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#165 - Quickly eating grapes that are still okay before all are gone off

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I unfortunately noticed that some of my grapes had gone off. So I quickly ate the ones that were still okay to make sure that they wouldn’t go off also.

#164 - Cleaning ears with finger instead of using cotton swab

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When I clean my ears, I can use a cotton swab. But as it is not possible to recycle these, I have decided to clean my ears with my fingers. It works very well and haven’t had any problems.

#163 - Picking up hairs instead of rinsing bath

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When I wash my hair, there always remain hairs in the bath. I used to rinse the bath, sometimes with the water I gathered (#10), but I now decide to merely pick up the hairs without water at all.

#162 - Printing on recycled paper

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As often as possible, I refrain from printing something. But sometimes I have to. In that case, I prefer using recycled paper. The color is less white than ‘normal’ paper, but the color often doesn’t matter. I hope this saves trees being cut down.

#161 - Having shower instead of taking bath

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Doing this challenge takes a lot of spare time. So to relax a bit, I considered taking a bath. But as it takes a lot of warm water to fill the tub, I decided to take a shower instead.

#160 - Shopping in package free shop instead of supermarket

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When I walk through a supermarket these days, I’m shocked how much plastic is sold. Luckily, I have found a shop in my town that sells anything without packaging. If you want to for example couscous, you have to bring your own container. And of course it is all biological and as often as possible regional. Excellent!

#159 - Collecting book in a shop instead of having it delivered

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Over the last decade, I have found out that buying something online is rather easy. The disadvantage though, is that it takes a lot of packaging to bring me the product safely. Also, it takes more CO2 emission as the products are delivered to my house. So I have decided to buy my book in the shop instead of having it delivered.

#158 - Reducing speed on motorway

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When traveling by car, I have learned that driving faster requires for the same distance more petrol/electricity. In Germany, there is – unless specified – no speed limit. But I’ve decided to nevertheless drive a bit slower.

#157 - Eating as much as I need, not more

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Another way to live sustainable is to eat as much as I need, not more. My reasoning: when I eat too much, I need more resources from this earth than necessary.

#156 - Composting biological waste instead of deposing it

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A while ago, a built a compost bin (#128). Since then, I’ve been gathering things that can go in there. So I’ve started composting my biological waste. Now all kind of animals can get some food there and the waste company doesn’t have to collect it.

#155 - Installing solar (thermal) panels on roof

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On the roof of the house where I live, solar thermal panels are installed. This installation allows water to be heated by the warmth of the sun. It saves a lot of energy and therefore reduces CO2-emission. An alternative is installing solar panels that convert heat of the sun into electricity.

#154 - Melting wax on beewrap instead of buying new wrap

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In #98, I described that I made some beewrap to store my bread. But after using it for a while, I notice that the beeswax got crumbly. This causes my bread to dry out quickly. So I have melted the beeswax in my over (before baking pizza, so I needed to heat up the oven anyway) and now it is good to go again.

#153 - Switching off heating whilst airing the room

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I have learned that it is better to switch off the heating when I’m airing the room, as otherwise the warm air vanishes through the open window immediately. Good to know, so I make sure I do so now.

#152 - Separating plastic and paper from wrapping for correct disposal

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Many wrappings are made of paper and plastic. I have been wondering how this works in the recycling machines. Reading a bit more on this on the internet taught me that it is important to separate as much as possible so that scanning machines can do there job properly. This wrapping is even designed for this.

Let me introduce myself

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#151 - Informing myself about how to dispose lights properly

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Recently, one LED light and one halogen lamp (I couldn’t replace this one by an LED light) broke. As I’m not sure how to dispose them so that they can be recycled properly, I informed myself online. I learned that I can bring them to shops that sell lights, as they will be able to dispose them properly. So I will do so when I go there anyway.

#150 - Wearing glasses instead of contact lenses

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I am wearing contact lenses. And although I don’t dispose them in the toilet (#136) as I read some people do, I do need this liquid and the plastic containers. So by wearing my classes, I need less of them and therefore generate less waste.

