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No. 599679

This thread is for discussion of all topics related to sustainability, including, but not limited to, zero/low waste and ethical fashion.

(links in spoilers)

(Beginners) resources
Sustainable living beginners guide

Zero waste beginners guide

Zero waste kit

Sustainable fashion beginners guide

Best ethical and sustainable beauty brands

The Good Shopping Guide

Youtube channels

Sustainably Vegan

The Girl Gone Green

Kristen Leo

Films and documentaries
The True Cost
About the true cost of our clothes. Available on Netflix or watch here: https://truecostmovie.com/watch-now/

Takes a look at the livestock industry and how it impacts the environment. Watch here: https://www.cowspiracy.com/

Our Planet
Focuses on how manmade climate change causes massive wildlife loss. Available on Netflix.

A Plastic Ocean
A docu about the impact of throwaway plastic on the environment. Available on Netflix.

No. 599715

I figure this is a good a thread to ask as any.

How do I stop myself from being a dumb stuck up bitch about an ecological lifestyle? I vaguely mentioned to a friend how I don’t want to own a car b/c of climate stuff and she started ripping into me about how unrealistic that it is and after a bit of defensive back and forth I told her it was more of a matter of priorities and it made me sound like the bitch in the argument. I just can’t help defending myself when people criticize me or my choices that I KNOW are better for the planet. But idk how to “educate” people without sitting on a high horse at the same time. Is that even possible? Should I just ignore these sorts of comments if I can’t stop going on the defense?

No. 599721

In my experience, people who argue over stuff like that are projecting their insecurities about their own unsustainable choices. People feel “threatened” when you mention stuff like this, because it (in their mind) means you’re judging them, even if you’re not. It’s best to just not give a shit about what others are doing or saying. I

No. 599765

I think people worry that when you speak of doing something for yourself they assume you expect them to follow suit.

Not having a car could very well be unreasonable for her lifestyle and was defending herself. If you don’t approach the subject from a place of superiority or propagandizing and instead explain that doing this could benefit your own life while realizing not everyone can do the same, people might seem less reactive and more willing to listen to your reasoning. No one likes to be told their normal ass routine is destroying the world and if they don’t make drastic changes to the way they live RIGHT NOW we’re all going to die

No. 602173

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Thanks for starting this thread OP. I'm getting into slow fashion and vintage because fast fashion is fucking trash, bad for the planet, bad for the workers and also frankly stressful. I want to get out of the constant feelings that I need something new all the time.

<I recommend this book if you feel the same.

Also, this is great resource to see just how sustainable different brands are: https://goodonyou.eco

No. 602229

I’m so happy about this thread! It’s very important to spread influence about sustainability especially during covid. Recycling is on a huge decline in my area and litter due to disposable masks and gloves is way up. Very depressing

No. 602243


Your friend sounds like she has an extreme crab in the bucket mentality. Besides the environmental aspect, people used regularly walk MILES everyday before the advent of car culture because they just had to, and it was a GOOD thing. The human body is designed to walk way more then it's designed for things like physical exertion like running or gym to then try and lose weight/build muscle (not trashing on those but just making a point). Since Corona I've been paranoid about using metro so I walk 3-5 miles, two ways, 1-2 times a week if I wanna hang out with my friends who live in the other side of our city and my body has TOTALLY adjusted. Like I don't even feel tired at all, I enjoy the walk and time to contemplate, talk to people on the phone, listen to podcasts ( lots of activities that we associate with sitting that you can do walking) and I know I'm preserving my health for the future.

No. 602248

Walking everywhere is actually quite doable in some cities but I could never do that safely in the town I live in atm, especially in the winter. I hate it when people are so black and white about it, but you're so right if you are able bodied to walk, you will get used to the distances.

No. 602258

There’s also the option of buying a used vehicle anon. Buying used is the best option for the environment if you’re gonna drive

No. 602260

Exactly. Working customer service, people who don’t stand for long periods of time get exhausted. You do end up getting used to it.

No. 602642

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My roommate is a fatty and gives me her empty Talenti jars. They're so perfect for everything from storing coins, liquids, cut-up veggies.. urgh I love them.

