Have you ever considered how much plastic you use every single day? A takeaway coffee cup, plastic water bottles, single-use cutlery, plastic bags for your fruits and vegetables... These are a couple examples of waste that every single one of us could easily reduce in our day-to-day lives. Now, more than ever before, people are beginning to understand the terrible impact these products have on the planet, and one thing we can't argue about is- it's time to make a change. This list compiled by Bored Panda shows creative ways people have decided to help mother earth by reducing their waste. Let's hope this will inspire you to be the change our planet desperately needs!

#1 Confetti Made From Fallen Leaves! Loved This Zero-Waste Decoration Idea

Confetti Made From Fallen Leaves! Loved This Zero-Waste Decoration Idea

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Kaisu Rei 3 weeks ago

This is nice because you can throw it in outdoor events without worry!

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#2 This Guy's Fence Is Made From Random Doors

This Guy's Fence Is Made From Random Doors

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Kaisu Rei 3 weeks ago

This looks really cool though!

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#3 My Tour Guide's Tool For Picking Up Littered Bottles Along The Trail

My Tour Guide's Tool For Picking Up Littered Bottles Along The Trail

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Natasha Forchione 3 weeks ago

This is so smart and caring of him!

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#4 Taking A Stand

Taking A Stand

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Kaisu Rei 3 weeks ago

... They wrote on paper, which is made of what?

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#5 My Mom’s Husband Is A Pilot So He Wraps All His Gifts In Old Flight Maps

My Mom’s Husband Is A Pilot So He Wraps All His Gifts In Old Flight Maps

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Jason 3 weeks ago

YAAS

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#6 We Detrashed A Lake In Texas! 4,000 Pounds Of Beer Bottles And Beer Cans. With About 30 Scuba Divers And 4 Boats. Did It In About 4 Hours

We Detrashed A Lake In Texas! 4,000 Pounds Of Beer Bottles And Beer Cans. With About 30 Scuba Divers And 4 Boats. Did It In About 4 Hours

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Kaisu Rei 3 weeks ago

This is amazing work!

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#7 Didn't Want To Waste The Failed Films So I Turned Them Into Little Paintings

Didn't Want To Waste The Failed Films So I Turned Them Into Little Paintings

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Dani 3 weeks ago

WoW. That’s talent! Great job!

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#8 My Pantry After Harvest Season Is Finally Over

My Pantry After Harvest Season Is Finally Over

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Night Owl 3 weeks ago

my dream-pantry *wistful sigh*

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#9 Turning Christmas Cards Into Tags For Next Year

Turning Christmas Cards Into Tags For Next Year

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sh 3 weeks ago

I love this idea.

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#10 My Mom Is Slowly Knitting A Scarf Made Completely From Tea Bag Strings

My Mom Is Slowly Knitting A Scarf Made Completely From Tea Bag Strings

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seauf 3 weeks ago

with her pinkies up

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#11 Stuffed Whales Made From Old Jeans

Stuffed Whales Made From Old Jeans

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electricblue 3 weeks ago

That's so cute. Plus, it could double as a pillow!

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#12 Here Is My Old Music Used As Wrapping Paper

Here Is My Old Music Used As Wrapping Paper

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Jaguarundi 3 weeks ago

So simple and elegant.

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#13 Make A Baby Dress Out Of An Old Button-Up Shirt

Make A Baby Dress Out Of An Old Button-Up Shirt

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

great idea--sewing, or rather learning, is high on my list of things to do!

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#14 Had A Friend Complain About Straw Bans Saying That They’re Not Even A Real Litter/Marine Debris Issue

Had A Friend Complain About Straw Bans Saying That They’re Not Even A Real Litter/Marine Debris Issue

So I did a quick 10 minute sweep of 300ft of shoreline to prove them wrong.

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PyroarRanger 3 weeks ago

oh my god

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#15 Got My First Sewing Machine For Christmas, Made “Unpaper” Towels To Reduce Our Paper Towel Waste. They Clasp Together So It's Easy To Know Which Are Clean

Got My First Sewing Machine For Christmas, Made “Unpaper” Towels To Reduce Our Paper Towel Waste. They Clasp Together So It's Easy To Know Which Are Clean

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electricblue 3 weeks ago

I saw this once, now I want to try that.

