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Top 100 Eco Ideas in July

From Plant-Based Finger Paints to Climate-Controlled Offices

— July 30, 2016 — Eco
From plant-based finger paints to climate-controlled offices, the July 2016 eco trends reveal that consumers are taking the ethos of sustainability from the home all the way to the office. Indeed, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to make every part of daily life a little bit more sustainable.

When it comes to eco-friendly home products, consumers are no longer limited to high-efficiency appliances and energy-saving lightbulbs. Sustainable products now run the gamut from practical tools such as solar notebook chargers and user-friendly food composts to more unusual items such as plant-based finger paints and biodegradable tampons.

The July 2016 eco trends demonstrate that the desire to be more environmentally friendly has also spilled into the workplace as consumers gradually change their daily habits. One example of this crossover is in terms of architecture, as more modern offices are designed for efficiency. This is also true of transportation, as urban bike sharing programs and eco-friendly vehicles make the daily commute far more sustainable.
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Sustainable Automotive Plants
Sustainable Automotive Plants
This Nissan Manufacturing Plant Uses Solar and Wind Power
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Electric Car Charging Services
Electric Car Charging Services
This Platform Allows Electrics to Connect to Random Outlets
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97
Smart Irrigation Gadgets
Smart Irrigation Gadgets
This Irrigation Controller Allows For Precise Irrigation & Fertilization
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96
Power-Free Portable Sterilizers
Power-Free Portable Sterilizers
The Invention Makes it Easier to Sterilize Medical Instruments
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95
All-Electric Highways
All-Electric Highways
Siemens and Scania Created a Highway in Sweden to Reduce Carbon Emissions
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94
Gravity-Powered Hydroelectric Plants
Gravity-Powered Hydroelectric Plants
The Linthal Hydropower Plant Runs on the Power of Gravity
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93
Green Power Plants
Green Power Plants
This German Power Plant is "Green" in Every Sense of the Word
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92
Composting Festival Latrines
Composting Festival Latrines
These Environmentally Friendly Latrines Replace Portapotties
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91
Wooden Subway Workstations
Wooden Subway Workstations
The Tokyo Metro is Offering Subterranean Offices for Commuter Use
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90
Wifi-Giving Air Monitors
Wifi-Giving Air Monitors
The Smart Bird House Provides Free Internet When Air Quality Improves
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89
Photosynthesizing Bionic Leaves
Photosynthesizing Bionic Leaves
Scientists Developed a Bionic Leaf That Turns Sunlight into Fuel
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88
Plant-Based Finger Paints
Plant-Based Finger Paints
Wee Can Too's Veggie Baby Finger Paint is Sustainable and Kid-Safe
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87
Urban Bike Loan Initiatives
Urban Bike Loan Initiatives
Toronto Offers an Array of Rentable Bicycles to Reduce Transit Traffic
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86
Waste-Made Sneakers
Waste-Made Sneakers
Nike Grind is a Material Made Up of the Sportswear Company's Own Trash
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85
Surplus Produce Apps
Surplus Produce Apps
'Farmsquare' Connects Consumers with Growers Who Have Extra Stock
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84
Milk-Made Plastic Substitutes
Milk-Made Plastic Substitutes
An Art Graduate Created a Milk-Based Alternative to Plastic
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83
Emissions-Preventing Stones
Emissions-Preventing Stones
The CarbFix Project is an Endeavor in Carbon Dioxide Storage
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82
Refugee Smartphone Charging Huts
Refugee Smartphone Charging Huts
The Project Elpis Solar Charging Station Provides Essential Power
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81
Oceanic Trash-Trapping Contraptions
Oceanic Trash-Trapping Contraptions
The Ocean Cleanup Project's Prototype Captures Ocean Trash
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80
Greenhouse Gas-Converting Power Plants
Greenhouse Gas-Converting Power Plants
This Apple Energy Plant will Turn Methane into Electricity
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79
Trash-Made Bricks
Trash-Made Bricks
WasteBasedBricks by StoneCycling Embraces Eco Practices in Architecture
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78
Smart Leak Detectors
Smart Leak Detectors
This Detector Alerts Homeowners of Common Home Problems
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77
Plastic Bottle Jackets
Plastic Bottle Jackets
These Waterproof Jackets Feature an Entirely Eco-Friendly Design
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76
Upcycled Company Logos
Upcycled Company Logos
The 'Surplus' Logo is Made with Illuminated Plastic Water Bottles
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75
Cone-Shaped Food Composts
Cone-Shaped Food Composts
This Backyard Compost Works as a Solar Food Digester
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74
Climate-Controlled Offices
Climate-Controlled Offices
This Office Will Customize Temperatures to Very Specific Needs
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73
Cost-Effective Electric Cars
Cost-Effective Electric Cars
This Affordable Car Can Fit Only One Passenger
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72
Elevated Solar Canopies
Elevated Solar Canopies
