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Is buying online more sustainable than in local shop next door?

TLDR: in this particular case, where the buyer lives very close to the shop, it's likely that buying in a brick-and-mortar shop has a lower carbon footprint compared to buying online. Online shopping ...
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Is buying online more sustainable than in local shop next door?

It depends on your definition of sustainable. Your question doesn't have an absolute answer as stated. Sustainable can refer to an individual, a community, a region, a country, or civilization as a ...
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How can corrugated cardboard from packaging be compacted for storage before recycling?

Most places that generate a lot of cardboard (grocery stores, Costco, etc) seem to use a cardboard "baling" machine -- this machine will compress the cardboard and strap it to hold it together. You ...
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Is there a solution for flattening/reducing the volume of plastic recyclables in the home?

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best: Step on plastics to crush them - Crude, but efficient, and good for stuff like takeaway food containers, PET bottles (with lids removed), plastic cups, ...
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Is there a solution for flattening/reducing the volume of plastic recyclables in the home?

For plastic bottles, remove cap, twist and crush and then replace cap to stop the bottle from expanding again as explained here. For plastic bags, stuff them in a cloth tube, and take bags out of the ...
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How can corrugated cardboard from packaging be compacted for storage before recycling?

Good for the company that's greening-up their processes! The greenest options are to Reduce the stored amount (ordering less) or facilitate Reuse (i.e. package outgoing items; set up a box pickup for ...
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

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 ...
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

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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How to store plastic bags for easy access?

You're smart to figure out a way that works for you to store & access your used bags. Without that they're not nearly as re-usable! We use these strategies to cut through the clutter & make ...
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Freezing Ice Pops Sustainably

It's always tough coming up with alternatives to plastic. Modern merchandising and consumer expectations demand it. So sad! When I was growing up, popsicles came in waxed paper, inside a waxed ...
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How to store rechargeable batteries

Leaking AA / AAA batteries are mostly due to overcharge when you use those chargers that charge them in pairs. See picture below for example. Get a dedicated slow charger that is able to charge ...
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Would a root cellar benefit from an active ventilation system activated by temperature or humidity?

If your venting system can be started depending on a given (and changeable) humidity degree, then this is a very good thing for the cellar. Indeed, extracting humidity circulates air in the basement. ...
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What sustainable packaging can be used for meat in the freezer?

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 ...

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