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Top 100 Eco Trends in 2015

From Personalized Backyard Pods to Conscientious Wooden Furniture

— January 30, 2016 — Eco
The top 2015 eco trends reveal emerging innovations in transportation, entertainment and dining that consumers are using to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

As more people embrace simplicity in life, the tiny house movement is booming. Some of the most creative small dwellings include solar-powered Ecocapsule pods, small-size cabins that borrow elements of fairy tale architecture, as well as small houses on wheels that cut living costs.

While downsizing to a tiny house is a rather drastic way to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, many consumers are also embracing urban gardening through kits and indoor plant gardens. Features from plant pots and gardens are also being worked into furniture in order to create more harmony between interiors, furniture and the outdoors.

In addition to highlighting some of the top patterns that are shaping the sustainability movement, the 2016 Trend Report dives into how conscious thinking is reshaping industries related to fashion, food, design and transportation.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Origami-Inspired Gift Wrap
Origami-Inspired Gift Wrap
This Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper Lets Users Celebrate Sustainably
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99
Eco Team-Building Retreats
Eco Team-Building Retreats
Long Point Eco Adventures Offers Skill-Building Activities & Adventure
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98
3D-Printed Solar Engines
3D-Printed Solar Engines
Andreas Haeuser's DIY Solar Energy Panels Have a Low-Temperature Engine
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97
Wristworn Ant Farms
Wristworn Ant Farms
The Ant Watch Creates a Small Ecosystem for You to Flaunt on Your Arm
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96
3D-Printed Auto Opportunities
3D-Printed Auto Opportunities
Researchers Point the Way to Innovative Applications in Car Making
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95
3D-Printed Clay Homes
3D-Printed Clay Homes
The 'Big Delta' Can Build a 3D-Printed House Quickly for Disaster Relief
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94
Eco Coffee Pods
Eco Coffee Pods
The Droops Coffeemaker Would Use Dissolvable Java Capsules for Responsible Brewing
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93
Submerged Mountain Museums
Submerged Mountain Museums
This Massive Concrete Structure is Partially Embedded in a Mountainside
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92
Air-Filtering Plant Guides
Air-Filtering Plant Guides
This Infographic Explains Purifying House Plants and Indoor Air Toxins
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91
Plug-Propped Lamps
Plug-Propped Lamps
The Wald Outlet Light is Freestanding and Anchored to the Socket
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90
Exotic Debonair Accessories
Exotic Debonair Accessories
The Fox Bow Tie Reveals One's Soft Side
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89
Sustainable Seaweed Furniture
Sustainable Seaweed Furniture
Jonas Edvard and Nikolaj Steenfatt Create Raw Chairs and Lamps
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88
Off-Grid Vacation Homes
Off-Grid Vacation Homes
This Vacation Home in Hawaii Cost Only $23,000 to Build
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87
Cantilevered Computer Tables
Cantilevered Computer Tables
Wall Laptop Desk Facilitates the Adaptation of Your Home Workstation
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86
Tilted Carbon-Neutral Architecture
Tilted Carbon-Neutral Architecture
This Zero Energy House is the Product of Snøhetta and ZEB
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85
Scroll Solar Chargers
Scroll Solar Chargers
Rollable Eco Gadget Harnesses the Sun's Energy to Keep Your Phone's Power On
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84
Toxic Surfing Photography
Toxic Surfing Photography
The 'HAZMAT Surfing' Series Imagines the Grim Future of Surfing
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83
Reused Tube Hangers
Reused Tube Hangers
Each Piece of the Trempel Collection is Cut from a Single Cardboard Pipe
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82
3D-Printed Cars (UPDATE)
3D-Printed Cars (UPDATE)
This Cutting-Edge Local Motors Creation is Now Production-Ready
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81
DIY Urban Farming Kits
DIY Urban Farming Kits
