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#134 - Boiling right amount of water instead of too much

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When boiling water, I make sure that I boil the exact amount of water I need. Often I can use the scale on the inside, sometimes I measure with a measuring cup. This makes me use only the exact amount of energy I need, not more.

#133 - Wearing t-shirts multiple times to reduce washing

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I noticed that I got into the habit of putting t-shirts into washing after wearing them once. But often, they don’t smell at all, so there is no problem of wearing them again. Now I check before I decide whether they need to be washed.

#132 - Filling box with paper instead of bubble wrap

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I sometimes have to send a little package by post. I noticed that I have different materials from previous packages that I kept: paper and plastic. So obviously I decided to use the paper to fill the box instead of the bubble wrap.

#131 - Eating unprocessed instead of processed food

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To get processed food to a shop, a lot of energy has to be put in preparing it. Therefore, I prefer to eat unprocessed food. And I think it is healthier, because this doesn’t contain all kinds of extra stuff such as MSG.

#130 - Printing double instead of single-sided

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I try to print as few documents as possible. But if I have to, I print them double sided to save paper.

#129 - Washing at sink with washcloth instead of showering

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I’m still not happy with the amount of warm water I use for showering, even though I take shorter showers (#9), I switch the tap off when washing my hair (#28), I’m not fully opening the tap (#35) and am collecting water while it is heating up (#10). So I decided to try to wash myself at the sink using a washcloth. That worked very well, so I’m now going to shower every odd day and see how it goes.

#128 - Creating compost bin from sustainable materials instead of buying plastic one

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I have learned that using a compost bin closes the cycle naturally: waste is composted and can then be used as fertilizer. So I decided to get one, but I don’t want to have a plastic one. So I looked up on the internet how to make one. I’m happy to now have one from sustainable materials.

#127 - Refusing plastic fork

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Being on the road again and having a treat, I didn’t manage to get rid of the paper cups. But I did manage to refuse to plastic fork that they wanted to give me. Even though not being perfect, I’m glad that I could do something.

Positive feedback

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125 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge. My experience: I am really excited as my posts are inspiring people from all around the world! For example: - UK: “It’s quite amazing what you’re doing! Very good job!” - USA: “This is really interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing :-)” - Gibraltar: “I was really pleased when I saw your feed, I've been looking for simple, small changes to share with others & couldn't believe it when I saw so many great ideas in one place! Well done you :-)“ And the good thing is, that there are still 240 days to come, so at least 240 more days to make a difference.  :-D

#126 - Finishing other peoples plates

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In the restaurant, I chose a vegetarian meal. But I was really hungry, so it wasn’t enough to be filled up. So I asked for others who had some food left, whether it was okay for me to finish their plates. They were happy to do so, so in the end, I was glad that I only had a small meal. No food was spilled.