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Sustainability is the ability of system to endure. While most people associate the term with the environment, true longevity requires social and economical sustainability as well as ecological sustainability.

Sustainability is the ability of system to endure. While most people associate the term with the environment, true longevity requires social and economical sustainability as well as ecological sustainability.

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Where to buy an ethical/sustainable throw blanket in Australia?

Looking for something big and fluffy and warm!!

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2024/05/14
06:14 UTC

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Ethical & sustainable hair styling products?

Struggling to find any styling products that are ethical & sustainable… was using Wig & Dirty from Lush, but don’t like that they use PVP (because it’s derived from crude oil) and preservatives (because I’m trying to maintain my microbiome)… anyone know of any alternatives? Particularly matt effect with strong hold

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2024/05/14
09:54 UTC

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Natural fiber rug for outdoors?

I'd like to have a rug for the concrete pad in my backyard. Are there any natural fiber options that will hold up to summer conditions in northern CA (i.e., cold, damp evenings and mornings with hot, sunny afternoons)? I'm not too worried about fading, but I don't want mold, and read that jute and sisal do not handle moisture very well.

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2024/05/13
16:38 UTC

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How many of you would be interested in getting a repair of your favorite items if that would allow prolonged usage rather than buying a new one cuz the other one is too old?

I was wondering how many of you would seek a repair of your favorite possessions like leather slippers, leather shoes, expensive clothing, expensive watches, branded bags and electronics or furniture etc if such repairs can extend their life considerably?

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2024/05/13
09:08 UTC

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My family wants to travel, by air. I'm troubled

Hi, I'm keen to hear people's thoughts.

My wife has done a fair bit of travel, but since we got married and had kids, it's all been domestically. We've had a lot of adventures.

She'd like us all to go on an international holiday, involving a 3 hr flight. I'd like to travel too, but international flying is pretty contrary to everything that we know we need to do now. I would feel a complete hypocrite flying for a holiday of a couple of weeks.

It's really troubling to me.. anticipating the disappointment the family will feel if I tell them that I'm not going with them, and how terrible I'd feel as a hypocrite if I do go.

What would you do in this situation?

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2024/05/13
07:57 UTC

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Career Transition

I’m currently a DOE earth science teacher based in Brooklyn finishing up my second year of teaching. I don’t think I’ll be able to stay in the field for much longer. I do have a bachelor of science in environmental science and a masters of arts in teaching earth science. What types of careers would I be able to transition into without taking a major paycut (currently making ~85k)

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2024/05/13
00:30 UTC

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Lifestraw Go vs Sawyer Squeeze ?

Which one would you recommend and why ?

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2024/05/12
21:47 UTC

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environmentally safer car wash soaps?

not sure where to post this--if there is a better sub please let me know. I am looking for advice as far as an environmentally safe(r) car washing soap, especially the kind that can go through a foam cannon. we live in a very rural area with multiple waterways nearby, and I want to try to have the least environmental impact possible. my husband really wants to wash the cars at our house and not go into town, which is very far away. If anyone has any recommendations on safer products to point him towards, I would appreciate it.

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2024/05/12
21:19 UTC

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[OC] Rapidly increasing Arctic Methane (updated from Dlugokencky 2013)

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2024/05/13
07:05 UTC

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Midwestern food waste disposal equipement recommendations (large scale)

Hello, I am looking into potentially purchasing (ideally renting) either an invessel compost, anaerobic digester, or even aerobic digester for my college campus. I am located in the midwest (Indiana) and would prefer to purchase from a (relavely) local business. Our local compost faciltuy was closed due to covid and the next closest one is about 1 hour away. I am still in the research phase and am deciding which route to go but would be thankful for any business recomnnedations, suggestions, or tips to divert a campus's organic waste away from the landfill.

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2024/05/12
14:08 UTC

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Why don't we put tanks of Potassium Hydroxide solution everywhere since it can absorb carbon dioxide?

We even made carbon dioxide absorbers that consumes energy. Why don't we use a better solution?

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2024/05/11
10:51 UTC

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Promote vegetarian as frugal instead of sustainability?

I heard a lot of people talking about how going vegetarian can help the planet, so I decided to give it a try, increasing the proportion of plant-based groceries when I shop. I immediately realize the decrease in my cost, which is a stronger incentive, compared to sustainability, for me to further increase the proportion and explore other plant options.

