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Top 90 Eco Ideas in August

From Powerful Sustainable Superjets to Coffee Cup Gardens

— August 31, 2014 — Eco
The top August 2014 eco ideas reflect the world's growing ability to leverage the world's natural resources and existing products to create something new. This month saw a variety of artists drawing inspiration from various recycled goods. From discarded bicycle parts to sustainable wood and plots of sand, unusual -- yet environmentally friendly -- mediums are being used to create art.

Brands are also creating products that enable consumers to take charge of their own contributions to the environment. Items like garden starter kits from 'Seed Pantry' allows consumers to grow crops and food on abandoned lots. The Envirobank is a public machine in Sydney that gives away movie and bus tickets in exchange for trash and discarded plastic.

For more information on the ways brands are empowering consumers to be more green, visit Trend Hunter's Eco Trend Report.
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Plug-in Hybrid Autos
Plug-in Hybrid Autos
The AUDI A3 Sportback Provides an Eco-Friendly Option
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86
Idling Car Infographics
Idling Car Infographics
This Graph Visually Represents the Harm an Idling Vehicle Can Cause
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85
Solar Infrastructure
Solar Infrastructure
Editor Michael Hemsworth Discusses Sustainable Transportation Solutions
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84
Green Mining Solutions
Green Mining Solutions
Research on Nickel-Accumulating Plants Could Help with Mine Cleanup
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83
Coastline-Monitoring Drones
Coastline-Monitoring Drones
These Drones Will Detect Illegal Fishing on the Coast of Belize
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82
Clownfish-Killing Commercials
Clownfish-Killing Commercials
This Controversial Ad Aims to Protect the Great Barrier Reef
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81
Tent-Inspired Soccer Stadiums
Tent-Inspired Soccer Stadiums
Qatar's Al Bayt Stadium is Being Designed for the 2022 World Cup
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80
Hybrid Power Arrays
Hybrid Power Arrays
The World's Largest Wind-Solar Array was Installed by Windstream Technologies
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79
Pinball Machine Desks
Pinball Machine Desks
Artist Tim Sway Upcycles a Classic Arcade Console into a Piece of Furniture
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78
Absorbant Biodegradable Diapers
Absorbant Biodegradable Diapers
These Diapers are Composed of Jellyfish Flesh and Nanoparticles
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77
Smart Connected Urban Bikes
Smart Connected Urban Bikes
The BLACKLINE Bike is High-Tech with Navigation and Safety Gadgets
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76
Bartering Biomass Teahouses
Bartering Biomass Teahouses
The Methane Cafe is an Eco Cafe in Japan That Trades Trash for Tea
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75
Recycled Floating Parks
Recycled Floating Parks
This Project Recycles Plastic Trash to Prevent North Sea Pollution
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74
Business Card Metro Passes
Business Card Metro Passes
The Air Pollution-Reducing EcoCard Also Acts as Moscow Subway Ticket
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73
Coffee Cup Gardens
Coffee Cup Gardens
The Takeout Coffee Cup Garden Turns Wasteful Cups into Useful Green Spaces
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Pollution-Demonstrating Gardens
Pollution-Demonstrating Gardens
These Ozone Sensitive Plants Visibly React to Air Quality
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71
Recycled Waste Skyscrapers
Recycled Waste Skyscrapers
This Concept Skyscraper Will Be Built Using Residents' Recycled Waste
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70
Collapsible Eco Mugs
Collapsible Eco Mugs
This Smashing Travel Cup Design is Better for the Environment and Leak-Proof
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69
Formaldahyde-Free Nail Polishes
Formaldahyde-Free Nail Polishes
Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics Offers Luxe Eco-Friendly Varnishes
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68
Heat Exchange Drains
Heat Exchange Drains
This Eco Shower Device Uses Hot Water Waste To Heat Incoming Cold Water
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67
Wild Bamboo Bikes
Wild Bamboo Bikes
The Akomplice x Panda Bicycles Feature Bold Animal Stripes
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66
Recycled Soap Bottles
Recycled Soap Bottles
Ecover's New Dish Soap Bottle Raises Awareness on Ocean Plastic
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65
Mini Greenhouse Lighting
Mini Greenhouse Lighting
The Milo Lamp by Lightovo Holds Small Houseplants
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64
Energy-Generating Water Fowls
Energy-Generating Water Fowls
The Energy Duck is a Public Art Installation and Power Plant
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63
Self-Cooling Solar Cells
Self-Cooling Solar Cells
New Scientific Techniques From Stanford Result in Longer-Lasting Panels