Also I am so ready for thrift shops and Lush to reopen.

No. 602950

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I'm boycotting Lush. The treatment of their staff is unethical: https://mitheringsfrommorningside.wordpress.com/tag/lush-cruelty-free-kisses/
They also virtue signal by pandering to troons - no terves allowed in their stores. See pic.
There are better, non-misogynistic handmade cosmetics shops to buy from.

No. 602958

Not to be spoon-fed, but could you drop some names for Lush alternatives? I won’t be shopping at Lush after seeing this. Ecofeminism includes respecting actual women, Lush.

No. 602965

Where do you live anon? I know a bunch of alternatives depending on the products you liked and where you live.

No. 602979

Yikes, thanks for this. I won't be shopping there either.
I live in Philly in the US if you have other alternatives! My first thought was going to my local Mom's Organic.

No. 602986

No TERFs allowed in stores? How tf would they even enforce that?!

Real life is not the internet, Lush.

No. 602987

Boycotting lush too.
Does anyone have links to stickers relevant to all this bs? I feel like publicly reclaiming city space about the fact we're not fucking menstruators and shit.

No. 602991

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Any Nordic anons here? How do you deal with all the plastic in shops? And how do you thrift?

I live in Finland and thrift stores here are terrible. There's absolutely nothing but really old shit that smells of tobacco and oversized clothes from dead relatives. I found some stuff by thrifting online (Emmy, Rekki.fi, Depop sometimes) but on Depop you can't find almost anything locally which kind of defeats the purpose of living more sustainably. Still, it's better than buying new.

As for groceries, I got better at dodging plastic waste over the years and try to go packaging-free whenever possible (even now during the pandemic), I also go foraging when I can just because it's fun, I make my own compost and grow some plants on my balcony or in my communal garden but some things just can't be avoided.
If you want to buy tofu, any cheese at all that isn't Boursin or Brie, hummus, meat and meat replacements, most nuts and dried fruits, cherry tomatoes or fresh grapes, spinach… they all come in bags or boxes. Sometimes I come across people who say they can fit their whole year's waste in a small jar but how do they do it? Do they just not have a varied diet?

Other than that, I've made great progress. Recently I had to move and most of my dishes and furniture are from the reuse centre or bought off people on Facebook Marketplace. Most of my haircare is natural stuff without packaging (or recyclable non-plastic stuff), I've become so much happier caring for plants and living with less, I also have a lot more time since I don't bother with too much smelly rubbish and have started meal prep. Even my bf saw the change and followed suit, he's a bigger hippie than me now. Everything is great except for the plastic around my damn vegetables.

No. 603002

Not a Nordic anon, but there’s a thread for nordics on the second page - might get more responses there?

No. 603004

Honestly I've largely given up on tofu, most cheeses, plant-based meats, and other things that come in packages that require hard-mode recycling (thin plastic, coated paper). I always have a supply of chickpeas to make hummus, falafel, etc. When the pandemic's over I'm going to buy in bulk from one of those stores that let you scoop into your bag. Good on you for foraging! I wish I could do that, but I just keep herb plants for now.

Fun idea, maybe arrange a clothing swap with your friends?

No. 603021

I'll post a few sites I've found online, I haven't shopped from any of them yet, but they seem to be eco-friendly/low waste.

This one is eco-friendly and sells stuff made by women.


A UK site that ships to the US, and probably other places. Kinda pricey if you're outside the UK though.


Natural face moisturizer and bamboo brushes.


And two more shops with a variety of things.



No. 603252

Do we have a nordic thread or do you think the god forsaken finn thread is nordic-all?
THE FUCKING TOFU AND BEANIT härkis or whatever is packaged in such a dumb way but I really don't know what else they could do.

No. 603449

I'm from Sweden and I buy second hand online from Tradera and Sellpy a lot. I also buy vintage and handmade items from Etsy. You can choose which country you want to browse items from.

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Has anyone been able to “train” themselves to like cold showers? With the current heatwave now is a good time to start for me

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I've gotten it colder than I used to have it– it's lukewarm right now but I can't see myself showering in cold. I just kept turning the temp colder each time to the absolute minimum that I could bare.

