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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

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 ...
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Are pizza cardboards stained with oil still recyclable?

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 ...
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Is there any link between deforestation and paper use?

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 ...
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Environmental impact of using paper towels for hand drying

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 "...
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What is the environmental impact of toilet paper processed at a water treatment plant?

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 ...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

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 ...
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

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 ...
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How many times do you need to re-use cloth napkins to offset their impact?

Traditionally in household use, a cloth napkin was used a week. Hence monogrammed napkin rings, so you would get your own at hte table next time. This however is an aesthetic decision. Another ...
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How to dispose of coated paper take-out container

Since the original poster is in Vancouver, British Columbia, here is a response to this same question from the Recycling Council of British Columbia ([email protected]) Summary: Rinse and remove ...
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When recycling paper or cardboard, what level of contamination with (food) oils is ok?

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 ...
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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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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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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

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 ...
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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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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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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

Slices of stale bread are a good alternative. I keep crusts / the ends of loaves in the freezer and place 4 to 6 on a tray to cover the tray. You then just place your fried food on top to drain. The ...
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Alternative to Toilet Paper?

In more outhouse oriented times, folk would use old corn cobs. Giving us the expression 'corn-hole'
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Is less white paper usually more sustainable?

The short answer: Yes. The long answer: White paper is produced by bleaching the dried pulp, whether raw tree product or recycled. The following is reproduced from this site: To produce a white paper ...
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Is it better to recycle or compost brown paper bags?

Something to think about; while recycling (I'd say) is the better option (as long as the paper doesn't have grease etc), a large percentage ends up in landfill. So is it better to recycle everything ...
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Are pizza cardboards stained with oil still recyclable?

Self answer, a bit off-topic maybe (depending on whether compost is considered recycling): If like I do, one considers composting a cleaner/higher/more efficient way of recycling, then for months (...
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Are machine-washed rags more sustainable than paper towels for any & all household messes?

What's unsatisfactory about the first answer is that it didn't include the same components for both terms being compared, especially the production impact and replacement rate for fabric towels. When ...
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Paper plates vs plastic plates in the landfill

If the plates are going to a landfill it doesn't matter. Recently in Los Angeles they had reason to dig in a landfill, and found that 50 year old newspapers were still readable. In the anaerobic ...
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How many times do you need to re-use cloth napkins to offset their impact?

I couldn't find a source for the economic impact of cloth napkins, but there are numerous studies that examine the environmental impact of cotton bags over plastic and paper. I know it's not a 100% ...
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Recycling : paper, plastic or aluminum, which one to choose, if only one?

If the goal is sustainability and I can only choose one, I'd choose aluminum. Aluminum is relatively cost-effective to recycle and doesn't decompose on its own. Paper is middling efficient to recycle, ...
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How many grams of CO2 are emitted to produce one paper napkin?

I found a few different references for this: 10 g CO2e per paper towel (from the Guardian, 2010) 10 g CO2 per paper napkin (from Treehugger, 2009) 7.3 g CO2e per virgin paper towel (from MIT/Dyson ...
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Should we recycle paper products?

That paper is totally wrong. Nobody except China is planning to install large amounts of fossil baseload power. In developed nations, all increased power production is wind (on- and offshore) and ...
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What percentage of wood is harvested for production of paper products?

You have to understand that paper production is rapidly declining. In Finland, a country with large forestry industry, the rule of thumb is that about half of wood is used for sawlogs and about half ...
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