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#103 - Watering plants with remaining water instead of pouring it away

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Sometimes I for example forget to drink the water that I put in a refillable bottle or have water left from a hot water bottle. When this happened, I tend to pour away the water. Now I have a plant that is happy with this drink.

#102 - Sending email instead of letter

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I was asked by a certain institution to send them some information. They provided me with a piece of paper to put the details on. I decided to send an email to save an envelope, stamp and the effort to transport the letter.

#101 - Creating detergent with environmentally friendly ingredients

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As using chestnuts (#100) is too dangerous for me, I decided to try another recipe. This detergent only consists of soda, citric acid, curd soap, water and a few drops ethereal oil, which are all environmentally friendly. It turned out to be very easy and as I got 3 liter at once, it was really worth the effort.

#100 - Creating detergent from chestnuts that I picked up

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After having posted about using s apindus mukurossi shells instead of detergent (#41), I got the hint that you can also make detergent using chestnuts. So I gathered some, cut them in small pieces, put them in a glass of water and waited several hours. As the chestnuts are quite hard and I cut my finger whilst chopping them, I decided that this is not my favorite alternative.

#99 - Using dental floss instead of toothpick

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I am using toothpicks to be able to clean my teeth properly, especially the ones at the back. Using dental floss used to be a pain. But throwing away one toothpick a day is generating too much waste. So I asked my dentist to show me how to properly use the floss, so that from now on, I can use this instead and save plastic.

#98 - Storing bread in beewrap instead of plastic bag

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This beewrap is made by me and my friend (if you don’t want to make it yourself, you can also buy it). We bought beeswax and coconut oil, which we melted and mixed and put it on a cotton cloth. It was great to do, and now I never need a plastic bread for my bread anymore.

#97 - Using car sharing instead of having own car

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I don’t have a car as I usually go by train, by bike or walk. But occasionally, I do need a car. In that case, I use car sharing. Apart from environmental reasons, I really appreciate not having to take care to maintenance, insurance, etc.

#96 - Separating rubbish by bringing glass to glass container

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Where I live, a lot of rubbish is separated to make sure that as much as possible can be recycled. One thing that needs to be separated is glass. I bring it to a glass container instead of throwing it in my bin.

#95 - Eating leftovers cold instead of heating it up

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When eating my pizza, I’m sometimes full up before I can finish it. I then enjoy pizza the next day as well. And as pizza tastes cold well too, I refrained from heating it up in the microwave.

#94 - Drinking pineapple juice instead of pouring it away

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I told before, that I love making pizza myself (#5). One of the common ingredients is pineapple, which I buy in a tin. In the tin however, is not only pineapple, there is also pineapple juice. I used to pour it away, but as I can drink it, I now pour it in a glass.

#93 - Using broom instead of vacuum-cleaner

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When getting things off the ground, I often choose to use a broom instead of vacuum-cleaner for several reasons: it saves energy and it is way more satisfying to see what I have gathered than when it is just gone. And, I don’t get entangled in the vacuum-cleaners cable.

#92 - Using LED-lights instead of e.g. halogen lights

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My boyfriend knows a lot about lights. He installed on most places – wherever possible – LED lights for me, replacing mostly halogen lights. Compared to traditional light bulbs and halogen, LED uses about 80-90% less energy to produce the same amount of light. Also, LED lights don’t produce heat. So, I’m glad that I got these lights and I guess I’ll see the difference on my electricity bill next year.

#91 - Using deodorant creme instead of spray

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I was inspired by one of my friends to use deodorant as a cream. She told me that it is also very easy to make yourself. For now, I decided to buy it and give it a try. And it works really well!

#90 - Giving voucher for activity instead of object

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In the Netherlands, Santa Claus is coming soon, and after that Christmas. This means present time. By giving vouchers for activities instead of objects, I do something good for our environment and make sure to have great times with those who are closest to me.

#89 - Buying product in glass instead of plastic bottle

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Whenever I can choose between a product that comes in a plastic bottle, I look for the same product in a glass bottle. Of course, this is not always possible, but when it is, I am happy to save plastic.

