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Are kill switches used for planned obsolescence?

Yes - but not in the way you describe. First of all, planned obsolescence refers broadly to intentionally designing a product so that it will have an artificially short life-span, which can include ...
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How to avoid buying planned-obsolescence products?

In France they're trying to build a site referencing planned-obsolescence products: http://www.halteobsolescence.org/ . Maybe we could build the same or help them go worldwide (at least by translating ...
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Is there any way to recycle air-pollution into fertilizer?

You can use scrubbers to remove NO2 (or better NOX) and SO2 from exhaust gas emissions. Scrubbers are used in large industrial facilities, power plants, and large ships to clean-up the exhaust gas ...
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How can consumers persuade manufacturers to make their products more sustainable?

Lobbying for legislation is the best way. Barring a few conscious ones, producers are generally interested in money, and with such a huge population and market, they will always find customers who do ...
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How to avoid buying planned-obsolescence products?

Before you go shopping – whether on-line or bricks-and-mortar – inform yourself about the product in question and keep an open mind about alternative ways of achieving whatever it is you ultimately ...
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Pros and cons of bamboo clothing compared to cotton?

From a wearing standpoint: Bamboo is extremely stretchy - if the garment you are looking at is made of bamboo, you need to consider if you are expecting any support; because from my experience there ...
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Do totally Chlorine free (TCF) toilet papers exist?

The table on this Conservatree.org webpage explains that Processed Chlorine Free (PCF) means it's Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) plus it has recycled content. So all the PCF papers you found are also TCF....
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What are the carbon emissions from the manufacture of the hybrid components of a Prius?

Update. In my original answer I inadvertently divided at one point when I should have multiplied -- I found the mistake thanks to comments from Frank and THelper. So here's a new tl;dr: By mile 4,000 ...
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Can the production of herbal supplements (pills) be sustainable?

They definitely can be sustainable. The crops themselves can easily be grown in a sustainable manner. The plastic containers can be replaced with biodegradable containers, such as those made with ...
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How to avoid buying planned-obsolescence products?

As mentioned by other members there are some websites that do the selection for you. One that isn't mentioned yet is BuyMeOnce. Please note that this a commercial webshop that has found an ...
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Rule of thumb for estimating the carbon footprint of a manufactured good

Great question, difficult to answer. There's a great deal of variation in the CO2 footprint of manufactured goods. So we can compare many different goods, I suggest we use Kg CO2 per £1000 cost of ...
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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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Is there any way to recycle air-pollution into fertilizer?

Just found a patent for this: https://www.google.com/patents/US20070154374 Method for removing sulfur dioxide and other acid gases, mercury, and nitrogen oxides from a gas stream with the optional ...
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How can alum stone be melted and molded into small shapes?

There are a bunch of different materials called alum. The most common, is potassium aluminum sulfate. KAl(SO4)2 * 12 H2O The material is very soluble in hot water, and melts at 92.5 C (less than ...
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How to avoid buying planned-obsolescence products?

Well..... This is a tough subject for those of us who understand the problems associated with the circuit boards in almost every consumer product out there. When we purchased many of our products in ...
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How to avoid buying planned-obsolescence products?

I'm a newbie, so please forgive my just dumping a few ideas here... The hinge on the freezer department/ice tray door in the top of your fridge is a weak point, no-one ever defrosted the freezer box ...
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How to filter/dewater water mixed with water-based paint

This is easy, but it means additives and process. 1% Ferric Sulphate or Ferric Chloride w/w, 5% lime solution w/w (50grm/ltr solution, 1.5% Bentonite solution (50gr/ltr solution), 1% Perlite body aid ...
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