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100 Earth Day Projects

These Inspiring Initiatives Will Help You Take Action for the Environment

— April 22, 2015 — Eco
These Earth Day projects all present opportunities that could inspire action or offer ways to participate directly and make a difference.. Every year on April 22 people worldwide celebrate Earth Day, an annual event for environmental protection. Now coordinated by the Earth Day Network, the day of eco-activism gives people from all walks of life in more than 192 countries the chance to raise awareness and engage in green acts.

Earth Day projects can be DIY crafts that encourage you to recycle or reuse items you already have, such as handmade flower holders, upcycled hosiery headbands or DIY penny-pinching vases (which are great for Canadians with leftover pennies.) You can participate in an existing campaign or start your own, like the Ice Cream Expedition or the Sandwich Factory. You can also get involved by planting, whether you are making your own plantable seed paper or using a tree planting kit.
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Grand Green Space Initiatives
Grand Green Space Initiatives
The 'myurbangreen' Campaign Encourages More Urban Greenery
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99
Sea-Sourced Surfer Campaigns
Sea-Sourced Surfer Campaigns
The Quiksilver 'Made by Waves' Initiative Saves Tons
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98
Seed-Celebrating Campaigns
Seed-Celebrating Campaigns
Musicians Team Up with USC Canada to Promote a Healthy Food System
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97
One-for-One Apparel Campaigns (UPDATE)
One-for-One Apparel Campaigns (UPDATE)
Marks & Spencer Launches a Recycling Initiative 'Shwopping'
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96
Charitable Devout Projects
Charitable Devout Projects
Socality's Water Project Raises Awareness Through Events and Meetups
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95
Virtual Forest Campaigns
Virtual Forest Campaigns
The We Heart Trees Campaign Spreads an Eco-Friendly Message
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94
Gentle Beekeeping Projects
Gentle Beekeeping Projects
Crown Bee's Initiative to Protect the Bees Highlights Native Bees
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93
Incentive-Based Recycling Programs
Incentive-Based Recycling Programs
Wecyclers Uses Text Messaging to Create an Eco Point System
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92
Biodiversity Contests
Biodiversity Contests
The Tropical Forest Challenge Looks for For-Profit Social Innovations
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91
Garbage-Reporting Apps
Garbage-Reporting Apps
TrashOut Encourages Users to Report Illegal Dumping Activities
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90
Planetary Cake Pops
Planetary Cake Pops
These Environment-Themed Cake Pops Celebrate Earth Day 2014
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89
Energy-Wasting Tattletale Apps
Energy-Wasting Tattletale Apps
Environmental Reporting App LightsOut Lets Users Note Harmful Acts
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88
Workout-Powered Homes
Workout-Powered Homes
The JF-Kit House is Powered by Exercise Energy
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87
Precise Efficient Transit Apps
Precise Efficient Transit Apps
Ototo Unveils the Precise Transit App to Get You There on Time
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86
Tree-Planting Search Engines
Tree-Planting Search Engines
Ecosia Donates Income Generated From Ads to a Brazilian Conservancy
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85
Artful Upcycling Initiatives
Artful Upcycling Initiatives
The Repair Kid Recycling Project Encourages Kids to Turn Old into New
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84
Eco-Friendly Hashtag Campaigns
Eco-Friendly Hashtag Campaigns
Scott Brand's Toss the Tube Initiative Promotes Tube-Free Tissues
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83
Reclaimed Wood Sunglasses
Reclaimed Wood Sunglasses
WOOED's Sunglasses are Eco-Friendly and Functional
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82
DIY Penny-Pinching Vases
DIY Penny-Pinching Vases
This DIY Project Uses Old Pennies to Transform a Vase
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81
H2O Aid Initiatives
H2O Aid Initiatives
Clean Water Charity Project Supports a 'Made to Matter' Approach to Production
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80
