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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

I love this idea

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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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Tara
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s cool.

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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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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

This is cool

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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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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

That's smart... And cute. I like it :)

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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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Ad Waffle
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks cool as well

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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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Nora H.
Community Member
1 year ago

We have these in Denmark. It's a little tiny dot of some special glue, which took them a long time and effort to develop. It holds the six cans tightly together and you have to twist it in a certain way to separate. After the glue doesn't stick to anything anymore. It saves 150 tons of plastic a year in Denmark alone. Also we have a system where you get paid for returning empty bottles and cans. A lot of homeless people make a living collecting them, and also they don't end up polluting nature.

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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
Community Member
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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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

When paper is very dirty, like sometimes of food, when wrapped things, it cannot be recicled and it must be thrown in the waste container, not in the paper one.

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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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Baba Caine
Community Member
1 year ago

Seen these used for hot rice as the leafs sort of heat protected

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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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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

It's the one Moses used :P

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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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tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

This is great for things like remote controls. Instead of throwing the batteries away, recharge them. One less thing in the land fills

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#14

Refill Station At Simon Fraser University, Canada

Refill Station At Simon Fraser University, Canada

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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Why it isn't in all supermarkets?

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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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Jesper Rasmussen
Community Member
1 year ago

Lets remember that many compostable cups are really not compostable. https://recycleforgreatermanchester.com/blog/the-truth-about-compostable-packaging/

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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

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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
Community Member
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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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Until someone steals my script

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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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depicus
Community Member
1 year ago

Why not just use metal ones and reuse. Single use is just wasteful however environmentally friendly

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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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Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

I would rather see this than all the plastic.

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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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Full Name
Community Member
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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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
1 year ago

amazing! i want it for my home

Jo Bebe
Community Member
1 year ago

Really?? Mass Consumption at its best? Build one, or better yet don't because the point is we are suppose to be consuming less.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I've always thought TVs should run on some kind of dynamo power like this. You can only watch TV for as long as you're willing to pedal!

Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
1 year ago

15 million merits.

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Jessica Temple
Community Member
1 year ago

Could I get three in my home for my children?? Ware them out in the process of charging their phones and school ipads. win/win

Jlynn Hoyle
Community Member
1 year ago

Hahahahahahaha!

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meow point1
Community Member
1 year ago

Keeping fit too.

Ginni Machamer
Community Member
1 year ago

Gotta pedal if you want to watch those cat videos!

KJena
Community Member
1 year ago

Laptop suddenly shuts down because i'm too absorbed to Netflix..

Living_Shadow
Community Member
1 year ago

Great motivation for exercise too

Ivy Ruonakoski
Community Member
1 year ago

So energy AND exercise!

Sara
Community Member
1 year ago

Some prisons have this for their TVs.

Lira Mai
Community Member
1 year ago

They have these at the airport in Singapore. .

Dani
Community Member
1 year ago

At my school all the students have tablets that we use for classes. The science teacher built a bicycle so that if students forgot to charge their tablets they had to pedal to recharge!

tuzdayschild
Community Member
1 year ago

Great motivator to exercise.

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Or to read a book :P

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SykesDaMan
Community Member
1 year ago

Helping the environment, your cardiovascular system, your legs muscles, ...

Pittsburgh rare
Community Member
1 year ago

Every time I go to the gym I think it's a shame they don't have this system for the bikes and scalator machines

ANDREA SERRANO MORALES
Community Member
1 year ago

we really need this is the u.s.

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

This might help America's obesity problem!

Sam
Community Member
1 year ago

You want to charge your phone? Work for it. I like it.

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
10 months ago

Where can I buy one? My fatass needs to get in shape but I'm an addict to my phone and laptop

Dirk Van Troyen
Community Member
1 year ago

I never understood why gyms don't harvest the energy produced on their bikes, crosstrainers etc.

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a good idea.. some kids will be to lazy to do this and might finally put away their phones & have an actual conversation

Ann Abdelzaher
Community Member
1 year ago

seen these in the paris airport train terminal.

Donna Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

Great idea. Can anyone these days manage to do 2 or 3 things at a time though.

EpicFangirl
Community Member
1 year ago

nah id never be that willing just to charge my phone XD

ZAllen Millington
Community Member
1 year ago

Given the numerous sources of renewable energy, not really a good idea.

Agnes Jekyll
Community Member
1 year ago

reminds me of that Black Mirror episode

Zero-Light
Community Member
1 year ago

Acquiring more larger stuff to take care of more smaller stuff.

Theresa Tzitzira
Community Member
1 year ago

Genius!

Magali Hollande
Community Member
1 year ago

But then people in wheelchairs can't recharge their devices...

CM
Community Member
1 year ago

Love the idea! But what is going on on her shoulders/back tho?

SilvaSkies
Community Member
1 year ago

It's just the straps of her inner-wear I think

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Mog
Community Member
1 year ago

What if you're too short to reach the pedals?

Melanie Peapell
Community Member
1 year ago

I want one!!!

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

Win win

SweetPeaJules
Community Member
1 year ago

Black mirror anyone?

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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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Moo Moo Futch
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm pleased to say every coffee shop in my city - Portsmouth UK - give away their grinds for gardening.

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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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Lenka Smetanová
Community Member
1 year ago

nice if you bought just one pair of shoes... Will look like a christmas tree if bought three or more :D :D

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#29

Throw And Grow Confetti

Throw And Grow Confetti

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

Why do you even have plastic confetti? Ours has always been made from paper, not plastic.

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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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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

That you can use it in the dishwasher? Amazing.

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#35

Eco-Friendly Eggs Packaging

Eco-Friendly Eggs Packaging

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Pamela24
Community Member
1 year ago

The paper ones are actually quite eco-friendly too (not the plastic ones) because it's a way to reuse even a couple of times recycled paper that has little to no other uses. :)

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#36

This Steel Gate Made Up Of Pliers

This Steel Gate Made Up Of Pliers

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 year ago

It looks almost balletic.

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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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Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago

I also have one single bottle that I always refill with tap water. This one is a very good idea, where can we get one?

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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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Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

simple and fun

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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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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago

But glass bottles are beeing recycled already.... Or is that not so in the US?

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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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Nancy Jeckells
Community Member
1 year ago

great idea !

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