Big or small, every change matters when making our planet a better place. And this goes beyond the individual, too. Luckily, as the mindset of consumers shifts towards eco-friendly thinking, more and more businesses are implementing "green" innovations in the way they go about things. From cigarette butt-recycling postal pouches to simple product packaging, Bored Panda has compiled a list of pics, proving that we, the Earth, really do have a bright future.

#1

The Cafe At My Closest Beach Gives Free Drinks To People Who Collect A Bucket Of Litter From The Beach

The Cafe At My Closest Beach Gives Free Drinks To People Who Collect A Bucket Of Litter From The Beach

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varwenea
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1 year ago

I'd do it! Definitely great for the beach, the animals, and everyone.

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#2

Pen Made Of Recycled Water Bottles Casts A Shadow Of A Water Bottle

Pen Made Of Recycled Water Bottles Casts A Shadow Of A Water Bottle

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1 year ago

Can I upvote this a dozen times?

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#3

Turns Out My Pencil Is Made Of Recycled Newspaper

Turns Out My Pencil Is Made Of Recycled Newspaper

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow 😲

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#4

Instead Of Using Paint For This Parking Lot, This Is How The “Lines” Are Created. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Instead Of Using Paint For This Parking Lot, This Is How The “Lines” Are Created. Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

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1 year ago

Awesome!

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#5

An Easy Way To Recycle Old Mascara Wands

An Easy Way To Recycle Old Mascara Wands

Please do NOT throw away your mascara wands. Instead, clean JUST THE WAND with Dawn liquid soap, place them in a ziploc bag and mail them to a Wildlife Refuge accepting donations.
These little wands are able to be upcycled to clean away oil, larvae, fly eggs, mites, infections, mud and other contaminants from wildlife. Works great for medical care and wound treatment.
Mail to: Appalachian Wildlife Refuge P.O. Box 1211 Skyland NC 28776

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TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
1 year ago

Ive donated to them before!

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#6

Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun

Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

Super cool

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#7

Carlsberg Using Glue To Make Six Packs Instead Of Plastic

Carlsberg Using Glue To Make Six Packs Instead Of Plastic

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varwenea
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1 year ago

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Hmm, haven't seen this in person, but those look like a glob of sticky gloo that hopefully doesn't either contaminate the metal can recycling or "escape" as the equivalent of micro plastic in the environment. I don't imagine a bunch of drunk or semi drunk guys would conscientiously remove and toss the glue dots or strips properly.

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#8

Got An Event Bracelet That Can Be Planted

Got An Event Bracelet That Can Be Planted

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Anne
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1 year ago

Just, keep them in Cali. If they are not native species, they may overgrow your local native species.

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#9

I Found A Hidden Message When I Ripped The Paper Off This Ramen Pot

I Found A Hidden Message When I Ripped The Paper Off This Ramen Pot

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

I dissect packaging to recycle separately! For Pepperidge Farms cookies sold in the U.S., there's an outer layer of clean paper packaging that can be recycled, separate from the foil layer on the inside that would be trash.

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#10

An Ice Cream Cup Made Of Banana Leaves

An Ice Cream Cup Made Of Banana Leaves

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Ad Waffle
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks quite nice as well

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#11

My Grocery Store Started Selling Overripe Bananas For Cheap With A Recipe For Banana Bread On The Bag

My Grocery Store Started Selling Overripe Bananas For Cheap With A Recipe For Banana Bread On The Bag

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chrisgun
Community Member
1 year ago

love this! super easy, quick and tasty

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#12

This Notebook Is Made Of Stone

This Notebook Is Made Of Stone

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Sol Veig
Community Member
1 year ago

Never seen that, but I would buy that on the spot.

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#13

You Can Charge This Battery With A Micro USB

You Can Charge This Battery With A Micro USB

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Cordelia
Community Member
1 year ago

That's neat

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#14

Refill Station At Simon Fraser University, Canada

Refill Station At Simon Fraser University, Canada

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

this is amazing idea, i would totally use it, much more practical

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#15

This Cup Is Made From Plant Starch, Not Plastic

This Cup Is Made From Plant Starch, Not Plastic

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Baba Caine
Community Member
1 year ago

To think how many millions on millions of plastic cups threw away every day , this a must in plant in all offices and buildings

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#16

My Pencil Has Seeds On The Tip, So When It's Too Small To Use It You Can Plant It And A Tree Will Grow Out Of It

My Pencil Has Seeds On The Tip, So When It's Too Small To Use It You Can Plant It And A Tree Will Grow Out Of It

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Rosa Anderson
Community Member
1 year ago

When my son was in middle school, he got in trouble for "lurking" in the bushes next to his school. When I asked what he was doing, he said he was planting his pencil next to the school so that it would grow into a tree!! LMAO

Bored Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

When I was a child I buried pinecones near my school. I was wery disappointed that none of the buried pinecones created new trees.