It's more for my skin than the environment tbh, but it's a plus. My roommate complains about how the shower's never hot enough and I'm just like

No. 603795

I wouldn't even think cold showers would be doable during the winters here, it's genuinely one of only warm places I have during that time of year. I do however think that you could train yourself to tolerate them but the few seconds thing seems kind of pointless. Just turn it colder each day or something and suck it up.

No. 603837

I wanna do this! Today, I actually already showered cold for quite some time. I really wanna try it consistently for my mind
I also had to shower ice cold during winter because of power issues which was seriously rough
Tomorrow, I'm gonna do it again!

No. 603863

They're great! During summer I only shower with cold water and during winter with lukewarm water. I do it for my skin and hair tbh and it boosts my mood like crazy in the mornings, totally recommend it

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No. 608828

living in the devils asshole makes it so i cant even have cold showers right now
everything is just on fire

No. 629467

How is it going, sustainable farmers? Still going strong in avoiding fast fashion, pretty easy during the pandemic but I hope to keep it up after corona has chilled out too.

No. 629661


I’m swinging into slow fashion i.e. making the stuff I want from now on and I love it.

No. 630714

I'm thinking of getting a sewing machine because I'm so sick of bad quality everywhere. Although I'm guessing there must be quite a learning curve before you can make good stuff.

No. 630751

You can start by learning to fix the clothing you have that rips, tailoring pieces you get second hand, and watching YT videos of simple projects until you get the hang of it! That's awesome, anon.

No. 631801

NTA but I live in Central Texas, do you know any here? Thanks!

No. 729771

decent enought thread, fam

No. 729790

nayrt but my only word of advice is investing in a decent machine!! You dont have to spend a ton of money but a $250 singer will last you a lot longer than one that’s only $100

sincerely, an anon who owns a $250 singer and whos best friend owned a $100 singer where she paid a lot more than its worth in repairs compared to me who has literally never has to get my machine repaired in the 10+ years ive owned it (thankfully my best friend upgraded to a VERY nice brother machine and its been serving her well with no issues at all).

I’ve set a new years resolution to myself to not buy any clothing, anything I want I have to figure out how to make it!

No. 729825

Or don't buy a singer at all. If you want a cheap machine, buy a Brother. I'm a professional costumer and I used a cheap, non computerized Brother machine for years until I saved enough for an industrial. They were all less than $200 and lasted well with no problems (I wore them out but I was sewing 40ish hours a week). Every Singer I've used has been a nightmare.

No. 729828

I just ordered a Janome for quilting/other projects today. Do you have experience with them?

No. 729864

anyone have any experience with sustainable menstruation products? i switched to a cup and i actually really like it, but i still need to use liners with it and they're wrapped in plastic waste.

No. 729877

Period panties, anon! They actually work and are pretty now

No. 729918

Tbh I really don't think you need to shell out 200+ for a Singer as a casual user. I purchased a €170 (~200usd) computerized Brother four or five years ago and it works great.

You could also try asking around older family members if they have a machine lying around they don't use anymore, they're often the ones who have those high quality Singer machines that last for decades.

No. 729961

jesus these things get expensive. $70+ for two pairs? i don't want to sit around in old blood for three days a pair. i guess in the long run i wouldn't spend money on pads anymore though

No. 730007

I bought some cheap ones from my local grocery store for about $10. I don't know how they compare to more pricey ones, but they work for me.

No. 730014

You can combine it with cloth pads/liners.
Example: https://imsevimse.us/product-category/cloth-pads

No. 730015

are you sure you have a right size of a cup? bought one a few months ago and I don't need anything else, nothing leaks whatsoever

No. 730019

Nta but I use liners as a safety precaution and when I still bleed a bit but not enough to justify a cup.

