As the climate crisis looms ever closer, most of us wish we could come together to help the environment. But as individuals, we often feel paralyzed to rein in the disasters and keep our planet from melting, all while witnessing how corporate polluters only add more fuel to the fire. Thankfully, there is a way to lessen the devastating effects of climate change, and it all starts with our everyday choices.

So let us introduce you to the 'ReduceWasteNow' project. This online purveyor set out on a mission to share advice about simple life adjustments that can help us do our bit to protect the environment. Their 'Old Me vs. New Me' series reminds us that we have a personal responsibility to back away from a wasteful life and mitigate our ecological footprint one meme at a time.

In hopes of a better future, we at Bored Panda have gathered some of their best tips and tricks to spread some environmental enthusiasm. As you scroll down, be sure to upvote the posts you found most useful and share your own eco-friendly solutions everyone must know in the comment section below! After you’re done reading through this piece, check out Part 1 of this feature for even more 'Old Me vs. New Me' goodness.

More info: reducewastenow.com | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

They make biodegradable garbage bags now!! Yay!

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Tami
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2 months ago

You can stick the green onion stubs in the garden and they'll grow new greens.

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Izzy Curer
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2 months ago (edited)

Christmas fabric is 100% reusable. Christmas themed table cloths from the thrift store work great. Even a handkerchief tied with ribbon is better than brown paper.

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Graydon Lawson knows that little changes can make a difference. He is the founder of ReduceWasteNow, an impact-focused social enterprise that offers sustainable solutions for people who care for future generations, the well-being of animals, and who want to do their part in the fight against climate change. His mission is to help hundreds of thousands of everyday people make an impact by helping the environment on an individual level. However, he explained that in 2018, he founded his project for the wrong reason.

"I first started ReduceWasteNow solely to build an audience," he wrote on his website. "At the time, I was creating my own reusable coffee mugs with an overseas supplier. The plan was to build an audience on Instagram with my new account 'ReduceWasteNow' by posting content related to environmental issues. Then, I'd advertise the reusable coffee mugs on that account."

But after a few weeks, he began to realize the dire situation of environmental issues affecting our planet and chose to take immediate action. He abandoned his idea to promote reusable coffee cups just three days before the launch. "At that moment, I decided to do everything in my power to help the environment. So I began researching and sharing simple, actionable ways people can help the environment," he noted.

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KM
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2 months ago

or just water and bam! instant sweet drink. Or add tea, works as well

Vic
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2 months ago

Add milk and shake vigorously, instant milkshake

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howdylee
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2 months ago

It's called a spatula...

Llama_flower93
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2 months ago

Lol right?

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Bart S
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2 months ago

Oh my... have you tried spoon?

Zedrapazia
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2 months ago

Or just stick a piece of bread to a small fork and "sponge" everything out

hhh cubed
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2 months ago

Best and easiest suggestion yet!

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jenjie.newt
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2 months ago

Invest in a small rubber spatula, you can get ALL the extras out of every container

A. Jones
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2 months ago

I do this too, but not for vinaigrette. I pour it into a pan after shaking water in it, add sugar to may sweet syrup with a quick reduction. Also the jars are good for planters. Add rocks/gravel to the bottom for drainage.

CrunChewy McSandybutt
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2 months ago

This is a great idea

Milady Blue
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2 months ago

Two words for you, OP: Rubber spatula.

Dorothy Reiser
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2 months ago

Also great with plain yogurt.

Grady'sRaider
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2 months ago

Brilliant! Can hardly wait to do this with blueberry or raspberry jam leftovers.

Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

Yum

TahJia Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

Im sorry but there was Never wasted jam! 😋

Alma Reyes
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2 months ago

OOOOR, use a spatula to scrape down a jar.

Lena Harris
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2 months ago (edited)

Why are you basically quoting 5 Minute Crafts' "life hacks" like it's your idea?

Mimi M
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2 months ago

I like this one and sounds very tasty!

Michelle Carlson
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2 months ago

Love this!

Stephanie Wittenberg
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2 months ago

This is genius!

Pas VotreAffaire
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2 months ago

Jam in a vinaigrette? Eh?

Tisha Breaux
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2 months ago

Um... just throw the jam....

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C W
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2 months ago

We have cats. Everyone knows we have cats. Yet we keep getting poisonous bouquets of flowers. I know I know I sound ungrateful but it sucks when someone spends what I consider to be too much money for something I can’t keep in the home. My flower loving neighbor is thrilled so it’s always fun to bring them to her. My point….flowers aren’t always a good gesture.

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Who doesn't? Paper towels are strictly for cat barf!

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Then, the following began to grow. As of this writing, the ReduceWasteNow Instagram account has accumulated over 361K followers who want to start implementing simple alternatives to move towards a greener Earth. "It was clear to me that people wanted to learn how they could live more sustainably, but something was missing. People didn't just need information, they also needed the right tools to take action," Lawson added. So in 2020, ReduceWasteNow launched its online Zero Waste Shop to provide people with the right tools and knowledge they need to reduce their ecological footprint.

