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Top 100 Eco Trends in June

From Ant-Waste Food Apps to Air Duct Vertical Gardens

— June 28, 2014 — Eco
More than ever, consumers are becoming increasingly preoccupied with playing their part in making the planet more sustainable and this collection of June 2014 eco trends shows how designers and brands are making it an easy process.

This month continues to see a rise in products repurposing older, discarded objects to make something new and to take on a different function. From tossed out bottle corks being transformed into candles and trash being used to fuel an airplane, designers' innovation is at an all-time high.

The warmer weather also means people are spending more time in their gardens. Brands are not only targeting these consumers with products that make the whole process easier and more efficient, but they are elevating the status of seemingly dirty tasks with items like chic compost bags and app-connected home gardens. Going green has never been easier.

These June 2014 eco trends prove how a niche market can blossom into a global movement. For more examples and expert research, visit Trend Hunter's Eco Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Recycled Item Nomadic Homes
Recycled Item Nomadic Homes
StudioBird Experiments with the Future Wagon
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99
Clean Car Emission Beverages
Clean Car Emission Beverages
Honda H20 Water is Made from Hydrogen Fuel Emissions of the Honda FCX
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98
Element-Referencing Gardens
Element-Referencing Gardens
Andy Sturgeon is Set to Work on the Battersea Power Station
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97
Robotic Bee Spoofs
Robotic Bee Spoofs
Greenpeace Envisions a New World Full of Robotic 'Newbees'
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96
Sleek Eco Headphones
Sleek Eco Headphones
The LKPR No Comply Headphones are Made from Sustainable Material
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95
Towering Plant Walls
Towering Plant Walls
Canadian Company 'Green Over Grey' Designed this 65 Meter Plant Wall
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94
Eco-Conscious Parking Fees
Eco-Conscious Parking Fees
Madrid Parking Rates Reflect the Desire to Hit Carbon Emissions Targets
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93
Pedal-Powered Puppet Shows
Pedal-Powered Puppet Shows
The Shadow Performances by 'Petal Puppets' Will Be Bike-Powered
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92
Smog-Capturing Facades
Smog-Capturing Facades
Milan's Palazzo Italia Will Be Sheathed in a Special Smog-Purifying Facade
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91
Portable Wind Turbines
Portable Wind Turbines
The Windpax Wind Turbine System Can Be Carried Around in a Backpack
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90
Smart Umbrella Sensors
Smart Umbrella Sensors
A Device Collects Crowdsourced Rain Data for More Accurate Weather Reports
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89
Kinetic Sea Sculptures
Kinetic Sea Sculptures
These Elegant Structures Were Designed by Najjar & Najjar Architects
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88
One-Way Shared Cars
One-Way Shared Cars
The New Zipcar ONE>WAY Lets You Pick Up, Drive and Park Anywhere
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87
Expansive Glass-Back Abodes
Expansive Glass-Back Abodes
The Green House by Maniera Architects and Associates is Stunning
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86
Upcycled Upholstery Guitar Straps
Upcycled Upholstery Guitar Straps
This Company Makes Guitar Straps and Wallets from Car Upholstery
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85
Pinata Activism Ads
Pinata Activism Ads
The Greenpeace 30th Anniversary Campaign is Creatively Celebratory
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84
Volcanic Energy Sources
Volcanic Energy Sources
The Island Nation of El Hierro Runs Sustainably on 100% Renewable Power
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83
Artful Upcycling Initiatives
Artful Upcycling Initiatives
The Repair Kid Recycling Project Encourages Kids to Turn Old into New
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82
Disturbing Climate Crisis Ads
Disturbing Climate Crisis Ads
These Powerful Posters Highlight Earth’s Energy Realities
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81
Conveyor Belt Handbags
Conveyor Belt Handbags
These Handbag are Made From Genuine Conveyor Belt Material
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80