Business Card Metro Passes
Business Card Metro Passes
The Air Pollution-Reducing EcoCard Also Acts as Moscow Subway Ticket
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79
Instructive Farming Apps
Instructive Farming Apps
Urb.ag Walks You Through Boston-Based Commercial Farming Opportunities
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78
Planetwide Selfie Campaigns
Planetwide Selfie Campaigns
For Earth Day 2014, NASA is Helping the Earth Take a Selfie from Space
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77
Eco-Conscious Cone Campaigns
Eco-Conscious Cone Campaigns
The Ice Cream Expedition Hopes to Spread Conservation Education
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76
Upcycled Chalkboard Pans
Upcycled Chalkboard Pans
This Chalkboard Skillet Wall Art is Perfect for Rusty Kitchenware Items
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75
DIY Golden Animal Vases
DIY Golden Animal Vases
The A Beautiful Mess Honey Bear Containers are Eye-Catching
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74
Empowering Food Projects
Empowering Food Projects
The Campus Kitchen Uses Gardens to Educate Kids on Food Waste and Hunger
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Creative Water Conservation Ads
Creative Water Conservation Ads
Colgate Shows the Wasted Water From Brushing Your Teeth
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Wasted Water-Reporting Apps
Wasted Water-Reporting Apps
Everydrop LA Hopes to Engage Citizens During the California Drought
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71
Urban Thicket-Growing Services
Urban Thicket-Growing Services
This Social Enterprise Will Plant Forests in Super Small Spaces
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70
Indian Bike-Sharing Schemes
Indian Bike-Sharing Schemes
Cycle Chalao Had to Close Due to Lack of Government Support
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Bike Clean-Up Campaigns
Bike Clean-Up Campaigns
Dead Pedal NY Uses Instagram to Rid City Streets of Abandoned Bicycles
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68
DIY Bottle Cap Candles
DIY Bottle Cap Candles
This Upcycled Tea Light Craft is an Easy Way to Repurpose Old Bottle Caps
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67
Planet-Celebrating Pastries
Planet-Celebrating Pastries
The Earth Cake by Beth Klosterboer Captures the Beauty of the Globe
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66
Brick-Dropping Campaigns
Brick-Dropping Campaigns
This Indiegogo Project Aims to Save Water and Help Drought Victims
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65
Guest-Ranking Eco Hotels
Guest-Ranking Eco Hotels
Green Rooms at the Westin Singapore Measure Guests' Energy Consumption
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64
Quantifying Shower Devices
Quantifying Shower Devices
The Water-Conserving Smart Shower Device Connects to a Mobile App
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63
Tree-Planting Eco Clothing
Tree-Planting Eco Clothing
Ten Tree Apparel Plants Ten Trees for Every Item Purchased
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62
Local Sandwich Projects
Local Sandwich Projects
This Urban Farm Experiment Creates the Ham and Cheese Tosti From Scratch
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61
Climate-Conscious Initiatives
Climate-Conscious Initiatives
South Pole Carbon Minimizes Greenhouse Gases and Creates New Energy
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60
Fruitful Rooftop Gardens
Fruitful Rooftop Gardens
Cloud 9 is an Exciting New Philadelphia Urban Farming Initiative
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59
Water Conservation Sculptures
Water Conservation Sculptures
The Interactive Water Meter Design Uses Small Movements as Reminders
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58
Worn Clothing Swaps
Worn Clothing Swaps
Patagonia is Giving Away Free Used Clothes on Black Friday So People Buy Less
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57
DIY Film Travel Tags
DIY Film Travel Tags
Upcycled Film Canisters Make for Retro Bag Address Tag Designs
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56
Handmade Flower Holders
Handmade Flower Holders
The Cupcakes and Cashmere Mint Bottle DIY Project Recycles Glass
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55
Upcycled Sweater Pumpkins
Upcycled Sweater Pumpkins
This Craft Transforms Outgrown Sweaters into Festive Pumpkins
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54
DIY Tree Planting Kits
DIY Tree Planting Kits
