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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Jim View Post
    Love it Mike, good way to live! Had to say goodbye to my 15 year old car last week after the head gasket failed. Had to also say goodbye to my new guitar fund to buy a replacement. Still, I have an exceedingly beaten up old guitar in the meantime and the best instrument is the one in your hands!
    It seems to me that you’ve given a good example of seeing, or at least trying to see, the big picture - though, of course, the small things that we do matter in a cumulative type of way too.

    Locally I prefer to cycle rather than drive, but you do what is both practical and possible. Perhaps more important than what we do as individuals is how we influence others to (also) adopt greener ways of living.

    Looking at cars I too tend to keep them a long time and when buying the last one - second hand, of course - sought to purchase something practical to use, fuel efficient, durable and affordable. On my last long trip the car returned 55 miles per U.K. gallon, which is somewhat greener than the 30 mpg vehicles I was driving a few decades back. On that trip I was reminded of just how busy our roads are and how much pollution the working population, just by carrying out their daily lives, put into the atmosphere. I look at that life structure, including the daily commute to distant work, and wonder how we can help society restructure towards living in greener ways - splitting work between days working at home and days working in the office is perhaps an example of one step forward.

    In #17 Counter said “The problem is refrigerator manufacturing creates jobs (albeit currently in China until Chinese workers also want new refrigerators and become too expensive as a workforce and manufacturing moves to Ethiopia or wherever is the next supplier of dirt cheap labour), so until we all find a way of living happily as a low consumer society we are stuck in an ever decreasing circle.”

    I think that that is somewhere near correct in that we are focussed on jobs and on profitable selling without seeing a bigger picture, however I move the emphasis a little. It is important that people live well and an essential part of what makes that possible is employment and profitable trade, but the ways in which we work, the products which we make and the way in which we trade to circulate wealth need to change to support a more sustainable way of life. The more people that seek change and the more voices that ask for change the better things will become.
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    It is a pity that stuff is thrown in the nature and that landfills are still a thing.
    In Denmark I believe combustable waste like plastic is in general burned on power plants, and landfills are for like construction materials. That is, until the new recycling policies make us put the plastic in a separate bin, so It is transported to eastern Europe in diesel consuming trucks, then stored so that someone hypothetically can make new plastic from it some day. I hope we still have garbage enough for the power plants.

    Anyway, as long as plastic waste is disposed of in a proper way and not thrown into the sea or nature, I dont think it is that big a problem. And ukulele stribgs are a relatively small quantity of plastic that brings a lot of Joy. I am sure that consuming ukulele strings is better that consuming electronics etc.
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    Plastic is a highly useful product with a wide range of applications. The problem is that it is being disposed of too easily. But it doesn't go away even when reformed, buried, burned or liquidated. Maybe some future mutated microbe will break the polymer bonds and radically change the way we live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    My county in NY does not let stores give bags with purchases. People bring their own bags, or they buy them from the store - paper, not plastic.
    Is that just grocery stores or does it it include other retailers such as boutiques and hardware stores?

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    Don't forget that plastic is made from crude oil - the production of oil and plastic is one of the most polluting processes there is. Landfill is a small problem in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelekarcsi View Post
    ...Aquila actually has environmentally safer strings based on sugar and castor oil...
    Pretty soon, they'll have edible strings, like those edible food bowls you see occasionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AQUATOPAZ View Post
    Is that just grocery stores or does it it include other retailers such as boutiques and hardware stores?
    Every store in the county. A local town passed that law a few years ago. My son knows a guy who drives across a toll bridge to the neighboring county to shop there and get a free plastic bag. What a clever man!
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    Corporate greed is at the root cause of all pollution.

    It has been this way since before The Industrial Revolution and there is no signs of the greed abating.

    Just what the answer to it is beyond my old brain’s processing power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PetalumaRescuke View Post
    Plastic is a highly useful product with a wide range of applications.
    Another problem with plastic is all the different formulations. Some we can recycle, and some we can't. Imaging having seven different recycling containers in your house and having to look for the symbol on the bottom of the plastic before putting it into a container.

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    I am trying to do little things around my shop.
    I am far from perfect.

    But I mow minimally. And I am on an acre and a half, so the "side yard" and "back yard" get mowed even less. My pride feels like maybe people will come by my shop and judge that I don't mow.
    But the wild cornflowers, dandelions, clover flowers, etc. are so pretty, I think it is prettier unmowed.

    I am hoping this fall to make some solar boxes which capture the heat of the sun and push it into the shop. I am south facing and it could be such a cool way to heat my shop during the day in the winter.

    So though not exactly related, it has been something on mind as well lately and I am trying to find little ways to make my shop more eco-friendly. I even looked into wind-energy, there was a grant, but it would still be cost prohibitive for me right now. I also have a creek in the back and may look into a water mill type turbine, but again, the cost might be super night. But it is cool the different possibilities that are out there.
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