Predictive World Simulators
Predictive World Simulators
Microsoft's Madingley Model World Simulator Studies Global Organisms
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79
Car-Worshipping Comics
Car-Worshipping Comics
Matt Inman Pays Homage to the Tesla Model S Car with a Comic
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78
Fuel-Efficient Gearboxes
Fuel-Efficient Gearboxes
Volkswagon Presents the DSG Gearbox to Save Fuel
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77
Chromatic Paper Rugs
Chromatic Paper Rugs
The Scholten & Baijings Paper Carpet Adds a Delicate Touch to Any Home
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76
Self-Sufficient Toilets
Self-Sufficient Toilets
Caltech + Kohler Present Solar-Powered Potties
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75
Trash-Fuelled Airways
Trash-Fuelled Airways
British Airways is Working with Solena Fuels for an Eco-Friendly Alternative
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74
Vibrant Fungi Photography
Vibrant Fungi Photography
Steve Axford's Mushroom Pictures Show Off the Fungi's Unexpected Beauty
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73
Bike Clean-Up Campaigns
Bike Clean-Up Campaigns
Dead Pedal NY Uses Instagram to Rid City Streets of Abandoned Bicycles
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72
Compact Bicycle Motors
Compact Bicycle Motors
The Velospeeder E-Drive System Gives Cyclists the Option of Going Electric
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71
Champagne Cork Candles
Champagne Cork Candles
These Celebratory Candles Set the Mood for Champagne-Popping Champions
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70
Radioactive Village Photography
Radioactive Village Photography
Yuki Iwanami's Photos Capture an Abandoned Japanese Village
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69
Water-Collecting Bio Buildings
Water-Collecting Bio Buildings
Ivanka's Rainwater Management System Creates Clean Drinking Water
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68
Edible Bug-Growing Machines
Edible Bug-Growing Machines
The Fly Factory Helps to Grow Insects for Eating Bugs
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67
Cranium-Shaped Eco Accessories
Cranium-Shaped Eco Accessories
The Ceramic Skull Planter from Etsy Shop Mudpuppy are Sculptural
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66
Shrimp Shell Bioplastics
Shrimp Shell Bioplastics
A 100% Biodegradable Plastic Presents an Exciting Sustainable Development
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65
Prehistoric Plant Accessories
Prehistoric Plant Accessories
These DIY Dinosaur Planters by Mandy Crandell are Fiercely Fun
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64
Paper Art-Inspired Shelters
Paper Art-Inspired Shelters
The Origami House by Architecture Global Aid is Ideal for Emergencies
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63
Elegant Cork Illuminators
Elegant Cork Illuminators
The Pianissimo Lamp from Discipline Promoted Sustainable Design
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62
Latticed Eco Pavilions
Latticed Eco Pavilions
This Sustainable Italian Pavilion was a Winning Entry in Expo Milano 2015
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61
Auto-Dimming Sun Lights
Auto-Dimming Sun Lights
The Energy Efficient Drift Light Bulb Mimics the Sun's Setting Patterns
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60
Eco Electric Bicycles
Eco Electric Bicycles
In Austria, IKEA is Adding an Electric Bike to Its Catalog
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59
Suspended Splinter Staircases
Suspended Splinter Staircases
Nishi's Environmentally Sustainable Design Uses Thousands of Boards
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58
Typhoon-Resistant Architecture
Typhoon-Resistant Architecture
This Innovative School Building Was Designed by MAT-TER
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57
Thatched African Hotels
Thatched African Hotels
The Kyambura Lodge by Regional Associates is a Modern Twist on Tradition
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56
Rare American Landscape Photography
Rare American Landscape Photography
Ansel Adams Wilderness by Peter Essick Embraces Conservation
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55
Trailblazing Electric Motorcycles
Trailblazing Electric Motorcycles
The 2014 Zero SR is at the Vanguard of Electric Bike Innovation
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54
Ingenious Solar Carports
Ingenious Solar Carports
This Energy-Efficient Solar Carport is Designed for BMW Electric Vehicles
