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Good and bad ideas

255 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

When I generate ideas, it would be nice to only have great ones. But to be able to have great ones, I need to generate many ideas, which automatically cover the whole spectrum. All are important though, as they allow me to improve ideas and pick the best ones.

#255 - Using old cork as clip instead of plastic one

I know that there are many things you can do with old corks. This one I found very practical and easy.

Leaving a trail of ideas

254 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

To me it feels like I'm leaving behind a trail of ideas, just like Hansel and Gretel did with breadcrumbs. The trail is there for you to come along like Pacman and take them in. And although Pacman is used to a maze, I love making the game straightforward for you:

#254 - Following instructions to request plastic-free packaging

On Twitter, I found a video that explained how to tell a certain shop that I want as little packaging as possible. As it didn’t take much time, I did so. I hope it helps! At least I believe that when a lot of people request this, they will think about it more.

Is finding ideas becoming hard?

253 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

In the beginning of my Challenge, I wondered whether it would become hard to find ideas. Now I know, it's not. But what I never expected is that taking the pictures is becoming harder because of staying at home. A great opportunity to do more upcycling.

#253 - Washing cloths inside out to be able to wear them longer

When washing cloths, I these days make sure I wash them inside out. I believe that they wear off less quickly, so that I can wear them longer.

A million people

252 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

I'm very excited that this weekend, I reached one million views and 25.000 followers on Twitter. :-D

5 Ways to reduce your energy consumption

What are some effective ways to reduce energy consumption at home?

In this article by Erlijn van Genuchten, we share with you 5 ideas on how to do just that on a daily basis!

What actions do you take in order to save some energy?

#252 - Only ironing what really needs ironing

I really don’t like ironing. And now I have another good reason to iron as little as possible: saving energy.

#251 - Cleaning bike chain with old t-shirt and turpentine

There exist all kinds of chemical substances and tools to clean bike chains. But I stick to an old t-shirt and turpentine.

Spreading my wings

250 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

When a butterfly closes its wings, it's less well visible and safer for predators. But it also hides its beauty. When I started my Challenge, I decided to open my wings and share my ideas. Theodore Roosevelt would have liked it:

#250 - Giving money to charity that I couldn't spend on barber

Due to the Corona crisis, I’m not allowed to visit a barber. So I decided to give the money that I saved by cutting it at home to charity for planting trees.


249 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Doing my Challenge requires me to do things differently, which might feel uncomfortable initially. But leaving my comfort zone and enduring the temporary discomfort in the learning zone allows me to grow. This makes many things over time much easier.

#249 - Creating postcard from paper waste and seeds

I found a description on the internet how to make postcards from paper waste, a bit of water and seeds. The nice thing is that the receiver can put the card in the earth and has flowers growing. What a nice idea! I tried it and found out that it is easy. And I love the result.

Inspiring the world in 34 days

248 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Imagine I inspire you to live more sustainable. Now we're with two. When the next day we each inspire another person, we're with four on day 3. Continuing like this, we only need 34 days to inspire everyone on earth. A good reason for me to keep up my Challenge.

#248 - Planting flowers and herbs in garden

In my garden, I have a part that is reserved for herbs and other edible plants. This year, I got rid of the weeds and planted flowers for the bees and herbs for cooking. I’m looking forward to the result!

Top tips August 2019 - March 2020

Top tips from my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge between August 2019 and March 2020:

My 247th Earth Day

247 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Today is Earth Day 2020 and my 247th Earth Day in a row:

#247 - Boiling pasta in thermos flask instead of pan

I got inspired by someone telling my that you can also cook using a thermos flask. The idea is that you boil water, put whatever you want to cook in the flask, pour the boiling water over it, close the flask and wait. It takes a bit longer that using a pan, but saves energy. I tried it with for example pasta which works really well.

Sustainability and digitization at work

246 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

On Day 206, I shared that I considered pursuing sustainability not only with my Challenge, but also at work. I'm excited to follow up on that, as I indeed joined the corporate responsibility team recently. I'll be focusing on sustainability and digitization.

#246 - Fixing bottle before it breaks completely

I have a refillable bottle (#12). Unfortunately, it fell down recently, so it almost broke. I decided to fix it before it breaks completely so that I can keep on using it for longer.

Keeping energy up

245 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

As I like running long distances (Day 226) and my Challenge takes 365 days, I need to keep my energy up. This means for me continuously balancing between doing things and having a break. When I find the right balance, my performance peaks and I feel best.

5 Simple ways to reduce food waste

5 Simple ways to reduce food waste

What do you normally do, to avoid throwing away food?

Part of a series with Erlijn van Genuchten​ where we highlight simple solutions & ideas for a more sustainable lifestyle!

#245 - Turning off tap whilst brushing teeth

I have heard others talking about leaving the tap on whilst brushing their teeth. I can’t remember ever having done so, but I do remember brushing my teeth under the shower, which is similar. So I now consciously don’t do that anymore to save water.

#244 - Bringing unused bag back to shop

One of my friends has exchanged her contact lenses for glasses (#150). As she does not need the bag for the contact lenses anymore, we decided to bring it back to the shop. They can give it to the next customer and save waste.

Keeping my mind clear

243 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

To be able to come up with my ideas, I need a clear mind. As with the sky: the fewer clouds, the more light, the more clearly I can see. So I keep my mind clear by e.g. eating healthily, resting enough, doing sports, mindfulness and clearing limiting beliefs.

