Many of us want to do everything we can to make sure we help save the planet at all costs. When one couple noticed their community’s recycling left a lot to the imagination, they decided to take it upon themselves to make the change.
Noticing The Problem
Danny and Hannah Iwanejko live in the UK, where they both work as maintenance engineers. They were both watching ‘Planet Earth’ when they decided they wanted to do something to help the environment. The problem? Their local council’s recycling scheme wasn’t up to scratch.
Creating The Change
Hannah decided to do something and enlisted Danny’s help to make her dreams come to life. The couple worked together to build a local drop-off point for everyone in the neighborhood. Danny apparently loves to build things, so he collected scrap materials to bring the recycling cans to life.
As well as offering up the usual recycling options, Hannah and Danny’s project also gives people a place to recycle all kinds of other things. This includes bread packets, potato chip bags, contact lenses, baby food pouches, and coffee pods. To top it off, they even have a can dedicated to Tetra Pak packaging.
Plenty Of Success
So far, the couple’s plans have been so successful that people from far and wide come to recycle their items. Hannah says that when the cans are full, she merely drives around town, dropping them off at the relevant centers. Here, they are turned into plastic pellets that get used in things such as roofing or outdoor furniture.
Sometimes, a little extra effort can go a long way. Hannah and Danny were upset about the local recycling. Now, they have created a way to help the community keep recycling more items than they ever imagined in a few easy steps. It really was that simple!
25 Stars Who Couldn’t Get Enough of Their Furry Co-Stars
Among the many perks of being an actor, they get the chance to work with the most adorable animals. Of course, it’s no surprise that most of these icons end up falling in love with their fluffy co-stars, to the point that some even adopt when filming is over!
Robert Downey Jr.
Due Date is a 2010 comedy starring the great Robert Downey Jr. (Peter Highman) and Zack Galifianakis (Ethan Tremblay). There’s no doubt that Peter hated Ethan’s dog, Sunny. In reality, though, Downey couldn’t get enough of his four-legged co-star. During an interview with PEOPLE, trainer Mark Harden revealed that Downey would “put her in his lap and sit with her” in between takes. The actor even asked about adopting the French Bulldog and although Harden turned him down, he did promise to find Downey a similar pooch.
Ewan McGregor immediately fell in love with his furry co-star that played alongside him in Beginners. Cosmo, who played Arthur in the film, was a Jack Russel terrier. According to trainer Mathilde de Cagny, lots “of actors like dogs, and they’re happy to be in scenes with them, but they won’t go out of their way to have this relationship with them. Ewan did…” McGregor wanted to adopt Cosmo, but de Cagny couldn’t part with him, so the actor went to a shelter and adopted a dog of his own: a hypoallergenic poodle-terrier mix named Sid.
Brendan Fraser is an actor that clearly has a soft spot for animals. During the filming of the History Channel series Texas Rising, Fraser noticed that one particular horse was getting picked on by the other horses. This horse, Pecas (the Spanish word for freckles), never really fought back so Fraser took matters into his own hands. “I got this horse because it’s a big horse. Without doing too much — what’s the word? Anthropomorphic… anthropomorphizing… Without pretending that the animal is a human, he looked like he needed help. Like, get me out of here, man.”
Tiffany Haddish is an American actress and comedian. She starred in Key & Peele’s buddy action comedy film, Keanu. By the end of filming, Haddish had fallen in love with one of the seven kittens that portrayed Keanu in the film. During an interview with PEOPLE, trainer Larry Payne revealed that the feline’s original name was Clementine “but I think she changed it to Catatonic.” You can now see the tabby all grown up on Haddish’s Instagram account.
Quvenzhané Wallis starred as the lead in the 2014 version of Annie. Sandy was played by Marti, a sweet Golden Retriever-Chow rescue. Marti and Wallis fell in love with each other the moment they met. According to trainer Bill Berloni, “Quvenzhané happened to come into the office the day I was there, and she sat on the floor and Marti started licking her face. She had this instant bond. So we continued to facilitate Quvenzhané’s natural instincts with Marti, and they just became friends.”
