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    1. Hi, I was originally meaning to write a whole thing about my personal low waste challenges with a new born, but...Yeah the new born part is making it kind of impossible right now. So, before...

      Hi, I was originally meaning to write a whole thing about my personal low waste challenges with a new born, but...Yeah the new born part is making it kind of impossible right now.

      So, before giving birth, we did get some reusable diapers used. I really wanted to commit to them, but was honestly afraid that they would be too overwhelming. And I had no plan for replacing disposable wipes. I had some little towels, but considering a new born goes through about 8-10 diapers a day and I have used up to three disposable wipes while changing my nephew's diaper - I wasn't sure how feasible reusable wipes were. (I don't have 30 little towels and wasn't planning to run out and buy anything).

      Sometime in the last year, the postpartum ward of my local hospital dropped their disposable wipes and now use little orange face towels. And they were surprisingly easy to use. Quick wetting with warm water and they work better than disposable cloths, so you really don't need as many as I previously calculated. Using them in the hospital really encouraged me to use them at home.

      I honestly think we've grown really use to a disposable mindset, especially for sanitary items, and find it interesting and a little sad how things like disposable diapers and wipes are the default. Reusable diapers for most people aren't even a consideration. Hope to see more changes like this in the hospital amd elsewhere to remind and encourage us to evaluate out options.

      13 votes
    2. I need to cross the country or cross the Atlantic. If I could take a bullet train that was slightly slower, I would if I could. But that isn't feasible. Neither is driving. Can I effectively...

      I need to cross the country or cross the Atlantic. If I could take a bullet train that was slightly slower, I would if I could. But that isn't feasible. Neither is driving. Can I effectively compensate for my emissions? If so, what is the best way?

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    3. Personally, I started buying renewable energy credits (RECs) through Arcadia Power, a third party, to offset my apartment's power usage. There is a likelihood I will move to San Diego for grad...

      Personally, I started buying renewable energy credits (RECs) through Arcadia Power, a third party, to offset my apartment's power usage. There is a likelihood I will move to San Diego for grad school in the Fall, which is why I didn't do something more involved, such as subcribe to a community solar project. That being said, it looks like the energy utility in San Diego allows people to subcribe specifically to 100 percent renewables, so I will be in good shape if I go over there.

      Other than that, I have been trying to ride my bike more to the grocery store. My panniers can carry a lot, but I still probably need to make two trips in a given week to feed 2 people (yay exercise!).

      41 votes