The Shroombox by Fungaea Will Help You Grow Fresh Ingredients at Home
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80
Personalized Backyard Pods
Personalized Backyard Pods
The 'Podzook' is a Sphere-Shaped Space Perfect for the Backyard
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79
Buttoned-Up Shipping Boxes
Buttoned-Up Shipping Boxes
This Box Packaging Design for WonderPix Uses Fewer Fasteners
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78
Wheel-Free Sports Cars
Wheel-Free Sports Cars
This New ‘Audi Concept’ Visualizes a Sleek Car Without Wheels
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77
Village-Inspired Homes
Village-Inspired Homes
The Tower House by Andrew Maynard Architects is a Throwback to Village Life
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76
Impenetrable Bike Tires
Impenetrable Bike Tires
These Rugged Tires Help Cyclists from Getting a Flat
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75
Portable Sub-Zero Homes
Portable Sub-Zero Homes
Leaf House Version.3 is Designed to Withstand Sub-Zero Temperatures
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74
Conscientious Wooden Furniture
Conscientious Wooden Furniture
'Ventura' Expressly Creates Environmentally Aware Furniture
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73
Hydroponic Home Gardens
Hydroponic Home Gardens
Earth Prime's Personal Garden Helps to Grow Inexpensive Food at Home
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72
Air Filtration Fashion
Air Filtration Fashion
Qiadan Yin Peng's Runway Collection Showcases Face Mask Designs
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71
Charming Micro-Apartments
Charming Micro-Apartments
This Small Apartment Features an Efficient Design in 200 Square Feet
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70
Shipping Container Pop-Ups
Shipping Container Pop-Ups
Taco Bell Opens Up an Eco-Friendly Store at SXSW
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69
Motorized Shoe-Strapped Accessories
Motorized Shoe-Strapped Accessories
Rollkers Electronic Shoes are Being Displayed at CES 2015
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68
House-Bus Cabins
House-Bus Cabins
This Couple Created a Vacation Home by Refurbishing a School Bus
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67
Desert Water Makers
Desert Water Makers
This Innovative Concept Imagines Gathering H2O in the Driest Conditions
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66
Rustic Mobile Offices
Rustic Mobile Offices
These Mobile Micro Offices Help Workers Escape the Office Cubicle
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65
Biodegradable Furniture Designs
Biodegradable Furniture Designs
This Alki Eco Chair is Made out of a 100% Bioplastic Material
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64
Eco Design Initiatives
Eco Design Initiatives
Do the Green Thing Promotes Earth Hour with a Collaborative Design Project
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63
Upcycled Plastic Sculptures
Upcycled Plastic Sculptures
Czech Artist Veronika Richterova Makes Creative Art from PET Plastics
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62
Recycled Tire Art
Recycled Tire Art
This Artwork Shows Tires Dissapearing into Streets and Walls
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61
3D-Printed Solar Cars
3D-Printed Solar Cars
Students at NTU Created a Futuristic Car Design with Additive Manufacturing
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60
Floor-Stored Dining Rooms
Floor-Stored Dining Rooms
This Tiny House Stores The Dining Table in the Floor and Bed in the Roof
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59
Hand-Written Wrappers
Hand-Written Wrappers
Hornea Bakery Packaging Would Come Personalized with Ingredients and Recipes
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58
Standing Hydroponic Gardens
Standing Hydroponic Gardens
This Vertical Gardening System is Automated with Electronics
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57
Sustainable Solar Homes
Sustainable Solar Homes
The NexusHaus Relies on Solar Power to Meet Its Energy Needs
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56
Cardboard Kids' Desks
Cardboard Kids' Desks
Flatpacked Furnishings Teach Youngsters the Process and Logic of Assembly
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55
Self-Sustaining Terrariums
Self-Sustaining Terrariums
Emma Sibley & Tom Murphy Create Beautiful Designs that Water Themselves
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54
Backyard Farming Kits
Backyard Farming Kits
