TH Forums Highlights: Tissues, Toilets, Plastics and More


1) Forums user Maurices5000 starts an interested thread about water conservation and low-flow and dual-flush toilets. Did you know that people actually smuggle those things from Canada to the US? In any event, there are lots of perspectives here, from how to do low-flush right when you're a parent, to what to do if you have a greywater system and more. Good stuff.


2) User gizzigoo is wondering if tissues (for blowing your nose and such) aren't a huge waste, and one of those things that we should all think about replacing with a less disposable, less wasteful alternative, like a handkerchief. Surprisingly, though, they've been banned from some workplaces (what? It's true!). Are there bigger fish to fry than getting rid of tissues?


3) Forums user wannaBgrn is worried about unnumbered plastics leaching nasty things into food, home and environment, saying, "I have several plastic kitchen things that do not have a code on them. Are these safe? If not, how should I dispose of them?" The thread moves from there to the "Made in China" debate, with users wondering about how safe anything is that comes from China these days. Below the fold: making the environment a matter of national security, and the ecological implications of alternators.


4) User sly_1 has a new approach to widen the support for the burgeoning environmental movement: " the end of the day there are always going to bee people who dismiss anything that comes from the mouth of a anyone considered to be a 'leftist' like Al Gore or (let's face it") pretty much any other environmentalist." The solution? "Selling" environmentalism less as a political issue, and more of a matter of national security. Will fear-mongering get the job done? Not everybody thinks so...

5) Lastly, forums user mjdukehart2 wants to know, "Does an alternator in a car always run? I have heard that driving without headlights on during the day and with the radio off and all sorts of other electrical stuff that you will get better MPG. If there is any truth to this I am assuming that it is because it cuts down on alternator use." Is using solar power to run a car's electrical system a good alternative to an alternator? The consensus seems to be: eh, maybe.

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