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gypsy
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 6:46:41 AM

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Are there ecological alternatives that you use in daily life? I mean things that are either non-polluting or not too harmful, such as cleaning products.

For instance, using white vinegar for cleaning windows (it works really well!), rather than an ammonia based product. White vinegar is also fanatstic for removing calcium build-up in electric kettles.

Bicarbonate of soda, baking soda, is another thing that is really good to use for many things, including as a shampoo. A few spoonfuls of it in a basin of warm water makes a fantastic foot bath that softens the skin and soothes hot feet. It is also excellent as a fire extinguisher, which makes it good to have on hand in the kitchen.

Those are just two items and a few of their uses.

It would be interesting to hear of other things!

And just to clarify, this is to share things that are positive, which people can put into practice, not to open a discussion or debate about things one might not want to change or give up.




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Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:17:57 AM

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To save on wasting paper or plastic at the store you can bring your own bags. I've been doing that for decades. Just wash the cloth bags occasionally to keep them clean.



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Dreamcatcher
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:31:41 AM

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We do the vinegar stuff too, even in the garden for pests. We don't burn firewood. We recycle paper, glass, metal, plastic, and food scraps. We donate to clean water and air organizations.

AnnaMayZing
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:12:01 PM

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I don't like to replace things that can be repaired.
In the unfortunate scenario that something cannot be repaired then I scavenge as much as possible to make alternative use of, such as repairs to other things.
The remainder is recycled whenever possible.

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AnnaMayZing
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:30:51 PM

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What happened to this thread? Is freedom is speech dead here, then?

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magnificent1rascal
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:45:22 PM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:
What happened to this thread? Is freedom is speech dead here, then?


The thread got tidied up at the request of the parties involved. Freedom of speech refers to government impeding a person’s rights, not to what is removed from a privately owned website.

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AnnaMayZing
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 1:58:06 PM

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magnificent1rascal wrote:
The thread got tidied up at the request of the parties involved. Freedom of speech refers to government impeding a person’s rights, not to what is removed from a privately owned website.


That is the most ridiculous remark I have heard yet! No wonder this site is losing its sparkle!

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Mendalla
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 8:51:06 AM

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Survivor wrote:
To save on wasting paper or plastic at the store you can bring your own bags. I've been doing that for decades. Just wash the cloth bags occasionally to keep them clean.


On a related note, we use mainly reusable, washable containers for taking lunches to work.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
DenimAngel
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 9:22:19 AM

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I take my own cloth bags to the grocery store and the nice thing if I forget and I'm at dollar General they have reusable bags (they are cute) for sale for $1 for small ones and $2 for the bigger ones . I use vinegar A lot to clean with (windows, sink after dishes& I mop with it).




gypsy
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 10:56:33 AM

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Survivor wrote:
To save on wasting paper or plastic at the store you can bring your own bags. I've been doing that for decades. Just wash the cloth bags occasionally to keep them clean.


yes, thank you, Larry. I've been doing this for so long, I don't think of it as being note-worthy.



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gypsy
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 10:58:16 AM

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Dreamcatcher wrote:
We do the vinegar stuff too, even in the garden for pests. We don't burn firewood. We recycle paper, glass, metal, plastic, and food scraps. We donate to clean water and air organizations.


How is the water supply where you are, Larry? I know you're in California, do you have restrictions, do you have to purify water for drinking and everyday use?



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gypsy
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 11:00:30 AM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:
I don't like to replace things that can be repaired.
In the unfortunate scenario that something cannot be repaired then I scavenge as much as possible to make alternative use of, such as repairs to other things.
The remainder is recycled whenever possible.


I totally agree, and prefer to repair before replacing, and when getting rid of things that cannot be repaired, have them go to the recycling center.

Do you take into consideration the potential long-term viability of items that need to be replaced?



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gypsy
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 11:05:26 AM

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Mendalla wrote:
Survivor wrote:
To save on wasting paper or plastic at the store you can bring your own bags. I've been doing that for decades. Just wash the cloth bags occasionally to keep them clean.


On a related note, we use mainly reusable, washable containers for taking lunches to work.


Yup, we do that as well. To my amazement, one litre, plastic ice-cream containers are incredibly sturdy, for putting left-overs in, whether it is for lunch or for freezing food. My husband microwaves them with his lunch in, at work and those things are resilient in an amazing way

What about keeping your own utensiles on hand, in case you buy something for lunch, and prefer not to use the plastic ones that are usually offered?




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Mendalla
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 11:06:55 AM

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gypsy wrote:

Yup, we do that as well. To my amazement, one litre, plastic ice-cream containers are incredibly sturdy, for putting left-overs in, whether it is for lunch or for freezing food. My husband microwaves them with his lunch in, at work and those things are resilient in an amazing way

What about keeping your own utensiles on hand, in case you buy something for lunch, and prefer not to use the plastic ones that are usually offered?


My employer has a fully stocked kitchen including two cutlery drawers (in fact, the executive assistant just bought more cutlery today). No need to provide my own or use the takeout's plastic. They also provide a filtered water cooler so no need for bottled water.

Buy as much car as you need and no more. I could easily drive a full-sized sedan or SUV, but drive a Civic instead for day-to-day. We do have a compact crossover for when we need more space but there again, that's in place of the van or full-sized SUV that a lot of families around us buy. When I consider electric to be viable (I'm not sold on current electrics), I'll go that route.

I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

Lady In The Lake
gypsy
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 11:07:50 AM

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DenimAngel wrote:
I take my own cloth bags to the grocery store and the nice thing if I forget and I'm at dollar General they have reusable bags (they are cute) for sale for $1 for small ones and $2 for the bigger ones . I use vinegar A lot to clean with (windows, sink after dishes& I mop with it).



The stores that have reusable bags for next to nothing are great, and it makes it so much easier when one has forgotten to take the bags.



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Dreamcatcher
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 11:08:52 AM

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gypsy wrote:
Dreamcatcher wrote:
We do the vinegar stuff too, even in the garden for pests. We don't burn firewood. We recycle paper, glass, metal, plastic, and food scraps. We donate to clean water and air organizations.


How is the water supply where you are, Larry? I know you're in California, do you have restrictions, do you have to purify water for drinking and everyday use?


We have actually passed the drought and now have so much water that they are opening dams. Such bullshit by the powers that be.

We did go to a low-water landscape with just a small vegetable garden in back. My wife puts a 5-gallon bucket in the tub with her to collect water for the garden. She also takes military-style showers turning the water off between washing and rinsing. We take our cars to recycled water car-washes. We also just installed a new dishwasher that can do an entire load with only 3 drops of water. Or so they would have you believe.

And... right at this moment, we are just entering into the largest storm in the last year.

Mendalla
Posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 11:17:17 AM

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Dreamcatcher wrote:
She also takes military-style showers turning the water off between washing and rinsing.


That's military-style? Huh. I've never darkened the door of a barracks and I've done it that way forever.


I like to write something a little eerie or spooky for Hallowe'en every year. "Haunting" is what I went for this year.

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