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

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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?

Bunzilla
Community Member
1 year ago

The main point is that they don't biodegrade, so I'm glad they found a way to recycle them.

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John L
Community Member
1 year ago

Now THIS is a good idea. Cigarette butts is one of the most prolific forms of littering.

TheDivineMs.M
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahhh- eco friendly cigarettes- if only their smoke and chemicals didn't fill the air.

Jessica Temple
Community Member
1 year ago

these should be required to be sold inside of each pack of smokes.

Craymoss
Community Member
1 year ago

Did it come with one for your lungs too?

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

An average smoker smokes around 15 cigarettes per day. There are around one billion smokers worldwide. That makes 15 billion cigarette butts per day. Here are 22 ways to quit smoking: https://www.thehealthy.com/addiction/smoking/quit-smoking/ and here are facts: https://theconversation.com/whos-smoking-now-and-why-it-matters-109605

Mummi
Community Member
1 year ago

I stopped smoking (having smoked for 49 years...) because of butts. I just couldn't stand them anymore. Too much was too much. Butts were the only thing that motivated me enough to stop.

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Magne Grøtting
Community Member
1 year ago

The carbon footprint of making that pouch, shipping it and recycling it..

Jane W.
Community Member
1 year ago

Just mail them back to the cigarette companies and see what happens.

Keeley Sullivan
Community Member
1 year ago

This should be everywhere! And more well known! I see cigarette butts EVERYWHERE in my town, whether it's by a bench, or on a sidewalk, or in a small flower patch. It's really disgusting. And I see them in places where there are tons of little kids, who would probably wonder what they taste like and not know any better. Even throwing them away in the trash is better than leaving them on the ground but recycling them is definitely the best option! Although, if I could change anything, it would be to get rid of all cigarettes (really just smoking in general) forever but that's not gonna happen :/

Keeley Sullivan
Community Member
1 year ago

Also, excuse my ranting but can people, like, NOT smoke in public at all if they feel they really have to smoke? There are some people (like me) who have a ~little thing~ called "asthma" who could stop breathing bc of someone's smoke! Seriously, if you really want to get lung cancer and die, don't take other people down with you. And for little kids, even if they don't have asthma, it's still pretty dangerous for them. AND it's a fire hazard, too. It doesn't look "cool". It looks stupid and dangerous. Now, I understand if you have an addiction to it, but please try not to smoke where it can harm people! Do it in your home or in a place where you're alone, and ALWAYS throw the butts away-- or better yet, recycle them with what's in the picture! Yeah, just recycle them. Please.

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Kim Irving
Community Member
1 year ago

Why isn't this part of all packs??? I'd do this!

Theresa Tzitzira
Community Member
1 year ago

I just hope the pouch is made out of recycled paper...

Allison B.
Community Member
1 year ago

I have ones that are biodegradable, I could imagine these are as well. The company seems to care alot about that, which is awesome!

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Dorin Miscenco
Community Member
1 year ago

but what are pouches made of? are they recyclable?

Dorin Miscenco
Community Member
1 year ago

what are pouches made for? 20 cig butts are not worth it

Petra Biedermann
Community Member
1 year ago

Not smoking ....what a novel idea....would be even more environmentally friendly!

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

This is major. Cig butts are disgusting. They don’t breakdown easily, they contaminate the earth and they are filthy with cig chemicals

Donna Baker
Community Member
1 year ago

When i smoked i used the cigarettes without filter, save in a jar with water. Then fill a spray bottle. With salution and a small squirt of dawn to spray my plants . Especially roses to keep bug off. Better than any pesticides.

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

Cigarette liquid = bug dies / Cigarette smoke = people dies

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Donna Leske
Community Member
1 year ago

? So smokers can "feel good" about recycling cigarette butts as they pollute the air we all have to breathe AND up medical costs for everyone? Plus every package and envelope that is transported by any carrier burns fossil fuel.

Brenda Swann
Community Member
1 year ago

I am tired of cigarette butts going into the sewers, that eventually fish, birds, and humans drink. It should be mandatory for cigarette packages are sold in this as a wrapper.

Alison Brohman
Community Member
1 year ago

TerraCycle, as Leyla Ayad mentioned, turns them into benches and other items because the cigarette butts are partly made of plastic! :(

Shelley Jennings
Community Member
1 year ago

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Baba Caine
Community Member
1 year ago

This good idea as recycled butts go into making cigarette stump ash trays for use in parks

Christopher Chang Peng Yen
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe if don't smoke, then there is no need to recycle? It is bad for health anyway, and also affect other people around from second-hand smoke.

Bre Rich
Community Member
1 year ago

Wha?!....

Melissa Smith-Bowles
Community Member
1 year ago

What cigarette company?

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 year ago

Call me paranoid, but they've got my DNA there!!! Not too sure I like this... Either way don't smoke anymore...

Ann-Marie Bentley
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm sure they have better things to do. Besides they shouldn't be able to pick up any other details about you like name because you don't fill in your details..

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Chris Challis
Community Member
1 year ago

in this country they would not be recycled you can bet.

Jessica
Community Member
1 year ago

It's specifically spirits where I come from

jamie1707
Community Member
1 year ago

People are still smoking?

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
1 year ago

are you really surprised?

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

I'm skeptical. I was unaware that anything could be done with them, and they are full of chemicals that have been sucked through them. Time to Google it.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

TerraCycle.com Unfortunately, they are in very few countries and in most of the countries they are in, the cig recycling is not an option. I hope this will expand!

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TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

This is great. I hope the bags fire resistant. Has to be right?

Foxxy
Community Member
1 year ago

What a good idea.

Tambot
Community Member
1 year ago

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Im sorry, this is a bit ridiculous. I agree they should go in the garbage and not on the ground, but recycled? The postage paid pouch is probably made up of more paper products than the butts themselves!

N G
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes, this

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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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