Some time ago I switched to citric acid pickle, which I feel is
safer… although pH down is pretty safe. Also, since the citric acid
is not affected if iron or steel gets into it, there is less
likelihood of contamination and subsequent disposal.
I use CFLs and fluorescents.
Obviously, all the metal-working materials are retained for
refining, so the amount of actual waste is pretty low.
Love, love, love my tumbler for finishing - cuts down significantly
on the amount of actual wheel buffing needed. Less wheel work is
safer and keeps the air cleaner (even though the polishing hood is
exhausted through a filter).
I’m big on reusing things like peanut butter jar lids to corral
pieces of an item under production.
“Green” also means purchasing items that are made from post-consumer
waste, like boxes, paper, etc. The other half is keeping recyclables
out of the trash by collecting and directing them to a recycling
stream. I have also “saved” several items from the trash and put
them to good use.
All that seems pretty common sense, but if everyone was faithful
about such actions, we’d see a smaller waste stream and all the
concerns that go with it.
Judy in Kansas