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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.

#125 - Replacing plastic toothbrush by bamboo toothbrush

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After having used my toothbrush for maybe too long, I replaced it. But of course not by a plastic one. I found one that is made of bamboo. Using this one will make me feel good as I have changed yet another habit in favor of our environment.

#124 - Bringing my own cup to the coffee machine

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Imagine I work in a company with 1.000 employees. Lets say that every employee uses one plastic or paper cup every day for coffee. Assume that this is 320 cups per year. Only in this company, 320.000 cups will be thrown away. And even if they are glass cups, still 320.000 cups have to be washed every year. This is a horrific idea, so I bring my own cup now.

#123 - Eating lunch and dinner without napkin

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In my company, there is a campaign to reduce the number of napkins. I really appreciate this, so I indeed didn’t take a napkin.

#122 - Creating present from chocolate spread glass

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In #107, I described how I made a drinking glass out of my chocolate spread glass. I decided to carve the logo of this challenge in it, to be able to give it as a present. I love how the glass has become very valuable!

#121 - Using small towel instead of kitchen paper

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In #113, I described that I sewed small towels from unused towels. The reason was that I sometimes use kitchen paper to dry my hands. To reduce my waste even further, I can now use these small towels and wash them.

#120 - Raising awareness by taking action

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With the bin I showed yesterday (#119), I have decided to walk around and gather waste. It makes it a lot easier, is some sort of sports and by taking action. And maybe it raises awareness.

#119 - Building cleaning equipment from second hand items

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To be able to make my cleaning activities (#43) easier, I have built a waste bin to wear on my back. The backpack was given to me by someone who didn’t need it anymore. The waste bin is the one I’m using at home and the blue ties are some that my dad had laying around. I tried it immediately and it works very well.

#118 - Leaving heat lamps off during showering

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In the shower I used recently, there were heat lamps available. Turning them on really made a difference, but I switched them off immediately. I know that these lamps use a lot of energy. And as I’m in the bathroom for a short time anyway (#9), I don’t think it is worth the energy.

#117 - Creating ice cubes with reusable container instead of plastic bags

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I recently visited someone and was asked to get the ice cubes ready. It was hard for me to see that they were in plastic bags and that a lot of waste was generated by that. So I prefer to use the reusable containers.

#116 - Buying fruits and vegetables in unconventional form

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Fruits and vegetables are often only sold (and eaten) when they look perfect. But they can just as well be eaten and also taste good when they have an unconventional form. By buying fruits and vegetables in unconventional form, I encourage shops to sell these as well instead of throwing it away.

#115 - Switching off boiler when no hot water is needed

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I was staying in a house that had a boiler to heat up the water. It was explicitly asked to switch off the boiler when no warm water was used to save energy. Excellent! So I only switched it on 20 minutes before showering and switched it off again before starting. That worked perfectly.

#114 - Eating less meat or no meat at all

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For environmental reasons, I have decided to eat less meat: eating less meat reduces CO2-emission. And the good news is that there are many tasty alternatives. Or no alternative sometimes works for me as well.

#113 - Creating guest towels from unused towels

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I wanted to buy some guest towels, but realized that I had some unused towels in the cupboard. I cut these in square pieces, sewed a zigzag seam along the sides and they are done. Nice and easy and this saves my buying a new set of towels.

#112 - Giving away bed instead of throwing it away

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A few years ago, someone gave me his old bed. I have used it ever since, but it was time for a new mattress. And as it was also too small, I decided to buy a new bed. But as the old bed is still okay, I decided to give it to another person. She was very happy with it, and me too that it got a third life.

#111 - Not having tv running in background

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When a tv is running in the background, this means that I’m not looking at it and only listen. So when I only listen, I can also listen to the radio, an audio book, or something similar. This saves a lot of energy as a tv uses more power. And the bigger the tv, the more this is true.

#110 - Eating broccoli leftover as healthy snack

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This broccoli was huge, so for dinner way too much. That’s why the stem turned out to be a leftover. But I kept it to have a healthy snack. Yummy!

#109 - Drinking from bottle instead of directly from tap

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Drinking from the tap is nice and easy, but when I drink like this, a lot of water runs past my mouth. So capturing everything in a bottle ensures that no water is wasted.

#108 - Signing petition aiming at change for environment

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I really like it when I notice that others are taking action on climate change as well. All in different ways. So I promote others initiatives, this time by signing a petition in favor of our environment.

#107 - Making drinking glass from chocolate spread glass

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When I was young, the chocolate spread glasses had nice drawings on it. That’s why we washed them afterwards and kept them. My parents still have some of these glasses. Some of the pictures are worn of, that’s how often we have used them. This one doesn’t have a drawing but I still like it.

#106 - Using washable instead of disposable pantyliner

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Reflecting on what I am throwing in my bin, I noticed that one of these things are pantyliners. So I started wondering whether there are washable alternatives. After a quick search, I found some. I’m glad that I did that, because it works really well. No more pantyliner waste.

#105 - Switching off light when there is daylight

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With the days being shorter again, it is dark when I wake up. So of course I switch on the light. I noticed that after a while, I still had the light switched on, although there was already plenty of daylight. So I switched off the light and opened the curtains.

#104 - Travelling by subway instead of taxi

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After an “after-work-dinner” in a big city, I wanted to travel back to the hotel. Getting a taxi would have been easy as it would bring me from door to door. But the next subway station was close and it gave me more time to chat with a nice colleague. And because of that, we saved two taxi trips.