No. 730024

sage for ot but how many anons ITT also have history of ocd, ana-chan or veganism? everyone i know that's obsessed with sustainability is also at least one of those things and i wonder if it's just a coincidence or if the whole "things will only get better through restriction and control" motivation is universal

No. 730032

I have/am none of what you’ve listed, but for me sustainability isn’t a type of restriction I place on myself. For me it’s about spending less money in the long term, creating less waste, and ultimately collecting less stuff into my life. The less cluttered my house/shopping list/closet/etc is, the less cluttered my mental state feels.

I feel like its actually the opposite of an obsession. I like to buy longer lasting, higher quality items with minimal waste and maintenance requirements because I want to think deeply about them once and only once.

No. 730033

A tip for everyone: please have a look at tags such as #buylocal #supportsmallbusinesses #localfarm + your location on whichever platform. I'm really passionate about eating in a way that benefits both myself as well as the environment and small businesses. Through just a few Google searches, I have found numerous initiatives, resources and ways to purchase local food from honest farmers/butchers/fishermen/breweries/bakeries etc. who know what they're doing and do it right. I live in a small country so I don't think there is much use in sharing my links, but seriously, try it! There are so many hidden gems everywhere and so many businesses that are struggling right now. Good luck :)!

No. 730034

I'm none of those things, my country is just polluted as hell because of tourists and poverty and I'm sick of it

No. 730035

I am the opposite of what you enumerated. I follow an ancestral diet, and my motive is living a life that benefits myself, the environment and the community the most. Sustainable living creates a better world for all living beings to live in on multiple platforms. It adds so much richness to life and has a fantastic ripple effect. I think it is simply the right and natural thing to do.

No. 730038

>I follow an ancestral diet

What does this entail anon?

No. 730043

Not me, I eat meat etc. I just care about the environment and hate how much stuff is made with low quality and a limited life-span in mind so we have to buy more and more.

Some young women can be self-sacrificing and obsessive about stuff like this though, yeah.

>I feel like its actually the opposite of an obsession. I like to buy longer lasting, higher quality items with minimal waste and maintenance requirements because I want to think deeply about them once and only once.


No. 730047

I try to learn from the traditional way people ate (in my country and elsewhere, for instance from countries where a nomadic, tribal lifestyle remains the norm) before large industries began to dictate diets. The diet is largely inspired by understanding what the body is originally meant to eat, following the seasons and avoiding packaged, overly processed foods as much as possible. It entails lean, grass-fed meat from biodynamic local farms, unpasteurised milk (again from local farms), locally sourced raw honey, a lot of fish as I live in a fishing city and fish has so many good nutrients, raw butter, lots of egg, no sugar, rarely bread if not sour-dough, no pasta, etc. I am still learning a lot, but I suppose it is very comparable to a keto paleo diet? Except I do not eat the packaged substitutes that are often recommended in books for such a diet, but instead just use seasonal, ethically sourced, natural ingredients.

No. 730070

Thanks for this! I really find it useful

No. 730454

I am/have been all of those and tend to obsess over things in general. When it comes to sustainability though, I’ve found it’s not fulfilling in that way. Like >>730032 said, it’s kinda empty because it leads you to think about physical things less. Even with buying groceries, which is obviously regular and essential, after the initial switchover you don’t have to think much about it. For example a while ago I was shopping with a friend, who put her vegetables in those little plastic bags. I had not done that in years, hadn’t thought to do it, and noticed then how not doing it saved effort as well as the environment. Habits can quickly become second nature.

That being said I don’t read the scary shit about the environment. I know the situation is bad, I don’t need convincing, so I only read about action I can take as an individual. Obsessive personality and that shit would be a bad combination.

No. 730489

I made my own pads and liners a couple of years ago using materials that I already had. I use them pretty much exclusively now; disposable ones seem gross and wasteful in comparison. You could easily make your own liners. It's basically an oval sewn in layers. Give it a try.

No. 730508

This is my kinda thread ngl. Just feels weird to discuss it on here.

No. 730514

One of those things is not like the other two. Veganism is about nonviolence to animals (and humans and the planet). It has nothing to do with obsession or restriction. Like sustainability, it is a positive choice, not a negative one.

No. 730749

For many though it actually is a continuation of their control issues with food. You naturally cut out a huge amount of food you can eat when you go vegan.

