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Is the bag of cat food recyclable?

The logo means that the packaging consists of both PET and PE. Logos like this are common on packaging and are often (incorrectly) called 'recycling logos' or 'recycling codes'. Contrary to popular ...
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Is plastic food packaging 100% reusable?

There is a difference between reuse and recycling. Reuse is using a container again without major modifications. Recycling is transforming a container into its core elements and using that to make an ...
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Are used "blister packs" recyclable?

​​Yes, blister packs are recyclable (for example with machines like this one) but chances are there's no recycling company in your area that will accept and recycle it unless you are able to separate ...
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Is the bag of cat food recyclable?

Bags of cat food are better than recyclable! They are reusable! You know all of those trash bags that you buy? Well, save your empty cat food bags (roll them up tight and find a place to hide them), ...
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What is the most sustainable packaging for milk?

Depends a lot on where you live, but if you have the possibility to refill your own glass bottle, then I would call that the most sustainable option. In this part of Europe (Hungary/Romania) there are ...
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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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Is the bag of cat food recyclable?

Apparently Nova Foods is an Italian company and apparently in Italy there are different logos for marking packaging as recyclable: I can't be sure, but I'm guessing that the symbol on your bag ...
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Are Tetra Pak tomatoes more sustainable than tinned?

Currently, tin or aluminum cans are easier and more environmentally recycled than Tetra Paks. That said, Tetra Pak is working hard to improve their product. One issue is that they mixed many materials ...
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One big container vs multiple small containers

Simon W is overall correct. While when the size gets large enough the walls have to be thicker because of the weight involved, for small products, the problem is that they have to be strong enough ...
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One big container vs multiple small containers

Almost certainly the 200g containers. Imagine a cube of yoghurt (ugh!). Think about the amount of material that will required to fully encompass that cube. That is the 1kg container. Now imagine that ...
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Organic or packaging free food?

It's all a matter of how you do the counting! If you take into account how much diversity you destroy, non-organic food is worse than "too much" cardboard packaging. But how do you count this? Life ...
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Are used "blister packs" recyclable?

There are blister packs which appear to be made entirely from aluminium and I put these in the recycle bin in their entirety. I have also been recycling the blister packs made from plastic and ...
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Can I recycle waxy cardboard (in Greater Vancouver)?

The City of Vancouver’s Waste Wizard says put them in the green bin. They also have a hotline you can call. Why wait for an answer here?
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What is this candy wrapper made of? Solely plastic or mixed with something else?

As with most candy wrappers, it's a combination of plastic and aluminium also known as metallised plastic or metallised film. The material is hard to recycle because it's difficult to separate the two ...
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Seaweed snacks without lots of packaging

You can make them yourself fairly easily by buying full sheets of seaweed in bulk at an Asian grocery store (some regular chain grocery stores carry them too). The big packs of seaweed do still ...
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What is the most sustainable packaging for milk?

You forgot about a fourth option: The tube. Originally it looked like this: It was a bit flimsy and is easier punctured than the TetraPaks, so it isn't produced anymore (at least not in Germany, at ...
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Re-usable packaging options for cheese?

Depends the type of cheese (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Types_of_cheese). Hard (type gouda) to half-hard half-soft (type monastery cheese) cheeses have a more or less hard crust (rind?). There is ...
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Are used "blister packs" recyclable?

I've experimented with soaking foil-backed blister packs in caustic soda solution, commonly sold as a material to unclog drains. Caustic soda (sodium hydroxide, NaOH) dissolves the aluminium foil. ...
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Are used "blister packs" recyclable?

Only thermo plastics have a recycle value, thermoset plastics do not. Even the thermo plastics are limited as recyclate - grade 1 recyclate, by grade 2 the polymers strands will no longer bond and the ...
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Why is hybrid packaging so frequently used to package bread?

More reasons: The plastic makes it possible to see the bread. Shelf appeal. The paper allows them to be bagged warm. This gives a fresh bread smell around the shelf, and it feels warm in the ...
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Is it healthy to brush teeth only with tea tree oil?

NO! Tea tree oil is toxic when swallowed, so I'd strongly advise against any intake of tea tree oil, and even more so if you are using it regularly. Even if you spit it out, some may be left behind ...
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How can I support the recycling, but not the new production of aluminum?

You (probably) cannot do it on demand side. The reason this is impossible is that 99% of aluminum users don't care if their aluminum comes from recycled sources. Let's say there's need for 100 units ...
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How can I support the recycling, but not the new production of aluminum?

You can advocate for a carbon tax. When fossil fuel energy costs more, recycling is more economically valuable. Cheap power means easier to mine new aluminum. We really need a carbon tax for many ...
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Paper packaging once a day or plastic every second day?

TLDR: the packaging makes next to no difference; even a small reduction in your cheese consumption will greatly outweigh the impact of the packaging (see the table further down) Let's estimate the ...
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

I don’t eat meat but anything I need to freeze, I normally slice it up and keep it in reused glass jars and freeze it . It works perfectly and you end up reusing old glass jars. Although i believe ...
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

You could either make your own or buy pre-made beeswax cloth. It behaves like plastic wrap and can be washed with cold water and soap. Here is a link on how to make your own.
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Larger package or more local source?

Packaging Considerations In your example of using bottles to contain a liquid being transported. All containers have a certain amount of required and excess material to enable them to hold a desired ...
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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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