#352 - Emptying bin earlier so that it doesn't need to be cleaned as often

Sometimes, I’m a bit lazy and bring the food waste to the compost bin (#156) a bit late. In that case, the bin has become dirty and I need to clean it. By now bringing the food out earlier, the bin remains cleaner, which saves water and soap for cleaning.

Infinite number of ideas

351 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:
On our journey, we visited a friend. In her garden, I discovered this pear tree. Apart from loving this tree, the idea made my heart jump: it makes me feel that there is an infinite number of good ideas that we can put into practice to care well for your our planet.

#351 - Cleaning staircase during the day using daylight

Whenever I have to clean the staircase, I make sure that I do so during the day, so that there is still daylight. This prevents me from having to use the lights.

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Wonderful landscape around the corner

350 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
When I moved to Germany, I immediately started exploring the area and found out that I'm living in a beautiful country. This also made me realize that I don't have to fly to the other side of the globe to find a wonderful landscape such as this one.

#350 - Using paper that came in box and crafting-tape leftovers for wrapping

I received a box that had paper in it to prevent the contents from being damaged and found out that I can use it to wrap presents. And as tape, I used some pieces that were left from crafting.

Moving forward slowly and steadily

349 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
I'll probably never stop being impressed by the things I see when enjoying #nature. On yesterday's walk, this #caterpillar was moving forward slowly but steadily; just like me in my Challenge. Wow, I've never seen such a big one! 

#349 - Bringing own shopping bag or trolley to shop

When I go shopping, I bring my own bag instead of buying a new one. I’ve been using the trolley for example already for years, which has saved me a huge pile of bags.

Bee path

348 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
Yesterday, whilst looking for brown signs (see Q&A), we came across a "bee path" with panels providing information about bees and biodiversity (with a beautiful sunset behind us). I like it that both children and adults are informed about these important topics.

#348 - Doing dishes by hand instead of using dishwasher

I have learned that doing the dishes by hand requires – with the right habits – less energy and water. That’s why I’ve done it by hand.

Roof with solar panels

347 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
When we came across this farmhouse, I was impressed by the number of solar energy panels! And whoever was first, the neighbors were a good example to each other as all houses around it were covered too. I hope this will become more common here soon.

#347 - Removing old emails

By removing a lot of old emails, I save storage capacity. But also, when I make a backup from my hard drive, it saves time and energy as all these old emails don’t need to be transferred.

Improving my recycling

346 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
I found an article about how well we recycle in Germany. About 2/3 that is put in the residual waste bin should go in another bin. I'm glad I checked in this picture whether I'm doing it right as I found something I can also improve on: wood and cork. 

#346 - Refusing receipt at shop or asking for digital one

If possible (unfortunately, often one is printed even when I don’t want one), I refuse a receipt in a shop. For for example electronic devices, I of course need one. In that case, I ask for a digital one.

No hiding for global warming and plastic soup

345 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
When I saw this cute gnome, it made me realize that hiding for e.g. plastic soup and global warming is exactly the opposite of what I'm doing with my Challenge: I'm facing it, because I want future generations to be able to enjoy earth as much as I do.

#345 - Sharing how I change my daily habits

By sharing how I change my daily habits, I ensure that I keep on going: if I wouldn’t do that, no one would know when I would skip a day or stop altogether, which makes it easier to do so.

Three others doing a 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge too

344 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge: 
Today, I'm again really excited, as we're now with four doing a 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge! Thank you so much @sergius_south, @jewell35_a, and @Notsosmart13 (on Twitter) for joining! I absolutely love it as together we can achieve more :-D

#344 - Keeping leftover pizza warm in oven after lunch for dinner instead of heating up again

The pizza I had this time was too much for lunch. That’s why I put the leftovers in the oven to keep the pizza warm until dinner. This allowed me to have a warm pizza, without having to heat it up again, which saved energy.

Focus on what went well vs what wasn't perfect

343 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:
Imagine you're doing 100 things for someone you love. Of these, 99 work out well and 1 isn't perfect. What do you prefer this person to focus on? I prefer the 99. So thank you for accepting me not being perfect (Day 238) when I e.g. drive a car a few times a year.

#343 - Drinking water from tap instead of bottled water

At home, I hardly ever drink water from a bottle. But in a restaurant or when on holiday, I do have to take care that I get water from the tap instead of bottled water. I like that taste better and it is saves waste.