You may recognize Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. After filming ended for Lord of the Rings, Mortensen ended up adopting one of the horses that he rode in the film. According to the actor himself, “I bought the one [horse] in Lord of the Rings even though I wasn’t with him all the time, I just developed a real good friendship with him. His name is Eurayus. He kind of came into the movie similar to the way I did.” He also purchased 14.2hh paint pony T.J. from his film Hidalgo.
Bringing Up Baby is a 1938 American screwball comedy film that follows a paleontologist in a number of predicaments involving a scatterbrained heiress and a leopard named Baby. Katherine Hepburn was apparently fearless when it came to dealing with and hanging around Nissa, the leopard that portrayed Baby in the film. Hepburn’s co-star, Cary Grant, didn’t seem to feel the same way though. It was reported that Grant wasn’t thrilled by Nissa’s presence and that a double was used whenever he and the leopard had to make contact.
Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress who made her film debut in the mid-seventies and she has had quite a career ever since. In 2008, she starred as Chloe’s mother/owner in Beverly Hills Chihuahua, an American family comedy. Chloe, who was voiced by Drew Barrymore, was portrayed by Papi. It turns out that after filming ended, Papi was going to be put down but was saved in a flash when Curtis decided to adopt her former four-legged co-star. This isn’t much of a surprise considering that Curtis has been rescuing dogs for about three decades.
Modern Family, an American television mockumentary family sitcom, recently just finished its eleventh and final season. Grandpa Jay Pritchett, portrayed by actor Ed O’Neill, is obsessed with his French Bulldog named Stella. The best part about this is that O’Neill and Brigitte, who portrays Stella, are actually best friends in real life too. According to trainer Guin Dill, “Ed is very concerned about her all the time, and he looks out for her. She’s really Ed’s dog. I couldn’t have asked for a better actor to work with.”
Transformers: The Last Knight is a 2017 American science fiction action film starring world-renowned actor, Sir Anthony Hopkins. Freya, a Staffordshire bull terrier with epilepsy, played alongside Hopkins in the film. She has since passed away but according to Freya’s owner, “she was in five or six scenes with Sir Anthony Hopkins and they got on fantastically. They all loved her. Freya was there with all the stars, there were helicopters, tanks, fast cars, and explosions. She was the only dog on set but was fantastic.”
The Artist is a French comedic drama starring Jean Dujardin and Uggie, a trained Parson Russel Terrier famous for other films including Water for Elephants. Although the film was released in 2011, it was set during the 1920s so the film is essentially a black-and-white celebration of the early film era. During an interview with trainer Sarah Clifford, it was revealed that “Jean was so awesome [with Uggie] and by three or four days I knew it was going to look so good.”
Believe it or not but old-time actress Elizabeth Taylor already knew her four-legged co-star before starring in National Velvet. It turns out that she had been riding King Charles at her country club for quite a while before personally choosing him to play her character’s horse in the film. King Charles was said to be a diva on set, biting crew members and only responding to Taylor. It’s clear that he and young Taylor had a special bond. For her 13th birthday, the studio even gave the child star King Charles as a gift.
Chris Evans is a self-proclaimed “dog lunatic” so it only makes sense that he and his pup companion are completely in love with each other. Evans was in the midst of filming the last scenes of his 2017 movie, Gifted, in a kennel when he found Dodger. “I foolishly walked in and I thought, ‘Are these actor dogs or are these real up for adoption dogs?’ And sure enough they were, so I was walking up and down the aisles, saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog.”
Will Smith and his I Am Legend furry co-star may have formed a strong bond on set but it wasn’t always smooth sailing. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, trainer Steve Berens reported that Abbey, who played Sam in the film, barked at Smith when they first met but the two ultimately fell in love with each other by the end of it all. Smith begged Berens to let him keep the dog but unfortunately “she has her own family. It was just another one of those fleeting Hollywood romances,” Smith said.
It appears that Turner developed a special connection with the Northern Inuit pup who played her direwolf Lady. After season 1, Turner convinced her mom to let her adopt her “wolf,” renaming her Zunni.