#149 - Bringing towel to work to prevent using paper towel

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Where I work, the toilets have paper towels for us to dry our hands. As I prefer not to use one, but do want to dry my hands, I decided to bring one of the tiny towels I made (#113). As it is so small, it fits in my bag easily. I’ll now put one in my bag permanently, as these paper things are in many other public toilets as well.

#148 - Giving owner feedback about unwanted ads

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In #77 I described that I have put a sticker on my mailbox saying that I don’t want advertisements. Nevertheless, I found these pizza leaflets in it. I decided to bring them back to the shop that sent them and give them constructive feedback. I hope this helps, because they move from my mailbox directly into my paper waste.

#147 - Selling slatted frame instead of leaving it unused at home

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From the bed I gave away (#112), I had a slatted frame left. It was already standing around for a while – unused. Even though it is large, it wasn’t really in the way. But before someone else decides to buy a new one, I decided to sell this one. It is perfectly fine, so I’m glad that it has become a second life.

#146 - Riding bike with dynamo instead of lamp with batteries

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I have a bike that has a dynamo and a bike with a lamp that runs on batteries. Today, I decided to use the bike with dynamo to save energy.

#145 - Sleeping when having a cold instead of taking medicine

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Whenever I have a cold, it starts with an aching throat, goes to a running nose and finishes with coughing. So when I have an aching throat, I make sure that I have a long night sleep. I feel better the next day and don’t need any medicine. My body is strong enough to get rid of it alone.

#144 - Cutting away moldy parts instead of throwing everything away

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I sometimes find food in my fridge that has a moldy spot. Instead of throwing away everything, I cut away only the moldy bit. As you can see here, the rest of the cucumber was still edible. Glad to have reduced my food waste.

#143 - Using multi-way instead of one-way gloves

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If you look really well in the video #120, you can see that on my right hand, I’m wearing a pink glove. This is a glove I can use many times. I also have some one way gloves, but – surprise surprise – I chose the more sustainable version :).

#142 - Using washable makeup pad instead of single use one

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I don’t usually use makeup, but my mum does. So an obvious Christmas present for her was washable makeup remover pads, so that she doesn’t have to use the single use ones anymore.

#141 - Drinking water instead of soft drink

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 A lot of energy is put in producing and delivering soft drinks. For example: the drinks have to be produced, put in a bottle and transported. So I decided to drink water.

#140 - Sharpening knife instead of buying new one

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During cooking, I noticed that my knife got quite blunt. Instead of buying a new one, I decided to sharpen it. Now it works very well again.

10.000 followers

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Today I am really excited about having reached 10.000 followers from all around the world on Twitter, as it shows me that I am making a large, positive difference. This number and feedback like “Thank you for what you do! I’m grateful to have discovered you!” and “Thanks for your efforts, your service is greatly appreciated!” show me that a lot of people are really eager to act  and are happy to learn how. So if you haven’t already done so, feel free to spread the word about my posts. I’m sure mentioning my posts or Challenge will be appreciated; I appreciate it as together we can achieve more. 

#139 - Eating outdated food that is still edible

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The date on food means – where I live – that this product is not allowed to be sold after that date. But that doesn’t mean that it has gone off. Often, the food is good for a lot longer. Like these wraps. So I first try them and then decide whether I have to spill it or not. I’m glad when I don’t.

#138 - Buying high-quality slippers as they last longer

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I used to buy “animal slippers” as I call them. But I have decided to buy higher quality ones as I could wear these animals for only one winter. Then – as you can see – the sole is almost gone. Now I won’t have to buy new ones for at least several years.

#137 - Keeping 2019 calendar for reuse in 2030

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This year’s calendar has many beautiful pictures, so it is a shame to throw it away. So I’m keeping it, as in 2030, this calendar will fit again.

#136 - Throwing waste in bin instead of toilet

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In the ladies toilet, I often find a sign not asking us to NOT throw sanitary towels in the toilet. I always wonder why these notes are still needed. Well, I now understand after watching a TED-talk about this. Apparently there are a lot of people still doing this. Even though I never do this, I add this item as it is so important to keep using the bin for waste.

#135 - Repairing bag instead of buying new one

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I have used this bag many, many times. But it got ripped on the side. So I left it in the cupboard for a while. I decided to repair it so that I can use it again, instead of buying a new one.