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How many times do you need to use a cheap re-usable bag to offset its impact?

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 ...
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Mismatched socks? What to do with hundreds of them?

Just about anything you would normally do with rags, but these ones are already in tube and bag form: Use for washing, polishing and cleaning - just put your hand inside Use to keep stuff in - small ...
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How do I get rid of numerous small pieces of charcoal?

You are talking about black gold that has a value of AU$40 per 25 litre bag in my area. I would suggest either selling it or putting it back into the soil. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biochar ...
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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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Reuse or "dollar vote"?

Interesting question. The second-hand market is only relevant to companies that engage in it. Tractor manufacturers, for example, often have dealerships that sell new, accept trade-ins, and thus ...
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How can ceramics be recycled?

Recycling ceramics is possible, but it looks like it is still rare. This is an example of a business crushing bathroom porcelain into fine clay to then melt it again in a kiln and produce tiles. The ...
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How can ceramics be recycled?

Use them to line the bottom of a pot for drainage. Line a walk way. Fill in a pot hole. Treat them like gravel.
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Is there an efficient way to dispose of credit cards?

Before doing anything make sure your credit cards are not usable/active anymore. You don't want anyone to misuse them! Reuse Reuse is almost always preferred over recycling because that usually doesn'...
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Why is so much railroad steel not recycled?

The old rails are certainly reused frequently here in the UK - they start off being used on high-speed lines. When they're too worn for that they get reused on low-speed lines, and then again on ...
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How to get the most out of computer hardware before it becomes obsolete?

There are some differences began the situation for laptops and desktops, as well as some common solutions. Desktop machines obviously use more resources in manufacturing, and may use more electricity, ...
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How can I extend the life of mobile phones that can't be used in my country anymore?

Not all developed countries are phasing out 2G. Here in The Netherlands for example several major providers still support 2G and say that they will continue to support it for the coming years. You ...
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How to clean a reusable plastic coffee cup, such as KeepCup?

Wash it in a dishwasher once every month or two. I own a Contigo mug, and once had similar problems with the plastic/rubber lid. I found some tips on their website, but ultimately found that if I ...
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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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Keep my hands warm while working on a laptop?

I use a pair of wool fingerless gloves. They don't impair dexterity and even though they leave fingers exposed they cover enough that my entire hands remain comfortable.
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How to benefit from air-conditioning water

You certainly can use it as water to grow plants. But better not drinking it, since it can host bacteria in the long run. There is good stuff about it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/...
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How many times do you need to use a cheap re-usable bag to offset its impact?

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 ...
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How to sustainably dispose of or break down used cooking oils?

You can compost the oil / grease if you have the room. It's just not as easy to do as most kitchen waste. Oil tends to make your compost pile anaerobic, so its gets smelly and can attract vermin. But ...
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Why is so much railroad steel not recycled?

100% of all railroad steel is recycled... Eventually On the active railroads (which you should not be walking on, by the way), you're seeing evidence of recent maintenance-of-way. It is SOP in the ...
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Is the drain-off water from water purifiers fit for gardening?

I collect water in a bucket using extension feeder pipe as shown in figure. I reuse the water released from system for daily household cleaning purpose. I checked the TDS value at all stages and it ...
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How to start sustainable living in UAE?

There are lots of small things you can do. The list is potentially endless and really depends on what you consider to be 'small' effort. But to give a few examples: Always carry a sturdy reusable bag ...
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Ideas for Altoid cans?

The Internet is full of Altoids tins ideas -- they are very popular for creating little pocket survival kits and much more. 22 Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin and 227 Best Geeky Altoids Tin Projects on ...
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Mismatched socks? What to do with hundreds of them?

If they are pretty stretchy you can cut off the tops and use them to make cozies for your drinks containers. Here's how: gather and stitch the cut end to close the tube in a round fashion. This is ...
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What's the most sustainable way to re-use or dispose of meat scraps?

Get a pig. Or some chickens. You still need to follow some hygiene rules before feeding them meat scraps, check your local agri/health advisory office.
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Does the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle rule always apply?

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle The main exception I can think of is upcycling - rather than reuse a product, you recycle it into a better product. This is most obvious with computational electronics, where a ...
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What are some ways to affordably furnish a temporary apartment?

I have been building bed frames, tables, chairs, wine racks, and many other different things out of old pallets. I look for companies that are giving them away and collect as many as I can store. I ...
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How can we dispose or recycle hair clippings from barber shops?

Hair can also be used to clean oil spills. Stuffed into upcycled pantyhose, it serves as an eco-friendly way of adsorbing oil spills which then allegedly can be composted with the help of worms. ...
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How to sustainably dispose of or break down used cooking oils?

While you have dismissed it in your question, I'd say that the best way to dispose of old oil is to convert it to Bio-Diesel and burn it - that reduces the amount of conventional Diesel that is dug ...
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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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How can ceramics be recycled?

Not worth it. Clay is cheap. Breaking up clay is more expensive than getting new clay. The big expense in ceramics are the energy to fire it, and the transport to move it. The ingrediants are, by ...
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Best Uses for Scrap Aluminum

1. Reuse There are several websites describing ways to reuse aluminium cans, for example this page on WikiHow.com or this one on Earth911.com. Most common is to reuse them as a holder of some sorts (...
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