The 'Grow Your Own Giant Redwood Tree' Box is Ecological and Long-Term
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53
Upcycled Movie Disc Crafts
Upcycled Movie Disc Crafts
The DVD Candle Votives Make a Fun Festive DIY Project
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52
Eco-Conscious Cup Shares
Eco-Conscious Cup Shares
A Recycled Coffee Cups Program is Encouraging Drinkers to Share Mugs
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51
Handmade Bicycle Kits
Handmade Bicycle Kits
JIGLESS is a 3D-Printed Kit for Building a Bicycle at Home
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50
Bee First Aid Kits
Bee First Aid Kits
The Bee Saver is Intended to Help Rescue Dying Honey Bees and Raise Awareness
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49
Recycled African Bags
Recycled African Bags
Colorful G-Lish Baskets Create Jobs and Clean up Ghana
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48
Culture-Sustaining Hammocks
Culture-Sustaining Hammocks
Yellow Leaf Provides Alternatives to Child Labor and Toxic Farming
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47
Bold Recycled Vinyl Glasses
Bold Recycled Vinyl Glasses
Vinylize is a Complete Vinyl Reclamation Project
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46
Dumpster-Dwelling Experiments
Dumpster-Dwelling Experiments
This Trashy Tiny Eco House Symbolizes Unsustainable Living
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45
Plantable Coffee Containers
Plantable Coffee Containers
This Eco-Friendly Plantable Coffee Cup Turns Into Compost As Well
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44
Eco-Friendly School Supplies
Eco-Friendly School Supplies
This New Line of School Goodies is Fun and Makes a Difference
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43
Literary Upcycled Planters
Literary Upcycled Planters
This Initiative Gives Succulents a New Chapter by Recycling Old Books
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42
Crowdfunded Urban Forests
Crowdfunded Urban Forests
The PopUP Forest Project Wants to Transform Times Square into Greenery
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41
Responsible Kite Packaging
Responsible Kite Packaging
Lily Li's Versatile Design Can be Repurposed as Storage and Supplies
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40
DIY Upcycled Gift Tags
DIY Upcycled Gift Tags
These Recycled Gift Tags are Eco-Savvy, Festive and Fun to Make
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Shampoo Exchanging Campaigns
Shampoo Exchanging Campaigns
This Recycling Station Offers Phone Credits in Return for Old Bottles
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38
Homemade Plantable Paper
Homemade Plantable Paper
This DIY Plantable Seed Paper Project Lets You Give Back for Earth Day
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Plastic Payment Promotions
Plastic Payment Promotions
Shoe Brand MAMUT is Accepting Plastic Bottle Payment for their New Line
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36
Eco-Friendly DIY Baskets
Eco-Friendly DIY Baskets
Melissa Bahen of Lulu the Baker Adorably Repurposes Paper Bags
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35
Fruit Sprouting Utensils
Fruit Sprouting Utensils
Growing Avocado is Made Easy by the Floating AvoSeedo Kit
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34
Bottle Deposit Train Tickets
Bottle Deposit Train Tickets
Plastic Recycling Could Get You a Free Transit Pass in Beijing
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33
Upcycled Hosiery Headbands
Upcycled Hosiery Headbands
Turn an Old Pair of Leggings into a Chic Headpiece with This Tutorial
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On-The-Go Planter Accessories
On-The-Go Planter Accessories
The Happy Family Kit from EQ3 is Designed For the Urban Gardener
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DIY Upcycled Sequin Cushions
DIY Upcycled Sequin Cushions
This DIY Pillow Brings Old Sequin Dresses Back to Life
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Biodegradable Cleaning Bottles
Biodegradable Cleaning Bottles
Clean the Ocean's Bottles Reduce Waste That Will End Up at Sea
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Upcycled Coconut Planters
Upcycled Coconut Planters
Add Some Tropical Charm to Your Decor with These DIY Coconut Planters
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Clothes Peg Lamps
Clothes Peg Lamps
These Upcycled Lights by Crea-re Studio are Made from Wooden Clothespins
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Upcycled Cardboard Gift Bags
