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Can solid dog waste be safely added to a backyard composting heap?

You've hinted at the main concerns with putting poop in a compost pile. Will putting dog poop in the compost pile spread disease? This could happen either in the act of moving the dog poop, while ...
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Temperature for hot water cylinder

Yes, higher thermostat temperatures mean more electricity consumption. Also your thermostat manual is right, bacteria growth is a valid concern. The ideal conditions for the Legionella bacteria to ...
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Most eco-friendly staple food

First approximation: What is the cheapest starch? Use dry weight, or bucks per calorie. This tends to maximize for the calories per acre of land used, and the costs to bring it to market. It does ...
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Is cooking with palm oil healthy?

Using palm oil for cooking is fine from a health perspective, but not from a sustainability perspective. Often rain forests are cleared to create new palm oil plantations, so palm oil is responsible ...
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Does decanting eliminate heavy metals in water?

Precipitation and decantation are two different things. If left alone, dissolved heavy metals would never go down to the bottom of a container (countering the gravity pull for an ion over 10 cm costs ...
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Most eco-friendly staple food

Your location will have a big influence on what is eco-friendly since things grown where you are may require intense inputs not needed on other sites. Melbourne and surrounding areas, for example, ...
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Will vegetarianism increase the world population?

This is really a two-part question, the second part of which probably isn't answerable. If everyone were vegetarian, what would the impact on mortality be? The BBC cites "Analysis and valuation ...
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Can solid dog waste be safely added to a backyard composting heap?

Not a big problem, but also not a great benefit. Dog feces are not high in nitrogen. They will decompose quite readily. They are a hazard for e-coli (common to most crap) and if your dog catches ...
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How to create a sustainable white noise generation box?

By installing a white noise generating app do you intend to keep the phone connected to the mobile/cellar telephone network & thus continually use phone bandwidth 24/7? I would have thought a ...
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What are the most sustainable options for filtering tap water for drinking?

I live in Bulgaria where water is also generally safe to drink. However, the quality varies and sometimes a lot of chlorine is added to it. Also, there are areas here that go without tap-water some ...
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Can solid dog waste be safely added to a backyard composting heap?

You can compost dog waste, however mixing it with compost meant for edible vegetables is potentially hazardous affair because of pathogens. dog waste compost bins are separate and often meant only to ...
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What commercially printed paper is safe to compost?

Paper mills use bonding compounds, dies, and coatings. Pure white paper, for instance, is not just bleached. It has white components to increase the reflectivity. Glossy papers are the worst. They ...
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