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Lisa Onitnelot
Community Member
1 year ago

how is planting it litter?

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

It is wood, some graphite (basically carbon, and maybe some filler like clay, which is natural as well), the cap will most probably some recyclable bio-plastic from starch. So? Everything degrades, and kinda fertilises the soil for your new plant as well.

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Kate V
Community Member
1 year ago

I got one too! It has marigold seeds inside :D 71106359_4...35ce73.jpg 71106359_434166620556582_4367105802926817280_n-5d9119235ce73.jpg

Bored Moogle
Community Member
1 year ago

But there's no eraser.

Femur!
Community Member
1 year ago

Where do you live? I mean, this is pretty impressive.

Ava Bowie
Community Member
1 year ago

(I mean, duh, of course it does, but it shrinks FAST.)

Ava Bowie
Community Member
1 year ago

This is so helpful!! My pencil always shrinks

Savannagh Ryane
Community Member
1 year ago

Just don’t chew on it!

Something
Community Member
1 year ago

I just don't understand why this is supposed to be better than just sticking a pencil in the earth and planting regular seeds.

Sakuhana
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a brilliant idea! I would love to use these pen to draw now! Anyone knows where to find these?

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

Love it!

Tilly Jean
Community Member
1 year ago

Hopefully stops chewing on the ends!

Bre Rich
Community Member
1 year ago

AWESOME!!

Belle_Pandamonium
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow!!

Liz Perry
Community Member
1 year ago

Huh? Why would you put seeds in a pencil?

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

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Seems like a stretch

Miss Cris
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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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So you can litter AND help the environment at the same time? That's a win-win.

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#17

This Makes Me Incredibly Happy, And More Inclined To Shop Here More Often

This Makes Me Incredibly Happy, And More Inclined To Shop Here More Often

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Cats vs zombies
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1 year ago

Even the button is happy!

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#18

Recycled Cardboard Used As An Alternative To Bubble Wrap

Recycled Cardboard Used As An Alternative To Bubble Wrap

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

as mush as i love popping bubble wrap, this is amazing idea

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#19

My University Makes Notepads Out Of The Recycled Paper And Hands Them Out To The Students

My University Makes Notepads Out Of The Recycled Paper And Hands Them Out To The Students

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spirit wolf
Community Member
1 year ago

Why aren't all schools and colleges doing this?

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#20

Single-Use Cutlery And Straws From Avocado Seeds

Single-Use Cutlery And Straws From Avocado Seeds

Recently, Mexican company BioFase released single-use cutlery and straws that biodegrade in 240 days. The company collects avocado seeds from companies who process avocados to make guacamole or oil.

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah didn't we have an article on this that said it was pretty expensive to be integrated well?

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#21

This Super Market Had Tiny Paper Bags Instead Of Plastic Containers To Reduce Waste

This Super Market Had Tiny Paper Bags Instead Of Plastic Containers To Reduce Waste

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1 year ago

This makes more sense. Some grocery stores look at you like you're evil if you want to take your 12 plastic produce bags and put them into one more plastic bag at the checkout. They make you use paper as if that same store doesn't let you bag each grape individually in plastic bags if you want.

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#22

Every Day After Closing, This Local Bakery Leaves Out A Bag Of Their Unsold Pastries That People Can Take From Freely Instead Of Throwing Them Away And Make Unnecessary Waste

Every Day After Closing, This Local Bakery Leaves Out A Bag Of Their Unsold Pastries That People Can Take From Freely Instead Of Throwing Them Away And Make Unnecessary Waste

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1 year ago

Some places you can't do this in because the shop/restaurant would be liable if anything bad happens. Sucks but it's true. They are forced to throw the food away.

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#23

This Japanese Toilet Refills Through A Sink In The Top So You Can Rinse Your Hands And Re-Use The Water

This Japanese Toilet Refills Through A Sink In The Top So You Can Rinse Your Hands And Re-Use The Water

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

Grey water reuse is awesome, although this would be ergonomically a bit awkward to use. I've seen these at urinals as well where it would work much better.

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#24

You Bike To Keep The Outlet Going, To Recharge Your Devices

You Bike To Keep The Outlet Going, To Recharge Your Devices

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meow point1
Community Member
1 year ago

Keeping fit too.

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#25

The Bowling Alley In My Neighbourhood Tore Up Old Lanes And Used Them To Renovate The Washrooms

The Bowling Alley In My Neighbourhood Tore Up Old Lanes And Used Them To Renovate The Washrooms

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Sarah Panhorst
Community Member
1 year ago

This actually looks really nice. Cool!

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#26

My Local Coffee Shop Gives Free Compost Made From Their Used Coffee Grounds

My Local Coffee Shop Gives Free Compost Made From Their Used Coffee Grounds

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Eunice Probert
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that the one in Aberystwyth?

