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Top 90 Eco Ideas in August

From Sustainable Meal Delivery Kits to Reusable Takeout Containers

— August 27, 2017 — Eco
As the August 2017 eco trends demonstrate, restaurants and other food purveyors are warming up to the idea of more eco-friendly ways of doing business. No longer are they simply focused on the issue of food waste, but packaging is now receiving a great deal more attention.

Though a fairly new concept, meal kit delivery services are generating a great deal of waste. As a result, there have been efforts to make the services far more sustainable in the long run. One example is the recyclable shipping boxes from Hello Fresh, which are made from a blend of recycled and virgin fibers.

Beyond meal kits, takeout containers continue to be a major problem for large and small restaurants alike. Some of the eco-friendly initiatives that are combating this issue include La Tour Café's new wheat straw-based boxes, Handsome Her's to-go mug wall and Brooklyn's Shareware program.
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Micropollutant-Removing Water Processes
Micropollutant-Removing Water Processes
This Electrochemical System Deals With Tiny Concentrations
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88
Solar-Powered Street Furniture
Solar-Powered Street Furniture
The Platio Panels Let Public Walkways and Benches Harvest Energy
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87
Lichen-Like Carpeting
Lichen-Like Carpeting
Mohawk Group Has Created a Collection of Lichen Carpeting Inspired by Nature
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86
Elevated NYC-Inspired Parks
Elevated NYC-Inspired Parks
The Camden Highline Will Transform an Old Railway into a Green Park
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85
Trailblazing Weather Forecasting Startups
Trailblazing Weather Forecasting Startups
ClimaCell Offers Ultra-Precise Weather-Tracking Services
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84
CO2-Neutral Diapers
CO2-Neutral Diapers
The ATTITUDE Diapers Contain Only Worry-Free Ingredients
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83
Empowering Environment Apps
Empowering Environment Apps
The Greenie App Equips You to Help Fight Climate Change
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82
Alternative Energy Plants
Alternative Energy Plants
This First of Its Kind Power Plant Can Generate Energy on Demand
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81
Batteryless Cellphones
Batteryless Cellphones
University of Washington Researchers Developed a Battery-Free Cellphone
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80
Natural Allergen-Free Diapers
Natural Allergen-Free Diapers
The Bambo Eco-Friendly Diapers are Free From Chemicals
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79
Biodegradable Unbleached Diapers
Biodegradable Unbleached Diapers
The Eco by Naty Diapers Don't Have Oil-Based Plastics
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78
Single-Use Cup Bans
Single-Use Cup Bans
Vancouver's City Council is Considering a Ban on Disposable Coffee Cups
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77
Plant-Based Water Filters
Plant-Based Water Filters
'Drop by Drop' Uses a Self-Contained Filtration System to Purify Water
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76
Employee Perk Bike Shares
Employee Perk Bike Shares
LimeBike's Bike Share Program Can Now Be Offered as Employee Perks
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75
GMO-Free Natural Diapers
GMO-Free Natural Diapers
The Moltex Biodegradable Diapers Aren't Tested on Animals
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74
Semi-Permanent Parking Lots
Semi-Permanent Parking Lots
Rollpark is a Cost-effective Rollable Parking Lot
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73
Eco Sports Team Diapers
Eco Sports Team Diapers
The Honest Company MLB Team Diapers Celebrate America's Favorite Pastime
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72
Repurposed Coffee Ground Apparel
Repurposed Coffee Ground Apparel
Rumi X Offers Yoga Apparel Made From Eco-Friendly Materials
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71
Bus-Battery Swapping Startups
Bus-Battery Swapping Startups
This Indian Startup Makes Electric Buses More Convenient To Operate
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70
Biodegradable Pet Burial Vessels
Biodegradable Pet Burial Vessels
Paw Pods Offers a Unique Burial Option for Pets
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69
Water-Resistant Cardboard Cups
Water-Resistant Cardboard Cups
Kotkamills' Eco-Friendly Disposable Cups are Chemical-Free
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68
Sustainable Car Component Backpacks
Sustainable Car Component Backpacks
The 'Airpaq' Backpacks are Crafted from Seat Belts and Airbags
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67
Single-Pedal Electric Cars
Single-Pedal Electric Cars
The Nissan e-Pedal Replaces the Need for Two Separate Pedals
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66
Treed School Complexes
Treed School Complexes
The Cornebarrieu School Complex Tackles Environmental Challenges
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65
Interactive Zoo Apps
Interactive Zoo Apps
The Pittsburgh Zoo's App Combines Selfie Revelry With An Educational Message
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64
Efficient Cooling Mattress Pads