These Solar Panels are Specially Designed for Tiny Urban Roofs
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71
Zero-Electricity Coolers
Zero-Electricity Coolers
A Bangladeshi Inventor Designed Affordable DIY Coolers for the Poor
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70
Refugee Washing Kits
Refugee Washing Kits
These Hygiene Kits Address Inhumane Conditions in Refugee Camps
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69
Wood-Made T-Shirts
Wood-Made T-Shirts
These Comfortable T-Shirts are Made from a Wooden Textile
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68
Piquant Cricket Chips
Piquant Cricket Chips
These Spicy Chips from Bitty Foods Blend Lentils and Cricket Flour
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67
Affordable Farm-to-Table Restaurants
Affordable Farm-to-Table Restaurants
'The Kitchenette' Offers Farm Fresh Food for Under $5
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66
Insect Pasta Sauces
Insect Pasta Sauces
These Alternative Pasta Sauces Are Made From Meal Worms and Crickets
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65
Artificial Plant Lights
Artificial Plant Lights
These Solar Lights Were Designed After the Natural Movement of Plants
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64
Purifying Concept Cars
Purifying Concept Cars
The QClear Vehicle Cleans and Reduces Urban Air Pollution While it Drives
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63
Ergonomic Titanium Pens
Ergonomic Titanium Pens
The Pagnotta Design 'P22' Metallic Pen is Crafted with Minimal Waste
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62
3D-Printed Folding Bikes
3D-Printed Folding Bikes
Montague Bikes' Foldable Bicycle System is Created with 3D Printing
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61
Metaphorical World Maps
Metaphorical World Maps
This Artist Uses a Re-Imagined Map of the World To Promote His Passion
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60
Sustainable Park Concepts
Sustainable Park Concepts
This Environmentally Friendly Park Will Be in Downtown Los Angeles
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Sustainable Fish Leather
Sustainable Fish Leather
Saké Created Paiche Leather from Natural Fish Skin
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Upcycled Climbing Rope Baskets
Upcycled Climbing Rope Baskets
The TWM 200-Foot Rope Basket is Made from Super Strong Material
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Speedy Solar Notebook Chargers
Speedy Solar Notebook Chargers
The 'POWERBOOK' Solar Charging System Works as Fast as an Outlet
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Vegetarian Restaurant Pop-Ups
Vegetarian Restaurant Pop-Ups
A Healthy Sandwich Chain Promotes Its New Items with a Pop-Up Store
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Competitive Garbage Can Campaigns
Competitive Garbage Can Campaigns
KesselsKramer Asks Students How Hard it is to Throw Trash Away
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Electric Carbon Fiber Bicycles
Electric Carbon Fiber Bicycles
The 'All-Go' Bike is a Powerful Yet Lightweight Commuting Option
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Biodegradable Leaf Plates
Biodegradable Leaf Plates
The Leaf Republic Disposable Dishes are Made Using Natural Materials
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Non-Stick Shampoo Bottles
Non-Stick Shampoo Bottles
This Plastic Coating Will Save Money and Prevent Waste
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51
Dual-Purpose Lamp Packaging
Dual-Purpose Lamp Packaging
The Waarmakers 'Ninebyfour' Light Packaging Turns into a Light
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Chic Eco-Friendly Tampons
Chic Eco-Friendly Tampons
Kali Subscription Boxes Offer Organic Tampons and Prettier Periods
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49
Bamboo Towel Bags
Bamboo Towel Bags
These Beach Towels Can Easily Transform for a Variety of Uses
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Food Waste Fruit Juices
Food Waste Fruit Juices
'Pod' Created a New Juice Range Made from Wonky Fruits and Vegetables
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47
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
Timberland is Creating a Line of Shoes from Recycled Plastic Bottles
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46
Water-Conserving Toilet Sinks
Water-Conserving Toilet Sinks
This Sink Fits Above Toilet Tanks and Works to Save Water
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Miniature Greenhouse Pods
Miniature Greenhouse Pods
This Small Pod Turns Greenhouses Into Decorations
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44
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
Upcycled Plastic Shoes
These Blue Adidas Sneakers are Made from Ocean Garbage
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Eco-Friendly Garbage Trucks
Eco-Friendly Garbage Trucks
The Mack Truck LR Collection Truck Reduces Fuel Needs and Maintenance
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Oil-Recycling Kiosks
Oil-Recycling Kiosks
This Kiosk Concept Aims to Treat and Reuse Edible Oils
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Transparent Sustainability Branding
Transparent Sustainability Branding
This Company Clearly Defines its Sustainable Policies
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Open-Concept Electric SUVs
Open-Concept Electric SUVs
The Nissan 'Experve' Conceptual Car Design is Efficient in Design
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Dual-Function Vases
Dual-Function Vases
This Vase Also Functions as a Watering Pot
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Foldable Solar Device Chargers
Foldable Solar Device Chargers
The EnerPlex 'Kickr' IV USB Solar Panel Keeps Devices Charged
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Converted Stable Studios
Converted Stable Studios
What Once Functioned as a Stable and Garage is Now a Studio Space
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Powerful Bike-Upgrading Kits
