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Top 90 Eco Ideas in July

From Repurposed Chopstick Decor to Coffee-Based Jewelry

— July 30, 2017 — Eco
From repurposed chopstick decor to coffee-based jewelry, the July 2017 eco trends clearly demonstrate that companies are becoming increasingly clever in their attempts to repurpose waste materials. In fact, it now seems as though all the the materials that were previously relegated to the waste bin can enjoy a second life as a different product.

One of the unique ways that brands are reusing waste material is by making use of leftover food scraps. More specifically, many brands are using the byproducts of coffee production for new products. For instance, Rosalie McMillan's Java Ore Jewelry is made from recycled coffee grounds, while the Huskee Cups are crafted from the leftover husks of coffee beans.

Beyond the waste from coffee products, brands are also seeking to repurpose other waste products commonly found in the kitchen. This includes disposable chopsticks, which can be turned into stylish home accessories, and single-serve coffee pods, which are now being transformed into handy Swiss Army Knives.
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Hyper-Local Marine Weather Apps
Hyper-Local Marine Weather Apps
The 'WaveCasting' App Displays Weather Forecasts for Sea Levels
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Redesigned Electric Ridables
Redesigned Electric Ridables
Mark Cuban's 'MOOV' is a New and Improved Hoverboard
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Shocking Climate Change Videos
Shocking Climate Change Videos
'2C New York City' Imagines What Would Happen If Temperatures Rise
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87
Environmental Photo Campaigns
Environmental Photo Campaigns
The BioBlitz Canada 150 Project Helps Document Canada’s Biodiversity
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86
Poacher-Identifying Drones
Poacher-Identifying Drones
This AI Software Can Monitor Endangered Species and Poaching Activity
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85
Food Waste Cooking Books
Food Waste Cooking Books
'Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty' is Resourceful
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84
Efficient Garden-Designing Apps
Efficient Garden-Designing Apps
Garden Plan Pro Allows Users to Plan Out Their Gardening Processes
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83
Alternative Energy Plants
Alternative Energy Plants
This First of Its Kind Power Plant Can Generate Energy on Demand
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Wave Energy Generation
Wave Energy Generation
Wave Swell Energy Developed an Environmentally Friendly Sea Power Machine
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81
Insulating Wooden Boxes
Insulating Wooden Boxes
The 'WooBox' is an Eco-Friendly Alternative to Styrofoam Packaging
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80
Tire-Infused Concrete
Tire-Infused Concrete
UBC Engineers Created Stronger Concrete Using Recycled Rubber Tires
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79
Eco Riptide Detectors
Eco Riptide Detectors
The Clever GIRL Buoy Alerts Surfers to the Presence of Deadly Rip Currents
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Satirical Pink Lifeguard Stands
Satirical Pink Lifeguard Stands
'Waiting for Water' Addresses Climate Change With Humor
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Biodegradable Pet Burial Vessels
Biodegradable Pet Burial Vessels
Paw Pods Offers a Unique Burial Option for Pets
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Rain-Patterned Textiles
Rain-Patterned Textiles
Made by Rain Uses a Unique Print Process to Capture Raindrops on Textiles
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75
Food-Assessing Imaging Apps
Food-Assessing Imaging Apps
The ImpactVision App Uses Hyperspectral Images to Fight Food Waste
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Solar-Powered Automated Weeders
Solar-Powered Automated Weeders
The Tertill Would Be Useful for Avid Gardeners with Limited Time
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Environmental Message Concept Stores
Environmental Message Concept Stores
Products of Tomorrow Reveals The Future of Climate Change
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Sneaker Plant Pots
Sneaker Plant Pots
Artist Michael Blazy Re-Purposed Sneakers into Clever Planters
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Efficient Cooling Mattress Pads
Efficient Cooling Mattress Pads
The Cool Buddy Air Conditioned Mattress Pad Saves Energy at Night
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70
Sustainable Fair Trade Coffees
Sustainable Fair Trade Coffees
The Real Coffee Bean Co. Creates Packaged Coffee with Premium Beans
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69
Soot-Reducing Stoves
Soot-Reducing Stoves
The MF Fire 'Catalyst' Wood Burning Stoves Have a Smart, Healthy Design
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Pollution-Reacting T-Shirts
Pollution-Reacting T-Shirts
These T-shirts Will Change Color Based on Your City's Water Pollution
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Living Micro-Drones
Living Micro-Drones
Scientists Have Melded Technology and Dragonflies to Make Controllable Drones
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Free-From Household Cleaners
Free-From Household Cleaners
