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Top 100 Eco Trends in 2016

From Passive House Factory Standards to Recycled Fast Fashion

— January 30, 2017 — Eco
As efforts towards curbing climate change grow and also face constant resistance from powerful politicians and corporations, the 2016 eco trends have become much more broad in their scope. While not yet changing enough to halt the constant progression of climate change, industries are becoming increasingly aware of their impact on the environment and the need to adopt ideas and innovations that will reduce this impact. Some of the more prominent themes associated with this trend exist in the form of sustainable architecture and the slow but progressing transformations of industries that have a particularly strong negative impact on the environment.

'Passive House' is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency in buildings, and an increasing number of architects are using this measure when creating homes to be more friendly to the environment. The company BC Passive House takes this one step further – it not only provides prefabricated panels for houses built using this standard, it also employs the standards in its own factory.

As consumers become more focused on lessening their personal environmental impact, the term "fast fashion" is slowly becoming a bad word among those who understand its consequences on the environment. Fast fashion companies are taking note of this fact and are slowly beginning to incorporate more eco-friendly practices into their business models. An example of this exists in Urban Outfitters' limited edition 'Rework' collection – which features clothes made from scrap fabrics. While the fast fashion industry will never be truly environmentally friendly due to its very definition, its attempts at becoming so indicate a significant shift in consumers' priorities and values.

There are many ways in which eco-friendly practices can be incorporated into brands' and companies' business models, whether it is in their production processes or in the causes they financially support. Trend Hunter's annual conference Future Festival offers insights in how to harness ideas that can range across industries, a tool that could be particularly useful in companies' goals to lessen their environmental impact.
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Freshness
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Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings
Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings
These Sick-Pack Rings Double as Fish Food & Cause Less Harm & Danger
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98
Biodegradable Furniture Sprays
Biodegradable Furniture Sprays
Murchison-Hume's Furniture Spritzer Acts as a Duster for Furniture
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97
Sustainable Stain Removers
Sustainable Stain Removers
Earth Friendly Products' Spray Eliminates Organic Stains and Odor
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96
Wooden Coffee Scoops
Wooden Coffee Scoops
These Scoops Were Made from Different Pieces of Coffee Wood
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95
Biodegradable Nanotech Hygiene Products
Biodegradable Nanotech Hygiene Products
This New Material Helps Make Sanitary Products Eco
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94
Charitable Men's Clothing
Charitable Men's Clothing
Virtu Offers High Quality Clothing That Empowers Communities
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93
Reusable Cup Deposit Programs
Reusable Cup Deposit Programs
This German Program Aims to Reduce Environmental Waste
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92
Non-Toxic Nail Polish Kits
Non-Toxic Nail Polish Kits
This Neutral Nail Polish Boasts No Harmful Additives or Chemicals
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91
Popcorn-Infused Teas
Popcorn-Infused Teas
This Sweet Green Tea Evokes Feelings of Going to the Movies
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90
Powdered Plant Deodorants
Powdered Plant Deodorants
The Meow Meow Natural Antiperspirant Includes a Biodegradable Packaging
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89
Edible Six-Pack Rings
Edible Six-Pack Rings
Saltwater Brewery's Beer Six-Pack Feeds Ocean Life
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88
Elegant Oak Laptop Carriers
Elegant Oak Laptop Carriers
These Wooden MacBook Cases Have a Sustainable and Beautiful Design
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87
Coconut Oil-Based Laundry Soaps
Coconut Oil-Based Laundry Soaps
Charlie Banana's Laundry Soap is Made for Washing Cloth Diapers
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86
Upcycled Clock Designs
Upcycled Clock Designs
This Collection of Clocks is Made from Recycled Skateboards
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85