#243 - Blowing nose with washable cloth instead of one-way tissue

The washable toilet paper I create (#197) works perfectly well too for blowing my nose.

Flowers for Corona patients

242 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Today, I've got flowers for everyone suffering from Corona:

#242 - Changing toilet settings to flush less water

I have been thinking how I can reduce the amount of water that is flushed by my toilet. I was thinking about putting stones in the reservoir. But then I found out that you can actually change the settings of the toilet. Much easier!

What happens after day 365?

241 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

I've already been asked several times what will happen after Day 365. I have some ideas but haven't decided yet. What do you think:

Shall I continue?

If yes, I'd love to hear your ideas/suggestions what you think I should keep up and/or add/change.


240 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Moving towards 365, I often find obstacles on the way. When there is one, I try to go around, under, over or get rid of it (of course respecting others and nature). When it works, I feel good and learned something. As you can see, no obstacle has stopped me yet.

#241 - Closing door to keep heat in the room

I try to keep the door closed when I have the heating on. My reasoning: the more heat leaves the room, the more heating I need to make the room warmer.

5 simple actions that anyone can take to clean the environment

5 Simple Actions That Anyone Can Take to Clean The Environment

Will you do any of them?

Part of a series with @ErlijnG where we'll highlight simple solutions & ideas for a greener lifestyle!

#240 - Reusing breakfast utensils instead of fresh ones each time

For breakfast, I usually eat bread. As I eat all breadcrumbs from my plate (#179), I have decided to reuse my plate several times. This saves plates in the dishwasher, so that it has to run less often.

80-20 rule

239 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Yesterday, I mentioned that it's not my goal to become perfect: good is good enough. I do tend to be a perfectionist though. That's why I've adapted the 80-20 rule to make sure I do the work properly and have time to work on different aspects of my Challenge.

#239 - Using short hair from shaving as fertilizer

As hair can be used as fertilizer, we decided to give my boyfriends’ beard hairs after shaving to my plant. I hope my plant likes it :).

On a journey

238 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

The famous psychologist Carl Rogers once said: “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” That's why I'm on a journey:

#238 - Brewing coffee with beans instead of cups

I have to admit that I don’t drink coffee. But I have been asked on Twitter to add this item. And it’s true, using this cups generates a lot of waste, as one is needed for every cup.

#237 - Pouring back excessive oil

Making my salad (#78), I used some oil for the sauce. But as I was thinking about my Challenge, I didn’t pay attention. So I poured in too much oil. I decided to pour it back in the original container, so that I didn’t have to throw it away.

Taking a shortcut

236 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Have you ever found a shortcut that made your route to e.g. work shorter? And after that, have you ever traveled the long route again? The ideas in my Challenge to live more sustainable feel like shortcuts to me: as soon as I found them, it's easy to go that way.

#236 - Sharing glass to reduce dishes in dishwasher

Apart from reusing my cup to reduce dishes (#67), I decided to share my glass. Instead of having two glasses for washing up, I only had one.

Intrinsic motivation

235 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

There are two types of motivation:
- one comes from within (intrinsic, e.g. joy)
- one from outside (extrinsic, e.g. money).
I'm intrinsically motivated doing this Challenge, as I love working on it: at night, I can't wait to work on it again the next day. 😁

#235 - Washing food that fell on the ground and eat it

Sometimes during cooking, I let something fall on the ground. Instead of throwing it away, I wash it. I’m glad when I don’t have to throw away any food.

Light in the darkness

234 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

Even in the darkest of times, there is light. It just takes more effort to find it.

I hope you'll enjoy your Easter weekend too!

Use your brain and follow your heart

233 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

One of my professors gave me the advice to use my brain and follow my heart. To remind myself, I made this frame. It took me years and I went through my "never-fail-cycle" (Day 225) many times, but now I know and feel that I am on the right track with my Challenge.

#234 - Reducing white spacing and font size before printing to reduce paper

I got a ticket for an event a while ago, which I had to print now. I noticed that printing it as it was, would require two sheets. I decided to reduce the font size and white spacing, so that I only needed one sheet.

#233 - Disposing glass in correct bin depending on color

Where I live, glass is collected separately (#96). But there are different bins, depending on the color of the glass. So I make sure I put the correct color in the correct bin.

You can make a difference

332 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

I believe what Henry Ford said is true: I think I can complete my Challenge successfully, and so far, I'm well on the way to make this come true. And I believe it also applies to anyone of us: when you believe you can make a difference in the climate crisis, you can.

How to feel better in any crisis

On Day 216, I wrote what you can do to feel better in the current Corona and climate crises.

More on this:

#232 - Printing two instead of one slide on a page

When I do print something occasionally, I try to print two slides/pages on one page. Compared to one-sided printing with one slide/page, I only require a quarter of the amount of paper; compared to double-sided printing with one slide/page, I only require half the amount of paper.

Focus on commonalities or differences

331 days into my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge:

What did you see first in the picture: that they are almost identical or that the color of the land differs? I tend to look for commonalities and found out that many who think climate Change is a hoax, still want to contribute to a healthy Planet for example by recycling.

5 ideas to be more sustainable when driving a car

No matter what you are driving: EV or "regular" car, they'll still work:
Part of a series with Dr. Erlijn van Genuchten where we'll highlight simple solutions for a greener lifestyle!

#231 - Buying fair chocolate

One of the things I love eating on my bread are chocolate sprinkles. I used to eat a certain brand, but now changed to a brand that ensures that their product is fair.