Am I friend to nature
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what can i do?

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1. Commuting

How much of your overall commuting time takes these means of transportaion:
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By foot or by bicycle
By car (alone)
By car with others,
carpool
By public transport
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2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Which energy-efficiency measures you usually practise?
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I have installed energy saving light bulbs at home
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I choose the most energy efficient devices when purchasing
new device
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I switch off devices completely when they are not in use
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I wash laundry only having full load
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The house I live in is well-insulated
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3. OUTDOOR PARTIES AND PICNICS

When you have outdoor parties and picnics, what kind of dishes, cups and cutlery do you use?
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Glass/porcelain/metal dishes, cups and cutlery what I have anyway
Disposable, single-use plastic dishes, cups and cutlery
Plastic dishes, cups and cutlery that are made to be used many times
Biodegradable (compostable) single-use dishes, cups and cutlery
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3. OUTDOOR PARTIES AND PICNICS

In parties, do you use balloons, chinese lanterns, glow sticks:
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Always
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Most of time
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Rarely
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Never

4. CLOTHING

When do you usually buy a new piece of clothing/shoes?
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I change most of my wardrobe when a new seasonal collection comes out
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I buy a new piece of clothing/shoes when I spot something that I like very much or when the price is very good
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I buy something new only when there is an actual need for it, when the old one is too worn out or doesn't fit anymore

4. CLOTHING

How do you usually choose your clothing/shoes?
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I do my shopping mostly in the second hand shops
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I buy brand new clothing/shoes, but I choose natural fabrics, high quality items that will last very long and look for organic cotton or recycled materials
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I buy new clothing at regular shops and pay attention only to the looks and price

5. FOOD CONSUMPTION HABITS

How often it happens that some of the food at home goes to waste?
Rarely. Food waste is an exception, not a rule for me. Less than 5% is wasted
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Sometimes. Around 5 - 10% is wasted
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Quite regularly. More than 10% is wasted
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5. FOOD CONSUMPTION HABITS

How many of your meals contain meat?
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All of my meals
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Most of my meals
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Half of my meals
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Most of my meals don't
contain meat
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None
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6. INGREDIENTS AND SOURCE OF THE PRODUCTS

When purchasing food or other goods (cosmetics, toys, etc.), which of these factors usually makes you choose the product?
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Organic
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Synthetic chemical free
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Fairtrade
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Locally produced
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Seasonal
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None
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7. SHOPPING BAGS & PACKAGING

What would usually be your choice:
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plastic bag
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paper bag
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cloth bag
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light plastic bag
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just apple
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plastic bottle
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glass jar
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Nuts in light plastic bag
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nuts in light cloth bag
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Cheese slices heavily packaged in plastic
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cheese in one piece
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Eggs in plastic package
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Eggs in cardboard package

8. PACKAGING OF DRINKS

When drinking beverages outside of your home, you mostly prefer:
WATER
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Store-bought water bottled in plastic
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Store-bought water bottled in glass
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I drink tap/well/spring water and fill it in my reusable water bottle
SODA, JUICES
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Store-bought soda/juice bottled in plastic or tetra pack
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Store-bought soda/juice bottled in glass or metal
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I fill my reusable bottle with it from larger containers (in restaurants or homemade juice)
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I don't drink soda/juice
COFFEE, TEA, COCOA
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Single-use cups
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I fill my reusable cup with it
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I don't drink coffee, tea, cocoa

9. WASTE RECYCLING

Please pick the items you are usually recycling in your household!
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PAPER
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GLASS
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ORGANIC WASTE
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PLASTICS
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METAL
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HAZARDOUS WASTE
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I don't recycle
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10. CONSUMERISM

How often do you go for shopping just for fun/without a special need?
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Never
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Few times a year
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Approximately once a month
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At least once a week

10. CONSUMERISM

When do you buy new mobile phone/tablet/computer?
When new model comes out
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When the old one stops working
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When there is a good deal
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10. CONSUMERISM

What you consider when buying a present?
  • I buy something practical that I know for sure that the person will use
  • I buy experiences (concert, theater tickets, etc.), make the present myself or make a donation to a worthy cause as a present
  • I go into shops and try to find something that the person might like
  • When choosing a present I just buy whatever is the cheapest or the most neutral (a cup, a candle, christmas tree decoration, etc.)

