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Personal Hygiene

Just because you (or the society you grew up in) are used to doing something one way ( = habits) does not mean that your ways are the best or that there are no other ways. Changing the way you take care of your body may result in less pollution of the environment. It is up to you.

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Remove hair with sugar Using sugar (or wax) to remove hair has much less impact on your energy consumption than shaving with hot water, or even worse, with running hot water.  
Shower briefly The shorter you shower, the less water and energy for hot water yo use. Making hot water pollutes unless it is heated by the sun. 5 minutes should be plenty.
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Shower colder Reducing the temperature of the water you use results in a reduction of hot water use and energy to make it.
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Shave with cold water Making hot water requires energy and pollutes. Your razor does not care if it is rinsed in cold water. It may take a bit longer to rinse it but that is about the only difference.
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Use unbleached toilet paper made from recycled paper Toilet paper is very important to have, but it does not need to be made from new materials. It does not need to be stored for a long time because it immediately turns into trash after it was used. Unbleached toilet paper with high recycled paper content pollutes less because it uses fewer new resources.
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Use sanitary paper products made from recycled paper Unbleached paper with high recycled paper content pollutes less because it uses fewer new resources.
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Avoid disposable tissues Unless there is a risk of re-infection when you are already sick, you can safely use cloth handkerchiefs. Wash them once in a while in cold(!) water. Not after each use though otherwise you increase pollution. Do not buy new handkerchiefs unless they are made from organic cotton; conventional cotton production is very hard on the environment. Cut and reuse old t-shirts or so. Works well and lasts a long time.
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Compost your paper tissues They compost well and end up as soil that you can use.
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Use oxygen bleached products Pollutes much less than chlorine bleached products. Better is non-bleached though.
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Use non-bleached sanitary products Bleaching paper products requires more energy than not bleaching the product. If you rest a moment to think about it, you may start wondering why some products have to be bright white to begin with. Considering their use, why do toilet paper, tampons, and menstrual pads have to be white?
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Use menstrual cups Menstrual cups can be sterilized easily and reused over and over. Some are made from silicone and will last you for years (Read the instructions!). A menstrual cup replaces many tampons, tampon dispensers, or pads that use resources, energy, packaging, bleaches, chemicals, etc.
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Let hair air-dry Letting your hair air-dry, not with help of hair dryer, will require no additional energy and pollute less. You also do not need to buy a hairdryer which requires energy and resources to be fabricated.
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Use cloth towel to dry off A towel is reusable for many years. An infra-red or heat lamp uses a lot of electricity and pollutes because both the lamp and the electricity have to be made. Use human power to dry yourself. Good work-out too. Right.
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Avoid white towels White towels (or anything you wear) require a bleaching process to even become bright white during their manufacturing, have to be washed sooner, often require bleach to become white again, and will get replaced sooner than colored towels. All this pollutes more. Use colored towels instead.
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Reuse single-use razors. If a thing can be reused, why not do it? Reuse them until they really don’t work well any longer and then recycle them. I noticed that you can still get double edge razor blades and razors. They are a bit harsher on your face but all you throw away are small pieces of steel (that can easily be recycled) and the razor itself will last a life-time.
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Repair electric razors rather than replace The parts of an electric razor that do the cutting often can be replaced and the razor is almost as good as new afterward. Keeping a product longer and taking good care of it pollutes less.
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Use biodegradable cleaning products Biodegradable materials will decompose with the help of natural processes and ultraviolet light from the sun. They exist less long in our environment.
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