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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 may become greener when the distance to the shop is more than 14 - 50km (depending on your shopping behavior and on which scientific study you consult). First ...


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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 whole. It is also used to make reference to the effect on the environment (which can become very controversial). If you make your money from the local community ...


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I simply freeze them, they don't need a container if you're going to eat them soonish (within a month, perhaps). When you take one out if you run it under water for a few seconds the skin loosens up and they just pop out. I squeeze them into my smoothies. If your wife eats them as a whole fruit, rather than in a smoothie, you can improve the condition ...


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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 can often see the bales of cardboard behind the store or on their loading dock, awaiting pickup by a recycler. Photo from http://www.thecompactorguy.com/ This ...


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I would chop them into suitable chunks and pop into a freezer bag, making sure the bags are not over filled and freeze only a few bags at a time on a clear bit of freezer shelf. Once frozen then can be stacked as normal in your freezer. Now I can grab the quantity I need.


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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, and even balled-up cling wrap. It isn't great for crinkly plastic like chip packets, but they can usually be flattened out by hand, and don't take up that much ...


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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'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 our bags more manageable: Bring as few home as possible We keep reusable shopping & produce bags in a front closet so it's easy to grab on the way to the ...


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I push them into the gap between a cupboard and a wall, the cupboard is about 6 foot tall so there's plenty of space and I can put/take from the gap as I want. Maybe I'm a bit of a cheap skate but didn't want to buy something to solve this problem. Sometimes two come out, but hey, it's not difficult to pop the extra one back in. When I moved house, I had to ...


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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 bottom to re-use. The cloth tube keeps them compressed. For yoghurt pots etc: stack them together. General: get a box with a heavy lid, or a tall narrow bin so ...


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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 single cell, that way you'll able to safely charge your battery to full without overcharging. Never get those fast charger as they tend to heat up your battery to ...


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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. We could think this is an issue because it will warm the place, which could be bad if you intend to keep, say, fruits and vegetable for later use. (I myself am ...


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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 employees; list boxes for giveaway on a specific date using Craigslist, Facebook ReuseIt groups or Freecycle). I get a lot of deliveries & once a month take ...


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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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