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Salam alaikum brothers and sisters

What are you currently doing to reduce your negative impact on the environment that we and our descendants must live in? 

What tips can you share?

What questions do you have that others might be able to answer?

I have fruit trees, and we eat from them whenever we can. I reduce driving trips, use cloth grocery bags and recycle plastic, metal, and cardboard. I keep our heating and air conditioning at minimal levels. 

What I'd like to know is this: My large family consumes about 5 gallons of milk per week. Aside from reducing consumption, what can we do to reduce the plastic waste? Five plastic jugs per week is too many to reuse for anything reasonable! 

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I can only really get to my job by car, which is a 100-mile round trip. So I go as little as possible. In the summer when most people are on holiday, I don't go at all.

When senior management come across me they do comment that they've not seen me for a long time. That may be embarrassing for me, but the personal cost to me is nothing as compared to saving the planet.

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Interesting topic. I love environment. I try my best not to use plastic but I live with my family that LOVE using plastics bags and bottle. (Even tho we have a water filter). 

I always bring my reusable straws for drinks. I try my best to use reusable water bottles as well. People should try to save the environment. 

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1 hour ago, Zaid Bin Ali said:

I always bring my reusable straws for drinks

I'm thinking about doing a blog post about this.

I think the straw and plastic bag initiatives while admirable represent displacement activity. We feel good doing them and they are relatively easy to do, but do they really make a fundamental change?

The drink that was consumed with that straw likely has a far higher carbon footprint. And why do people consume lattes etc? If it is to feel good - aren't there intangible ways of doing this that have no environmental cost at all? And should society be moving towards such business/environmental models.

Think about the blue badge that I have. Every time I see it my heart does a little hop, skip and jump and no CO2 was consumed.

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Oh, I almost forgot! This isn't an accessible option for most people, but we recently got solar panels. Right now it's wired to the grid, so if the power goes out it turns off, but as soon as batteries are better and more affordable, we plan to get a house battery. It's unlikely in our region that we'll be able to go fully off-grid, but it's nice to try since we can. 

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36 minutes ago, Haji 2003 said:

^ have you looked into the Tesla power wall?

Yes, it's about $20K!

But it's also the only house battery worth having right now. 

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1 hour ago, Haji 2003 said:

I'm thinking about doing a blog post about this.

I think the straw and plastic bag initiatives while admirable represent displacement activity. We feel good doing them and they are relatively easy to do, but do they really make a fundamental change?

The drink that was consumed with that straw likely has a far higher carbon footprint. And why do people consume lattes etc? If it is to feel good - aren't there intangible ways of doing this that have no environmental cost at all? And should society be moving towards such business/environmental models.

Think about the blue badge that I have. Every time I see it my heart does a little hop, skip and jump and no CO2 was consumed.

I would love to read about it, feel free to link it to me once you are done with the blog.

to be honest with you, I don’t know. XD But if you check what happened in United States, they stopped using plastic straws in most of the fast food restaurants because of that torture. (The popular video were the plastic straw was stuck in the torture nose)  

Lets start slowly, which is the least thing that you use and that thing destroys the environment? Try not to use it. 

The one that destroy the environment mostly are plastics, but don’t forget cigarettes as well xD (some ppl said that cigarettes destroyed the planet)

I don’t use plastic straws and plastic cups, I try my best not to use plastic bag and plastic water bottle. I don’t smoke, I try my best not to eat a lot of animal products specially dairies, I don’t drive as well (sadly) 

oh and I am a minimalist as well :) 

44 minutes ago, Haji 2003 said:

^ have you looked into the Tesla power wall?

No Tesla in the place where I live. :( 

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I took this picture a few weeks ago in Hong Kong. This is the way we need to go if we want to reduce plastics. But it goes against everything that modern businesses are about.

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On 5/15/2019 at 8:06 AM, notme said:

Salam alaikum brothers and sisters

What are you currently doing to reduce your negative impact on the environment that we and our descendants must live in? 

What tips can you share?

What questions do you have that others might be able to answer? 

I have fruit trees, and we eat from them whenever we can. I reduce driving trips, use cloth grocery bags and recycle plastic, metal, and cardboard. I keep our heating and air conditioning at minimal levels. 

What I'd like to know is this: My large family consumes about 5 gallons of milk per week. Aside from reducing consumption, what can we do to reduce the plastic waste? Five plastic jugs per week is too many to reuse for anything reasonable! 

-as you already mentioned, using cloth grocery bags instead of plastic

-minimizing use of the car (in Europe, cycling, public transport and walking are usually feasible. In the US I believe it's usually not an option)

-regarding your question about milk, consider getting your milk from a nearby farm rather than a grocery store

-in some European countries, we typically sort our waste (separate bags for paper, glass, metals and compost)

-growing some or all of your own fruit and veg

-buying fresh food instead of packaged food

-reducing meat and poultry consumption

Most of these habits are also good for our health

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I’ve been trying to use less and less water. I try to open it less when I’m showering, wudhuing or washes the dishes. I don’t have ...control over much else about the house because I live with siblings so I don’t know what else I could do. 

You could use milk jugs to plant things in and as watering pots as well :) You could also cut it diagonally in the middle to use as a scoop. Maybe you could melt them down and create other things as well?

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13 minutes ago, Haji 2003 said:

I took this picture a few weeks ago in Hong Kong. This is the way we need to go if we want to reduce plastics. But it goes against everything that modern businesses are about.

How do they sell bananas in United Kingdom? In US, it's just loose bunches or individual items on a produce display, sold by weight. 

They supply plastic bags that shoppers can pick up, but I never use those. I think my husband puts each fruit or vegetable into it's own individual bag though, the way we somehow accumulate them. 

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23 hours ago, notme said:

How do they sell bananas in United Kingdom? In US, it's just loose bunches or individual items on a produce display, sold by weight. 

Sorry it was not clear. This is bananas being sold as a snack in 7/11. So unlike the chocs next to them no processing or packaging.

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23 hours ago, Haji 2003 said:

Sorry it was not clear. This is bananas being sold as a snack in 7/11. So unlike the chocs next to them no processing or packaging.

Oh, we have that here too. 

I've heard.

I rarely enter a 7-11 store, but my husband had mentioned getting apples or bananas for breakfast there on his way to work when running late. 

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1 hour ago, notme said:

I rarely enter a 7-11 store, but my husband had mentioned getting apples or bananas for breakfast there on his way to work when running late. 

You:

 :furious:

now you know what the prices are like.

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