Biodegradable Coffee Capsules
Biodegradable Coffee Capsules
The Ethical Coffee Company Biodegradable Coffee Capsules are Eco
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84
Travel-Friendly Pants
Travel-Friendly Pants
These Pants Were Designed to Be Both Sustainable and Comfortable
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83
Hemp Seed Soaps
Hemp Seed Soaps
The Dope on a Rope Soap is Made from Coconuts and Natural Ingredients
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82
Limited-Item Fashion Brands
Limited-Item Fashion Brands
This Quality Fashion Brand Runs on an Unusual Business Concept
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81
Wood-Made T-Shirts
Wood-Made T-Shirts
These Comfortable T-Shirts are Made from a Wooden Textile
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80
Longevity-Focused Men's Fashion
Longevity-Focused Men's Fashion
The Brand Oscar Millennium Provides Sustainable Clothing
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79
Zero Waste Deodorants
Zero Waste Deodorants
Becky Boo's 'Underarm' Organic Natural Deodorant is Made Without Waste
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78
Carbon-Neutral Soap Collections
Carbon-Neutral Soap Collections
The Brand 'Ecos' Offers Environmentally Friendly Hygiene Products
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77
Fair-Trade Botanical Cosmetics
Fair-Trade Botanical Cosmetics
This Skin Care Company Focuses on Economic Empowerment
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76
Eco-Friendly Cork Backpacks
Eco-Friendly Cork Backpacks
These Bags Were Designed to Help Counter the Effects of Fast Fashion
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75
Object-Retrieving Pills
Object-Retrieving Pills
The Origami Robot Pills Can Retrieve Small Accidentally Ingested Objects
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74
Biodegradable Foam Food Containers
Biodegradable Foam Food Containers
'100BIO' by Tag Packaging is Capable of Being Composted
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73
Sustainably Sourced Candle Collections
Sustainably Sourced Candle Collections
These Modern Candles are Free of Soy and Wax Ingredients
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72
Ethical Comfort Clothing
Ethical Comfort Clothing
'PonyBabe' is Focused on Ethical Production and Sustainability
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71
Reclaimed 90s-Inspired Clothing
Reclaimed 90s-Inspired Clothing
Topshop Has Released its New Eco-Friendly 'Reclaim' Collection
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70
Non-Toxic Workout Wear
Non-Toxic Workout Wear
Recycled PET is Sustainably Used by 'Yoga Democracy' for Hip Activewear
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69
Sustainable Water Filterers
Sustainable Water Filterers
The 'OE' Water Filtering Carafe Warns When to Change the Filter
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68
Milk-Made Eco Fabrics
Milk-Made Eco Fabrics
Qmilk Creates Sustainable Fabric Made From Milk Ingredients
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67
Petrochemical-Free Cosmetic Soaps
Petrochemical-Free Cosmetic Soaps
The Tangent GC TGC100 Liquid Soaps are Free of Preservatives
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66
Small-Batch Beauty Products
Small-Batch Beauty Products
These Aromatic Products Were Designed for Bath and Skincare Rituals
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65
Recycled Chain Store Clothing
Recycled Chain Store Clothing
Urban Outfitters' New Clothing Line Features Repurposed Fabric
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64
Biodegradable Bamboo Cutting Sheets
Biodegradable Bamboo Cutting Sheets
The 'CleanCutting' Bamboo Sheets Can be Discarded After Use
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63
Reclaimed Wood Timepieces
Reclaimed Wood Timepieces
The Tempus Men's Dress Watches are Eco-Friendly and Stylish
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62
Chic Eco-Friendly Tampons
Chic Eco-Friendly Tampons
Kali Subscription Boxes Offer Organic Tampons and Prettier Periods
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61
Biodegradable Champagne Packaging
Biodegradable Champagne Packaging
Naturally Clicquot is Veuve's New Environmental Initiative
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60
Sustainable Flaxen Chairs
Sustainable Flaxen Chairs
The 'Flax Chair' is Built Entirely from the Linen-like Material
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59
Detachable Yogurt Spoons
Detachable Yogurt Spoons
'The Clever House' Created Spoons for On-the-Go Snacks
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58
Soap-Based Packaging
Soap-Based Packaging
Bennison's Creative Clothing Packaging is Made of Biodegradable Soap Paper
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57
