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
#3 My Tour Guide's Tool For Picking Up Littered Bottles Along The Trail
#5 My Mom’s Husband Is A Pilot So He Wraps All His Gifts In Old Flight Maps
#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
#7 Didn't Want To Waste The Failed Films So I Turned Them Into Little Paintings
#10 My Mom Is Slowly Knitting A Scarf Made Completely From Tea Bag Strings
#12 Here Is My Old Music Used As Wrapping Paper
#14 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.
#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
#16 Needed An Organiser So I Made One Out Of Cardboard Instead Of Purchasing One
#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!
#18 A Customer From Work Made A Reusable Bag From Hundreds Of Plastic Ones
#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!
#21 Had A Volunteer Help Me Make These Stools Out Of Our Discarded Books For New Library Seating
#22 Turned Old Uniforms Into A Bed Cover For Our Foster Kittens. Cuts Down On Washing Too
#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
#24 All Of This Year's Christmas Presents Wrapped Using White Paper From 1 Amazon Delivery Box
#25 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!
#26 We Enjoy Our Zero-Plastic Alternatives For Holding Home-Made Shampoo And Shower Gel. It Helps Our House Look More Rock 'N Roll
#27 Update: ~400 T-Shirt Pieces, Now A Quilt Top
#28 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.
#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
#30 I Think I'm Going To Stop Buying (New) Clothes. Made This From A $4 Shirt
#31 I Made A Holder For Reusable Chopsticks, Silverware, And Straw That Doubles As A Cloth Napkin When Unfolded
#32 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?