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#194 - Eating meat alternative, e.g. tofu

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Instead of eating meat, I chose to order a meal with an alternative, in this case tofu. It tasted really well, so that’s worth choosing again.


#193 - Unplugging internet at night and when away

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At night before I go to sleep, I pull the plug from the internet. I do the same when I leave the house for a while. As I don’t need internet during these times, there is no reason to have it transmitting, which saves energy.

Did you change your habits?

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192 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

As I'm really eager to hear your point of view, I'd love to learn whether you have changed a habit to become more sustainable in the last 6 months.

If yes: Which habit(s)? Is there anything that keeps you from doing more?

If not: What obstacles do you experience?

 Thank you in advance!


#192 - Switching off engine at standstill

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When standing still with a car, I turn off the engine. This saves apart from petrol a lot of fumes.


#191 - Driving at constant speed

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When driving a car, speeding up and braking takes more petrol than driving at constant speed. That’s why – when I occasionally drive – take care I drive as constantly as possible.


#190 - Choosing renewable energy with energy company

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My energy company offers his customers to choose between different types of energy. I decided to buy renewable energy.


#189 - Putting products back in fridge as soon as possible

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After drinking some milk and putting it to the side, I realized that it would be good to put it back in the fridge. By keeping it outside, it gets a chance to warm up. But then the fridge has to cool it down again. So I put things back in the fridge as soon as possible.


#188 - Buying milk in glass bottle

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When I buy milk, I prefer to buy milk in a bottle. These bottles can be brought back to the shop and reused. Much better than having to throw one with plastic.


#187 - Using public transport offer on ticket to go to stadium instead of using car

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After buying a ticket to go to the football stadium, I found out that you can also use the ticket to travel by public transport for free. So I went by bus instead of for example car.


#186 - Letting leftover warmth from oven heat kitchen (in winter)

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When finishing baking pizza in the oven, the warmth in the oven can keep the pizza warm. But after having finished the pizza, I open the oven the let the warm air flow out and heat up the kitchen.


#185 - Keeping paper leftovers after crafting for later use

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During crafting, I often only need a little piece of paper in a certain color. At first, I need a new piece of paper. Instead of throwing the left overs away, I keep them in a folder for later use. This saves me a lot of new paper.


#184 - Cleaning shelf from fridge in sink to keep fridge closed

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After I little accident in the fridge, I had to clean one of the shelves. Instead of leaving it in the fridge and clean it there, I took it out. By cleaning it in the sink, I was able to in the meantime close the door of the fridge.


#183 - Making cloths smaller after losing weight instead of buying new cloths

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One of my friends lost a lot of weight. I suggested that he could bring his suits to the tailor. He did. Now they fit well again.


#182 - Splitting tape to have double length

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When using my tape, I noticed that it is rather broad. So I decided to cut it in half, so that I have double the length.


#181 - Scraping remainders out of container

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As I told many times before, I love to eat pizza. The tomato sauce comes in a glass as you can see here. I have started scraping the remainders of the sauce out of the glass to reduce food waste. And I’ll from now on keep the glasses. I don’t know yet what I’m going to use them for, but I’m sure they will come in handy.


#180 - Using washable napkin instead of paper one

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Earlier I wrote that I am not using a napkin for lunch (#123). But at home, I sometimes do need one. I used to use one of these paper ones. But having the little towel now (#113), they can be napkins too.


#179 - Eating bread crumbs too

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As I eat bread for breakfast, I often have breadcrumbs left on my plate. As I don’t want to throw them away anymore, I now eat them as well.


#178 - Switching off lights that were left on when leaving office last

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I recently left the office last and noticed that several lights were left on. So I walked through the office to turn off the remaining lights.

#177 - Filling bottle under low tap without wasting water

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I sometimes want to fill my bottle under a tap that is too low. In that case, I fold my hands around the tap and bottle, so that all the water flows into the bottle instead of next to it.


#176 - Using plastic free net for scrubbing whilst showering

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Someone gave me this little net for scrubbing during showering. I’m looking forward to using it when my plastic one is worn off, as I’m definitely not going to buy a new plastic one!


#175 - Making home for insects

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On my research what I can do to help insects, I learned that a pot with some straw in it – I hope the bamboo fluff also works – is a great home for them. Once I found one of these pots on the streets, left their by someone who wanted to give it so someone else, I decided to make one. I hope some little creatures feel well here.


#174 - Keeping parts from tea bag for crafting

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I recently found some tea bags in a hotel, that had split pins in it. I asked others who had chosen to drink this tea, whether I could have the split pins. I can use them for crafting.


#173 - Using as little toilet paper as possible

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As toilet paper is made of paper and requires cutting trees, I can be careful with how much I use. I try to use as little as possible.


#172 - Cleaning bag I found to be able to use it

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I recently found a shopping bag outside with a lot of glass in it. The bag was left next to the street by someone. I decided to bring the glass to the glass container and clean the bag so that I can use it.


#171 - Being inspired by Anne Frank's quote

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I found this quote written by Anne Frank. As it is so true, it inspired me to keep on going with this challenge.


#170 - Using paper waste for shopping list

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When I do shopping, I always write a list. I have blocks with paper that I could use. But I prefer to use paper waste as it saves paper.


Invitation to present at International Conference on Global Warming & Climate Change 2020

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I'm excited to be invited to present my Challenge at the International Conference on Global Warming & Climate Change 2020, which is on September 10th-11th 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. climatechangeconference.co
If you want to join too, mention this tweet so that you get a discount.

Added as I have been asked: I will do my presentation by video conferencing so that I don't have to fly.


#169 - Using extra blanket instead of turning heating on at night

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In this cold time of the year and being someone who freezes rather quickly, I tend to be cold at night. Instead of putting the heating on, I’m using a second blanket to stay warm.


#168 - Buying refill-packaging instead of new dispenser

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I have a dispenser at home with liquid soap. I found out that instead of having to buy a new dispenser, I can also buy a refill package. Even though it is not zero waste yet, it helps.

Low energy

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For the first time, my Challenge feels like a real challenge. As this project has become really big and I am doing this in my spare time, parallel to my full time job, I have noticed that my energy level is getting low. So I am currently looking at what I can do differently, so that I can keep it up.


#167 - Eating apple completely instead of throwing away core

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People often laugh at me for eating the core of an apple. But I don’t care as it is just as much apple as the rest. So I eat it and reduce food waste.


#166 - Bringing box for food to-go instead of using one-way container

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When I am traveling, I of course also have to buy food to-go. I usually get a bag or some other kind of container. As they are always one-way, I decided to bring my own box. And the bakery in this case was happy to use it.