Efficient Cooling Mattress Pads
The Cool Buddy Air Conditioned Mattress Pad Saves Energy at Night
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63
Free-From Household Cleaners
Free-From Household Cleaners
Fresh Thyme's Household Cleaning Products Tout Natural Ingredients
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62
Solar Panel-Sheathed Trains
Solar Panel-Sheathed Trains
This Eco-Friendly Train Was Introduced By Indian Railways
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61
Celebratory Vegan Handbags
Celebratory Vegan Handbags
The Matt & Natt x Indigo Capsule Collection Celebrates Canada 150
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60
Zero Waste Breads
Zero Waste Breads
River Road Bakehouse's Artisan Bread Reduces Food Waste
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59
Fuel-Free Solar Catamarans
Fuel-Free Solar Catamarans
The SoelCat 12 Carries 16 Passengers without the Need for Fuel
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58
Sunlight-Optimizing Solar Vehicles
Sunlight-Optimizing Solar Vehicles
This Solar-Powered Car Maximizes Sunlight Exposure When Parked
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57
Repurposed Coffee Husk Mugs
Repurposed Coffee Husk Mugs
The HuskeeCup Collection is Made From Repurposed Waste
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56
Container-Grown Strawberries
Container-Grown Strawberries
Agricool Grows Organic Strawberries in Their Containers
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55
Energy-Collecting Smart Windows
Energy-Collecting Smart Windows
The Physee 'PowerWindows' are an Eco-Friendly Design Option
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54
Topless EV Successors
Topless EV Successors
The Tesla Roadster Y Concept is a Radical Sequel to the Company's First Car
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53
Sliding Glass Roofs
Sliding Glass Roofs
This Environmentally Friendly Shopping Center is Illuminated by Natural Light
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52
Window-Suctioned Solar Chargers
Window-Suctioned Solar Chargers
The 'Windows Solar Charger' Sticks to Glass for a Clean Charge
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51
Tough Recycled Parachute Totes
Tough Recycled Parachute Totes
The 'Crapchute' Carrying Bags are Crafted from Premium Fabric
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50
100% Recycled Jackets
100% Recycled Jackets
The Jack Wolfskin Waterproof Coats are Made Wholly Out of Recycled Materials
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49
Mushroom-Blended Burgers
Mushroom-Blended Burgers
The Sonic Burger Blends Mushrooms and Beef for a Smaller Carbon Footprint
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48
Woven Coconut Shell Handbags
Woven Coconut Shell Handbags
The Kantala Vegan Handbags are Made from Natural Materials
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47
Reclaimed Billboard Bags
Reclaimed Billboard Bags
These Billboard Advertisements Will Be Recycled into Unique Bags
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46
Drink-Filled Backpacks
Drink-Filled Backpacks
The Pikpak Lets You Drink Straight from Your Backpack
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45
Sustainable Cannabis Houses
Sustainable Cannabis Houses
The Walls of This Home in Israel are Made Out of Hemp and Concrete
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Converted Ocean Plastic Packaging
Converted Ocean Plastic Packaging
Lush Cosmetics is Seeking Out New Eco-Friendly Packaging Items
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Stylish Recycled Tote Bags
Stylish Recycled Tote Bags
Waste Studio Makes Totes from Recycled Advertising Banners
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42
Eco Taxi Services
Eco Taxi Services
Quebec's Teo Taxis are Equipped With Free Wi-Fi and Tablets
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41
Sustainable Meal Delivery Kits
Sustainable Meal Delivery Kits
The Meal Delivery Service HelloFresh Offers an Eco-Friendly Box
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40
Connected Beehive Monitors
Connected Beehive Monitors
BuzzBox Helps Apiarists Track Their Colonies
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39
Rescued Food Restaurants
Rescued Food Restaurants
The Newly Opened Rice Bar Turns Food Waste into Delicious Creations
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38
Vehicle-Branded Bike Sharing
Vehicle-Branded Bike Sharing
The Ford Gobikes Offer a New Bike Share Program to the Bay Area
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37
Urine-Powered Festival Displays
Urine-Powered Festival Displays
This Year's Glastonbury Festival Produced Energy Using 'Pee-Power'
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36
Recycled Plastic Patio Furniture
Recycled Plastic Patio Furniture
The 'CARIBE' Series for 'ames' is Both Fun and Functional
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35
Scrap Plastic Tables
Scrap Plastic Tables
TINGE Tables by Ulrike Jurklies Don't Require Tools or Hardware for Assembly
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34
Energy-Producing Homes
Energy-Producing Homes
Harvard's HouseZero Outputs a Net Energy Gain
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33
Geothermal Heating Start-Ups
Geothermal Heating Start-Ups
Google's 'Dandelion' Will Use the Earth to Heat and Cool Homes
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32
Prescription Bottle Lamp Shades