Powerful Bike-Upgrading Kits
The 'Bikee' Bike System Transforms Standard Bicycles into E Bikes
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Pizza-Making Chargers
Pizza-Making Chargers
BioLite's 'PizzaDome' Can Charge Mobile Devices
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Ugly Fruit Smoothies
Ugly Fruit Smoothies
The Economists's 'From Bin to Blender' Campaign Shares Blended Smoothies
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Restored Eco-Friendly Hotels
Restored Eco-Friendly Hotels
This Luxury Hotel Was Once an Inn That Housed Power Plant Workers
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Upscale Thrift Store Branding
Upscale Thrift Store Branding
The 'Second Choice' Second-Hand Fashion Branding is Ever-Changing
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Upcycled Textile Stools
Upcycled Textile Stools
These Stools Were Made From Reused Clothing
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Squared-Shaped Electric Skateboards
Squared-Shaped Electric Skateboards
The AcraMini is a Square Skateboard Inspired by Space Rovers
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Passively Cooled Homes
Passively Cooled Homes
This Modern Home Employs Passive Cooling Techniques To Reduce Energy
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Slow-Moving Sculptural Bicycles
Slow-Moving Sculptural Bicycles
This Slow Bicycle Takes Inspiration from Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest
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Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture
Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture
This Company Creates Furniture Out of Woven Plastic Bags
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Promotional Floating Apartments
Promotional Floating Apartments
This Airbnb Was Created with Disney Pixar for 'Finding Dory'
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Landscaped Rooftop Terraces
Landscaped Rooftop Terraces
The Shenye TaiRan Building Boasts Stunning "Secret" Gardens
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Modern Woven Chairs
Modern Woven Chairs
This Chair Was Created with Digital Fabrication and Traditional Craftmanship
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Recycled Wooden Stools
Recycled Wooden Stools
HATTERN Uses Upcycled Designs for Pieces That Make Little Waste
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Passive House Factories
Passive House Factories
This Sustainable Factory's Design Lives Up to The Company's Purpose
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Vegetation-Covered Villas
Vegetation-Covered Villas
This Eco-Friendly Villa Blends in With Natural Surroundings
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Tilapia Aquaponic Farms
Tilapia Aquaponic Farms
Verticulture Grows Basil in a Way that May be the Future
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Stylish Commuter Backpacks
Stylish Commuter Backpacks
The Backpaix Boasts a Versatile, Practical and Eco-Friendly Design
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Efficient Home Designs
Efficient Home Designs
Hennebery Eddy Architects' Home is Loaded with Self-Sufficient Features
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Pop-Up Garden Oases
Pop-Up Garden Oases
This Empty Storefront Was Transformed into a Tranquil Temporary Venue
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IoT Hydroponic Systems
IoT Hydroponic Systems
'Gro.io' is a Fully Automated Hydroponic Garden System
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Economical Off-Grid Cabins
Economical Off-Grid Cabins
This Heated Cabin Offers Refuge From the Pacific Northwest Winter
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Mushroom-Based Leather
Mushroom-Based Leather
'Muskin' is a Plant-Based and Cruelty-Free Mushroom Leather
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Pop-Up Emergency Shelters
Pop-Up Emergency Shelters
These Emergency Shelters Provide Several Amenities for Refugees
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Sustainable Coffee Carts
Sustainable Coffee Carts
'Nespresso on Wheels' Shares Nespresso Coffee Pods' Recycling Efforts
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Retro-Futuristic Bikes
Retro-Futuristic Bikes
These Bikes from 'ECCE' Have an Aesthetic Unlike Most Others
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Lush Stacked Villas
Lush Stacked Villas
These Villas are the Second Addition to a Communal Landscape Design
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Reclaimed Redwood Homes
Reclaimed Redwood Homes
This Home Is Almost Entirely Made Up of Reclaimed Materials
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Fairy Tale Green Homes
Fairy Tale Green Homes
These Green Roof Houses Save on Energy and Look Stunning
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Printed Concrete Micro-Homes
Printed Concrete Micro-Homes
This Concrete Tiny House Was 3D-Printed in Just 24 Hours
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Rustic Tiny Homes
Rustic Tiny Homes
This Home Combines a Rustic Aesthetic with a More Modern One
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Agricultural Wall Art
Agricultural Wall Art
These Agricultural Art Pieces Work as Small Ecosystems That Decorate Homes
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Modular Egg Packaging
Modular Egg Packaging
The Sunrise Valley Egg Packing Uses Recyclable Paper and is Customizable
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Modern Barns
Modern Barns
AW Works Converted an Old Barn Into a Relaxing Retreat
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Solar Canopy Designs
Solar Canopy Designs
Brooklyn SolarWorks Creates Canopies to Make the Most of Rooftop Space
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Converted Van DIYs
Converted Van DIYs
Filmmaker Zach Both Shows How to Transform a Van Into a Modern Apartment
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