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.

Jesper Rasmussen
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Yup. We pay a bit extra for each bottle or can and get it back when we put it through a machine located in most super markets. https://tv2i.dk/users/editorial/images/a5956762-3b2e-468f-aa4f-b30b11fb7ed1.jpg?publicKey=cms-ro&t%5B0%5D=tv2cropping%3Awidth%3D940%2Cheight%3D529&accessToken=c9dd349a050a2703c207bcc3b0bfd41019100eb9586cd0f5260772672dd96e61

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

This is great, I'm going to see if i can glue my tummy together, to make my own 6 pack

Miss Cris
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

A baby beer is coming! :P

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Dippin Dot
Community Member
1 year ago

In the US breweries have started using recyclable paper 6-pack ringers. Some craft breweries that use plastic ones have programs where you can bring in old ringers (a newer, hard plastic design that can be recycled) and get a free pint of beer so they can reuse them. The beer industry has been looking to more environmentally friendly packaging for a while now (I work for a beer distributor in the US). Some breweries are also selling their left over "waste" (ie: grain residue) to other companies that turn that "waste" into breads, lotions and other consumable items.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

Animals who live in and around the oceans of the world thank you from the bottom of their hearts! I wish the US would start doing this. I always cut up the plastic rings (making sure they’re too big to swallow) to eliminate any parts that could get stuck and embedded on a snout, beak, shell, etc, and this would do away with that worry.

Carol Emory
Community Member
1 year ago

There is actually a brewing company in Florida that makes six pack rings out of the leftover material from the brewing process (wheat/barley.) The rings can be tossed in the ocean because they will soften and can be food for turtles and fish....

Bored Fox
Community Member
1 year ago

Here in Finland sixpacks and other multi packages like that are usually made from cardboard

Kristof De Smet
Community Member
1 year ago

Fitpacks are another good, and perhaps better idea. Screw the cans on top of one another

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

not just a plastic saving, but also a money saving. less plastic = cheaper

Sadie Jayne
Community Member
1 year ago

Sea life everywhere thank you!!!

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
10 months ago

Why is this not universal yet?!

Valerie Linares
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

But, is the glue biodegradable? It's an awesome idea if it is!

Shadow
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually like this better... Saltwater Brewery (a small brewery in Florida, USA) makes their 6 pack packaging out of their beer by-products, it not only biodegrades but is actually edible as well. https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/may/29/florida-brewery-creates-edible-beer-holders-save-marine-life-saltwater

Mona Lee
Community Member
1 year ago

We have recycling depots in Canada except for in Manitoba, Quebec, and Ontario (63% of the plastics are made in the last province alone). At $0.10 or $0.25 a piece, a little collecting can give you some play monet.

Meami
Community Member
1 year ago

Brilliant!

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

Again another great idea. Hats off to carlsberg. Love your elephant malt

Donna Leske
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT is the glue made of?

Femur!
Community Member
1 year ago

That's awesome! :D

Jon Wong
Community Member
1 year ago

the person who cooked this up is GOD

Brenda Swann
Community Member
1 year ago

Beautiful. Breaks my heart to see a bird, a turtle, a fish, with a ring of discarded 6 pack around its neck..

Ananas
Community Member
1 year ago

600000 upvotes... this bugs me so much and such a great solution

Felicia Dale
Community Member
1 year ago

THIS!!!

Julie Evans
Community Member
1 year ago

Now why can’t Pepsi or Coke do this? Or any other company for that matter?!

Cheryl Fontaine
Community Member
1 year ago

Great idea! Thank you. I don't buy anything that comes in those plastic animal traps any more so I really like this idea and hope it spreads!

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

In Australia a lot of six packs are made with cardboard.

Barbara Gilman
Community Member
1 year ago

Why not? That glue is all over our not-wanted paper ads . . . put them to good use

Orillion
Community Member
1 year ago

How do you seperate them though?

DearOptimists
Community Member
1 year ago

You just twist the can off.

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Fern Cornelius
Community Member
1 year ago

We return cans for money in the USA too. Homeless or poor people used to pick them up but it became illegal for them to do so along highways because it's 'stealing'. It's also illegal to feed the homeless in many areas.

varwenea
Community Member
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.

Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

No, it's designed to work with the recycling process!

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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?

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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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