Biodegradable Chapstick Packaging
Biodegradable Chapstick Packaging
Rocky Mountain Soap Co' Lip Quench Balms Are Potted in Paper
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56
Sustainable Solid Shampoos
Sustainable Solid Shampoos
Ethnique Solid Shampoo Eliminates Plastic Packaging to Be Eco-Friendly
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55
Resin-Encased Desk Decor
Resin-Encased Desk Decor
These Functional Items Come in the Form of Wood Wrapped in Resin
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54
Chic Recycled Clothing
Chic Recycled Clothing
'I AM NOT A VIRGIN' Creates Recycled Clothes Using Discarded Plastic
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53
All-Natural Wood Watches
All-Natural Wood Watches
The 'True North' Collection is Inspired by Outdoor Adventures
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52
Organic Feminine Hygiene Products
Organic Feminine Hygiene Products
The Oi Sanitary Product Branding is Focused on Being Educational
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51
Sustainable Paper Accessories
Sustainable Paper Accessories
CulCreat's Unique Products Utilize Durable Washed Kraft Paper
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50
Biodegradable Fungi Chairs
Biodegradable Fungi Chairs
The Terreform ONE Seat is Temporal With a Make of Compostable Mushrooms
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49
Biodegradable Toothbrush Packaging
Biodegradable Toothbrush Packaging
The GreenPanda Bamboo Toothbrush Comes in a Plant-Based Package
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48
Biodegradable Paint Products
Biodegradable Paint Products
Crew Powder Mix Paint is Zero VOC for Eco-Friendly Vibrant Interiors
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47
Biodegradable 3D-Printed Chairs
Biodegradable 3D-Printed Chairs
The 'Claw' Two-Legged Chair Features a Porous Aesthetic
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46
Flax Hemp Apparel
Flax Hemp Apparel
FREITAG's Fashion Line Includes 100% Biodegradable Clothing in Unisex Styles
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45
Handcrafted Sustainable Jewelry
Handcrafted Sustainable Jewelry
Designer Amado Gudek Makes Eco-friendly Jewelry Pieces
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44
Disposable Tree Stump Grills
Disposable Tree Stump Grills
This Disposable BBQ Provides an Eco-Friendly Grilling Solution
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43
Foraged Forest Jewelry
Foraged Forest Jewelry
Erin LaRocque Creates Delicate Eco-Friendly Pendants
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42
Recycled Wooden Stools
Recycled Wooden Stools
HATTERN Uses Upcycled Designs for Pieces That Make Little Waste
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41
Passive House Factories
Passive House Factories
This Sustainable Factory's Design Lives Up to The Company's Purpose
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40
Recycled Wire Jewelry
Recycled Wire Jewelry
These Eco-Friendly Pendants are Partially Made from Discarded TVs
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39
Straw-Based Packaging
Straw-Based Packaging
'Npulp' is Form of Eco-Friendly Packaging Made from Straw Waste
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38
Strong Eco Coffee Packaging
Strong Eco Coffee Packaging
The La Colombe Wholesale Coffee Packaging is Sustainable
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37
Solar-Powered Eco-Cabins
Solar-Powered Eco-Cabins
These Resort Cabins Offer An Eco-Friendly Vacation Stay
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36
Indoor Gardening Systems
Indoor Gardening Systems
The 'Summit Grow Lab' Allows Users to Set Up an Urban Garden Anywhere
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35
Biodegradable Burial Suits
Biodegradable Burial Suits
The Infinity Burial Suit is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Cremation
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34
Biodegradable Algae Bottles
Biodegradable Algae Bottles
Ari Jónsson Develops Environmentally Friendly Bottles Out of Seaweed
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33
Artistic Plastic Igloos
Artistic Plastic Igloos
The PolyShell is an Igloo Constructed Out of Recycled Plastic
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32
Tubular Tree Abodes
Tubular Tree Abodes
Aibek Almassov Designs a House that Wraps Around a Fully Grown Tree
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31
Cuisine-Enhancing Farm Boxes
Cuisine-Enhancing Farm Boxes
The U-ING Hydroponic Grow System Keeps Fresh Herbs Constantly Growing
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30
Expansive Family Dwellings
Expansive Family Dwellings
This Large Family Home is Designed to Accommodate Familial Additions
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29
Abstract Sustainable Stools
