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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

My toothpaste is made from natural materials (mainly clay, small quantities of herb extracts and essential oils) and comes in a (recyclable) aluminium tube. The cap is from recyclable plastic (but of ...
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Should I dry my hands with paper towels or a dryer?

I think it really depends. For instance, for the towels, are they recycled, composted or what? Are the trees used for the paper easily regrown? For the hand dryer, is it solar powered, or does it rely ...
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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

I'm not sure about donating leftover bits... But for recycling/reusing, what I normally do is grab a new bar, and at the end of my shower/bath, get both the new bar and the small used piece(s) wet and ...
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Is there a shaving razor that is an alternative to, say, Gillette Mach 3, and does not use plastic ?

I'm an energy consultant - I'm also aware of the environmental impacts of plastic - however; I still have to ask, what is the issue with plastic? The only thing more sustainable than plastic is SOME ...
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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

You should look at the corporate responsibility of the companies who make toothpaste. Some will be better than others and you can be sure that many will be incentive by both government tax schemes and ...
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Should I dry my hands with paper towels or a dryer?

I would propose an alternative option, which is to bring a small hand towel with you to the office. You can keep it at your desk and just bring it with you when you need it, taking it home to wash it ...
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Should I dry my hands with paper towels or a dryer?

I have often wondered the same thing. This video by ASAPScience finally answers the question in a satisfying way. Hygiene: If you do it right, both options are the same in terms of hygiene - but ...
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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

Another option would be to use a cheese grater to turn the soap into flakes for use as laundry soap. Lux, in fact, is available as laundry flakes from the supermarket. Cannot comment on the ...
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Organic & natural (maybe edible) alternatives for Pre Shaving cream, foam, oil etc?

There are a few recipes available out there. Most of those that I have seen are oil based and the ingredients that they use are very easy to buy (at least where I live). I will give you an example ...
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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

Ayurveda, an ancient science of life, food, medicine & healing and sister science to Yoga, provides these suggestions: Datun / Datoon can made from plant stems Dant Manjan / Herbal Tooth Powder ...
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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

Baking soda. Also cheap and useful in many other contexts.
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Is there a shaving razor that is an alternative to, say, Gillette Mach 3, and does not use plastic ?

Until I see a lifecycle analysis of safety razor shaving vs. electric shaving to show electric is more sustainable (less water, less soap etc.), I would say safety razor wet-shaving seems to be the ...
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Are motion activated faucets more sustainable than traditional faucets?

I don't think there is a clear answer to this question. In a public environment where there is the risk of someone leaving the water running, then almost certainly yes. In a household where people ...
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Are there any more sustainable alternatives to conventional commercial toothpaste?

What I have ended up doing is making my own toothpaste using kaolin clay, essential oils, marine salt and an infusion of herbs. There are a lot of recipes on the internet for making your own ...
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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

We set them in a jar lid. With a hole in the bottom to drain. Set on sink. Small left over soap is good for washing your hands. Once supper small. Throw in bucket with a little water. Use to soak ...
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How can I reuse or upcycle used, leftover, tiny bath soap bar bits?

You can dissolve the bits in water to make liquid soap.
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Is Polyacrylamide a material used to make microbeads?

No, polyacrylamide is not used to make plastic microbeads According to Wikipedia, polyacrylamide "is highly water-absorbent, forming a soft gel when hydrated." This property makes it useful for ...
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Are motion activated faucets more sustainable than traditional faucets?

I was looking into this question for a project at work and found some research studies addressing water savings from automated faucets. Automated faucets result in increased water and energy usage, ...
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In what unexpected ways could human hairs be recycled or upcycled?

I have found it good to deter rabbits from eating shrubbery/gardens, sprinkled on the ground. You don't need much as it lasts a long time.
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How can I recycle safety razor blades?

If I were you I would collect them in a tin (or some container which doesn't take up big space), and the first time I go to some waste collector to get rid of something special (even if that might be ...
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How can I recycle safety razor blades?

A stainless-steel scrap-metal recycler can handle razor blades but they would need a very large load to be interested.
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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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What are alternatives for deodorant?

Baking Soda baking soda is said to be a great alternative to deodorant. Aloe Vera I myself sometimes use aloe vera. It stays moist a little longer, but the you'll also protect your skin as well. ...
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Organic & natural (maybe edible) alternatives for Pre Shaving cream, foam, oil etc?

Completely traditional: Shaving brush and soap: Soak the (preferably badger hair) brush for a 30 seconds in warm water. Thoroughly wet your face (while brush is soaking) Shake excess water from brush ...
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how to make active charcoal soap rinse away?

There are three ways I know of: 1: High PH (alkaline) cleaner such as borax, soda ash, baking soda. If you are able to raise the PH above the PH of the charcoal, it will come right off. 2: Natural ...
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Organic natural sustainable alternatives to commercial Hair Styling products; clay, wax, pomade, mousse, gel?

Over the last 18 months I've stopped using shampoo at all (just water, and occasionally cider vinegar to prevent smells!) - Google for "no poo hair" for all the lowdown. As well as eliminating ...
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Organic natural sustainable alternatives to commercial Hair Styling products; clay, wax, pomade, mousse, gel?

There are a lot of alternatives to make your own shampoo at home and many of them use castile soap (because it doesn't involve any kind of animal fat in the production process). You have a few ...
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