for a while I thought there should be a Wirecuter for sustainability; and that I should make it. Like a corporate Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Policy for the general public.
But it hasn't happened so I figured the least I could do is dump the sustainable solutions I find into an are.na channel.
The difference between this and Wirecutter is that here I (and you?) present solutions to the problem overall, not just what is the cheapest new product you can buy. Blocks in this channel should consider waste hierarchies and that sometimes the solution is not to buy anything or to look at the problem in a different way.
I'd like to figure out a standardized format for blocks in this channel so it may easily be searched. For now I think it's best if the title of the block is generally what someone would be searching for and the body of the block be the solution. Maybe the description could be other keywords that someone would be searching for?
Seems, if your climate allows it, the most sustainable way to dry clothes is by hanging them on a line (though perhaps a particularly efficient dryer is used and it saves you time that you can use to be more efficient/sustainable than the time it takes to hang the clothes on the line...)
For clothespins, seems to me the more sustainable way to acquire clothespins is vintage ones (Craigslist/Etsy/Ebay). The older ones are strong and already exist in plenitude.
The most sustainable method of shaving that I've found is wet shaving with a vintage safety razor. It also seems to be the cheapest. Vintage razors can be found on Craigslist/Etsy/Ebay for cheap and the razors cost pennies. The blades can be recycled as scrap metal.
It's important to consider the brush as well. Many brushes use boar hair which as far as I can tell is not particularly humane or sustainable. https://www.vegan.com/shaving/ has suggestions for vegan brushes though I have not analyzed the materials...