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Top 100 Eco Trends in 2012

From Dirt-Wall Abodes to Indoor Vegetation Planters

— January 19, 2013 — Eco
One of the most popular eco-friendly design concepts over the past year was incorporating solar technology into a variety of products. Instead of wasting energy, many companies found ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Part of these changes stem from how the concept of social business is becoming more prominent in contemporary society. Instead of simply offering chances for corporations to donate to charity, many enterprises are now making eco and socially conscious decisions an integrated part of the business. For example, certain architecture firms are solely dedicated to creating environmentally sustainable structures, and incorporate ideas such as solar energy to reduce the harm buildings can have on the health of the planet.

To learn more about sustainable trends, our Eco Trend Report provides a deeper level of analysis of the industry.
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Activity
Freshness
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Sustainable Desert Housing
Sustainable Desert Housing
Earthships by Michael Reynolds Show How to Live with Nature
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99
Minuscule Yarn Landscapes (UPDATE)
Minuscule Yarn Landscapes (UPDATE)
The Wooly Sagas by Eszter Burghardy Recreates Nature Scenes
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98
Carchitecture Structures
Carchitecture Structures
Leger Wanaselja Car Part Home Used Over 100 Vehicle Scraps
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97
Natural Smartphone Sheaths
Natural Smartphone Sheaths
The iNature iPhone Case Becomes One With the Earth After You Upgrade
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96
Snaking Staircase Architecture
Snaking Staircase Architecture
Ten Arquitectos' Eco-Friendly Mercedes House is Uniquely Tier
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95
Customized Cardboard Sofas
Customized Cardboard Sofas
The Monocomplex Sculpture Project is All That it's Stacked Up to Be
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94
Recycled Deck Surfboards
Recycled Deck Surfboards
The Bjorn Holm Reto Creates Waves with His Design
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93
Pinboard Table Lamps
Pinboard Table Lamps
The Luminarie Post is an Unconventional Corkboard with a Second Function
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92
Vegetable Orchestra Instruments
Vegetable Orchestra Instruments
Nan Weidong and Nan Weiping Present Food for the Ears
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91
Incredible Daybreak Photography
Incredible Daybreak Photography
The National Geographic Team Captures the Stunning Norway Aurora
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90
Hieroglyphic-Like Parking Lots
Hieroglyphic-Like Parking Lots
MEI Architecture's Block 11 is Cultural and Eco-Conscious
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89
Bio-Glamour Architecture
Bio-Glamour Architecture
Architect Ephraim-Henry Pavie Creates an Aesthetically Eco-Friendly Home
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88
Earthy Leaf-Embellished Manicures
Earthy Leaf-Embellished Manicures
The Clossette DIY Terrarium Nails Tutorial is Eco-Inspired
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87
Bottle Stopper Furnishings
Bottle Stopper Furnishings
Becki Chan 'Corky' Project Uses Old Corks to Create Home Decor
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86
Paper Fan-Like Architecture
Paper Fan-Like Architecture
The Green Solution House Takes Sustainability to Another Level
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85
Industrial Pipe Furniture
Industrial Pipe Furniture
DOSUNO Design's Open Tap Project Uses Repurposed Materials
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84
Cushy Recumbent Bikes
Cushy Recumbent Bikes
This Design by Mosen Saleh Has Soft Seating
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83
Indoor Vegetation Planters
Indoor Vegetation Planters
The Windowfarms Allows You to Grow Fresh Vegetables All Year Round
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82
Mountain-Inspired Observation Centers
Mountain-Inspired Observation Centers
The Tverrfjellhytta Pavilion is a Site for Deer Watching
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81
Eco-Friendly Fungus Storefronts
Eco-Friendly Fungus Storefronts
Olson Kundig Architects' Mushroom Farm Features Coffee Compost
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80
High-End Hovering Tent Hotels
High-End Hovering Tent Hotels
The 4 Rivers Floating Lodge Rests Atop the Tatai River
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79
Killer Whale Vessels
Killer Whale Vessels
The Crescasa Houseboat Encourages an Eco-Friendly Nomadic Life
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78
Retro Canvas Cases
Retro Canvas Cases
The Love Energizer iPhone Cover is Old-School
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77
Salvaged Laundry Machine Lighting
Salvaged Laundry Machine Lighting
The To Martins REWASHLAMP Illuminates an Old Appliance
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76
Conch-Shaped Abodes
Conch-Shaped Abodes
ToTeMs Architecture Creates a Cozy Guest House Without Destroying Trees
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75
Coral Cosmetic Branding
Coral Cosmetic Branding
Seascape Packaging Exudes the Beauty of Marine Inspiration and Ingredients
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74
Liquid Detergent Artwork
Liquid Detergent Artwork
The Skip Installation is White and Pristine
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73
Coffee Filter Lampshades
Coffee Filter Lampshades
Vilma Farrell of Lampada Creates Caffeinated Lighting
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72
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Van der Kooij Endless Collection is Robot-Made from Old Appliances
