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^ but that's the issue about reducing carbon footprint, we'd likely have to pay a lot more for a lot less. But it's interesting how a change in ideology can make that pain acceptable. For example just as people are giving up on bikes in developing countries, it's becoming fashionable in the West.

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:bismillah::salam:

Well, I have planted hundreds upon hundreds of Eucalyptus trees (about a few hundred of them), some Banyan and Sacred Fig trees as well as others. They even show in google maps! and I was very happy to see them. I have been planting them since a decade but in 2014 I took some strict measures to protect them and then they took off after the encroaching free free rangers with their animals started to keep away. I think this is my biggest contribution. I also use solar system but the grid is designed in a way that my system's impact alone is not as significant in comparison. I also have biogas, as you may well know already, but they say it also makes CO2. Anyway, recently I have also delved into ethanol production at home after much hesitation and thought and will have my first batch in a few days. I have also spent more time than I would like to mention trying to efficiently employ the process of electrolyzing water and making use of the resulting hydrogen. I have a sure shot 100% working design for that but I have not been able to implement it due to time constraints (use a solar panel to electrolyze and break water at home, collect and dry and purify the hydrogen only (keep the oxygen electrode away and isolated) and then compress the gas into a cylinder and then use that to power your car, in a nutshell). The day is too small to do everything.

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1 hour ago, starlight said:

Household cleaners and their packaging are another environmental hazard 

That sounds like a very good excuse to clean less! 

Actually, I'm allergic to most cleaning products, so I use non-toxic, environmentally friendly vinegar and baking soda which I buy in bulk, almost to the exclusion of other cleaners. Still have to use laundry and dish detergents, but less, and since we're using less I don't mind paying more for less toxic brands or types. 

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@starlight The cats I used to have would have enjoyed "swiffering" with me, but my current felines are somewhat prima donnas. Have you tried that method with children? My youngest son has decided he wants to grow his hair long. 

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4 hours ago, starlight said:

Household cleaners and their packaging are another environmental hazard so instead I do this 

That's why Billy's mum took him back.

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The old people in my neighborhood drive me nuts with their floodlights and their tree cutting and their spraying Roundup all over the place. I'm starting to think nobody over fifty should be left responsible for care of anything in nature. 

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On 5/15/2019 at 9:06 AM, notme said:

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! 

I have a possible solution AND it would save money! 

Nut "milk" is expensive to buy or to make from scratch. Oat milk is expensive to buy ready made, but very cheap to make. Oats are about 85¢ per lbs, without even shopping around. If my calculations are correct, a pound of oats will make just over a gallon of "oat milk" and my kids seem to like it. 

Of course, it doesn't have the calcium and vitamins A and D that they add to cow milk, but it might be worth a try as a partial replacement since the kids drink far more than they need for health anyway. 

The oats that I buy come in cardboard boxes, which are recyclable or compostable. 

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On 5/17/2019 at 1:06 AM, notme said:

The old people in my neighborhood drive me nuts with their floodlights and their tree cutting and their spraying Roundup all over the place. I'm starting to think nobody over fifty should be left responsible for care of anything in nature. 

What do you use instead of Roundup?

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3 hours ago, notme said:

Nut "milk" is expensive to buy or to make from scratch. Oat milk is expensive to buy ready made, but very cheap to make. Oats are about 85¢ per lbs, without even shopping around. If my calculations are correct, a pound of oats will make just over a gallon of "oat milk" and my kids seem to like it. 

Nut milk is well known, but this is the first time I learned about oat milk. Thank you! 

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2 hours ago, Darth Vader said:

What do you use instead of Roundup?

A lawn mower. 

I smothered some poison ivy with cardboard and bricks. I'll get back to you on how well that works long term, but it seems to be staying gone right now. 

I offered to mow the drainage ditch of the lady across the street and she declined, then she sprayed the whole ditch with Roundup because she couldn't get in there with her riding mower. I would have happily done it for her with my push mower, but she wants to be independent and kill all the living things in the Chesapeake Bay. 

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2 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

Nut milk is well known, but this is the first time I learned about oat milk. Thank you! 

I bought a small container at the store for my family to try. Since they like it, I'm going to make this recipe. I hope it turns out good.

https://lovingitvegan.com/oat-milk/

The one I bought was unsweetened, but still tasted sweet. It also had added calcium and vitamins A and D. 

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3 hours ago, notme said:

A lawn mower. 

I smothered some poison ivy with cardboard and bricks. I'll get back to you on how well that works long term, but it seems to be staying gone right now. 

I offered to mow the drainage ditch of the lady across the street and she declined, then she sprayed the whole ditch with Roundup because she couldn't get in there with her riding mower. I would have happily done it for her with my push mower, but she wants to be independent and kill all the living things in the Chesapeake Bay. 

I read that vinegar in water was an organic herbicide alternative so I tried it, to no luck. Did not use table salt because the soil here is already alkaline enough. Then I employed someone to physically remove the knee high weed grass growing by a wall and so many different kind of little weed plants popping up all over in my garden. There is so much and such different variety of weeds here sometimes I think there must be medicinal benefits of at least some of them, or why else would nature grow them everywhere despite repeated removal? I know its the birds and air carrying and dropping all its seed but I find it annoying. Things I plant are so delicate already and then these come in as an enormous competition and nuisance. But I do not use roundup. :D

When I'm bothered enough I will build a portable blowtorch.

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