No. 730942

I understand what you are saying, and I swear don't want to derail this thread too much, but I do just want to leave this here: vegans do not consider animals as food, so we're not "cutting out" anything. There's a subtle difference there, even if it gets lost in part because these days so many people with other agendas and food issues for some reason want to latch on to the vegan label. Veganism is not a diet.(Don't get me started on "plant-based".) It's a very specific philosophy and approach to living and I hate seeing its definition get further eroded and diluted.

I am, however, happy that more people are eating fewer animals for whatever reason.

No. 731664

>we're not "cutting out" anything.

Yes you are, unless you were raised as a vegan since early childhood. It's a type of diet. And yes it's popular with eating disordered young women. Something to be aware of.

No. 794490

Are beeswax wraps as an alternative for plastic/aluminium foil as good as it sounds? I like it in concept but I'm sceptical how durable beeswax wraps are. Doesn't the beeswax easily scrape/scratch off while handling it? And how hygienic is it really?

No. 794499

They suck. The wax gets crispy, they don’t stick like cling wrap, the scent permeates breads and cakes, if your car gets hot you get waxy residue on your stuff.

You’re better off with decent Tupperware. Nothing gets squished, good for work lunches and leftovers. Reusable, long lasting, easy to clean. Plastic is great when used properly.

No. 795284

NTAYRT but I avoid plastic as much as possible regarding food, so as to avoid consuming more plastic than I already do. Stainless steel bento boxes are great, and there are also bamboo and wood ones with a lot of storage and easy transport abilities.

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NTA but there’s glass tupperware that can even be used to bake dishes in the oven, the only plastic about them is the lids (which don’t go in the oven and are technically optional to use) These in conjunction with saving my jars/bottles and using reusable storage bags have been helpful in eliminating my use of plastic/cling wrap. If you’re interested, the storage bags are plastic (silicone) but I really only ever use them for foods being put in the fridge or traveling in a small bag. Otherwise you can simply use storage containers.

No. 795373

>I avoid plastic as much as possible regarding food
Why? Isn't foodgrade plastic safe?

No. 835403

Anons help. I've recently started looking into living more sustainable and especially how products I use are produced and their impact on the environment. I'm looking for a new facial wash and was considering a bar soap, but all I can find are soaps with either coconut oil which I don't want to use on my face or palm oil which from what I understand doesn't guarantee sustainability or non-deforestation even if it has a RSPO certification. So I'm not sure what to get to wash my face with that isn't damaging to the environment somehow. Maybe it isn't even possible? What do you use?

No. 835427

I'm not the most sustainable person out there, but wouldn't most oil cleansers work? As far as I know most of them use fruit or plant-based oil extracts (rosehip, camellia seed, sunflower seed) which are renewable, so you'd mainly have to check that the packaging is recyclable. Glass is usually better of course and I know I've seen some brands that use glass bottles.

No. 835431

Late but they may also be porous compared to steel or glass. It's part of the reason tomato sauce makes your plastic tupperware red forever

No. 835436

I use CeraVe's bar soap facial cleanser. It doesn't have the oils you listed but it's not an all natural product if that's what you're looking for

No. 835440

Cerave's cleansing bar and Nivea Magic Bar have been really nice for me personally. Also, as other anon said, oil cleansing. If you're lucky you might manage to find an oil cleansing cake that lasts decently and has less packaging, too.

No. 835444

This this this, I got two pyrex glass boxes that are wonderful, it's so nice for meal prep because you can heat up food immediately. Eliminates the need for microwaving, too (personally I'm not a fan of soggy pizza and scalding hot on the outside, frozen on the inside food).

NTA but much of it is not. Styrofoam takeaway boxes are actually quite bad, and biodegradable bamboo "plastic" (not wooden bamboo boxes) contains melamine as a binding agent more often than not. Which is a very bad thing.

No. 835445

Sorry if this is the wrong thread but I’m trying to find as many multi use beauty and skincare products as possible (for example, powders that can be used as dry shampoo and setting powder, soap that works for shampoo and face etc) because I’m trying to break the habit of buying hundreds of products. Is there a good resource anons use? Thanks!