Nature loves you! Thank you for what you’re doing, but in order to be completely awesome there are some things you can still do. You’re not making it easy for nature.

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Tips and tricks
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What can I do to improve?
Tips and tricks.
1. COMMUTING
2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
3. PARTIES AND PICNICS
4. CLOTHING
5. FOOD CONSUMPTION
HABITS
6. INGREDIENTS AND SOURCE
OF THE PRODUCTS
7. SHOPPING BAGS
& PACKAGING
8. PACKAGING OF DRINKS
9. WASTE RECYCLING
10. CONSUMERISM
1. COMMUTING
For everyday transport walk, ride your bike or use public transport as much as possible. The cost of fossil-based fuel will not go down. It's time to consider other possibilities and the city air will only get better!
Riding a bike
Regular riding on bike will greatly improve your health and your mood. It is cheap and fun! It doesn't need to be summer to enjoy a ride on a bike. If more of us do it, the infrastructure will get better and better.
Public transportation
On a public transportation you can read, answer to emails and use the time more effectively! If more of us use it, the infrastructure will get better and better.
Walking
Regular brisk walking will greatly improve your health and your mood. It is a great way to collect your thoughts, prepare for the day and truly enjoy your city.
Let's slow down our cities and make them more livable!
If none of the alternatives work, consider choosing hybrid or electric car - the infrastructure (charging points) are rapidly improving and the costs during operation are significantly lower than driving with fossil-based car.
If you have to use a regular car, make sure you share it with several other people and avoid large, old cars.
2. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy audit for your gadgets
Evaluate how (much) electricity is used in your home to find out which appliance is the biggest energy consumer and where energy is being wasted. Borrow a gadget to help you assess power consumption.
Replace the worst ones
Exchange appliances that use a lot of energy for more energy-efficient ones, for instance, a water boiler that uses solar power or that runs on biomass, solar panels for electricity generation, LED light bulbs.
Choose the most energy-efficient
When you have to purchase a new device, pay attention to energy-efficiency label to choose the A+++ or the ones with Energy Star certificate and also compare the consumption of kWh among alternatives. It will save you lots of money in future!
Switch off devices completely when not in use
During the standby mode the devices still consume electricity, which can be 4-12 % of the total power used by a home. Switch of the wi-fi of all devices during night, as they continue to communicate even when not in use. Unplug the mobile phone charger when not in use, as it continues to consume electricity even when disconnected from mobile phone!
Wash laundry having full load
Plan the laundry washing routine and always wash full load or use economic mode for fewer items.
Insulate well your house/apartment building
Change your old windows to well insulated ones. If you live in an older apartment building, propose to your neighbours to initiate the insulation project for the whole building. The investment will start to pay off via reduced heating bills very soon.
3. PARTIES AND PICNICS
Bring and use your own tableware
Take from home your own glass, porcelain or metal dishes, cups and cutlery. Metal bowls or cups can be very light and not add too much to the weight if there is a distance to walk. Some durable plastic tableware can be used as well.
Alternatively, choose compostable single-use dishes, cups and cutlery.
Replace balloons, chinese lanterns, glow sticks and confetti with nature friendly options:
  • Ribbon dancers, kites & garden spinners from paper materials that are recyclable and biodegrade.
  • Attach long-lasting LED lights to clothing, use light torches, headlamps, if there is a need to see in darkness.
  • Make your own confetti made of leaves, used paper bits or purchase commercial ones with paper bits.
  • Make your own long lasting decorations, e.g. small textile festive flags.
4. CLOTHING
Explore your local second-hand shop
Fast fashion industry has created a worldwide overproduction of clothing, therefore it is not hard to find good quality, little used, yet cheap clothing in second hand shops.
Choose high quality, organic, fairtrade clothing made of natural fibers. Choose recycled if possible