Abstract Sustainable Stools
These Chairs Have Atypical Shapes and an Eco-Friendly Design
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28
Flood-Proof River Refuges
Flood-Proof River Refuges
This Floating Pavilion Reacts to the Rise and Fall of the Water Way
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27
Reclaimed Redwood Homes
Reclaimed Redwood Homes
This Home Is Almost Entirely Made Up of Reclaimed Materials
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26
Flatpack Portable Shelters
Flatpack Portable Shelters
These Shelters Were Designed for Emergency Situations
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25
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
These Eco-Friendly Bags Provide an Alternative to Plastic
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24
Technology-Upcycling Projects
Technology-Upcycling Projects
This Company Released New Designs for Its Annual Recycling Project
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23
Portable At-Home Greenhouses
Portable At-Home Greenhouses
Design House Stockholm's Miniature Greenhouse Brings the Outdoors In
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22
Agricultural Wall Art
Agricultural Wall Art
These Agricultural Art Pieces Work as Small Ecosystems That Decorate Homes
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21
Car Pop-Up Campers
Car Pop-Up Campers
The BlackFin Camper Box is a Hard-Shell Pop-Up Tent
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20
Sustainable Glass Homes
Sustainable Glass Homes
This Natural Family Home is Covered by a Sustainable Dome
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19
Efficient Energy Homes
Efficient Energy Homes
Studio 804's New York Street Passive House is Ecological for the Future
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18
Multi-Hued Wood Tables
Multi-Hued Wood Tables
Romain Luppi Uses Dead Wood to Create These Unique Tables
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17
Next-Gen Sustainable Buildings
Next-Gen Sustainable Buildings
This Sustainable Building Design Sets a New Standard for the Future
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16
Eco-Friendly Glamping Cabins
Eco-Friendly Glamping Cabins
These Triangular Cabins are Designed for Luxury Camping Trips
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15
Streamlined Electric Bike Concepts
Streamlined Electric Bike Concepts
This Bike Features an Electric Motor System and a Carbon Frame
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14
Solar Canopy Designs
Solar Canopy Designs
Brooklyn SolarWorks Creates Canopies to Make the Most of Rooftop Space
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13
Sustainable Rammed-Earth Houses
Sustainable Rammed-Earth Houses
Casa Candelareia is Built from Soil Excavated On-Site
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12
Personal Takeout Packaging
Personal Takeout Packaging
These WR/BR To-Go Kits Turn Cafeteria Grub Into Convenient Fast Food
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11
Dual-Seat Electric Bikes
Dual-Seat Electric Bikes
The Ruckus Bike Has an Extra-Long Cushion Designed for Passengers
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10
Eco Plant Packaging
Eco Plant Packaging
'Grow with Me' Herb Garden Kits Come in Double-Duty Biodegradable Boxes
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9
Transforming Recycled Shopping Bags
Transforming Recycled Shopping Bags
This H&M Packaging Concept Transforms into a Clothing Hanger
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8
Tiny Prefabricated Houses
Tiny Prefabricated Houses
This Eco-Friendly Home Can Be Set Up Quickly
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7
Transformative Shirt Packaging
Transformative Shirt Packaging
This Shirt Packaging Design Changes into a Clothing Hanger
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6
Biodegradable Food Packaging
Biodegradable Food Packaging
This Material Has a Low Impact on the Environment
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5
Stilted Solar Homes
Stilted Solar Homes
The Sustainable ZED Pods Can Be Installed in Parking Lots
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4
Chic Shipping Container Homes
Chic Shipping Container Homes
The Honomobo Shipping Container Living Spaces Satisfy Needs
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3
Eco Prefab Homes
Eco Prefab Homes
This Wood House by ArchiBlox Features a Green Roof and Sustainable Wood
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2
Compact Sustainable Homes
Compact Sustainable Homes
'That House' In Melbourne Features Solar & Rainwater Collection Systems
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1
Prefabricated Guest Homes
Prefabricated Guest Homes
This Tiny Guest House Has All the Basic Amenities of Most Houses
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