Prescription Bottle Lamp Shades
This Whimsical Lamp was Upcycled from Empty Prescription Bottles
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31
High Pressure Portable Showers
High Pressure Portable Showers
The Helio Pressure Shower Offers 7 Minutes of Pressurized Water
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30
Wheat Straw Takeout Containers
Wheat Straw Takeout Containers
La Tour's New Containers Can Be Used for Dining In or Takeout
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Vertical Urban Forests
Vertical Urban Forests
The Hawthorn Tower is Set to Be Holland's First Vertical Garden
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Upcycled Material Dog Beds
Upcycled Material Dog Beds
The Toad & Co. Eco Dog Bed Hasn't Been Treated with Additional Dyes
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Luxury Eco-Friendy Cosmetics
Luxury Eco-Friendy Cosmetics
Kjaer Weis is the First Luxury Organic and Eco-Friendly Makeup Line
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Zero-Pollution Energy Generators
Zero-Pollution Energy Generators
The G.E.O.D Backup Electric Generator Creates No Emissions
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Rain-Filled Public Benches
Rain-Filled Public Benches
The Tropic City Bench Collects and Circulates Rainwater
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Conceptual Succulent Planting Kits
Conceptual Succulent Planting Kits
Succulence Allows Consumers to Decorate Their Own Succulents
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Simplified Urban Farms
Simplified Urban Farms
EkoFarmer Allows for Small-Scale Urban Farms to Grow Nearly Anywhere
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Gamified Plant Pots
Gamified Plant Pots
The 'Phabit' Growing System Only Keeps a Plant Alive If the User Exercises
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Wood-Made Office Campuses
Wood-Made Office Campuses
The 'Nanterre Arboretum' Will Be the World's Largest Solid Wood Project
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Honeycomb-Inspired Fashion Collections
Honeycomb-Inspired Fashion Collections
'Beeing Human' Features Strong Geometric Patterns
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Living Green Bridges
Living Green Bridges
This Organic Structure Provides a Safe Path for Wildlife in Seoul
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Reusable Takeout Container Services
Reusable Takeout Container Services
The Shareware Programs Helps Restaurants Cut Down on Waste
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3D-Printed Water Treatment Systems
3D-Printed Water Treatment Systems
This Home System Can Produce 35 Liters of Drinking Water a Day
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Lightweight Efficient Electric Airplanes
Lightweight Efficient Electric Airplanes
The Eviation 'Alice' Offers Up to 600 Miles of Range
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Kinetic Energy Power Banks
Kinetic Energy Power Banks
The 'Double E' Can Charge Devices by Simply Being Shaken
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Two-Seater Electric Cars
Two-Seater Electric Cars
The 3D-Printed TARC Car EV Reduces Environmental and Manufacturing Loads
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Eco-Friendly AC Beds
Eco-Friendly AC Beds
This Solar-Powered AC Bed will Provide Cooling Heat Relief All Night
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At-Home Aquaponic Vegetable Gardens
At-Home Aquaponic Vegetable Gardens
This Aquatic Ecosystem Combines Gardening and Fish Keeping
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Vertical Forest Cities
Vertical Forest Cities
Stefano Boeri has Designed a Plant-Covered City to Fix China's Smog Problem
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Car-Recharging Drones
Car-Recharging Drones
The Conceptual Tesla Recharge Drone Offers a Charge During Drives
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3D-Printed Bikinis
3D-Printed Bikinis
ARks Unveiled Its New Line of Ergonomic and Ecological Swimwear
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Armored Security Speedboats
Armored Security Speedboats
The Marvel 41C Boat is an Architect-Designed Luxury Security Vessel
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Portable Solar Panels
Portable Solar Panels
These Portable Panels Can Turn Your Umbrella into a Charging Station
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Retail-Focused Smart Streets
Retail-Focused Smart Streets
London's Intelligent Bird Street Features Pedestrian-Powered Retail
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Self-Watering Planters
Self-Watering Planters
The 'Lander Planter' Elegantly Displays Plants at Home or at the Office
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Open-Sourced Living Habitats
Open-Sourced Living Habitats
Huy Bui's Survivalist Installation 'Beyond 0' is Self-Sustaining
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Biodegradable BBQ Grills
Biodegradable BBQ Grills
The 'CasusGrill' is Ready to Grill in Five Minutes and is Eco-Friendly
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2
Waste-Reduction Cafes
Waste-Reduction Cafes
Handsome Her Features a Wall with Dozens of Mugs to Take To-Go
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Pedal-Free Electric Trikes
Pedal-Free Electric Trikes
The 'DC-Tri' Stand-Up Electric Trike Bikes Turn on a Dime
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