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53
Sprouting Bottle Caps
Sprouting Bottle Caps
Petomato Lets You Start a Small Garden Inside a Recycled Plastic Bottle
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52
Eco-Friendly Denim Shoes
Eco-Friendly Denim Shoes
The Puma 'Re-Cut Project' Shoes are Manufactured from Recycled Denim
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51
Framed Concrete Planters
Framed Concrete Planters
The Weight Vases Will Add a Unique Illusory Effect to Your Greenery
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50
Memory-Infused Candles
Memory-Infused Candles
The Woodlot Coconut Wax Candle is Handmade and Minimalist
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49
Wild Animal Face Masks
Wild Animal Face Masks
These Isshindo Face Masks Save Your Skin and Tokyo's Zoo Animals
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48
Beautiful Garbage Art
Beautiful Garbage Art
This Artist Swaps Fruit for Garbage in This Captivating Series
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47
Chic Composting Bags
Chic Composting Bags
The Bacsac Composting Bag Holds Organic Waste in Stylish Geo-Fabric
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46
Sustainable Surfboard Art Works
Sustainable Surfboard Art Works
The BSI Mini Surfboard from CB2 Features an Eco-Friendly Design
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45
Submerged Streetscape Images
Submerged Streetscape Images
CarbonStory's World Under Water Illustrates Rising Sea Levels
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44
Minimalist Stone Planters
Minimalist Stone Planters
This DIY Activity Transforms Ordinary Pieces of Stone into Chic Planters
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43
Critical Consumerism Tees
Critical Consumerism Tees
This Eco Conscious Shirt Contains Legalese On Earth's Special Offers
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42
Eco-Friendly Buildings
Eco-Friendly Buildings
Powerhouse Kjorbo is the First Building Renovated to Be Energy-Positive
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41
Anti-Food Waste Apps
Anti-Food Waste Apps
The PareUp App Lets You Buy Excess Food From Retailers at a Low Cost
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40
Quilt-Like Paper Garments
Quilt-Like Paper Garments
Fashion Designer Miguel Mesa Posada is Inspired by Silver Mines
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39
Shared Washer Subscriptions
Shared Washer Subscriptions
A Washing Machine Rental Service Saves the Environment and Your Money
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38
Acrobatic Hip Hop Shelves
Acrobatic Hip Hop Shelves
Place Your Books on the Spanky Line of Bookshelves
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37
Bespoke Italian Bicycles
Bespoke Italian Bicycles
Scatto Italiano Crafts Custom Bicycle Designs with Fine Materials
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36
Unusual Cow-Part Handbags
Unusual Cow-Part Handbags
Precious Skin by Victoria Ledig is Made Up of Ears, Tails and Faces
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35
Biscuit Dish Bakers
Biscuit Dish Bakers
The Bake.A.Dish Electrolux Concept Produces an Edible Bowl for Every Meal
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34
App-Connected Home Gardens
App-Connected Home Gardens
The Niwa Smart Growing System Helps Anybody Have Green Thumbs
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33
Smog Absorbing Air Purifiers
Smog Absorbing Air Purifiers
The EVE Ionizer is a Portable Purifier for Any Location
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32
Futuristic Torpedo Cars
Futuristic Torpedo Cars
The Laval Eco-Marathon Americas 2014 Vehicle is Extremely Gas Efficient
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31
Illuminating Patio Umbrellas
Illuminating Patio Umbrellas
Ni LED Parasol Lights Up Your Outdoor Space While Providing Shelter
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30
Architectural Pop-Up Planters
Architectural Pop-Up Planters
These PostCarden Cards by Another Studio Re-Imagine Greetings
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29
App-Connected Home Gardens (UPDATE)
App-Connected Home Gardens (UPDATE)
Niwa Makes It Easy to Grow Your Own Food at Home
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28
Wholly Upcycled Interiors
Wholly Upcycled Interiors
Francois Duquesnoy Uses Recycled Furniture Ideas to Create Quick Spaces
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27
Nasal Air Purifiers
Nasal Air Purifiers
These Unusual Nose Masks Help Chinese Police Breathe Clean Air
