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#12 - Drinking water from reusable instead of deposit bottle

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When traveling, I always bring at least one liter water with me. I used to have a deposit bottle that I refilled. But every now and then, I got rid of it to have a clean new one. When I saw someone with this reusable bottle, I bought one as well. It looks good (and professional when at work), contains a liter and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. Or by hand, which I do, as I use it all the time :-).


#11 - Taking deposit bottle with me for handing in instead of throwing it away

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During our cycle tour, the bottle with sparkling water I brought – and later refilled with tap water – broke. A leaking bottle is not really helpful, so I wanted to throw it away. But my boyfriend reminded me that it is much better to take it and hand it in so that it can be recycled. And so we did.


#10 - Collecting cold water while the water is heating up

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Yesterday I wrote about having shorter showers to save water. I also capture the water that comes out of the tap while the water is heating up as it always takes quite a few second for the water to be warm enough. After showering, I use this water to rinse the bath, water the plants in my house or in my garden.


#9 - Showering half the time I used to

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As climate change causes more extreme weather conditions, it is possible that the extreme dry period in 2018 is a sign that something is changing. As in 2019 it for a while looked as if another dry period would set in, I decided to be more careful with the water I use. Therefore, I these days shower a lot shorter than I did before. I haven’t measured the exact time, but I believe that I shower at least half as long.


#8 - Eating sandwich spread from a glass instead of plastic cup

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Yesterday, I wrote about deciding to use butter with as little wrapping as possible. Sometimes, butter is presented without wrapping at all, which is even better. More (and more) often, I can choose between a sandwich spread that is provided in a refillable glass and one that is wrapped in plastic. This time, I wanted to eat the chocolate spread but decided to eat marmalade. And this time I forgot, but next time, I’ll let the hotel know that I appreciated the refillable-glass-solution.


#7 - Using as little wrapping as possible

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When I have breakfast in for example a hotel, butter is often presented in little plastic cups or is wrapped. I don’t like this, as it is quite a bit of waste for only a little bit of content. But I want to stick to my breakfast routines to make sure that I have a lot of energy during the day – for example to write this blog – so I decide in favor of the butter with less wrapping.


#6 - Using toilet paper instead of sanitary bag to wrap sanitary towels

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In hotel bathrooms and public toilets, I have often seen these plastic bags. I guess they should be used to throw away sanitary towels? If this is correct, I still don’t understand why using a plastic bag. In other places, I have seen paper bags. Much better! If only plastic bags are available, I wrap anything that needs wrapping in toilet paper instead. That works really well too.


#5 - Using remaining heat from oven

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Once a week I bake self-made pizza at 225°C. As the oven remains hot for quite some time after setting the temperature to 0°C, I tried switching off the oven after 19 instead of 20 minutes. It worked just as well to use the remaining heat in the oven. Also, I used the remaining heat to keep the pizza warm whilst eating the first few pieces. Yummy!


#4 - Flattening waste to reduce the number of waste bags

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When putting waste in the waste bin, it is easy for me to just throw it in as it is. But this way, I also throw away a lot of air. This means that I need more bags for the same amount of rubbish. As the waste bags are made of plastic, I generate even more plastic waste. And more plastic bags need to be produced. Therefore, I flattened this carton.

#3 - Using masking tape instead of sticky tape

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In my spare time, I love crafting. And when I have crafted presents, I love putting nice wrappings around them. The sticky tape I usually use is made of … well, not something that looks good for the environment. So I looked for alternatives and found masking tape. I already used this when painting for example walls to cover the window frames. Now I also use it for crafting, wrapping presents, sticking notes on the door, closing bags, etc.


#2 - Switching off unused devices

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At work, I use a wireless mouse, which you can see here. I switch it off when I don’t use it to save energy. I can also save energy by switching off other devices, such as my computer, smart phone, screens, printer and at home my router. And I noticed that depending on the device, it has additional advantages, in this case I don’t have as many empty batteries that I need to get rid of.


#1 - Using a container instead of aluminium foil

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I don't know anymore where I got the aluminum foil from, but I do know that I saved it for later use. Today, I almost used it to wrap half a melon. But no, just in time I could stop myself. After a brief glance in my cupboard, I found a container with exactly the right size. :-D