AKER Supplies Homeowners with a Complete Set of Urban Farming Equipment
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53
Tiny Debt-Free Homes
Tiny Debt-Free Homes
Joel Weber Builds a 145 Square Feet House to Save on Room and Board
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52
Eco-Friendly Burial Pods
Eco-Friendly Burial Pods
Capsula Mundi Creates Coffin Containers that Act as Fertilizer for Trees
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51
Sustainable Tech Packaging
Sustainable Tech Packaging
Be Green Packaging Offers Eco-Friendly Solutions for Consumer Goods
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50
Shipping Container Gardens
Shipping Container Gardens
Cropbox Blends Greenhouses and Hydroponics for Mobile Farming
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49
Sustainable Bamboo Homes
Sustainable Bamboo Homes
Elora Hardy's Eco-Friendly Bamboo Homes are Breathtakingly Beautiful
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48
Multi-Mode Motorcycles
Multi-Mode Motorcycles
The 'Tesla Model M' Transitions from Race Mode to Eco Mode Via Computer
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47
Practical Eco Packaging
Practical Eco Packaging
This Washing Powder Pouch Demonstrates Great Material Resourcefulness
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46
Sustainable Forest Homes
Sustainable Forest Homes
Passive House Che is Located In a Romanian Forest
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45
Green Light Globe Boxes
Green Light Globe Boxes
Eco Light Bulb Packaging Uses Materials Resourcefully and Eschews Glue
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44
Solar Panel Windows
Solar Panel Windows
This Innovation Turns Solar Cell Technology Completely Transparent
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43
Returnable Shipping Boxes
Returnable Shipping Boxes
The 'There and Back Pack' is a Handy Return Shipping Box
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42
Low-Energy Bohemian Abodes
Low-Energy Bohemian Abodes
This Uniquely Shaped Wooden Bohemian House is Compact and Cozy
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41
Educational Packaging Toys
Educational Packaging Toys
IDEO.org Creates Eco-Friendly Packaging that Doubles as Playthings
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40
Converted Tiny Homes
Converted Tiny Homes
This Tiny Home is Actually a Converted Storehouse
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39
Autonomous Electric Vehicles
Autonomous Electric Vehicles
The Chevrolet FNR Concept Appeals to Young Chinese Consumers
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38
Spherical Underground Fridges
Spherical Underground Fridges
The Ground Fridge is a Modern Version of the Traditional Root Cellar
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37
Flat Packed Lamps
Flat Packed Lamps
The Kavo DIY Table Lamp Lets the Buyer Participate in the Building
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36
Siamese Beverage Sleeves
Siamese Beverage Sleeves
This Double Beer Carrier is Resourceful in Both Material and Function
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35
Open Source Floating Homes
Open Source Floating Homes
The Floating House is Designed By Carl Turner Architects
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34
Quick Assembly Boxes
Quick Assembly Boxes
This Smart Cardboard Box Design Uses 15% Less Material and No Tape
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33
Deluxe Dorm-Style Hotels
Deluxe Dorm-Style Hotels
Mezzanine Hotel Rooms Demonstrate Creative Shifts in Luxury Accommodation
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32
Smart Greenhouses
Smart Greenhouses
The SmartGreenHouse Offers a Twist on Urban Gardening
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31
Sophisticated Sidecar Bicycles
Sophisticated Sidecar Bicycles
This Sidecar Bike is Perfect for Cruising Down the Boardwalk
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30
Playful Snack Blocks
Playful Snack Blocks
Varvara Komarova's Snack Packaging Concept Doubles as a Toy for Kids
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29
DIY Mason Jar Gardens
DIY Mason Jar Gardens
This Home Herb Garden Tutorial is Practical, Eco-Conscious and Adorable
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28
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Villas
Inexpensive 3D-Printed Villas
This Mind-Blowing House Was Built in Just 10 Days Using a 3D Printer
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27
Tiny Off-Grid Cabins
Tiny Off-Grid Cabins