Former heartthrob actor Robert Redford starred in many films in his time, and is well known for playing rancher-type characters. So it might not be hard for you to imagine him as a big horse lover, and that was made ever more apparent when he worked on the film, The Electric Horseman. He met a beautiful horse with an odd name: Let’s Merge. Strange name aside, Redford just couldn’t part ways with him, and decided to give the horse a new home on his own ranch.
Legally Blonde is a 2001 American comedy film starring Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods. Like her character, Witherspoon and Moonie — the little Chihuahua pup who played Bruiser in the film — formed a very special bond. Their connection was so strong that Witherspoon took it upon herself to adopt the four-legged co-star so they could be forever friends. The little guy even showed his support by accompanying the actress when she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Daisy the beagle may not have lasted very long in the first John Wick film. When the sequel came around, though, there was a new pup onscreen. This time, a pitbull was chosen in order to go along with the grittier aesthetic of the movie. Burton, who plays Bubba alongside Reeves, was a rescue dog. During an interview with MTV News, Reeves revealed that he had spent plenty of time “hanging out” with his four-legged co-star to build up a rapport. Director Chad Stahleski described Burton as “the most gentle personality you could imagine for a pitbull.”
Sometimes stars find their pets on set, but sometimes they bring them with them. When Bradley Cooper recently directed and starred in hit movie A Star Is Born, he made a conscious choice to use his own dog, Charlie, in the film. He explained that he did it so that the relationship between his character and the dog would be more believable. The humorous star joked that after his dog became a star in his own right, he got a big head and “stopped taking his calls”.
Meet Manis the Orangutan. He and world-renowned actor, Clint Eastwood, starred together in Every Which Way but Loose. The American action comedy film followed the adventures of a trucker-turned prize-fighter named Philo Beddoe (played by Eastwood), and his pet orangutan Clyde (played by Manis). The film was released in December of 1978. According to Eastwood himself, Manis was “one of the most natural actors I ever worked with! But you had to get him on the first take because his boredom level was very limited.”
“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…” Wizard of Oz may be a little dated, as it was released in 1939, but this quote is still just as famous as the very pup that played Toto. The furry actor that played alongside Judy Garland was named Terry. She had originally been purchased as a house pet but was quickly dropped when her owners couldn’t potty train her. Eventually, though, Terry landed the role of Toto. Garland was so fond of her fluffy co-star that she took the pup home with her to recover when she fell ill.
James Gunn, director of The Guardians of the Galaxy, fell absolutely in love with the real-life raccoon that Rocket was modeled after. Gunn brought Oreo on set during filming because the cast just loved being around him. The little critter even accompanied Gunn on the red carpet during the film’s premiere. While Oreo has since passed away, the love for him still lives on. The news was announced on the superhero team’s Facebook page. The post read, “You have been an amazing ambassador for raccoons everywhere. You were perfect.”
Considering that Tom Hardy is a self-professed dog lover, it’s no surprise that “the love of the dog” drew him into playing the lead character in the film, The Drop. Hardy bonded with the pups who portrayed Rocco so much that he was able to actually convince the handler to let him adopt one of the pups so he could bring him home “to cuddle. I’d turn up at the apartment,” Hardy recalled, “and I’d have him over my shoulder, in my puffy jacket and my hood.”
Kim Novak, now a retired film and television actress, starred in the 1958 American Technicolor romantic comedy, Bell Book and Candle. Her character, Gillian Holroyd, was a modern-day witch living in New York City’s Greenwich Village. She had a Siamese fur-friend by her side at all times so it’s only fitting that by the end of filming, Novak actually adopted the little kitty who would go on to be regularly featured in the actress’ photoshoots for years to come.
Ahhhh Marley & Me — a heartwarming dog movie full of laughs, tears, and love. If you didn’t cry during the film, you’re obviously a robot. Even Jennifer Aniston cried when she had to say goodbye to her furry co-stars! A dog-lover in real life, Aniston was already a mom to Norman and Dolly when she started shooting the movie. She made such strong connections with all the puppies and adult dogs that portrayed Marley that, according to director David Frankel, “she came really close to adopting one. In the end, she felt she had her hands full.”