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

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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

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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

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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.


Sustainable All Year Round: An Interview with Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten

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How one woman is trailblazing with sustainability all year round!
Check out our interview with Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten about her 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge at https://impakter.com/sustainable-all-year-round-an-interview-with-dr-erlijn-van-genuchten/.

Wonderful landscape around the corner

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.