of engineers have refined the steps to produce an item. Each person ...
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Is this discrepancy between energy label and measured values reasonable?

The discrepancy you find is about 30 %, and is probably in the range that you have to expect. The Report on a fair energy label for consumers "CLOSING THE ‘REALITY GAP’ – ENSURING A FAIR ENERGY ...
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Sustainable vs. responsible consumption

Sustainable Consumption and Responsible Consumption are complementary terms. Perfect sustainability means minimal environmental burden, which often leads to a reduced quality of life and sometimes, ...
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Sustainable vs. responsible consumption

Perhaps it's just a simple difference: It would be irresponsible to deny a plastic bottle of water to a person dying of thirst, however it is unsustainable to use plastic bottles that go to landfill. ...
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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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How much power does a computer monitor left switched on use?

Monitors typically have 3 power levels: On -- you're looking at one. Standby -- screen is black, but the electronics are active. Sleep -- circuits are off except for a small one to monitor the line ...
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Deciding when to stop patching a hose

I decided to make a spreadsheet. The rows are the number of holes over which you are going to run the strategy. The columns are your strategy: buy a new hose every time, patch one hole and then on the ...
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Is the metal use per person rising?

Metal production compared to population Our World in Data provides statistics on global annual primary production of metals: They also provide population data over the same time period. If we ...
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Are luxury goods more sustainable than supermarket brands?

Re "...the higher price of prestigious brands is usually dictated by costs such as craftsmanship, design and marketing...", I have to disagree, at least as a general rule. Perhaps more is spent on ...
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Measure and compare energy consumption

tldr: Look at power rating of different appliances (show in W or kW typically), or most simply try to buy Energy Star appliances. The first thing that you should know is that if you are trying to be ...
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Is it ethical to dump packaging of products at the same store you bought them from?

This is not ethical. From an economic ethics point of view, you are throwing away your own trash (which you bought and thus acquired a responsibility for) in someone else's dumpster. This basically ...
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Is it ethical to dump packaging of products at the same store you bought them from?

I don't think so and I do not think it would be an effective statement. The store will likely have practical reasons for packaging and could not change their ways even if they wanted to. And they ...
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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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Is it ethical to dump packaging of products at the same store you bought them from?

Where I live, stores do not recycle as thoroughly as people do. Therefore, when I buy meat on a Styrofoam tray, I want to put that (rinsed) tray in my home recycle, not the stories generally mixed-...
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Why is it often more expensive to repair and maintain than to buy new?

It is a question of man hours used with technology against man ours (your time used in making repairs) without technology. If you worked in a factory you could make a hundred items in the time it ...
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Energy Efficiency vs. Reduced Consumption

It's a different version of the capital cost vs cost of operation. The classic case is New vs Used car. The new car is more expensive, but the maintenance costs are generally low for the first ...
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Do higher electricity prices cause people to use less?

Part of the issue may be people don't realise how much electricity they are using. When you switch on an appliance in your home, you can't tell how much electricity that is using, or what that will ...
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