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Tiny Choices Q&A: Questions

By tinychoices | August 3, 2007

Here’s where we open it up to the peanut gallery. In the comments below, please state your Tiny Choice question(s) — then in future individual posts we’ll all get the collective brain crankin and do what we can to help each other out… so, just post the question(s) which have been plaguing you. No question too small, obscure, technical, superficial or strange.

We’ll start with a question submitted by our dear friend Meredith:

Is there such thing as an all-natural deodorant that actually works?? I have tried:
- Tom’s of Maine (gave me a horrible rash)
- Adidas Aluminum Free (worked great for the first stick, awful on the second)
- Kiss My Face (worked okay at first, and then was AWFUL!)
I am going to see if I can find the one recommended by treehugger and see if that works.

We request that you only post your questions here, and not answers to other people’s questions. We know this may be painful but we also know that you have the inner fortitude to save your answers for later. We have faith in you.

So go ahead– post your questions!


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Comment by Leanski
2007-08-03 09:39:19

just to show that i read your blog Jenn, here’s a couple of questions for y’all from the UK

(and i will do the survey sometime soon as well, promise)

Question: “can ‘consume’ and ‘conserve’ ever be compatible?”

Question: “is the current consumer led society irreversible?”

 
Comment by Stacey
2007-08-03 12:35:10

What about gift wrapping – especially for showers when presentation counts for alot.

What do you all do about soaps in public restrooms? Bring your own? Use theirs? Skip the soap? When you encounter anti-bacterial soup, which presents a whole other bunch of problems.

If you never take plastic bags, how do you get rid of your trash?

Why are men stupid? (oops, wrong blog)

 
Comment by mz
2007-08-03 21:55:52

great work jen n keri :)can you talk about tampons..after all this time i’m still not using the healthy environmental ones…i need to know more about tampons and why the typical ones ?also, what about condoms…which ones are better for the environment…uh-oh i’ve started and i can’t stop so……also…if so many people know that being a vegan makes such a difference to the environment (its been in the news that its more helpful than not driving) than why do you think there are not more vegans…

 
Comment by J.Cruz
2007-08-04 00:16:59

Hi, Jen and Kari.

A friend/co-worker of Roz’s down here in Philly and have wondered about this.

I’ve seen a ton of “Carbon Calculators” out there, but I can’t seem to find out, say, what the carbon footprint of a kWh would be. I’m deep into tech-geekery, so the greatest opportunities for me to conserve is to cut the power consumption of my devices/servers/computers/lava lamps.

So? If I save 1 kWh, how much carbon am i keeping out of the atmo?

 
Comment by PaperDollyGirl
2007-08-04 03:36:53

You already know one of my deepest questions, but here’s one I really struggle with.

How do you balance wanting to recycle as much as possible with desiring to keep a clean, clutter free space?

 
Comment by Rocketgirl
2007-08-04 18:57:56

How bad is dry cleaning? I’m girl who needs to wear suits fairly often and I was just wondering how bad it is for the environment when I have to take my clothes in for dry cleaning. I already know how bad it is for my wallet.

I also have a question about something I use to not have to do to the dry cleaner as often – Febreeze. I tend to Febreeze my suits so that I don’t have to bring them in as often. But what is in Febreez? How’s it made? Just wondering.

 
2007-08-05 08:09:51

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Comment by lorelei
2007-08-06 14:40:21

- what amount of energy do appliances actually use? which is the biggest energy sucker?
- given that 98% of waste is industrial, how can we know that we’re actually making a difference as consumers? are we really making an impact, waste-wise, or just feeling better about ourselves? I’m completely into re-use and recycling, but sometimes I wonder how much I’m actually changing/helping things.
- please compare the water/energy usage in washing dishes by hand & machine.
-what is the amount of energy wasted by people putting their computers to sleep instead of shutting them down?
- biodegradable laundry detergant that actually works well? same goes for dishwashing soap.

Comment by Stacey
2007-08-07 17:36:15

along the energy lines, I once heard that the amount of energy used to turn a lightbulb on is roughly equivalent to the amount of energy used by that same lightbulb in ten minutes and therefore, leaving a room for less than ten minutes, it made sense to leave the lightbulb on. fact or fiction?