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How do single anons who feed only themselves limit their food waste? I love cooking and food but I can only eat so much and I can’t stuff myself without getting sick (adderal fucks with my appetite) so I keep wasting good food and money

No. 835450

Truth is, any powder can be used as both. I kept the box from my old Innisfree setting powder and mixed some Maizena with cocoa powder in there, it works really nicely. You can just add Maizena alone if you need a setting powder. Face soap/shampoo bar I'm not sure but lots of Korean youtubers use Dove Sensitive Beauty Bar for their hair and face and say it works really well.

No. 835470

I just freeze whatever I can't eat.

No. 835502

If you know your appetite is not big start cooking smaller portions, or keep leftovers (covered with foil or in a box) on the fridge. When you go grocery shopping have a plan of the meals you will be having until the next shopping trip.
I've lived alone for quite a while, so i know what and how much i eat. Shoping weekly I buy fresh food (vegetables, meat, bread and fish) for the 4 following days, and the rest is frozen. I cook usually enough for 2 meals, always with the fresh ingredients first, and keep the leftovers on the fridge to snack or for breakfast. This way the only thing i throw away is fruit (that i get for free in huge quantities).

Also, if you have free space (balcony, small garden) you could try to compost and plant herbs.

No. 835563

put it in a tupperware and eat it next day? do you guys all cook new meals every single day?

No. 836175

I do, I eat it over a few days but I can’t eat much and by day four it’s hard to slug through

No. 836184

Can't you just freeze it and take it out when you need it? Or alternatively make less or give away extras?

No. 879224

Weird question, but how do you dispose of razor blades? The thin metal-only blades from a safety razor kind I mean. I remember seeing a video ages ago of a girl disposing of them by digging them into the soil/earth but I can't find the video again nor any other reference that that's a good way to dispose of them.

No. 879262

Get a disposable blade tin/blade bank and then recycle them all by putting the whole tin in recycling.

Don't bury them. Stainless steel takes ages to break down so you're really just putting sharp objects in dirt for people to get hurt with.

No. 879390

>I remember seeing a video ages ago of a girl disposing of them by digging them into the soil/earth
Does she have a grudge against archeologists or something? Those will be there forever.
By the way how do you find it to shave with a safety razor vs disposable razors? I'm considering buying one.

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Hah I thought so. thanks.

>By the way how do you find it to shave with a safety razor vs disposable razors? I'm considering buying one.

It's been good! It has a bit of a learning curve, I definitely cut myself once or twice during my first attempt and while changing the blades but now it gives a clean and close shave. And it saves a lot of money. Personally I switched from those expensive disposable click-on blades that Gilette and Wilkinson sell that are like 25+ euro for a 4 pack, I paid about 40 euro for the safety razor handle (~32) + 100 blades (~8) so I made the initial investment back relatively quickly. It's also easy to keep clean, which was something that always frustrated me about regular razors. All in all if you can overcome the learning curve, I see only pros to using a safety razor over regular shaving methods.

No. 881292

Safety razors are infinitely better than shitty disposables. The blades last for months depending on how often you shave and where you store them, they give a super close shave and are cheap to buy. Nowadays I see these safety razors marketed to women sold in shops, I think they're called Geisha Razors and are about 19€. There's also the less pretty ones for men that are about 15€, blades are about 50c to 1€ per box where I live.

I cut myself only once with mine, take care around your knees if you shave your legs but otherwise you should be fine.

No. 881299

Samefag but I forgot to add that I also get noticeably less irritation since switching to a safety razor. Not sure why or how. And they last longer, especially if you properly clean and dry them after each use.

How many are in one box? Can you find blades locally? I have to order mine online.

No. 881305

Cool, I'm going to buy one. My skin gets easily irritated so I hope it works better for me too.

No. 881315

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>How many are in one box?
5, pic rel
>Can you find blades locally?
Yeah, used to only be able to get them at hippie stores but now mainstream supermarkets carry them too. Safety razors are usually still sold at specialty stores for men's grooming and crunchy bio shops, but the Geisha Razor I've seen in normal supermarkets.