High quality fibers will ensure a longer life-span, saving you money in the long run even if it is initially more costly than regular clothing. When choosing organic cotton, you reduce the amount of pesticides released in the environment and avoid your own contact with possible pesticide residues in the fiber. Synthetic fibers are polluting water environment with small plastic fibers that are released in great amounts in the water with every wash cycle.
Create your own ideal “capsule wardrobe”
Create your own ideal “capsule wardrobe” that contains a limited number of clothing items. Fewer, but higher quality items will make your closet less cluttered, will make your travel bags lighter and will save you a lot of time in the mornings when choosing the outfit for the day. All of your clothing should be your favorite clothing and you'll naturally want them to last long!
Go shopping for clothing only when you have an actual need
Don't let the fashion industry fool you - new clothing every new season will not bring you real happiness.
5. FOOD CONSUMPTION HABITS
Avoid throwing away food
Food waste can be avoided by planning your meals ahead, preparing shopping lists and sticking to them. If you will be away from home for awhile, give the remaining food to a friend, neighbour or see what you can freeze. Also observe, which foods you are usually throwing away, and buy them less next time. Not only you'll avoid wasted resources, but you can save some money too.
Reduce consumption of meat and other animal products
The production of animal feed is causing deforestation in the precious rainforests. Particularly avoid imported beef and pork from far-away origins as they have the highest environmental impact. Introduce meat-free days every week, explore new vegetarian or vegan recipes. Beans, lentils and peas can provide you with the necessary energy!
Try growing your own food
Gardening can bring a lot of joy, it's an inexpensive and fulfilling stress relief activity!
6. INGREDIENTS AND SOURCE OF THE PRODUCTS
Choose local products
Find out which food products are available locally, and get to know your local farmer or farmer’s market. If possible, look for local producers of non-food items as well. Choosing local production will avoid long-distance transportation, which cause adverse environmental impacts, and will boost local economy.
Choose seasonal products
During the winter products, like beets, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, pumpkin, etc. that can be kept throughout the cold season, always have lower impact on the environment, as they didn't need heated greenhouses for their growth. Alternatively, try freezing greens in your fridge, so you can use them later during winter.
Choose organic produce
Organic farming ensures the sustainability of soils, doesn't pollute water as much, helps bee populations to recover and allows you to stay healthy. As the demand for organic food is rising, more organic farmers can expand their activity, allowing the price of organic food to become less expensive. Remember, if something is cheap, someone along the production chain suffered, usually it's the nature.
Choose fairtrade
Fairtrade certification ensures that all the employees that worked hard at plantations, at farms so you can enjoy the end product, have received a decent salary. Remember, if something is cheap, someone along the production chain didn't receive adequate salary.
Avoid products containing synthetic chemicals
These days the market is flooded with petroleum-based materials or additives (plastic toys, cosmetics, hygiene products, etc.), which can be harmful to our health and the environment. Choose cosmetics and other products that are BPA-free and have “Ecocert” certification, especially the ones meant for children. Avoid plastic if possible. Also pay attention to the contents of products like paints, furniture, carpets, etc.
7. SHOPPING BAGS & PACKAGING
Avoid taking/purchasing plastic bags
Disposable plastic bags are a waste of resources, since they serve for a very little time, yet they will stay and pollute our planet for hundreds, perhaps even thousand years. Purchase or sew yourself cloth bags - bigger and smaller, lighter ones, that will replace light plastic bags. Old curtains are great for making small, transparent bags! Make sure to have some of them always with you.
Avoid packaged products
Choose the products that are packaging-free and put them in your own cloth bags, glass jars or reusable trays. Or take fruit without the packaging at all - we don't eat banana peels, right? Discover local shopping places that offer more unpackaged options.
Choose glass, metal packaging over plastic