Upcycled Cardboard Gift Bags
Turn Cardboard Boxes into Creative Gift Totes with This Guide
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Origami Paper Wallets
Origami Paper Wallets
This Durable Wallet Design is Made from an Upcycled Starbucks Paper Bag
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25
Dangling Jar Lighting
Dangling Jar Lighting
This DIY Mason Jar Lights Add a Rustic Touch to Your Decor
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Effortless Gardening Kits
Effortless Gardening Kits
GardenIn's Zero-Maintenance System Comes Out of the Box Pre-Assembled
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23
Reused Tube Hangers
Reused Tube Hangers
Each Piece of the Trempel Collection is Cut from a Single Cardboard Pipe
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22
Water Bottle Bangles
Water Bottle Bangles
Turn a Bottle into a Quirky Bracelet Using Only Recyclables
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21
Upcycled Notebook Docks
Upcycled Notebook Docks
This DIY Project Turns a Book into a Clever Cellphone Charging Station
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Upcycled Bottle Lamps
Upcycled Bottle Lamps
This Chic Ceiling Lamp is Made Using Recycled Plastic Bottles
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Plantable Coffee Cups
Plantable Coffee Cups
Seeds of Truth Coffee Cups Create Herb Gardens Instead of Waste
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Eco Design Initiatives
Eco Design Initiatives
Do the Green Thing Promotes Earth Hour with a Collaborative Design Project
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Upcycled Plastic Sculptures
Upcycled Plastic Sculptures
Czech Artist Veronika Richterova Makes Creative Art from PET Plastics
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Hand-Written Wrappers
Hand-Written Wrappers
Hornea Bakery Packaging Would Come Personalized with Ingredients and Recipes
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15
Backyard Farming Kits
Backyard Farming Kits
AKER Supplies Homeowners with a Complete Set of Urban Farming Equipment
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14
Mobile Metropolitan Microfarms
Mobile Metropolitan Microfarms
The Bowery Project Uses Vacant Lots to Support Urban Agriculture
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13
Upcycled Denim School Supplies
Upcycled Denim School Supplies
Turn Old Jeans into Practical Pencil Cases with This DIY Activity
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12
Upcycled Keychain Accessories
Upcycled Keychain Accessories
This DIY Key Necklace is a Creative Way to Make Use of Old Keys
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11
Upcycled Paper Wallets
Upcycled Paper Wallets
This DIY Recycled Paper Wallet Can Be Made Out of a Brown Paper Bag
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10
Spray Can Lighting
Spray Can Lighting
This DIY Lamp is Recycled From a Used Spray Can
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9
DIY Denim Bags
DIY Denim Bags
This DIY Project Involves Using Old Jeans to Create Denim Lunch Bags
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8
Eco Garden Kits
Eco Garden Kits
The Vive Planting Set Prepares Kids for Easily Growing Greenery in Their Backyards
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7
Paper Bag Book Bindings
Paper Bag Book Bindings
These DIY Book Bindings are a Simple and Creative Project
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6
DIY Personalized Flower Vases
DIY Personalized Flower Vases
The Brit & Co. Beer Bottle Project is a Great Way to Recycle
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5
DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Bracelets
DIY Upcycled T-Shirt Bracelets
These Braided Bracelets are Made Using Cut Up Vintage T-Shirts
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4
Pollution-Reversing Bicycles
Pollution-Reversing Bicycles
The Air-Purifier Bike Filters Wind Before the Rider Breathes It In
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3
Recycled Juice Pack Purses
Recycled Juice Pack Purses
Use Empty Beverage Boxes to Create a Cute DIY Carton Wallet
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2
Can Currency Campaigns
Can Currency Campaigns
McDonald's Stockholm Lets Youth Trade in Bags of Recycled Cans For Burgers
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Upcycled Concrete Planters
Upcycled Concrete Planters
This DIY Activity Turns Big Blocks into Chic Outdoor Decor
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