No. 882025

I'll have to check if local supermarkets have started stocking them here.

No. 932890

Any suggestions how I can recycle/dispose of fabric scraps without it going into landfill? Fabric that's unfit to be turned into rags. My local textile recycle container won't take them, I asked about it and they told me they have no way to process scraps.

No. 932904

Make pillows and shred up the fabric scraps into little bits and use them as pillow stuffing.

No. 932906

I wouldn't fret about this one. There's so much surplus clothing that they already just pulp, not to mention the immense amount of fabric scrap & waste the clothing industry produces. There's meant to be some excess when working with fabric. If you find a use for it great, otherwise use it as rags for cleaning or dispose of it, you're still being way more sustainable making your own textile goods. It's like the last bit of toothpaste in the tube, it goes to waste but that's ok and it's not worth thimking about too much (and certainly not worth buying one of those toothpaste tube squeezers kek).

No. 932925

my mom taught me to cut open toothpaste packets and stuff like that to scrap the leftovers, is it bad recycling wise?

No. 932946

I mean no, it's not "bad"… it's just so tiny that it's not really worth your time. Like, if you feel bad about that tiny amount of waste, that's valid, but you can more than make up for it by, for example, picking up one littered beer can on your walk home and putting it in the recycling.

No. 932983

How cute. Please show us your teddies nona.

No. 932990

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Kek I deleted my post because she said the scraps weren't suitable for rags and I was thinking maybe they weren't big enough for bear making.
This outfit here is made with an old shirt and a dish cloth.

No. 932999

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Samefag, this baby is made from sweater scraps

No. 933005

Damn anon look at that bling, well done using scraps like this!

No. 933008

Thanks! Her jewelry is made from a lot of recycled stuff too, things I've collected since I was a kid or found on the ground. I have a butt load of random stuff that almost went in the trash at Sears, but a friend's dad worked at the mall and he grabbed it all. Basically an entire garbage bag full of silver earrings and necklaces that would have just been in a landfill.

No. 933016

Anon these are the cutest thing I've seen all day, I love them!! I tend to keep scraps of fabric, broken necklaces or bracelets and random bits and ends of string as well, I mostly use them as accessories for my crochet toys
I can't sew to save my life and it's so cool how you're coming up with toy and dolls' clothes patterns!

No. 933037

Makin me blush! Do you crochet the toys yourself?
I wanna take all the tiny scraps I have and sew them together into one big piece and make a stuffie out of it and call him "Leftovers the Bear". This girl I follow on instagram also gave me a great tip of using left over threads, yarn and really tiny scraps as stuffing for teddies.

No. 933990

this is unbearably cute. the little tongue sticking out and the earrings are adorable!

No. 934032

woah no way!! this is SICK

No. 934235

the font of the thread pic feels like the annoying alternately capitalized spongebob meme. or ~this uwu~

No. 936816

It reminds of Microsoft Word Art and I like it

No. 940450

Bumping as it was suggested on another thread.

No. 940482

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bout to cop these vegan shoes made with recycled materials. What do you think nonnies?

No. 940511

Pretty fresh. I bet you’ll rock em.

No. 940523

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reminds me of this

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No. 941132

Thanks for the suggestions anons, I ended up disposing of it unfortunately. It was mostly snippets, no more than a few centimeters by a few centimeters each. I know the pillow suggestion is common but I don't keep any besides the one on my bed. Fortunately most of the fabric was sourced second hand to begin with so that's something I guess.

That's so cute! You're so skilled and creative!

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i use african black soap, but not the shea moisture kind, the real kind that looks like picrel.

No. 950573

Nta but do you recommend a specific shop? I've been trying to find a legit one for months now.

No. 950577

I use that too but it always dries my face out. I use it on my body just fine though.

No. 950580

i get it from my local, family-owned supplements store but i've found it at beauty supply shops before.

No. 979070

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What are your opinions on essential oils? I wanted to get an oil diffuser as a sort of alternative to candles (because I don't really wanna inhale candle smoke or have it ruin my roof) but read somewhere the production of essential oils is taxing because of the large amounts of farmland needed and tractors and petrol to harvest it all. Thoughts?

