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Personally I use a wire rack over a cookie sheet to drain fried or greasy foods. The oil drips to the pan below and I can pour the oil into a container or dispose of it however I need to.


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Paper products should always be recycled first before composting (assuming they are clean and dry). This gives them another 'go' round the system. Once composted it takes a lot more time and resources to turn them back into paper.


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I ask my colleagues to keep the papers they print and do not use anymore, and I pile them up, cut them in half and make two holes at the top. I bind them together with a binder ring and I have a new notepad! If the paper is soiled, I compost it (bakery paper bags, tissues). If it is office paper, after I wrote on both sides, I use it in my garden to layer ...


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Our local recycling center now takes food-soiled paper products for use in their composting program. You might look into that and see if there is anything like this in operation where you live.


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To add to Terry and Darren's suggestions, I wanted to insist on the fact that modern bidet attachments are available and easily installable on a sitting water toilet without major modification. This one I found at a "culturally aware" place in Brisbane, Australia (sorry about the bad quality of the photo): This kind of compact electronic attachment might ...


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I know of two things you can do with it. If they burn wood (or anything else for heat) then they can make fire bricks with it. The neatest thing I know to do with it is to make your own paper out of it. Homemade recycled paper looks nice, and has a neat texture. Some people use it in place of stationary. I have not personally done either of these projects ...


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We put shredded paper in our compost without noticeable ill effects, for much the reasons you are thinking about it (ie, it's readily available). The laser printer toner is probably better thought of as plastic than ink, and is unlikely to be biodegradable. It's apparently not toxic, it's just fine, inert particules (before it's printed). I suspect we're ...


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There were two great related articles in The New York Times last month concerning recycling: Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not 6 Things You’re Recycling Wrong In the latter article they specifically address the subject of pizza boxes as one of the six: Pizza boxes are among the most common offenders when it comes to ...


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I like to use wire cooling racks, brown paper bags, and cloth dishtowels dedicated to this endeavor would work for draining. Paper towels you do use might be compostable.


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The Romans of antiquity used a sponge on a stick. The sponge can be washed in a bucket with water and soap or eco friendly detergent.


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I am surprised no-one has mentioned bidets yet, which in Japan is your high-tech toilet. (Though, it sounds like in India it is a shower!) The "eco sums" will get quite complicated, as you are trading some electricity and water to save a few sheets of paper. If you reduce from say 8 sheets of 1-ply down to 2 sheets, I imagine that is an overall saving: ...


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Their website states that: it is rated as "excellent" on the WWF Check Your Paper platform (see here) it is FSC® Recycled certified it is Chlorine-free bleached their producing mills are ISO 14001 (environmental management) certified it is CO2 neutral optional (it looks like some of their paper supports a hydro electricity project in Indonesia) It is hard ...


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The city of Ottawa apparently composts butcher's paper without distinction. Both Oakland and Berkeley include butcher's paper in their compostable lists (and Berkeley's even includes "Brown Waxed Paper Sheets"). The town of Sherborn also says that "wax paper and butcher paper" can go in your compost pile. However, the city of Portland does not want butcher'...


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I have not found much of an alternative to paper towels, but you could at least try the following: Drain food that has been deep fried on a wire rack. Only after this use paper towel to soak up excess oil. I keep paper towel that is soaked in cooking oil and use it as a fire-lighter later on. Of course, that only works if you have a wood-fired stored. To ...


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Females can certainly reduce their TP use by using cut up cloth to wipe after #1. Using the cut off tops of old cotton socks works really well too. They have a good amount of thickness for absorption. Small cotton cloths & sock tops take up hardly any space in a load of laundry and can be reused over and over. Reduce your use of precious tree fibres, and ...


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Depends on the type of cloth. Natural fibres such as cotton and wool often make sustainable materials, especially if they are certified organic as this adds a greater level of sustainability to the product. Wiping cloths for babies can be washed by hand to reduce the water use and increase the sustainability of its usage rather than using a washing machine. ...


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They could put it in their garden to suppress weeds and leave it there to break down. It conserves water and keeps the soil cooler too for the earthworm population. Putting it down between the rows keeps you from getting muddy feet when you are out there working after a rain. Put rocks and water on it initially to keep it on the ground and from blowing away.


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In a municipal scale sewage system toilet paper is barely detectable. It gets soggy very quickly and disintegrates. There are huge problems with wet wipes, tampons and menstrual pads, however, as those do not break down and need to be extracted and disposed of (this is an extremely gross process). In a home septic system the same situation applies but in a ...


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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 "The Use and Abuse of Paper Towels" - The New York Times The most thorough treatment I found comes from an MIT study*, referenced by The Guardian: "Life Cycle ...


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Information There are a variety of estimates of varying validity for total world paper usage. I'll stick with US paper usage, which is 69 million tons per year, according to the EPA (Note, I have no idea if the linked site is no longer maintained due to old data or due to change in political climate. I will just have to assume it is correct). From here, the ...


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Your assumption seems to be correct -- consuming paper towels demands about eight times more energy than machine-washing and hang-drying reusable rags made from discarded textiles. In order to provide an answer that fits within the character limit, I'm going to focus on energy as the measure with which to compare paper towels against machine-washed rags. ...


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When my daughter was in diapers, we used cloth wipes for her. I bought them online, but pretty much any small piece of cloth will do. I would wet it with a spray bottle of water or a wipes solution to keep her skin clean and free of any rashes. The only thing I didn't like about it was having to using a diaper sprayer/bidet to rinse solid waste before ...


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As of January 2018 the standards for paper recycling have been tightened and even a small amount of contamination will now render paper loads inacceptable. The main driving force here is that China has clamped down on contaminated imports of paper and other products in an initiative called National Sword. The new contamination limit is 0.5%, which is ...


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Some people make briquettes from paper to burn them in their oven for heating, see for example here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki8OsYh0ksA This is quite tediuos work. Also, the exhaust fumes and the remaining ashes are toxic, since paper consists up to 30% of filler, like calcium carbonate, cement and other. Therefore, in germany it is forbidden to ...


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Paper recycling facilities usually can handle the small amount of plastic that's on a lot of boxes, but the plastic cannot be recycled in the same facility, so cardboard of that type is overall less sustainable than pure paper cardboard. Usually, the paper/cardboard is ground up and mixed with some chemicals, and then centrifuged to make new paper. Tiny ...


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Since the original poster is in Vancouver, British Columbia, here is a response to this same question from the Recycling Council of British Columbia (Hotline@rcbc.ca) Summary: Rinse and remove grease soaked portions (garbage) before placing in the Blue Bin. That container you have is a tricky item to deal with. Since it is product packaging, it is ...


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