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Solar Plant-Powered Schools
Solar Plant-Powered Schools
The Facility for Ecology Education Practices its Teachings
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61
Wallet-Friendly Incandescent Lighting
Wallet-Friendly Incandescent Lighting
The Edison LED Light Bulbs Boasts a Warm Vintage Glow
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60
Transformative Flyover Projects
Transformative Flyover Projects
The Friends of the Flyover Project is Audacious
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Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Concepts
Eco-Friendly Skyscraper Concepts
The Organic London Skyscraper Grows Out of Recycled Waste
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58
Energy-Efficient Cookware
Energy-Efficient Cookware
The Flare Pan by Dr. Thomas Povey Reinvents the Traditional Cooking Pot
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57
Leather Upholstery Accessories
Leather Upholstery Accessories
Wet Clay Repurposes Discarded Materials into Laser-Cut Bracelets
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56
Tree-Shaped Skyscrapers
Tree-Shaped Skyscrapers
Urban Skyfarm by Studio Aprilli Conceptualizes Vertical Farming in Korea
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55
Mobile Living Installations
Mobile Living Installations
'Truck-a-Tecture' Examines Adaptable Forms of Living
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54
Colorful Crime Scene Ads
Colorful Crime Scene Ads
Thermax Profetherm's Energy Saving Advertisement Shows Chalk Outlines
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53
All-Natural Baby Skincare
All-Natural Baby Skincare
Sleepy Owl Provides Therapeutic Products for New Moms
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52
Sustainable Wooden Artwork
Sustainable Wooden Artwork
The Prints on Wood Prints are Charmingly Aesthetic and Eco-Friendly
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Floating Solar Farms
Floating Solar Farms
This Floating Indian Solar Plant Will Be the Largest of its Kind in the World
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50
Recycled Skateboard Trophies
Recycled Skateboard Trophies
These Epic Trophies are for a Skateboard Charity Event
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49
Sandy Composer Portraits
Sandy Composer Portraits
A Beachy Schubert Announces the 2014 East Neuk Classical Music Festival
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Rooftop Garden Headquarters
Rooftop Garden Headquarters
Kickstarter's New Eco-Friendly Office Features a Green Roof Element
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Communal Rental Services
Communal Rental Services
Rentinue's Rental Directory Helps You Find and Locate Items for Rent
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Gorgeous Tape Portraits
Gorgeous Tape Portraits
Ghost in the Machine by Erika Simmons is Made Using Films and Cassettes
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45
Luxe Cork Accessories
Luxe Cork Accessories
Silvia Massacesi's Bag and Clutch Designs Embody Eco-Luxury
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Pet-Feeding Recycling Bins
Pet-Feeding Recycling Bins
This Unique Pet Feeder Trades Recycled Items for Pet Food
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Multihued Illuminated Sculptures
Multihued Illuminated Sculptures
This Solar-Powered Interactive Sculpture Benefitted Indian Slums
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Kaleidoscopic Hybrid Trees
Kaleidoscopic Hybrid Trees
Tree of 40 Fruit by Sam Van Aken is an Ambitious God-Like Project
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Vertical Urban Farms
Vertical Urban Farms
This City Farm Design Concept Aims to Localize Food Production
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Sandy Packaging Concepts
Sandy Packaging Concepts
This Sand Box Packaging is All Natural and Super Sustainable
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Sustainable Supermalls
Sustainable Supermalls
Dubai Has Plans to Build the World's Largest 'Air Conditioned City'
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Sustainable Wooden Sunglasses
Sustainable Wooden Sunglasses
Woodsies's Uber Cool Sunglasses are the Perfect Accessory for Summer
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Safari Flower Decor
Safari Flower Decor
Etsy's Moss Elephant Topiary Planter is Inspired by the Animal Kingdom
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Compact Electric Cars
Compact Electric Cars
Japan's Tommykaira ZZ Electric Sports Car is Small & Surprisingly Powerful
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Dying Electronic Ads
Dying Electronic Ads
These E-Waste Recycling Ads Show Keyboards and USBs on Sick Beds, Near Death
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Compact Modular Shelters
Compact Modular Shelters
The Vivood Shelter Can Be Easily Assembled in Just One Day
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Waste-Powered Supermarkets
Waste-Powered Supermarkets
This Sainsbury's Supermaket Will Be Powered by its Own Food Waste
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Recycled Bicycle Artwork
Recycled Bicycle Artwork
These Iconic Posters and Logos Were Made Using Bicycle Parts
