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Can I recycle plastics at home by melting and molding?
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To contribute to the options offered by Elssar's answer, here is an interesting thing I read about just a few days ago: Filabot is a project of compact 3D printer that directly recycles plastic ...

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What to do with expired food?
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To add to Chris' answer, I'd say eat them after doing the usual look-, smell- and taste-checks. Above all, make sure the can hasn't been deeply dented, is rusty or is bulging; in those cases, don't ...

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Alternative to Toilet Paper?
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To add to Terry and Darren's suggestions, I wanted to insist on the fact that modern bidet attachments are available and easily installable on a sitting water toilet without major modification. This ...

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Are incandescent light bulbs recyclable?
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I assume you are talking here about incandescent light bulbs. From looking around the Internet and from my personal experience, here is what I can say: In the countries I have lived in (France and ...

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How can ceramics be recycled?
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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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Do the veggies you eat today have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as they used to twenty years ago?
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Several news outlets and popular science publications have reported on this subject in the last few years. Often, the focus is not specifically on vitamins, but on nutrients in general (i.e. "...

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Can mesh produce bags be recycled?
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Some areas might have a local soft plastic recycler, like RedCycle in Australia (which lists them as "Netting produce bags (any metal clips removed)"). I can see them as being reused as a carry bag, ...

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Coffee grounds to water plants
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I nearly killed a plant (grape vine) by discarding coffee grounds regularly into the pot, while working at a bar/café. I told the owner it was great for plants, but didn't realise they could actually ...

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Is butcher's paper typically waxed, oiled, or plastic coated?
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The city of Ottawa apparently composts butcher's paper without distinction. Both Oakland and Berkeley include butcher's paper in their compostable lists (and Berkeley's even includes "Brown Waxed ...

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Recycling symbols on greeting card - what do these symbols mean?
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To start with, the sentence "Environmentally friendly as symbols below show" sounds dodgy, especially seeing how uncommon the symbols feel. I guess they designed them to look uniform on the product, ...

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What are search engines with a focus on sustainability aspects?
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If you are asking about sustainability in general, I assume social aspects should be factored in. DuckDuckGo follows a number of principles linked to privacy and openness. They tend to use and ...

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Reference request - Overview over established solar thermal desalination technologies
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Here are a couple of papers published between 2011 and 2016: Ranjan, K. R., and S. C. Kaushik. 2013. ‘Energy, Exergy and Thermo-Economic Analysis of Solar Distillation Systems: A Review’. Renewable ...

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How do I find an eco-friendly laptop?
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I thought a new development would be worth mentioning: CrowdSupply hosts a successful crowd-funding campaign for the EOMA68 line of computing devices. EOMA68 is a standard, and the computing devices ...

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Green social media to connect with nearby people to help reduce carbon footprint
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Meetup.com has all sorts of groups with different interests, and I am sure you will find a nearby group that aligns with yours. It is designed to show you what is happening close to you. In a ...

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Are foam netting sleeves recyclable?
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Actually I think I can answer my own question. The answer is probably yes and no. It looks like most of those foam netting sleeves are EPE, i.e. expanded polyethylene. The soft plastic recycling ...

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