No. 979089

But aren't essential oils used in production of scented candles as well?

No. 979129

are they? I assumed they were all synthetic, like "perfume oils" are.

No. 1001802

saged because I don't wanna cause infighting by random anons scrolling past

I hate it when people say "I want x thing for an affordable price but I don't wanna buy from China". People should start owning up to the fact that things we want are expensive when they're handmade by people who're paid a fair living wage and working in good working conditions and if you don't wanna pay an arm an a leg for x luxury thing you can get for cheap from China but is expensive when you buy it locally, then you should suck it up and not buy it at all. People, esp. middle class people, think they have the right to buy something for cheap made by exploited workers because they want to buy so much junk they don't wanna pay money for 1 beautiful well-made thing made by someone who wasn't exploited. No one needs a plushie or home decoration or a 10th dress or jewellery or stationary etc. The entitlement people have and the way everyone's brainwashed by overconsumerism is astonishing.

No. 1032789

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Cotton rounds! I always used to spend a ton on disposable ones but I've seen reuseable ones now. They work pretty good just wash them in a little baggie so they don't get lost in the washer/dryer.

No. 1032800

Seconding this! Switched to them a while back myself

No. 1032803

I have one and you don’t typically use more than a few drops at a time. It’s ok to have one- two bottles

No. 1032840

I don't use these specifically but I have one of those "magic eraser" microfiber clothes that I use for makeup removal and it's so awesome! I was too cheap to pay $20 for the official one, but I found a pack of two in a sort of mitten form (arguably better design) for $5 kek. So much more gentle on my skin than wipes, and no need to buy different product like cleansing oils! A win all around!

No. 1033401

What cloth pads do you rec?

No. 1048186

I want to live in a Solarpunk society, anyone here feeling the same? I love technology but also love nature, anyone here trying to find the same balance?

No. 1048311

me too nonny, but the name is retarded af

No. 1103364

this looks neat

No. 1103399

nta but yeah, it has the same vibe as the 'core' aesthetic bs

No. 1104544

the name is supposed to be in direct opposition to cyberpunk. what makes it punk, i guess, is the fact that one of the core principles/activities is guerrilla gardening. the segment on it starts at 3:16

No. 1139844

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opinions on salt new york? literally just a paper sleeve and a metal pan. seems extremely low waste (for a makeup brand)

No. 1139889

That's how most indies package their individual shadows

No. 1139972

ntayrt but any recommendations for good products that come like this? Salt looks cool; I haven’t seen complexion products packaged like that myself. I’ve bought some powder products but they often come with thicker paper or even plastic which is sad.

No. 1140411

These are some of my favorites, most are US based: Sydney Grace, Clionadh, Fyrinnae, Lethal Cosmetics, Devinah, Terra Moons, Elate Cosmetics(they have normal packaging but offer refills).

No. 1140879

I’m asking for cream products

No. 1141212

Would you support country-wide plastic lockdown? Like if companies were banned making or importing non-essential items made from plastic (cough funkopops cough) for a year or something?

Or do you think reducing plastic consumption is up to the individual?

No. 1142156

That would be hilarious. I'd totally support it. Comsoomers would lose their shit.

No. 1142158

Omg that would be something. Would love to see how Lego peeps would react.

No. 1142161

Plastic is one of the rare materials that doesn't give me sensory issues. Other materials have textures and sounds that make my hair stand straight and cringe in pain. But plastic is so perfect, so safe to handle.
I don't want my life to be sensory hell. I would not support. I'd support researching alternative materials.

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I keep seeing these bamboo fibre dinnerware sets lately that are replacing the old plastic sets that used to be sold for toddlers. I guess the material can mimic plastic in some ways so it's not a bad replacement but then I have friends who work with autisic children and they generally hate the texture. Many a parent has learnt that the hard way after spending money on them first.

No. 1142300

Same for me, I can't handle ceramic or metal so I need to use plastic for my sensory issues. Bamboo I don't mind too much but it's also porous if I recall and more prone to bacteria build up.

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