So I wonder if we could promote vegetarian not only as sustainable habit, but also a frugal one? For example, we can show other people you can spend less than $3/meal/person by increasing plant on your plate. And to persuade them to decrease, not necessarily remove, meat consumption.

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2024/05/11
04:23 UTC

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Can I support myself with a conservation project?

I have 16 acres of monoculture ash woodland in the south west of England that I inherited from my grandfather. It's sadly riddled with dieback and I wanted to take this opportunity to diversify/reinvigorate the ecosystem. I intend to plant new trees, dig ponds, create habitats and wetland, put up bird boxes, bat roosts, and insect hotels. I've been in touch with an ecologist and together we hope to plant violets to encourage the return of the pearl bordered fritillary that used to be common in the area. I also want to make the site a place for the community to come and learn about nature and conservation, through classes, workshops and talks.

The problem is I have no money and I really want to commit to this full time, is there a way I can earn a living doing this? It feels like a pipe dream the idea I could be paid to do something I genuinely want to do, but if there is any way I can i would love some advice, Thanks y'all.

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2024/05/10
17:52 UTC

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Reduce Paper Consumption in the Workplace

So, I'm currently pushing for the office I work in to use less paper, and I'm trying to raise awareness about the subject. Do yall have some impactful statistics about the paper industry that I could use?

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2024/05/10
13:56 UTC

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Entering the sustainability field

For someone who has no background in sustainability other than some course work in their biology degree, what would be the best next step to enter the field? Would a masters degree be necessary or is there a way to do on the job training or certificates in more relevant skills?

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2024/05/10
11:29 UTC

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Who NOT to vote for in NC!

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2024/05/10
04:15 UTC

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Sustainablity in studio apartment with no kitchen

I got a bathroom, closet, storage containers, bed and tv area. Anything for more sustainablity and possibly minmalism. I know I should get glassware, wooden brushes and bamboo tooth brush. But what else is there? Any yes, I know about vinegar, baking soda and castle soap for everything.

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2024/05/10
03:33 UTC

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America's biggest public utility pledges to boost clean energy in new sustainability report, but critics object to TVA plans to build more natural gas plants

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2024/05/10
02:34 UTC

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Another ugly fact Big Ag don't want us to know

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2024/05/09
23:02 UTC

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MA in sustainable management or environmental mngmt?

Hi! I'm currently an undergrad approaching my junior year. I study forestry with a concentration in resource management. I was talking to some folk and they said it would be a great idea to do grad school. Only thing is, I don't want to do research. I am more drawn to the business aspect rather than research and I have an internship this summer with American Forest Management, so i'll get a good taste of that. I'm curious what y'all think about pursuing an MA in sustainable or environmental management. Would this be good with my forestry background, especially if I was to end up working for a firm that did a bunch of timber stuff? Idk what I want to do anyway and this is just an idea! lmk what y'all think

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2024/05/09
21:21 UTC

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Carbon Footprint of Local (factory raised) meat vs. Shipped (not factory raised) meat

I have been in the process of getting all of my meat from farms that implement sustainable practices, practice animal welfare, basically are as humane as possible with a lower carbon footprint. I would go vegan, but I tried it for almost 2 years and it just did not go with my body. Currently the only options I see at my supermarket that meet these requirements are chicken and wild caught salmon, but I would like to vary my options. I've found companies like Butcher Box where you subscribe to get this kind of meat, but since it serves the whole US that would mean the meat is usually not local.

So my questions is: with animal products that are produced more sustainably and more humanely, could the emissions produced from transporting them from afar almost cancel out their sustainability, from a carbon footprint point of view?

I understand that these kind of products are more humane than factory raised animals. From an ethical standpoint it would still be better to get "humane" animal products from afar than factory-raised from nearby.

Also, I am not here to invite a debate on the ethics of meat eating or whether strict veganism is the best and only way to live sustainably. I just want to know whether its a good idea to consider getting "good" meat if it's not lcoal.

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2024/05/09
20:55 UTC

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Is a sustainable global civilization supposed to last forever? If not, how long?

Thinking long term.

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2024/05/09
09:22 UTC

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