Fresh Thyme's Household Cleaning Products Tout Natural Ingredients
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Beefy Electric Bicycles
Beefy Electric Bicycles
The Strom Bike is Designed to Conquer Both City Streets and Sandy Beaches
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Quick-Charging Electric Buses
Quick-Charging Electric Buses
Hyundai's 'Elec City' Bus is Fully Charged in Just Over an Hour
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Sun-Powered Outdoor Cookers
Sun-Powered Outdoor Cookers
The 'SolSource Sport' Uses the Power of the Sun to Cook Anywhere
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Therapeutic Laundry Kits
Therapeutic Laundry Kits
Caldrea's Laundry Cleaning Kits Feature Organic and Fragrant Products
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Tough Recycled Parachute Totes
Tough Recycled Parachute Totes
The 'Crapchute' Carrying Bags are Crafted from Premium Fabric
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Ultra-Durable Eco Paints
Ultra-Durable Eco Paints
'Graphenstone' is Touted as the World's Most Eco-Friendly Paint
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Electric Canadian Supercars
Electric Canadian Supercars
The Dubuc Motors Tomahawk Has a Claimed 0-60 MPH Time of 2.0 Seconds
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Water-Generating Units
Water-Generating Units
This Solar Water Generator from SunToWater Technologies is Eco Friendly
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Conceptual Water-Powered Buildings
Conceptual Water-Powered Buildings
This Structure Would Be Powered by the Thames River's Movements
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Stylish Modular Urban Farms
Stylish Modular Urban Farms
ModGarden Allows Users to Grow Their Own Plants and Flowers Indoors
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Eco Pool-Skimming Robots
Eco Pool-Skimming Robots
The Solar Breeze NX Automatic Pool Skimmers are Powered by Solar Energy
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Ceramic Waste Furniture
Ceramic Waste Furniture
Bentu Design Makes Terrazzo-Style Furniture from Recycled Ceramic Waste
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Circular Indoor Herb Growers
Circular Indoor Herb Growers
The Calla is Ideal for Those Who Have Limited Garden Space
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Solar-Powered Paints
Solar-Powered Paints
This Solar House Paint Can Produce Endless Amounts of Clean Energy
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Recycled Coffee-Branded Knives
Recycled Coffee-Branded Knives
Nespresso Swiss Army Knives are Made from 24 Melted Coffee Pods
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Specialty Cactus Stores
Specialty Cactus Stores
The Cactus Store Specializes in Rare and Unusual Cacti
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Thief-Proof Bike Racks
Thief-Proof Bike Racks
Portland's Bike Racks are Designed So Bike Thieves Can't Cut Through Them
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Rural Man-Made Glaciers
Rural Man-Made Glaciers
These Artificial Glaciers are Supplying Water to Rural India
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Spiralling Treetop Walkways
Spiralling Treetop Walkways
This Spiraling Observation Tower Offers 360-Degree Views
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Waste-Reducing Coffee Initiatives
Waste-Reducing Coffee Initiatives
Veolia Provides Disposable Coffee Cup Recycling to Businesses
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Greenery-Adorned City Buses
Greenery-Adorned City Buses
The 'Forest Bus' in Taipai Acts as a Mobile Greenhouse
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Compostable Sandwich Bags
Compostable Sandwich Bags
The 'LunchSkins' Bags Do Away with a Need for Plastic Alternatives
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Woven Bamboo Bicycles
Woven Bamboo Bicycles
The HERO Bike is a Sustainable Bike Made with a Bamboo Frame
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Ocean Plastic Designer Wear
Ocean Plastic Designer Wear
Parley for the Oceans Will Soon Be Collaborating with Stella Mccartney
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Energy-Producing Homes
Energy-Producing Homes
Harvard's HouseZero Outputs a Net Energy Gain
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Motorcyclist-Specific Anti-Pollution Masks
Motorcyclist-Specific Anti-Pollution Masks
The R-Pur Mask Was Designed For People Who Bike
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Floating Ferry Terminals
Floating Ferry Terminals
Vincent Callebaut's Ferry Terminal Design Was Inspired by a Manta Ray
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Coffee-Based Jewelry
Coffee-Based Jewelry
Rosalie McMillan's Java Ore Jewelry is Crafted from Coffee and Silver
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Trophy Head Vases
Trophy Head Vases
Kate Kuhar's Deer Antler Vases Provide Cruelty-Free Design Alternatives
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Driverless Train Concepts
Driverless Train Concepts
This Train From CRRC Zhuzhou Runs on Paint Lines Instead of Rails
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Glowing Transparent Greenhouses
Glowing Transparent Greenhouses
'Less House' in Ho Chi Minh City is a Luminous Structure
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Water-Testing Fish Robots
Water-Testing Fish Robots
The Bio-Mimetic Robotic Fish are Laden with Sensors to Test Water Health
