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Old 09.03.2011, 16:50
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What would you need to behave more sustainably?

Hello everybody,

we all know the stuff about climate change, limited resources, etc. We may believe it or not or maybe think it is just a "current fashion" thing...

Anyway, for those who would like to do something, but find it difficult to change behavior toward a more sustainable way of living:

what could help you in doing that? Any ideas?
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

Dancing girls and Marston's Pedigree.

I'd do anything for them.
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Old 09.03.2011, 16:58
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

I have always pushed my last few employers to let me work from home a few days a week. Generally they don't like it even though I perform better at home. In the end they back down and it works out well for everybody.

I would therefore try to educate employers to measure their staff on productivity and not location. Many of us can cut out a lot of travel, but of course homeworking is not for everybody.
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what could help you in doing that? Any ideas?
Consume less and buy less new manufactured goods, if you really believe it.
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A conscience?
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Old 09.03.2011, 17:05
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

Only buy things that are made very locally.

Errrrr, apart from cheese that is.
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Old 09.03.2011, 17:06
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

The vasy majority of things now are bought for the short term - technology moves so quickly that what was state of the art 2 years ago, is middle of the road now, and out dated in 2 years. Fashions change quickly which push consumers to buy more frequently - resulting in a push for lower costs - cheaper goods - less sustainability.

In some industries, a part is bought new - sold to a company as a replacement and the broken part returned - this is refurbished and stocked. The next customer needs the replacment part - and the process happens again and again.

Large capital investment goods offer a greater level of sustainability that cheaper ones - a Kia becomes disposable to buy at 7 years old - IE the replacement cost exceeds the repair cost. The same isn't true of a Rolls Royce.

You'll repair a 2000chf (for 60chf) suit (which isn't the cutting edge of fashion) - but you'll think twice for a 200chf suit.

For some reason - quantity trumps quality in the modern world.
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Old 09.03.2011, 17:13
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Only buy things that are made very locally.

Errrrr, apart from cheese that is.
All that cheese is helping to prevent another European butter mountain or milk lake.

Also, you are supporting a third world country (UK). Shouldn't all your cheese have Fairtrade labels?
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Old 09.03.2011, 17:20
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

I live in Central Zurich and we chuck our rubbish in metal tubes which lead into holes in the earth to be collected by the bin men. If they had a tube for each recyclable (glass, cardboard etc) I'd recycle everything and produce 0 waste. I already don't use plastic bags anymore.
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Old 09.03.2011, 18:13
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

We should all use less water.

Let's all have a shower/bath together, an EF regular event. We need a big bath, does any one have a big bath ? Please ??
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Old 09.03.2011, 18:17
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

Someone to talk seriously about population control
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Old 09.03.2011, 18:30
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

I always used public transport to get to work until recently. Then I moved to another company, and it's now a choice between:
  • a ten-minute drive
  • or a ten-minute walk followed by 20 minutes on the tram, followed by 5 minutes on the bus, followed by another ten-minute walk
I wish I had the will-power to take the environmentally friendly option every morning, but sadly the prospect of staying in bed for an extra half an hour wins the day all too often...

Edit: Of course it would also be nice if, when companies built new offices, they built them close to public transport rather then close to motorway exits in the middle of nowhere...
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

I'm with Economisto on this - more convenient recycling would be great. We do recycle most things but since the only sensible recycling center (ie it accepts all kinds of recycling) is only open for a few hours on Saturday morning we end up with huge sacks of junk if we can't get there for a few weeks. Am always jealous of my sister's green bin in the UK - she just puts all recyclable stuff in that and the council take it away. Simples.
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Old 09.03.2011, 19:02
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I'm with Economisto on this - more convenient recycling would be great. We do recycle most things but since the only sensible recycling center (ie it accepts all kinds of recycling) is only open for a few hours on Saturday morning we end up with huge sacks of junk if we can't get there for a few weeks. Am always jealous of my sister's green bin in the UK - she just puts all recyclable stuff in that and the council take it away. Simples.
I would really like to be more eco-friendly, the most obvious we do is recycling we are a family of 5 and the amount of rubbish we produce is huge. I hate the fact that after a couple of days my recycling is over flowing - plastics is fairly easy (when I remember)I can take them to the coop/migros as is glass but paper is my biggest problem, we seem to only get paper collections every 3 months and storing it is quite a challenge why can they not have a place to put it at the supermarkets or somewhere? make recycling easy then more people will do it.
The kids always bath together and we try not to waste water, turn lights off ect, but really im selfishly looking for eco friendly ways that are easy for me to do , with 3 kids under 5 my brain is already frazzled on a daily basis I dont want to add more hassle to my life
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

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Dancing girls and Marston's Pedigree.

I'd do anything for them.
I'm with you on the Marstons, DB. Also get's a good rating...

http://www.pubsandbeer.co.uk/index.php?ID=BD&B=142

I also remember "Top Hat" Premium Bitter, a lesser known but nevertheless, fine pint.

http://www.pubsandbeer.co.uk/index.php?ID=BD&B=3406

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As for sustainability...

- Consume less, drive less, use energy efficient electronic goods.

Summers coming soon, so it should become a little easier to achieve.
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Old 09.03.2011, 19:08
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

And for my second thing I would encourage people to read online newspapers and slowly kill the paper variety (and magazines of course)
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Old 09.03.2011, 19:15
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Re: What would you need to behave more sustainably?

Ban capsule coffee machines, before we end up buried in these:

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Old 09.03.2011, 19:24
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I banned the family from bringing home the 'free' newspapers that are given out on the tram every day - what an absolutely disastrous waste of paper...
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Old 09.03.2011, 19:30
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some big carrots... and not so big sticks..
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We should all use less water.

Let's all have a shower/bath together, an EF regular event. We need a big bath, does any one have a big bath ? Please ??
So, how often do you wash your monkey UTH? Smelly Monkey.
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