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Sustainable Alternative to Aluminium Foil?

I'd suggest getting a high-quality enamel baking dish - enamel/ceramic, in my experience, is much better at being "non-stick" than Teflon, lasts a lot longer, as well as avoiding the potential risks ...
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What is the most sustainable way of making coffee?

TL;DR Get your coffee beans with rainforest alliance certification Drink it black or with non-dairy whiteners Full answer: I think the points you mention are relatively trivial compared to the big ...
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What is the environmental impact of meal kit subscriptions (Blue Apron, etc)?

A study recently published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling journal provides evidence that meal kits have a smaller carbon footprint than grocery shopping. From the study "Comparison of Life ...
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Sustainable Alternative to Aluminium Foil?

I want to frame-challenge your assumption that aluminum is a poor choice due to difficulties in recycling. The linked question refers to "aluminum food packaging" such as soda cans, which is a ...
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Differences in efficiency between oven, toaster oven, and stove?

If the toaster oven is an option, it would generally be more efficient than a full-sized oven (unless the toaster oven is on it's last legs and the oven is a brand-new version, or something to that ...
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Eco-friendly alternatives to PTFE-based (teflon) pots?

Cast iron, correctly seasoned and maintained, is very effective at providing a non-stick surface. Many cast iron pans are available "pre-seasoned" but this cannot generally be relied upon to be a ...
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Cookware thermal isolation

There is cookware that uses insulation for cooking, not quite in the way you envision, but close enough. I'm referring to a cooker Thermos Shuttle Chef, popular in Japan (as シャトルシェフ). It's an ordinary ...
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Water heater vs stovetop: most efficient way to heat water using natural gas?

Stovetop vs water heater efficiency A gas stove-top is about 44% efficient (source), and a modern natural gas water heater with a tank is up to 67% efficient (source (pdf)). Basic formula From this ...
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Shall I boil water with a water boiler (cooker) or with a pot?

Put the broccoli in a microwave safe bowl with a few tablespoons of water, cover the bowl with a microwave safe top (ideally maybe a glass lid, but if plastic, don't let it touch the food!). Then ...
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What is the environmental impact of meal kit subscriptions (Blue Apron, etc)?

There is quite a range of different meal kit services. To subscribe means to take that service for a longer period. We (in Germany) have different services. Some of those services just provide a ...
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Which type of BBQ grill has less of an environmental footprint, charcoal or propane or what?

Propane releases 59 kg CO2/GJ, which works out to ~0.06 g/BTU. On a 70000 BTU grill, that's 4000 g, or 4 kg, or 8.8 lbs CO2 per hour. Natural gas releases 49 kg CO2/GJ, or about ~0.05 g/BTU, or 3500 ...
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How much more efficient is boiling water with a lid?

TL;DR: power saving with a lid comes from the fact that you can use a lower power-mode on your cookstove. Energy used to bring the water to the boiling point is roughly the same with or without the ...
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When/where is it feasible to use a solar cooker to boil water?

Just a matter of money; you can boil all the water you want with enough focusing solar collectors . There is an installation ( maybe more) in AZ (?) that melts metal with this method. Reliable,good ,...
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Distinguishing between polyethylene and polypropylene plastic food packaging for recycling

If you are planning to do it on a big scale, look into acquiring an FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) spectrometer. There are portable ones you can carry. Polypropylene has a remarkably different ...
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Distinguishing between polyethylene and polypropylene plastic food packaging for recycling

PP and PE are the same chemical family: olefins. So they can be recycled similarly. There is probably more difference between high density PE and low density PE than between PE and PP.
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Sustainable Alternative to Aluminium Foil?

Not possible to recycle foil everywhere, here in Ireland for instance. Because it is not clean before going to the centres for recycling. The same applies to cling film, which you have another name ...
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Eco-friendly alternatives to PTFE-based (teflon) pots?

The page HealWithFood describes four alternatives to Teflon and declares: "The manufacturing process for PTFE (Teflon) cookware uses a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which has been ...
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Water heater vs stovetop: most efficient way to heat water using natural gas?

Any water heater built in the last 10 years will be significantly more energy efficient than your stove. At the same time you might want to consider a number of other variables if you are really into ...
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