#88 - Bringing empty batteries to battery disposal instead of throwing in bin

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To make sure that the toxic contents of batteries are taken care of and don’t land in our environment or can even be recycled, I bring my batteries to a special battery disposal place. I found this box at the supermarket, so it’s easy when I go there anyway.

#87 - Washing hands with cold water

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When I wash my hands, I do so with cold water as often as possible. Only when I freeze, I use warm water to warm up. I do this, because warm water often doesn’t make a difference and therefore saves energy. And it saves water as it usually takes a while before the warm water arrives in the tap.

#86 - Buying the non-plastic version of the same product

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When I am in a supermarket and have a choice to buy a product with plastic wrapping or without, I buy the non-plastic version. To carry the grapes in this case, I use a net (#39) or nothing at all. Saves me again a lot of plastic waste.

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#85 - Buying right amount of cheese to reduce food waste

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During shopping for the week, I decided to go the counter to get the exact amount of cheese. If I had chosen prepacked cheese, I would have had to buy two, meaning more plastic, more waste and probably food leftovers.

#84 - Closing fridge when not putting something in or out

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When I am in a supermarket or at home and need something from the fridge, I make sure to close the door as soon as possible. This keeps the cold in and therefore save energy.

#83 - Cleaning area that obviously needs cleaning

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I found a place with quite some buried waste. I decided to dig it out to be able to throw it away. It turned to be an awful lot! Afterwards, I felt really pleased having done this; I also felt sad that there are probably many more places like this where waste is still buried.

#82 - Digging out hidden waste

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I found a place with quite some buried waste. I decided to dig it out to be able to throw it away. It turned to be an awful lot! Afterwards, I felt really pleased having done this; I also felt sad that there are probably many more places like this where waste is still buried.

#81 - Gathering waste from the bottom of the see

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During my holiday, I decided to watch some fish. What I saw were fish, but also quite a lot of waste on the bottom of the see. So I took a net that I normally used for shopping (#39) and started fishing. Later I found out that this is called strawkling. I was shocked to see how much it was and also what it was: plastic cups, lids for these cups, a shoelace, small plastic pieces and even a condom!

#80 - Taking restaurant leftovers in doggy bag

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Whenever I’m in a restaurant and can’t finish my meal, I take the leftovers with me. I don’t want it to be thrown away and I can still eat it at a later time. I noticed when taking the food this time, that it would even be better to bring my own container, as this produces waste. I hope I’ll think of that next time.

#79 - Raking leaves instead of blowing them away

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As it is autumn, it is time again for leaves to come down the trees. And instead of blowing them away, I rake them. It is nice to be outside, it is good exercise and saves a lot of power.

#78 - Making salad instead of buying salad in a plastic box

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Salad is one of my favorite meals. As I’m apparently one of many, I can buy tasty salads in the supermarket. But I avoid buying these as much as possible as they come with so much plastic. This makes me sad, which in turn make them taste less well.

#77 - Not wanting advertisements in mailbox

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I have put notes on my mailbox that I don’t want advertisements. I know that if I nevertheless get some, they move from my mailbox directly into my paper bin. So it is not helpful anyway and saves a lot of paper.

#76 - Buying biological milk instead of non-biological milk

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Of course I have often heard about biological foods. But to be honest, I don’t really know why this is more sustainable. So after having bought this biological milk, I did some research. I found out that products that are produced using organic farming can get this label. Organic farming means that the production is based on methods that intend to be environmentally friendly and enable animal welfare. Excellent, this sounds as if it is perfectly in line with my challenge.

#75 - Capturing water in sink for doing dishes instead of letting water run

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When doing dishes, I capture the water and soap in the sink. This saves a lot of water and as I use warm water, it also saves a lot of energy. Furthermore, I start with only a little water, as the amount increases anyway when I rinse the soap off.

#74 - Scraping off food remainders instead of throwing it away

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After getting the wrapping off my butter, I noticed that there was quite some left on the inside. I decided to scrape it off. It turned out to be enough for one slice of bread.