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#27

I Bought A Pack Of Cigarettes And They Came With A Postage Paid Recycling Pouch

I Bought A Pack Of Cigarettes And They Came With A Postage Paid Recycling Pouch

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Stimpy
Community Member
1 year ago

How do you recycle cigarette butts?

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#28

My Shoes Came With A “Handle” Rather Than Being Packed In A One Time Use Bag

My Shoes Came With A “Handle” Rather Than Being Packed In A One Time Use Bag

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varwenea
Community Member
1 year ago

Lots of shops do this with the sticky handle strap, especially with larger boxes. Aldo brand shoes design their boxes with a strap built in so you can carry as is. Smart!

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#29

Throw And Grow Confetti

Throw And Grow Confetti

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago

YES! and eliminate those evil plastic confetti from existence!

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#30

Disposable Bowl Made Out Of Nothing But Three Pressed Leaves, Sturdy Despite Being Fastened Together With Just A Small Bamboo Pin. Used By Street Food Vendors In India

Disposable Bowl Made Out Of Nothing But Three Pressed Leaves, Sturdy Despite Being Fastened Together With Just A Small Bamboo Pin. Used By Street Food Vendors In India

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Bhuvy
Community Member
1 year ago

It's for Pani Puri (a snack) and with these pressed leaves they also make disposable plates

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#31

A New Question Is Up On Our Cigarette Voting Bin On Villiers Street

A New Question Is Up On Our Cigarette Voting Bin On Villiers Street

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

This is cool. I want this in my country

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#32

The Water Taps At This Cafe Drip Onto Plants To Not Waste Water

The Water Taps At This Cafe Drip Onto Plants To Not Waste Water

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Baba Caine
Community Member
1 year ago

Smart

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#33

They Had A Bike At My School To Blend A Smoothie That They Were Handing Out At Lunch

They Had A Bike At My School To Blend A Smoothie That They Were Handing Out At Lunch

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Midnight Dream
Community Member
1 year ago

This thing came to my school in P6 (Year 6)

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#34

This Coffee Cup Is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

This Coffee Cup Is Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds

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Joe Kobersy
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd get one

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#35

Eco-Friendly Eggs Packaging

Eco-Friendly Eggs Packaging

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bubamara
Community Member
1 year ago

I creat roses from the egg cartons as a crafty decor ...this is cool.

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#36

This Steel Gate Made Up Of Pliers

This Steel Gate Made Up Of Pliers

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SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm not gonna lie this seems like some kind of flesh shredder a person would get pushed into accidentally

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#37

This Office Is Made Up Of Old Shipping Containers

This Office Is Made Up Of Old Shipping Containers

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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

This is really neat- but reminds me of fallout.

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#38

This Sketchbook Made From Real Recycled Circuit Boards

This Sketchbook Made From Real Recycled Circuit Boards

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SanchaTheSeeker
Community Member
1 year ago

That looks so dope! I want one

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#39

My New Dentist Has Their Forms Laminated To Reduce Paper Waste By Simply Plugging In And Wiping Off

My New Dentist Has Their Forms Laminated To Reduce Paper Waste By Simply Plugging In And Wiping Off

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Delboy
Community Member
1 year ago

my dentist uses tablets with a web interface, no waste at all....

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#40

Resealable Cans Of Water

Resealable Cans Of Water

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Ad Waffle
Community Member
1 year ago

I had one of them, it was really good

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#41

The Paper Tag Attached To My New Pan Can Be Planted To Grow Herbs

The Paper Tag Attached To My New Pan Can Be Planted To Grow Herbs

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Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

Has anyone ever tried this? I’m curious how much they grow. It’s a cool idea

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#42

My School Fights Littering By Installing Basketball Hoops Above Trash Cans

My School Fights Littering By Installing Basketball Hoops Above Trash Cans

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Baba Caine
Community Member
1 year ago

But how many miss and just leave it 🤔

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#43

This Bag Of Old/Stained Face Towels Have Been Re-Used As “Rags” At This Hotel

This Bag Of Old/Stained Face Towels Have Been Re-Used As “Rags” At This Hotel

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I take my own washing items when I travel. They fit in a tiny bag. Hand-crocheted cotton washcloths and my own shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. This is also a great idea. Next they need to stop with the cutesy individual items in the bathroom and just have the bulk pumps on the wall.

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#44

This Sink Counter At A Brewery Is Made With Recycled Beer Bottles

This Sink Counter At A Brewery Is Made With Recycled Beer Bottles

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Full Name
Community Member
1 year ago

This is super cool.

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#45

The Beach I’m At Has A List Of Commonly Found Garbage And How Long It Takes For It To Decompose

The Beach I’m At Has A List Of Commonly Found Garbage And How Long It Takes For It To Decompose

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Educational 👍👏👏👏

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