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#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.

Only 5 minutes ...

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Yesterday, my partner urged me to put some feedback I received into practice. As I didn't feel like to do it but knew he was right, I made a deal with myself: work on it for only 5 minutes. And then magic happened: having made a start made it easy to continue: I worked on it all day. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#501 - Replacing hard drive instead of buying new computer

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As the images and videos for my online courses ( https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/available-courses ) and the images for posts use a lot of disk space and is data I don‘t want to delete, my hard drive became too small.  Instead of buying a new computer, I bought a new hard drive and exchanged the old one. After that, I copied everything from the old disk to the new one (everything not just means files and folders, but also operating system etc).  The first time it didn‘t work, but the second time it worked perfectly, so my computer is up and running again.    

Knotting a rug

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When I take a break, I love doing sports.  I also love knotting a rug.  It's a really brainless activity as the colors are printed on a paper grid.  But that's exactly why I love it and why it relaxes me.  And it's a sustainable hobby as I'll be able to use the rug when it's done.  

#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.  Finally, I decided to repair it so that I can use it again, instead of buying a new one. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

Let's celebrate!

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Did you ever go to bed feeling you'd like to celebrate more?  I do, so let's celebrate together, as today is a special day: I shared idea 500 of my 365 Sustainable Decisions Challenge and you are part of this journey!  When you love being on this journey with me, please invite others to join too, here or on Twitter , so that they can experience the same pleasure!

#500 - Using washable instead of one-way diapers

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Two of my friends have little girls.  I‘m very happy that they are conscious about our environment and use washable diapers.  Only occasionally, for example when they can‘t stow away a dirty diaper, they use single-use plastic diapers.  I‘m so grateful! (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? >  https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )    

Wonder of the world

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Today, I went for a run with a dear friend.  Apart from chatting a lot, we enjoyed the fresh greenness of spring.  I feel that nature is one huge wonder of the world!

#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. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks ) 

Obsessed with learning

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Yesterday, I participated in another course. You may think I'm obsessed with learning. I am! But the good thing is that I learned in this event that the number 1 factor of success is being hungry to do more, learn more, give more, etc.  So, I'm happy with the way it is! (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#499 - Storing face mask in inside pocket so I don't loose it

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Due to the pandemic, I always have a face mask with me.  I noticed that it is very easy to loose it when it is in my pocket together with keys, gloves, etc.  To make sure that it doesn‘t fall out accidentally and then ends up in nature, I looked for a pocket on the inside of my jacket.  And how great, I found one!  Now it is safely stowed there. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )    

Listen to yourself to be able to listen to others

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I'm currently doing a course about transformative listening.  I learned that before we can listen to others, we need to be able to listen to ourselves.  This way we can make sure that no thoughts, fears, prejudices etc are in the way when connecting to others with our heart. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#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 the wash 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. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

The power of intention

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Intention is really powerful and essential for anything we want to achieve. In this video I explain why: https://youtu.be/zQnnPjhID4k

#498 - Creating fancy fence with wood leftovers

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Whenever I walk past this fence, I‘m impressed.  I love it how the animals are cut out of the wood at the top.  And I think it is clever how several leftover pieces of wood have been brought together to make a beautiful fence. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? >  https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks ) 

What can you do to make your life better?

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Lets consider: Can you think of something you could do today to make your life worse? I can. And can you think of something you could do today to make your life better? Amazing, I can too! So, what do you do? (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#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. (Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )  

Building a tower

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When making a difference, it makes more sense to build one large tower by putting stones on top of each other nicely than to scatter them and believe they somehow pile up by themselves.  My Challenge is my first project in which I consistently put all stones in one, high tower.

#497 - Keeping shutter band (#454) for later use when it got replaced

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In #454, I shared that I stabilized the shutter band so that it lasted longer.  When it got replaced after all, I noticed that there was a large part that is still in good shape.  I decided to keep it, because who knows what I can still use it for in the future.  And when I do, I don’t have to buy a new band. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )  

Nocebo-effect

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I guess you've heard of the placebo-effect.  I feel that the opposite, the nocebo-effect, occurs more often than we realize: merely believing that something can do harm causes the harm we fear.  That's why I repeat "I love you" silently when meeting someone I expect to dislike. (Are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#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. (Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )  

I save $ 695.80 a month by living more environmentally friendly

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Over the last 1,5 years, I learned that living more sustainably doesn't have to cost money.  In fact, I save $ 695.80 a month by living more environmentally friendly.  And that is possible without expensive investments.  Here, I share how I do that: https://bit.ly/3vmHA0d

Long-lasting items allow sustainable memories

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Recently, someone on Twitter wrote about her reusable napkins:  "We bought them in 2014 for our wedding. They were $1 each. Best purchase ever!"  That's when I realized that an advantage of long-lasting items is, apart from being more environmentally friendly, that the happy memory is also more sustainable!  Another great reason to stop buying single-use products! (Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks )

#496 - Making pen write again by writing on the sole of a shoe

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When I started using a pen I haven‘t used for a while, it often happens that it doesn‘t write anymore. Probably because the ink dried out.  I don‘t know why this is, but often writing at the bottom of the sole of my shoe helps making it work again, so that I can use the pen until all ink is used up. Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks    

Donation for planting trees

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I've wanted to donate towards planting trees for a while, but wasn't sure which project to pick.  Until I found this project, to which I donated today.  What I love about it is that 100% of the donation goes to the project and the trees are taken care of for 7 years! This is the project:  https://gofund.me/b69072f1

#130 - Printing double instead of single-sided

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I have learned that using a compost bin closes the cycle naturally: organic 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.  I looked up on the Internet how to make one.  I’m happy to now have one from sustainable materials. Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks   

Inevitable change and chosen progress

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Today, I spoke to a friend who has lost most of his income due to Corona.  Instead, he's doing a project he wanted to do for a long time, replacing his income.  What I love about it, is that he accepted the inevitable change and focused on his progress.  Even when it's scary.

#495 - Storing paint upside down to prevent drying out

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Whenever I have used paint but haven‘t finished it, I store the can upside down. This helps keeping the tin sealed so that no air comes in and therefore the paint fresh for longer. This way, I can use it at a later date instead of having to throw it away and buy a new tin. Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks    

Examples about sustainability in university course

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My current freelance job is setting up an online university course.   To make the theoretical content tangible, I use examples.   As sustainability and climate change are front of mind to me, I use these subjects for examples.   It's also a great way to address them indirectly.

#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. Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks   

Making a frame with lesson learned

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When I learn something and want to make sure I don't forget, I make a frame.  During crafting and each time I walk past it, I repeat the lesson, even when I don't pay attention consciously.  I made this one with printer ink from a printer I don't have anymore. 

#494 - Parking properly to prevent wheel damage

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When I see a car parked like you see in the left picture, I always have to think about my dad who told me when I was very young how bad this is for the wheel. So, by parking properly, it is possible to prevent wheel damage, which helps the wheel to last longer. And this then of course saves waste and money.  Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so:  > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks  

Stay strong / may the force be with you

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When I started changing my habits 621 days ago, my loved ones had to get used to this.  Luckily, this went smoothly.  In case you have to put a bit more effort into convincing them, stay strong.  When I started, I was the only green fish, now I'm part of a swarm of green fish. Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks

#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: organic 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. I looked up on the Internet how to make one. I’m happy to now have one from sustainable materials. Was this helpful or are you inspired and would you like to say "thank you"? Here are some suggestions on how you can do so: > https://www.sustainabledecisions.eu/thanks