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CO2-Capturing Plants
CO2-Capturing Plants
The Climeworks Direct Air Capture Technology Draws in CO2
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Pop Tab Coconut Shells
Pop Tab Coconut Shells
Genuine Coconut Water Lets Consumers Enjoy Coconut Water from a Coconut
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Ocean Plastic Tableware
Ocean Plastic Tableware
The Marine Debris Bakelite Project Makes Recycled Designer Tableware
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Portable Composting Toilets
Portable Composting Toilets
The Compost Kliko Toilet Makes Use of Human Waste
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Bean Husk Coffee Cups
Bean Husk Coffee Cups
The 'Huskee' Cups are Created Using Farm Waste Over Ceramic
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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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Zero Emissions Cargo Ships
Zero Emissions Cargo Ships
This Fully Electric Autonomous Ship Will Hit the Seas in 2018
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Plant-Covered Hotels
Plant-Covered Hotels
This Former Hospital Was Converted Into a Hotel Covered in Plants and Trees
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Low-Power Air Conditioners
Low-Power Air Conditioners
'Quilo' Compact Fans Cool in the Summer and Humidify in the Winter
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Solar-Powered Backpacks
Solar-Powered Backpacks
The Voltaic Offgrid is Both Stylish and Cost-Effective
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Public Medicinal Greenhouses
Public Medicinal Greenhouses
'Breathing Bubble' is a Transparent Greenhouse for Medicinal Plants
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3D-Printed Concrete Canoes
3D-Printed Concrete Canoes
ETH Zurich Developed an Ultra-Lightweight 3D-Printed Canoe
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Sustainable Washing Machines
Sustainable Washing Machines
The Gentlewasher is the Most Eco-Friendly Washing Device in the World
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Deceptively Toxic Popsicles
Deceptively Toxic Popsicles
These Student-Created Popsicles are Made Out of Sewage
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Eco-Focused Urban Bike Paths
Eco-Focused Urban Bike Paths
The Radbahn Berlin Would Be Berlin's First Covered Bike Path
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Corrugated Cardboard Chairs
Corrugated Cardboard Chairs
The Cardboard Rocking Chair from Nook Design Offers Ergonomic Support
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Autonomous Farming Equipment
Autonomous Farming Equipment
This Autonomous Weeding Tractor Reduces the Need for Herbacide
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Converted Firetruck Homes
Converted Firetruck Homes
This Home on Wheels Was Made from a 1953 GMC firetruck
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Wooden Skyscraper Concepts
Wooden Skyscraper Concepts
The Wooden 'Native Skyscraper' Was Inspired by Africa’s Baobab Trees
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Cardboard Tube Lamps
Cardboard Tube Lamps
The Idealistic R16 Lamp is Made from Cardboard Packaging
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Phone-Charging Smart Wallets
Phone-Charging Smart Wallets
Claudette Passo's Solar Wallet Charge Devices with the Sun's Energy
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Spherical Hanging Terrariums
Spherical Hanging Terrariums
These Terrariums Also Function as Lamps for Modern Homes
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Wooden Skyscraper Concepts
Wooden Skyscraper Concepts
This High-Rise Project Explores the Use of Wood in Modern Architecture
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Repurposed Chopstick Decor
Repurposed Chopstick Decor
ChopValue is Upcycling Chopsticks into Unique Home Accessories
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Smart Electric Scooters
Smart Electric Scooters
The Unu Electric Scooter Delivers Top Speed No Matter the Charge Level
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Calming Moss Light Fixtures
Calming Moss Light Fixtures
The Mosslamp is an Indoor Lighting Fixture Which Grows Live Moss
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Water Pollution-Exposing Photography
Water Pollution-Exposing Photography
Benjamin Von Wong Makes a Statement with Mermaids
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Modular Hydroponic Kits
Modular Hydroponic Kits
Planty Square is Able to Grow and Take Care of House Plants
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Framed Hexagon Vases
Framed Hexagon Vases
Wooda Home's Unique Wooden Vases Double as Wall-Mounted Art
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Indoor Purification Gardens
Indoor Purification Gardens
The 'Green Pet' Monitors Air Quality and Keeps Plants Thriving
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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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Modular Pre-Fab Shelters
Modular Pre-Fab Shelters
The SmartDome is a Pre-fab Shelter That's Both Modular and Mobile
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Veggie-Growing Kitchen Appliances
Veggie-Growing Kitchen Appliances
The 'Homefarm' Home Hydroponic Garden Grows Produce All Year
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