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71
Re-Purposed Label Accessories
Re-Purposed Label Accessories
The Radical Recycling Collection Features Amazing Jewelry & Handbags
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70
Eco Winery Designs
Eco Winery Designs
Michael Jantzen Releases the Solar Vineyard Winery Blueprints
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69
Solar-Charging Cases
Solar-Charging Cases
Stay Eco-Friendly with the Monster Watts Hybrid Solar Case
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68
Squeezebox Planter Partitions
Squeezebox Planter Partitions
The Herb2 System Provides Privacy, Decoration and Fresh Air
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67
Eco Ocular Washing Machines
Eco Ocular Washing Machines
The Swish Sustainable Diaper Cleaner Encourages Cloth Nappy Use
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66
Recycling-Themed Fashion
Recycling-Themed Fashion
The Interview Russia June-July 2012 Editorial Shows Sustainable Clothes
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65
Skinny Paneled Abodes
Skinny Paneled Abodes
The SIP Panel House Was Impressively Built in Just 10 Days
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64
Leftover Timber Furniture
Leftover Timber Furniture
The Endy Series by Studio Ve is Cute and Eco-Conscious
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63
H2O-Transporting Two-Wheelers
H2O-Transporting Two-Wheelers
Water on Wheels Brings the Life Liquid to Thirsty Towns
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62
Sky-Surfing Blimp Abodes
Sky-Surfing Blimp Abodes
The 'Wolke 7' Flying Home Sets Eyes High for Future Housing
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61
Energy-Producing Workstations
Energy-Producing Workstations
Eddi Tornberg Harnesses Power From Office Spaces
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60
Upcycled Vintage Bags
Upcycled Vintage Bags
Peg And Awl Reuses Old Leathers And Reclaimed Wood To Make Their Products
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59
Eco Smartphone Protectors
Eco Smartphone Protectors
The Nite Ize BioCase Boasts an Environmentally-Friendly Chemical Makeup
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58
Floating Refuelling Rafts
Floating Refuelling Rafts
The S2S Project Makes it Possible to Live Light on the Earth's Oceans
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57
Dirt-Wall Abodes
Dirt-Wall Abodes
The Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture is Made from the Ground It Sits On
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56
Plywood-Clad Cottages
Plywood-Clad Cottages
The Stealth Barn Minimizes Its Material Palette for a Modern Look
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55
Drawbridge Herbage
Drawbridge Herbage
Volet Vegetal Creates a Tiny Terrace for Upper Floor Apartments
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54
Mobile Minimalist Hotel Rooms
Mobile Minimalist Hotel Rooms
The Hypercubus by Studio WG3 is Self-Sufficient and Compact
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53
Rickety Modern Cafes
Rickety Modern Cafes
The Noorderparkbar is an Odds and Ends Building
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52
Peculiar Plumbed Tables
Peculiar Plumbed Tables
The MT 01 Table Comprises a Spindly Frame of Galvanized Pipes
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51
Artistic Environmental Sidewalks
Artistic Environmental Sidewalks
Jody Xiong Creates a Green Crosswalk to Spread Awareness
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50
Hassle-Free Hydroponic Systems
Hassle-Free Hydroponic Systems
The Urban Cultivator Makes Growing Greens Year-Round Simple
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49
Frosted Glass Eco Homes
Frosted Glass Eco Homes
The Cube Court House is a Secluded Paradise for Green Living
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48
Tree-Infused Dwellings
Tree-Infused Dwellings
The Archi-Union 'Tea' House Accommodates Outdoor Shrubs
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47
Planter-Supported Seating
Planter-Supported Seating
Romeo & Juliet Bench Tells an Impossible Love Story Between Two Trees
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46
Stilted Cabin Retreats
Stilted Cabin Retreats
Endemico Resguardo Silvestre is Environmentally Conscious and Luxurious
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45
Newspaper Couture
Newspaper Couture
Mary Design Presents Interesting Headgear
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44
Recycled Skateboard Shades
Recycled Skateboard Shades
Holloway SK8 Sunglasses are Decked-out Frames
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43
Patterned Paper Necklaces
Patterned Paper Necklaces
The Logical Art 'Air Tattoos' are Delicate and Stylish
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42
Soapless Eco Clothes Cleaners
Soapless Eco Clothes Cleaners
The Orbit Washing Machine Lets You Do Laundry Anywhere
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41
Hot Air Helicopters
Hot Air Helicopters
The Sky Voyage Uses a Balloon to Fly Instead of Spinning Blades
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40
Buoyant Holiday Homes
Buoyant Holiday Homes
The Lausitz Geierswald Resort in Germany Features Floating Residences
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39
Eco Geometric Organizers
Eco Geometric Organizers
The Recycled Cardboard Basket Makes Tidying Up Fun
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38
Chalkboard Brew Bags
Chalkboard Brew Bags
Delilah DIY Hamper Packaging Lets Retailers and Customers Get Creative
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37
Wooden Retro Bicycles
Wooden Retro Bicycles
The Sman Cruiser Combines Creativity with Carpentry
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36
Bottle-Made Wine Tables
Bottle-Made Wine Tables
The Dvinus Collection Offers Heightened Experience at Low Eco-Impact