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#16 Needed An Organiser So I Made One Out Of Cardboard Instead Of Purchasing One

Needed An Organiser So I Made One Out Of Cardboard Instead Of Purchasing One

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spirit wolf 3 weeks ago

Mary Kondo gives you a thumbs up!

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#17 I Hadn't Used My Reusable Bags Because I'm Pretty Socially Anxious And Was Worried About The Cashier Being Frustrated. But Used This For The First Time Today!

I Hadn't Used My Reusable Bags Because I'm Pretty Socially Anxious And Was Worried About The Cashier Being Frustrated. But Used This For The First Time Today!

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Parmeisan 3 weeks ago

I was like "Okay, but why did you string your headphones over it?" I guess that's what happens when I try to look at the picture at the same time I'm reading the title.

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#18 A Customer From Work Made A Reusable Bag From Hundreds Of Plastic Ones

A Customer From Work Made A Reusable Bag From Hundreds Of Plastic Ones

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

i've heard about things like this--great idea! in my area, a group even knits mats out of them for homeless people in the area.

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#19 Small Wins: Convincing The Ice Cream Shop To Let Me Have It In My Reusable Cup Instead Of A Disposable Cup. The Guy Looked So Confused When I Asked!

Small Wins: Convincing The Ice Cream Shop To Let Me Have It In My Reusable Cup Instead Of A Disposable Cup. The Guy Looked So Confused When I Asked!

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

i don't know why some businesses are against this (laws, maybe? idk), but i think they pay more for the container than they do the product that goes into it. allowing customers to bring their own containers benefits us all, at least twofold--less waste & higher profit margin. i know part of the reluctance to get on board has to be regulating the size of the containers that the customer brings, but surely that can be figured out.

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#20 No More Plastic Bottles In The Shower

No More Plastic Bottles In The Shower

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Kaisu Rei 3 weeks ago

This is a serious question, but aren't these terribly unhygienic though? If I was a guest somewhere, I don't think I would be comfortable using the same bar of soap and shampoo as all the previous guests before me

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#21 Had A Volunteer Help Me Make These Stools Out Of Our Discarded Books For New Library Seating

Had A Volunteer Help Me Make These Stools Out Of Our Discarded Books For New Library Seating

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varwenea 3 weeks ago

I ache a bit seeing books destroyed. But if there are no other avenues for them, then this is good for the library.

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#22 Turned Old Uniforms Into A Bed Cover For Our Foster Kittens. Cuts Down On Washing Too

Turned Old Uniforms Into A Bed Cover For Our Foster Kittens. Cuts Down On Washing Too

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PyroarRanger 3 weeks ago

The orange one seems like it's performing for us :)

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#23 We Wrap Our Holiday Gifts In Fabric And Reuse It Every Year. No Tape Or Paper Trash And It Looks So Much Nicer Too

We Wrap Our Holiday Gifts In Fabric And Reuse It Every Year. No Tape Or Paper Trash And It Looks So Much Nicer Too

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

I'm guessing the ribbon holds it all together? i'm not good at wrapping to begin with, but this sounds like a great idea

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#24 All Of This Year's Christmas Presents Wrapped Using White Paper From 1 Amazon Delivery Box

All Of This Year's Christmas Presents Wrapped Using White Paper From 1 Amazon Delivery Box

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Zori the degu 3 weeks ago

Just draw some pictures on it and you have fancy wrapping paper!

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#25 Used Some Leftover Yarn To Make Crochet Produce Bags

Used Some Leftover Yarn To Make Crochet Produce Bags

Posted to Snapchat and 10 mins later I have 45 orders of them (and counting) for friends and family wanting to cut the plastic!

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TheDivineMs.M 3 weeks ago

I want one of these!

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#26 We Enjoy Our Zero-Plastic Alternatives For Holding Home-Made Shampoo And Shower Gel. It Helps Our House Look More Rock 'N Roll

We Enjoy Our Zero-Plastic Alternatives For Holding Home-Made Shampoo And Shower Gel. It Helps Our House Look More Rock 'N Roll

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earringnut 3 weeks ago

If you don't think upcycling isn't cool, you don't know jack.