This Secluded Cabin Comes Equipped with Everything You Need to Get Away
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26
Solar-Powered Micro Homes
Solar-Powered Micro Homes
The New 'Ecocapsule' Homes Make It Easy to Live Off the Grid
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25
Waste Container Swimming Pools
Waste Container Swimming Pools
The 'Pool Box' is Housed Inside of an Old Dumpster
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24
Vertical Aeroponic Gardens
Vertical Aeroponic Gardens
LA Urban Farms' Tower Gardens Save Water, Space and Time
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23
Recycled Concrete Homes
Recycled Concrete Homes
This Australia Architect Used Recycled Materials to Create an Eco Dwelling
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22
High-Tech Hybrid Bicycles
High-Tech Hybrid Bicycles
The 'Ginzvelo' Can Travel Up to 100 Miles on a Single Charge
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21
Compact Eight-Person Homes
Compact Eight-Person Homes
The 'ESCAPE Traveler XL' is a Portable Large Family Home
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20
Eco-Friendly Underground Mansions
Eco-Friendly Underground Mansions
This Luxe Underground Dwelling Minimizes the Use of Green Space
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19
DIY Desk Lamps
DIY Desk Lamps
This Plywood Light Was Designed to Be Assembled by the User
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18
Fashion-Forward Breathing Masks
Fashion-Forward Breathing Masks
Airinum Designed Stylish Urban Masks That Filter Air Pollution
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17
Tapered Cosmetic Packaging
Tapered Cosmetic Packaging
This Cosmetic Packaging Design Features Reusable Boxes and Pouches
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16
Accordion Eco Packaging
Accordion Eco Packaging
This Cardboard Box Design Can Ship Contents of Various Volumes
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15
Whimsical Fairytale Cabins
Whimsical Fairytale Cabins
This Distorted Cabin is Reminiscent of Classic Storybook Homes
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14
Compact Furniture Collections
Compact Furniture Collections
The Travelbox Set Moves Where You Move, Complete with a Bed and More
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13
Eco Garden Kits
Eco Garden Kits
The Vive Planting Set Prepares Kids for Easily Growing Greenery in Their Backyards
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12
Sustainable Micro Dwellings
Sustainable Micro Dwellings
Chris Heininge's Small Living Space is Only 280 Square Feet
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11
Eco Jumbo Jets
Eco Jumbo Jets
The Progress Eagle Aircraft Seats 800 and Employs Sustainable Energy
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10
Eco Popsicle Packaging
Eco Popsicle Packaging
Vegetable and Fruit Treats are Wrapped in Green, Recyclable Sleeves
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9
Smart Modular Microfarms
Smart Modular Microfarms
These Connected Greenhouse Create Rooftop Gardens in Urban Areas
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8
Futuristic Ecological City Blueprints
Futuristic Ecological City Blueprints
Vincent Callebaut Imagines What Paris 2050 Will look Like
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7
Burger Delivery Boxes
Burger Delivery Boxes
Sierra Nevada Takeout Packaging Arranges Your Combo Meal Compactly
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6
Futuristic Grocer Concepts
Futuristic Grocer Concepts
Carlo Ratti Associati Imagines the Future of Supermarkets as Digital
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5
Flat-Packed Tabletop Workstations
Flat-Packed Tabletop Workstations
Adjustable Standing Desks Make it Simple to Set Up Shop Anywhere
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4
Mystic Woodland Installations
Mystic Woodland Installations
Ione Thorkelsson's 'Arboreal Fragments' Mixes Ecology and Design
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3
Community Hub Supermarkets
Community Hub Supermarkets
This Award-Winning Whole Foods Austin Location is a Retail Playground
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2
Complete Lunch Kits
Complete Lunch Kits
Al Parque's Portable Lunch Box Design Totes a Salad, Sandwich and Drink
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1
Futuristic Electric Bicycles
Futuristic Electric Bicycles
Società Piemontese Automobili Designs a Modern and Minimalist Concept
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