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35
Scrap Metal Monsters
Scrap Metal Monsters
Robert Jefferson Travis Pond Turns Old Parts into Bold Beasts
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34
Luxuriously Portable Living Quarters
Luxuriously Portable Living Quarters
The Opera Luxury Camper Trailer is Overindulgent
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33
Hi-Tech Countertop Planters
Hi-Tech Countertop Planters
The BB Little Garden is a Culinary Appliance For Growing
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32
Futuristic Steampunk Cycles
Futuristic Steampunk Cycles
The Electric Recumbent Bike is a Victorian Two-Wheeler
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31
Lush Living Tapestries
Lush Living Tapestries
Evergreen by Freund is a Wall-Mounted Moss Panel that Helps a Home Breathe
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30
Repurposed Fastener Accessories
Repurposed Fastener Accessories
The Zipper Design Collection Offers Floral-Like Jewelry
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29
Mountain Forest Lodgings
Mountain Forest Lodgings
The Treehouse-Style Ecotagnes in the Alps is a Snowy Paradise
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28
Repurposed Eco-Homes
Repurposed Eco-Homes
The Studio H:T Shipping Container House is Compact
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27
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
The Caves of Civita Hotel in Sextantio Italy Offers Primitive Luxury
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26
Tap Water Packaging
Tap Water Packaging
Faucet Face Urges the Reuse of Bottles to Save the Earth and Aid the Thirsty
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25
Phenomenal Junk Portraits
Phenomenal Junk Portraits
Tom Deininger's Screaming Creations Make Use of Discarded Material
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24
Rustically Reassembled Furnishings
Rustically Reassembled Furnishings
Recycled Collection from Kann Design is Sustainable
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23
Interior Greenery Technology
Interior Greenery Technology
The E Home Concept Connects People with Nature Using Digital Tech
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22
Recycled Robust Storage
Recycled Robust Storage
The Roadie Collection by Karpenter is Durable and Sustainable
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21
Portable Solar Abodes
Portable Solar Abodes
This Design by Mehdi Hidari Badie is Well-Traveled
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20
Luxury Camping Pods
Luxury Camping Pods
Simon Laws' 'Drew House' Offers Opulent Way to Enjoy Nature
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19
Literature-Shingled Lamps
Literature-Shingled Lamps
The Zipper 8 Lighting Collection Covers Bulbs with Book Contents
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18
Piped Paperback Storage
Piped Paperback Storage
Industrial Bookshelves Bind Your Library into the Structure of Your Home
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17
Carpentry Off-Cut Furniture
Carpentry Off-Cut Furniture
The Wood-con-fusion Series by Eli Chissick is Made out of Scraps
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16
Minimally Bundled Edibles
Minimally Bundled Edibles
Egg Box Packaging Provides Support for Fragile Food Using Less Material
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15
Retro-Futuristic Electronic Bikes
Retro-Futuristic Electronic Bikes
The Japanese ZecOO Custom E-bike Shows Stylistic Fusion
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14
Paper Butterfly Artworks
Paper Butterfly Artworks
Rebecca Coles Creates Nature-Inspired Eco-Friendly Sculptures
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13
Water Bottle Nozzles
Water Bottle Nozzles
The Hygienna Solo Converts Plastic Bottles into Portable Bidets
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12
Lavish Hanging Human Abodes
Lavish Hanging Human Abodes
Experience the Beauty of Nature from the Air with the Cocoon Tree
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11
Portable Crate-Like Cabins
Portable Crate-Like Cabins
The Whangapoua Sled House is Designed for Adaptable Beachside Living
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10
Glowing Sci-Fi Bicycles
Glowing Sci-Fi Bicycles
The WinCycle 001 Was Designed as Muscle-Powered Tron Transport
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9
Handlebar Bike Racks
Handlebar Bike Racks
This DIY Wall Bike Hanger Makes Use of Old Two-Wheeler Parts
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8
Floating Balcony Pools
Floating Balcony Pools
The Aquaria Grande is Sculptural and Luxurious
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7
Multi-Purpose Outdoor Homes
Multi-Purpose Outdoor Homes
Broadhurst Architects Inc.'s 'The Crib' is Versatile
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6
Small Prefab Shelters
Small Prefab Shelters
The Mini House 2.0 by Jonas Wagell is Compactly Contemporary
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5
Weather-Resistant Mini Homes
Weather-Resistant Mini Homes
The Leaf House Sits on Four Wheels and Can Fit a Family of Four
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4
Orange Peel Wicks
Orange Peel Wicks
The DIY Satsuma Candle is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Traditional Tapers
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3
Electronic Cardboard Creatures
Electronic Cardboard Creatures
The AREA + Eco DIY Collection is Endearing and Economical
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2
Cardboard Box Pop-Up Shops
Cardboard Box Pop-Up Shops
Naver App Square is a Cool Temporary Store by Urbantainer
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1
Hybrid RV Conversions
Hybrid RV Conversions
The Prius Camper Van Makes the Four-Door Green Machine Habitable
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