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#27 Update: ~400 T-Shirt Pieces, Now A Quilt Top

Update: ~400 T-Shirt Pieces, Now A Quilt Top

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Monty Glue 3 weeks ago

Beautiful

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#28 My Friends Smoked A 20 Lb Turkey For Their Halloween Party. After They Carved It They Were Going To Throw The Carcass Away

My Friends Smoked A 20 Lb Turkey For Their Halloween Party. After They Carved It They Were Going To Throw The Carcass Away

I took it home with me and made 14 pints of turkey stock.

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

NEVER let juices like that go to waste!

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#29 I'm Never Going Back To Wrapping Paper! Used A Grocery Bag And Some String And Decided To Add An Origami Cutie To The Top

I'm Never Going Back To Wrapping Paper! Used A Grocery Bag And Some String And Decided To Add An Origami Cutie To The Top

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

looking forward to the day that stores start asking "paper or plastic" again! paper bags are SO useful in upcycling

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#30 I Think I'm Going To Stop Buying (New) Clothes. Made This From A $4 Shirt

I Think I'm Going To Stop Buying (New) Clothes. Made This From A $4 Shirt

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

if i was better at sewing, i would definitely do this (i love Pinterest for ideas like this)!

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#31 I Made A Holder For Reusable Chopsticks, Silverware, And Straw That Doubles As A Cloth Napkin When Unfolded

I Made A Holder For Reusable Chopsticks, Silverware, And Straw That Doubles As A Cloth Napkin When Unfolded

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Rafaella Bueno 3 weeks ago

And it has a cacti print, which makes it even better

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#32 I'm Going To Be Wrapping My Gifts In Furoshiki From Now On

I'm Going To Be Wrapping My Gifts In Furoshiki From Now On

I love the idea of each person receiving a gift in their furoshiki and then using it to wrap a gift for someone else - how far will it travel?

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nanashi 3 weeks ago

In Asia (at least the SE Asia where I'm from) wrapping food in cloth is common, but I never thought it could be used for gifts. the idea could work I guess.

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#33 I Made Shampoo Bars: Total Cost For A Year Supply Was About $20, And No More Plastic Bottles

I Made Shampoo Bars: Total Cost For A Year Supply Was About $20, And No More Plastic Bottles

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#34 This Year I Made My Own Origami Pill Cases To Replace The Easily Broken Plastic Kind, And They Have Held Up Well

This Year I Made My Own Origami Pill Cases To Replace The Easily Broken Plastic Kind, And They Have Held Up Well

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Parmeisan 3 weeks ago

Nice! And quite beautiful.

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#35 Local Custom: Around Here People Put Out Spare Veg From Their Garden For Anyone To Help Themselves

Local Custom: Around Here People Put Out Spare Veg From Their Garden For Anyone To Help Themselves

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Jody Brown 3 weeks ago

We walk around with a wagon. "Want bananas?" "No, get plenty." "Want bananas?" "No, get choke." "Want bananas? Please take some bananas." Then we leave the rest on the bench at dog park or Ho'okipa beach.

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#36 My Boyfriend Uses Lip Balm Religiously. I Saved His Used Tubes For The Last Year And Today I Am Re-Using Them! I Found A Recipe For Lip Balm On Pinterest

My Boyfriend Uses Lip Balm Religiously. I Saved His Used Tubes For The Last Year And Today I Am Re-Using Them! I Found A Recipe For Lip Balm On Pinterest

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Kristy P 3 weeks ago

That will save him a lot of money on lip balm... Burt's Bees isn't cheap!

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#37 Went To A Party That Had A Big Recycling Can For Bottles, And A Small Recycling Can For Bottle Caps

Went To A Party That Had A Big Recycling Can For Bottles, And A Small Recycling Can For Bottle Caps

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vera💖🏐🐳😘 3 weeks ago

that's so cute too!

