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The cheapest reusable bags round here are made of the same plastic as disposable bags. In this case the number of uses required is simply the ratio of the weights. Without getting the scales out I think this is around 10-20 times. They're also bigger so that's not even 10-20 shopping trips unless you only ever buy a little. I know I've had a few hundred uses ...


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Some countries have introduced a tax on plastic shopping bags. For example, in Ireland the tax is 0.15 EURO (about 12p in English money or $0.20 in American money). Within a short space of time, shops offered customers a choice between: (1) free paper bags, or (2) heavy-duty reusable bags (usually made of cloth, but sometimes made from thick plastic) for 1 ...


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I prefer to cheat - I use the disposable bags brought home by my housemates. One way or another our household seems to accumulate enough plastic bags that there's rarely a shortage, and if there is my workmates could easily fill it. So the simple option would be to look for a source of plastic bags that you can re-use. My local supermarket will happily ...


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It doesn't appear that there are any specific studies comparing the environmental impact of dog waste disposed of in biodegradable vs non-biodegradable bags, however there's quite a bit of work that's been done to compare these two types of plastic, considering production, use, and disposal. Bio-based and petrol-based plastic production comparison One of ...


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Conventional plastics All conventional plastics marked with the 1 to 6 resin identification codes are recyclable. Some types are more easy to recycle than others, for example recycling PVC is more difficult than PET. Also very little polystyrene (PS) is recycled simply because it is not cost-effective to do so. The majority of conventional plastics is ...


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Reusable bags, mesh bags and a personal shopping cart! One can use the mesh bags for fresh produce and loose items that needs to be scanned and the reusable bags to group the rest. A shopping cart comes handy because it is much easier to roll the reusable bags. It also provides a second option if any of the items don't fit the reusable bags, one can always ...


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I found a paper by Wassman (2008) which compares polystyrene to biodegradable and compostable (B&C) plastic, showing that the main benefit of using the B&C cutlery appears if they are composted afterwards. Note that if composted properly, methane emissions associated to biodegradation should be very limited. So yes, non-plastic based material can ...


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I think you are referring to forgetting to bring the reusable bags when you go shopping. I have the same problem and I think the easiest solution is to always have one or several bags on you. For me this means that my reusable bag always stays in my bag pack, which I take out everyday anyway. Depending on your situation, that might mean to put them into ...


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Challenges: Recycling the cartons. Even Milk doesn't do that. "Milk cartons are heavily waxed. This makes them difficult if not impossible to recycle." Correction: Milk cartons are a layer of low density polyethylene on both faces of cardboard. Overcoming the costs of two way transport for the carton containers. Milk is shipped in cartons which in turn ...


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Firstly the plastic grocery bags that the stores give/sell you are awfully light. I just weighted 4 on my kitchen scale. They average 6 grams each. This means if you buy stuff a pound at a time, it's just over 1% extra. At a kilogram you are down to 0.6% extra. Secondly: the bags are tough enough to get home, and we often reuse them for other things. ...


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Summary: According to this independent study if you look at global warming potential, for a sturdy LDPE bag you need to use it at least 4 times, for an even sturdier non-woven PP bag with inserts it's at least 11 times, and for a cotton bag at least 131 times. These numbers are higher if you reuse your single-use HDPE bags for other purposes In 2006 the ...


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A lovely question! I can remember when there were no plastic bottles. Glass - made from one of our most common minerals - quartz, is not likely to run out, and is fully recyclable. I still get my milk in glass bottles which are collected by the milkman washed out and used again, with almost zero energy use; not even in transport as they are collected during ...


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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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You could try Karstadt/Kaufhof, or any store specialised in kitchen stuff, maybe WMF, maybe Leonardo, even Depot could provide at least bamboo straws. I got some glass straws (via the Internet, boooh) by Halm, very happy with them. Generally speaking, I wouldn't go looking for good knifes or pots at a supermarket, so I also wouldn't bother looking there for ...


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Some common brands in the UK used glass within the last couple of decades; a few still do, but call themselves "cordial". I recall plastic caps on some, and metal caps on other brands. In France the equivalent (more of a syrup) is often sold in metal bottles - like 1 litre cans with plastic lids. I'm not sure whether they're steel or aluminium, and don't ...


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Rather than focus on alternatives to plastic lids on disposable containers, I thought it would be beneficial to have another solution entirely: Use reusable lunch gear As a consumer, you can bring a bowl or soup cup with you (or even just a tupperware container with a lid), and ask that your takeaway soup be placed in that instead. KeepCup offers a similar ...


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Biodegradeable glues are an area of active research right now (example, and woodwork forums thread), but I haven't been able to find a plywood that uses one. The good news is that glue is only 5-10% of the plywood by weight, and the glue is not entirely fossil based (often has urea which at least can be natuarlly produced). In terms of reuse, one obvious ...


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Two natural alternatives that I can think of are jute and bamboo rugs. Depending on how they are sourced and made they are likely to be better for the environment, and of course they are biodegradable, as opposed to plastic. Jute will be soft and can have intricate designs, but might not work if your balcony gets a lot of rain. Bamboo will handle moisture ...


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Plastic films can line paper containers. https://www.avantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/20191011-Press-release-Avantium-joins-Paper-Bottle-Project-final.pdf But also plastic is being developed that will bio-degrade in any compost situation. https://www.avantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Gruter-G-J-M-Confusion-about-biopolymer-and-biodegradation.-...


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I would like to suggest you also look into recycling very light, maybe sheer, window curtains as the material for your own homemade bags. Just one from a yard sale could make enough bags to last you for quite a while, and if you do a good job of hemming them and finishing the edges, you could probably machine wash them in a protective mesh bag, as you would ...


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There are a lot of factors and different ways to view environmental impact and it depends on your priorities. If you prioritize energy used to produce, assuming Nate's citation is correct, the steel is only good when the energy required to produce (mine, refine, smelt, forge, transport, etc.) is less than the energy used to produce an equivalent amount of ...


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The problem with packaging starts in the grocery store where styrofoam trays are used for all meat.How about using containers like milk cartons which are wax coated. Can cardboard be coated with wax and used or is this also not biodegradable? I'm just posing some possible alternatives and looking for answers from anyone out there.


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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 that if you truly worried about sustainability the best think to do is stop contributing to meat and dairy industry .


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