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Vegetable Phone-Charging Walls
Vegetable Phone-Charging Walls
Microsoft's Phone Charging Wall is Powered by Potatoes and Apples
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Shapely Linking Planters
Shapely Linking Planters
Hookie's Hanging Planter Design Joins Up with Other Planters
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Space-Saving Backyard Cottages
Space-Saving Backyard Cottages
Urban Sustainability and Smart Growth is the Goal of This Concept
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Repurposed Sail Backpacks
Repurposed Sail Backpacks
These Sailing-Inspired Backpacks are Funky and Durable
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Cartoonish Mini Buses
Cartoonish Mini Buses
This Versatile Concept E-Car Has a Range of Technological Features
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Food Scrap Dining
Food Scrap Dining
The Salvage Supperclub Initiative Serves Food From Dumpsters in a 6 Course Meal
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Powerful Sustainable Superjets
Powerful Sustainable Superjets
Research for Nasa's N+3 Supersonic Jet Aims to Decrease Sonic Boom
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Saltwater-Powered Supercars
Saltwater-Powered Supercars
The Quant e-Sportlimousine is Powered by NanoFlowcell Technology
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Climate-Controlled Cities
Climate-Controlled Cities
Mall of the World Plans to be the First Indoor City
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Handmade Hanging Planters
Handmade Hanging Planters
This Air Plant Vase From Avolie Glass is Both Stunning and Practical
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Fashionable City Bikes
Fashionable City Bikes
The Paul Smith 531 is a Sleek Fixed Gear Bike for City Cyclists
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Bio-Digital City Structures
Bio-Digital City Structures
Urban Algae Canopy by ecoLogicStudio Cleans Air in Metropolises
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Printed Paper Flowers
Printed Paper Flowers
Art We Heart's Paper Plants are Perfect for Forgetful Green Thumbs
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Garden Starter Kits
Garden Starter Kits
Seed Pantry Encourages Growing Gardens on Abandoned Plots
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Geometric Beehive Sculptures
Geometric Beehive Sculptures
Artist Ren Ri Creates Artworks in a Biblical and Gambling Manner
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Stadium Housing Complexes
Stadium Housing Complexes
Casa Futebol Turns Unused Soccer Arenas into Low-Income Homes
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Jungle-Themed Planter Accessories
Jungle-Themed Planter Accessories
Urban Outfitters' Urban Grow Planters are Vividly Hued
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Sustainable Sophisticated Chargers
Sustainable Sophisticated Chargers
The Swich Wireless Charger is Viewer-Friendly from All Angles
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Floating Greenhouse Solutions
Floating Greenhouse Solutions
The Vereos Hydroponics Farm is Designed for Coastal Megacities
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Non-Electric Food Storage
Non-Electric Food Storage
The Mitti Cool Clay Fridge Prevents Food Waste in Developing Countries
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Water-Infused Eco Planters
Water-Infused Eco Planters
Etsy's The Zen Succulent Shop Features Unique Terrarium Designs
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Rustic Dockside Bars
Rustic Dockside Bars
The Dockyard Bar's Reclaimed Materials Design Uses Authentic Finishes
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Ultra Lightweight Bikes
Ultra Lightweight Bikes
The S-Works Mclaren Tarmac is 10% Lighter Than the Previous S-Works Tarmac
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Sweet Selfie Deliveries
Sweet Selfie Deliveries
Founder James Middleton Says Boomf's Next Step is Tricycle Delivery
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Ghastly Garbage Photography
Ghastly Garbage Photography
This Alarming Trash Photo Series Will Shock You
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Ultra Energy-Efficient Homes
Ultra Energy-Efficient Homes
BioCasa 82 is the First European Home With an LEED Platinum Rating
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Incentivized Recycling Machines
Incentivized Recycling Machines
The Envirobank Recycling Machine Offers Prizes for Cleaning Litter
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4
Opulent Urban Bikes
Opulent Urban Bikes
Gold Cycle One by Nikolaus Hartl Uses a Minimalist Design
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Floating Farming Systems
Floating Farming Systems
'Floating Responsive Agriculture' Will Likely be Tested in Singapore
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Purse-Like Takeout Bags
Purse-Like Takeout Bags
Gustav Karlsson Reimagines the Take Out Box to Be Chic and Eco-Friendly
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Compact Pop-Top Campers
Compact Pop-Top Campers
The Tail Feather MINI Camper is Affordable, Compact & Easy to Assemble
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