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#38 The Chairs In My Garden Are Made Out Of Shopping Trolleys

The Chairs In My Garden Are Made Out Of Shopping Trolleys

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

that's a new twist on them! have to wonder how much work it was to do? (and hoping that they were acquired legally...lol)

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#39 Might Not Look The Prettiest But My Sewing Project So Far, Making Face Cleaner Rounds And Other Cleaning Cloths From Old T-Shirts That Can’t Be Given To Charity

Might Not Look The Prettiest But My Sewing Project So Far, Making Face Cleaner Rounds And Other Cleaning Cloths From Old T-Shirts That Can’t Be Given To Charity

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seauf 3 weeks ago

we turn them into cleaning rags

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#40 I Wanted To Buy Some Blueberries From The Farmers' Market But Didn’t Want Any Packaging And Forgot A Container. Used My Empty Water Bottle Instead

I Wanted To Buy Some Blueberries From The Farmers' Market But Didn’t Want Any Packaging And Forgot A Container. Used My Empty Water Bottle Instead

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varwenea 3 weeks ago

This is a great idea. I haven't brought containers for the produce yet, only the outer larger bag. I need to start bringing the smaller containers!

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#41 Cat Food Bag + Leftover Bag Handles From A Workshop = Reusable Grocery Bag With A Giant Cat Face On It

Cat Food Bag + Leftover Bag Handles From A Workshop = Reusable Grocery Bag With A Giant Cat Face On It

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

i do this with feed bags of all kinds; you can use old belts for the handles, or use part of the excess bag that is cut off. my mom uses them as 'tarps' on her outside bird cages.

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#42 I Love This Idea - A Dog Poop Bag Dispenser Attached To A Lamppost Made From A Plastic Bottle By Local Scouts

I Love This Idea - A Dog Poop Bag Dispenser Attached To A Lamppost Made From A Plastic Bottle By Local Scouts

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Gracie Mae 3 weeks ago

great idea!

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#43 1 Month Of Trash And Still Trying To Reduce

1 Month Of Trash And Still Trying To Reduce

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Night Owl 3 weeks ago (edited)

Wow! This is amazing

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#44 Cutting Up Unused Mesh Curtains To Make Reusable Mesh Groceries Bags, With The Emotional Support Of My Furry Buddy

Cutting Up Unused Mesh Curtains To Make Reusable Mesh Groceries Bags, With The Emotional Support Of My Furry Buddy

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Parmeisan 3 weeks ago

Why does your cat have dog ears? :D

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#45 When You Just Have To Use Plastic Packaging, Don't Be Fooled When It's Seemingly Empty: If You Cut It Open, You'll See There's Still A Lot Left

When You Just Have To Use Plastic Packaging, Don't Be Fooled When It's Seemingly Empty: If You Cut It Open, You'll See There's Still A Lot Left

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Caroline Huot 3 weeks ago

YES! I always do that. People think I'm weird, but you can go such a long way. I do that with my medicated lip balm, my toothpaste, etc.

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#46 I Started Making A Basket Out Of All Of The Plastic Bags I've Been Hoarding

I Started Making A Basket Out Of All Of The Plastic Bags I've Been Hoarding

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Danielle Rux 3 weeks ago

then op can use the basket to hold more bags

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#47 I Recycled My Families Old Socks

I Recycled My Families Old Socks

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seauf 3 weeks ago

said the washing machine

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#48 Zero Waste Win: It Took Some Serious Cajoling But I Convinced Superstore To Put My Deli Stuff Straight Into My Own Containers

Zero Waste Win: It Took Some Serious Cajoling But I Convinced Superstore To Put My Deli Stuff Straight Into My Own Containers

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diane a 3 weeks ago

Called "Tare weight" - the weight of the empty container, be it a ship or a tupperware box.

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#49 Maybe Not The Most Ground Breaking Thing Ever But The Most Used Drinking Glasses In My House Are Just Old Pasta Sauce Jars

Maybe Not The Most Ground Breaking Thing Ever But The Most Used Drinking Glasses In My House Are Just Old Pasta Sauce Jars

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Caridina Japonica 3 weeks ago

We use mustard glasses. more comfortable because these are not threaded

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#50 Cloth Diapering Was One Of The Best Choice We’ve Made! Plus I Got 90% Of Them Second-Hand - Double Win

Cloth Diapering Was One Of The Best Choice We’ve Made! Plus I Got 90% Of Them Second-Hand - Double Win

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Major Houlihan Bear 3 weeks ago

Wouldn't get them 2nd hand but in general a good idea. Boil them seperately in a special basin and them rash-free tushies will be thankful!

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