If packaging is unavoidable, choose produce in glass, metal containers, cardboard boxes instead of plastic and tetrapack. Glass is a harmless material that can be recycled countless times. Some very common types of plastic packaging, on the other hand, are not collected for recycling in many countries. And the ones that are collected (like PET, HDPE) can be recycled only 2-3 times, until they become unusable and end up in landfill or incineration facility. Paper packaging is best avoided too, since the paper production industry causes deforestation, pollutes the water and paper can also be recycled only few times.
8. PACKAGING OF DRINKS
Always carry reusable water bottle with yourself
Purchase good quality metal or glass bottle and refill it with water from tap, spring or well to always have water with you. Purchasing water in plastic bottle is a waste of resources - both the planets and yours! The plastic bottle is used for a very little while, but it will stay on our planet for thousand years. Also it is not good for your health, since the plastic can leach harmful substances into the water.
If you absolutely need to buy packaged water, choose glass bottle.
If you drink soda or juice, choose glass or metal packaging
Glass and metal can be recycled countless times, also these materials are harmless. Better yet - fill your own reusable bottle with these drinks from larger juice containers at home or at restaurants.
Always carry your own reusable coffee, tea mug with yourself
Purchase metal, glass, bamboo or reusable, BPA-free plastic on-the-go coffee/tea mug, so that you can fill it with your hot beverage wherever you are. Make sure to have it always with you! Single use throw-away cups are rarely recycled, since they contain a mix of paper and plastic and the lid is also the kind of plastic, which is rarely collected for recycling. 10 min of joy will lead to pollution for almost thousand years. Also, when the hot beverage comes in contact with the plastic,it leeches harmful substances that can have adverse effects on health.
Many coffee places offer discount when you bring your own cup!
9. WASTE RECYCLING
Collect separately for recycling
paper, glass, organic waste, plastics, metal and hazardous waste (electronics, medicine, batteries, print cartridges, paint containers, etc.)
If you don't have separate collection bins close to your home, ask the manager of the house or your waste management company to arrange this. If this doesn't work, collect signatures from your neighbours and ask again.
Compost organic waste
If you have a land plot, make your own compost pile. If you live in an apartment building, you have several options:
  • Get your neighbours support and collectively establish a well-managed compost container (outside or in the basement)
  • Adopt a new pet (earthworms) and start making a vermicompost in your apartment (it doesn't smell bad and doesn't take up too much space)
  • Collect your organic waste and bring it where it can be composted
Composting helps nutrients get back into ecosystem, rather than being locked out from it for thousands of years in a polluted landfill.
Recycling is not going to solve everything when it comes to plastic, but it provides great contribution to saving planet's resources and preventing pollution!
Find out where hazardous waste like electronics, batteries, medicine, paint containers, print cartridges are collected in your area. It is extremely important to keep these out of landfills, as they contain hazardous substances!
10. CONSUMERISM
Buy less stuff
Before purchasing anything, stop and ask yourself, is this a Need, Want or Like? We often mix those. Not everything that you like and want, you actually need. This way you save planet's resources, prevent pollution and free yourself from home full of rarely used junk.
Don't be fooled by discounts and other marketing techniques. They are very skilled at creating a false "need".
Choose electronics that will last long, are repairable
Choose electronics that will last long, are repairable and have been produced more environmentally friendly.
Use Ifixit and Greenpeace or others' guides and customers reviews to learn about the repairability of the item and about the production practises of the company. And rethink again if you really need this new gadget. Maybe the old one can still be repaired?
Consider borrowing appliances, games or tools, if you will only use them a couple of times.
Explore your local second-hand shop
This way you prevent unnecessary production of new item (saving resources and preventing pollution), when there is already existing one - unused and good enough.
Choose meaningful gifts for others
Choose gifts for others that you know they really need.
Make gifts by yourself - it will provide added value, as our time and attention are the most valuable things what we can give others.
Gift experiences - these are the ones that we remember for a long time, yet the excitement about new stuff we lose quickly.