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26
Cylindrical Concrete Beehives
Cylindrical Concrete Beehives
The Apiarium Hive Accommodates Bees in Urban Spaces
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25
Recycled Mobile Homeless Shelters
Recycled Mobile Homeless Shelters
The Homelessness Project Uses Discarded Items to Provide Housing
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24
Musical Ashtray Installations
Musical Ashtray Installations
Fumo's Behavioral Design Hopes to Cease Cigarette Butts Litter
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23
Upcycled Shipping Container Abodes
Upcycled Shipping Container Abodes
GM's Shipping Container House Will Recycle from Its Factories
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22
Shipping Container Bars
Shipping Container Bars
North Arrow Studio Set Up a Trendy New Hotspot Called 'Container Bar'
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21
Modular Pyramid Planters
Modular Pyramid Planters
The Microgarden by Tomorrow Machine Allows for Indoor Gardening
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20
Plasma Purifying Washers
Plasma Purifying Washers
The Vibrate Jelly Laundry Machine Cleans Clothes with Agitation and Goo
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19
Sustainable Luxury Villas
Sustainable Luxury Villas
Casa 7A is a Luxurious and Sustainable Country Villa
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18
Idyllic Hillside Homes
Idyllic Hillside Homes
This Rustic Mountain House in Mexico is Stunning and Unique
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17
Air Duct Vertical Gardens
Air Duct Vertical Gardens
The Biowall by Purdue University Absorbs Toxins and Breaks Them Down
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16
Luxury Cardboard Furniture
Luxury Cardboard Furniture
The Canyon Collection by Giancarlo Zema is Curvaceously Textured
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15
Hi-Tech Plant Incubators
Hi-Tech Plant Incubators
SPIC= by Kristof Koczka is a 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Finalist
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14
Trash Food Chain Ads
Trash Food Chain Ads
These Surfrider Ads Show Where Garbage in the Ocean Eventually Ends Up
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13
Nature-Integrated Homes
Nature-Integrated Homes
Bourne Blue Architecture Has Created an Australian Oasis
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12
Efficiently Redesigned Bicycles
Efficiently Redesigned Bicycles
The MaynoothBike is Designed for Maximum Comfort and Efficiency
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11
Effortless Greenhouse Containers
Effortless Greenhouse Containers
E. Green by Su Wen Yuan Require Minimum Intervention to Work
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10
Public Transit Shipping
Public Transit Shipping
The Link Urban Logistics System Would Use Trams to Distribute Cargo
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9
Widget-Style Washing Machines
Widget-Style Washing Machines
The Electrolux Luna Concept is an Inside-Out Clothing Cleaner
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8
Compact Commuter Helicopters
Compact Commuter Helicopters
The Eduardo Galvani Fly Citycopter Plane is Designed for Transit
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7
Modular Green Wall Accessories
Modular Green Wall Accessories
These Shane Powers Ceramic Wall Planters are Eco-Conscious
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6
Mobile Metropolitan Microfarms
Mobile Metropolitan Microfarms
The Bowery Project Uses Vacant Lots to Support Urban Agriculture
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5
Plastic Bottle Vegetable Gardens
Plastic Bottle Vegetable Gardens
The Petomato Planter is Organic, Educational and Eco-Friendly
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4
Eco-Friendly Portuguese Homes
Eco-Friendly Portuguese Homes
Miramar House is Located in a Picturesque Portuguese Town
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3
Compact Collapsible Bicycles
Compact Collapsible Bicycles
The Gianluca Sada Bike Design Can Be Doubled Over Like an Umbrella
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2
Unpackaged Food Supermarkets
Unpackaged Food Supermarkets
Original Unpacked is Lowering Food Waste by Unconventional Means
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1
Earthy Product Packaging
Earthy Product Packaging
GreenLife's New All-Natural Branding Identity is Fresh and Harmonious
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