 
 
2007-08-07 14:03:04

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2007-08-09 06:02:34

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Comment by dorkas
2007-08-09 23:11:13

hello again, just transferring my question re: alternative menstrual products to the proper location. here are the products i know about:
-lunapads/lunapanties
-the diva cup
-sea pearls
i’d like to know from the ladies out there if there are more options, and also i’d be very interested in hearing testimonials from people who’ve used them.

thanks again for doing an awesome job!
dorkas

 
2007-08-11 06:13:45

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2007-08-13 14:06:52

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Comment by Stacey
2007-08-14 10:03:04

If New York only collects plastic jugs & bottles from #1 and #2 plastic, what do we do with all of our soyogurt containers, deli food holders and that salad box thing from Maoz?

 
2007-08-17 12:08:32

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Comment by Jennifer
2007-08-18 21:15:18

What about doing dishes? My kitchen is so small that the clean dishes rest in one side of the sink, which leaves me with constantly running water to clean the dishes. This is not efficient! Help!

 
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2007-08-22 04:15:46

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Comment by cat147
2007-08-24 13:59:55

When given the option in a public restroom, should I choose the paper towels or the air dryer to dry my hands after washing?

 
2007-09-05 11:19:47

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2007-09-07 14:03:02

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Comment by delqc
2007-09-08 08:31:17

Coming late to the questions, but hopefully they will be useful for future inspiration!

1) Why do so many recycling programs refuse #6 plastics, and how can we encourage them to be recycled?

2) I find it’s hard to know how to recycle multiple-material objects, especially school supplies like pens, highlighters, old spiral-bound notebooks, etc. Any recommendations? Advice on purchasing more ecofriendly school and office supplies would also be appreciated!

3) One chemical I have not found a good eco-friendly alternative for is bleach. I still use it when washing things like towels and washcloths which can get very soiled and (since they are often wet) mildewey. I haven’t found any other product that will kill mildew other than washing with at least some bleach. This is especially true since I don’t use disposable wash cloths or swiffer cloths, but use all reusable cloths instead. Are there any good disinfecting alternatives to bleach?

 
2007-09-11 14:02:19

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2007-09-13 06:15:06

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Comment by stacey
2007-09-18 14:28:20

pest control – bugs and, ick, actual critters – many of us are new yorkers, living in multiunit buildings. If we say no to the exterminator, do bugs & critters flock to our place? How do we get rid of them without poioning ourselves and our environment in the future?

 
2007-09-19 14:05:04

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Comment by Liz Kalloch
2007-09-21 13:51:39

First. LOVE your blog, thanks so much!

Now, my quetion, I read your post about the plastic drinking bottles, and other choices, and the plastic that “leeches” into the water, couldn’t get that picture out of my head… BUT I am wondering about the Britta Water Pitchers that filter tap water for a short list of impurities. We use one, and I have been looking at it suspicioulsy, wondering what is leeching into our “cleaned” water. Do you know anything about these?

 
Comment by Anne
2007-09-23 23:02:52

Moving this comment from another thread:

I was wondering if you guys could make a post about sustainable make-up choices – just this morning, I was putting on mascara, and thinking about how I throw the tube out every couple months because it gets clumpy and old. It’s a waste of packaging, and the chemicals aren’t doing me any good either.

 
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Comment by rafael
2007-09-26 00:59:44

what is the carbon footprint for beef vs. tofu? both are heavily processed foods?

 
2007-09-27 06:23:47

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Comment by Caoimhe
2007-10-03 11:28:45

Just a quick question (and this may have been addressed already), for those of us with pooches. So I’ve come to the end of the old plastic bag stash (some leftover from previous homeowner), now i have the dilemma of how to transport doggie poo from street to trash without needing new bags, or walking the dog wearing pooper gloves.

Is there such a thing as environmentally friendly pooper scooper bags?

Comment by Jennifer
2007-10-17 13:58:58

my aunt buys biodegradable poop bags. i think she finds them at petco or petsmart.

 
 
2007-10-16 06:03:15

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Comment by Jennifer
2007-10-16 21:10:27

what are the ecological effects of human cremation?

 
2007-11-21 06:04:55

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Comment by Amy
2007-12-17 10:41:50

Now that it’s winter holiday time, I always wonder: tree. Plastic or real?

 
2007-12-23 06:04:49

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Comment by Darcy
2008-01-11 13:30:13

Does anyone know where you can recycle a broken (beyond repair) digital camera?

The local camera (Ottawa, Ontario) store said they have lots of questions about this but don’t have any answers.

 
Comment by Amy
2008-01-29 12:15:37

I was looking at cleaning product options for my cafe, especially products that are available through food service/paper supply companies. I came across information about bio-renewable products, and I was wondering if this is just a new buzz word or are these new green products?

http://www.bio-renewable.com/web/biorenew.nsf

 
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