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Bedlamite
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2 months ago

Almost every top I wear came from the goodwill store. Generally pay 5-7 dollars for shirts that would be 40-50 bucks at the mall. Also, all of my glassware and most of my plates and bowls from goodwill. Nothing wrong with saving money.

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AJ
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2 months ago

Also, use the tape that's strong enough for it's purpose. I received a parcel with nice plastic free paper tape on it. Only the tape had broke on the way, half of the content had gotten lost, postal services had fixed the parcel with plastic tape, and the sender needed to ship another parcel to replace the missing items.

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Jessica Cooney
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2 months ago

As a woman, I was skeptical of doing this myself, but honestly, I do not regret switching to a safety razor at all! It is so much better than the disposable ones.

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The founder of ReduceWasteNow told us in a previous interview that he has been operating his social project alone ever since he started it. "I create all of the social media content, write the weekly blog posts, and manage the store — all while trying to balance school at the University of Victoria," Lawson told Bored Panda. "It's a lot of work, but every second is worth it. People seem to be really grateful to learn simple, actionable ways they can help the environment, and I love helping them do exactly that."

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Ece Cenker
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2 months ago

And aloe is such a fast growing plant. Don't be afraid of breaking off pieces to use. They will grow incredibly fast.

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lenka
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2 months ago

If your bread goes stale often, then freeze half of the loaf.

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Leo Domitrix
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2 months ago

Dry the herbs. You're wasting oil. And, apparently, storing herbs poorly in the fridge.

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Lawson mentioned that social media is a great tool to educate people about the climate crisis and what small steps can help us fight it. "A lot of people use it every day, and if you want to see how you can be more eco friendly, all you have to do is visit ReduceWasteNow and you have access to hundreds of different ways you can help the environment," he said and added that social media is also a perfect place to talk about your interests with your friends. "So if someone really likes this Instagram post about sustainable products that save you money, they can just tag their friends in it, and maybe that inspires them to try some of the tips and be more eco friendly as well."

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Works with garlic too.

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Valisbourne Spiritforge
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2 months ago

This one I haven't heard of

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Glasia van Duivels
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2 months ago

is having an E in maths an excuse/reason that it goes wrong?

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As you’re scrolling through the 'Old Me vs. New Me' meme series, you’ll notice they touch upon a host of environmental topics. It addresses responsible consumption, recycling, excessive plastic use, food waste, and many other themes. It also explains how to build healthy and environmentally-friendly habits and move toward a more sustainable lifestyle. And at the very least, it reminds people to consider the impact their choices will have on the environment. Lawson told us he gets most of his ideas from his company's followers and always pays attention to what they comment on across ReduceWasteNow’s social media accounts. That way, he understands the demands of everyday people and knows he's sharing information about what's important to them.

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C W
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2 months ago

Yep everyone needs to save every drop so there’s enough left for corporations to pollute and farmers to grow almonds in a dessert.

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Ogre Juan Canolli
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2 months ago

Correctly Cooked Rice Won't Have "Leftover" Water

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lenka
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2 months ago

Adds them to a soup or stew or stock.

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However, the fact that laws, international agreements, and systematic changes to how corporations operate are required to prevent the devastating effects of global warming is nothing new. That's why some people disapprove of individual efforts and believe that changes we implement into our daily lives are meaningless. But Lawson thinks this is far from the truth. "If more and more people vote with their dollars, try their best to live more sustainably, and continue to use their voice as well as their vote, change will come," he expressed his belief in the power of the community.

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Ryan Burns
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2 months ago

But vinegar comes in a plastic container... You're not helping anything..

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

I have those metal things that you scrape together!

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

If you have a clothes line why use a dryer at all? Living in an apartment now clothes have to dry on a closed in balcony, I so miss being able to dry them outside.

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Official Cat
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2 months ago

does anyone know where to buy a good lint roller? I can't find a single good quality, reusable and affordable one.

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"Cooper, one of my best friends, made a great point about this as well, and I 100% agree with him. He said, 'Due to the rise in popularity of social media, it has become easier for individuals to voice their opinion, and to have their opinion heard and shared. As a result, corporations are facing the largest amount of social pressure in history, which has the potential to create real change. The power of numbers has never been so great.'"

Lawson added that nowadays individuals can speak louder than ever before and that we can create real change "by using our collective voice to tell the big corporations what we want. All we have to do is step forward, and speak up."

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Ryan Burns
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2 months ago

Really doesn't work that well at all.

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Aran Lindvail
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2 months ago

That looks like a great way to grow mould.

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Beth S
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2 months ago

Yes, but compost is great for your garden.

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Eric C.
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2 months ago

I buy it in a tube. Works way better than cans.

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Shazz Winchester
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2 months ago

Don't use hot water for blood, just a fair warning it won't come out as easy

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Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

Whatever. Just eat the whole thing.

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Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

What's wrong with compost? Then next year you have good dirt for growing your own greens.

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Izzy Curer
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2 months ago

Sorry, no. In our house, those are used for first aid, and I'm not compromising our health to save on a few ounces of garbage. Some things take precedence. It can be made up in other ways.

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