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Top 100 Eco Ideas in June

From Solar Panel Retail Programs to Recycled Cotton Jeans

— July 2, 2016 — Eco
As the June 2016 eco trends reveal, companies are coming up with increasingly creative ideas when it comes to reducing their impact on the planet. Whether it is making changes to their facilities or to the products they sell, it is clear that brands are beginning to take environmental concerns far more seriously.

The June 2016 eco trends demonstrate that one way companies are making eco-friendly changes is at the retail level. For instance, companies such as IKEA, Target and Staples are running in-store recycling programs to help keep batteries, bulbs and other electronic waste out of local landfills. Another creative example is Etsy's partnership with Geostellar, which aims to make solar energy more accessible to members of the Etsy community.

Beyond retail changes, one of the most dramatic ways brands are reducing their impact on the environment is by changing the kinds of products that they sell. For instance, Levi's recently created the first pair of jeans made from 100 percent recycled cotton. Such advancements demonstrate that brands are increasingly paying attention to the consumer demand for green products.
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Coastal Biodiversity Apps
Coastal Biodiversity Apps
This Wildlife App Showcases the Species of British Columbia's Coast
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98
Crowdsourced Ecological Apps
Crowdsourced Ecological Apps
This Environmental Information Leverages the Power Of the Crowd
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97
Sustainable Mass-Transit Systems
Sustainable Mass-Transit Systems
This Company Sells Heavy-Duty Electric Motors for Public Transit
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96
Seaside Traffic-Clearing Trains
Seaside Traffic-Clearing Trains
The Expo Line Drops Passengers at the Beach to Reduce Traffic
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95
Delivery-Based Recycling Programs
Delivery-Based Recycling Programs
Staple's Driver Take-Back Program Collects Electronics on Site
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94
Electric Car-Monetizing Programs
Electric Car-Monetizing Programs
This New Program Lets Drivers Sell Their Car Battery Energy
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93
Ecological Plastic Rings
Ecological Plastic Rings
Saltwater Brewery Creates Digestible Six-Pack Packaging to Reduce Waste
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92
Solar Panel Retail Programs
Solar Panel Retail Programs
Etsy and Geostellar Partnered to Offer Solar Financing Options
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91
Rainwater-Powered Homes
Rainwater-Powered Homes
REGN by Benjamin Koh Harnesses Energy and Provides Fresh Water
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90
Connected Irrigation Valves
Connected Irrigation Valves
This Smart Device Helps Reduce Home Water Consumption
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89
Rewarding Retail Recycling Programs
Rewarding Retail Recycling Programs
Target's NextWorth Program Rewards Consumers with Gift Cards
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88
Giant Floating Wind Farms
Giant Floating Wind Farms
Hywind Park in Scotland Will Boast Five Six-megawatt Turbines
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87
Furniture Store Recycling Programs
Furniture Store Recycling Programs
IKEA Stores Recycle Compact Fluorescent Lights and Batteries
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86
Eco-Friendly Vehicle Plug-Ins
Eco-Friendly Vehicle Plug-Ins
BMW is Turning Its Entire Fleet Eco-Friendly with Updated Plug-Ins
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85
Energy-Saving Storage Facilities
Energy-Saving Storage Facilities
This Multi-Functional Art Storage Facility Will Conserve Energy
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84
Emissions-Reducing Efficient Engines
Emissions-Reducing Efficient Engines
The Ford 2.0-Liter EcoBlue Diesel Engine is Powerful
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83
Rapid Moving Services
Rapid Moving Services
The Trusk Startup Works Like An Uber For All Your Moving Needs
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82
Upcycled Eco-Friendly Boxes
Upcycled Eco-Friendly Boxes
Simin Qiu Reuses Pine Leftovers for his 'End Grain' Project
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81
Edible Six-Pack Rings
Edible Six-Pack Rings
Saltwater Brewery's Beer Six-Pack Feeds Ocean Life
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80
Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Initiatives
Pedestrian-Friendly Urban Initiatives
Barcelona's New Superblocks Return Road Space to Pedestrians
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79
Temperature Control Clothing
Temperature Control Clothing
This Cüler Clothing Concept Aims to Control Temperature in the Heat
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78
Chic Solar Charging Stations
Chic Solar Charging Stations
The Peugeot 'Driveco Parsol' Vehicle Charging Station is Sustainable
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77
Ecological Library Rooftops
Ecological Library Rooftops
Vancouver Central Library's Top Floor Will be a Green Space Community
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76
Contemporary Mexican Homes
Contemporary Mexican Homes
The 'La Casa En El Bosque' Home Mixes Modern and Natural Elements
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75
Enormous Lettuce Factories
Enormous Lettuce Factories
SPREAD Co.'s Sustainable Agricultural System Addresses Food Security
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74
Brass Eco Frames
Brass Eco Frames
These Ecological Frames are Inspired by Chinese Divination
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73
Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings
Eco-Friendly Home Furnishings
This Company is Now Shifting Towards Sustainable Product Lines
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72
Modular Insect Farms
Modular Insect Farms
The Cricket Shelter is an Urban Farm for Raising Free-Range Crickets
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71
Solar-Powered Hotels
Solar-Powered Hotels
This Environmentally-Friendly Hotel Will Also Empower Community Initiatives
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70
Solar Energy Startups
Solar Energy Startups
This Solar Startup Offers Solar Power Services and Accepts Mobile Payments
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69
Sustainable Solar Shops
Sustainable Solar Shops
IKEA in the UK Will be Selling and Installing Home Solar Panels Now
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68
Cannabis-Constructed Cars
Cannabis-Constructed Cars
Bruce Dietzen Has Created an Environmentally Friendly Car Made from Hemp
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67
Food Waste Programs
Food Waste Programs
South Korea's Pay as You Trash Help Create a More Responsible System
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66
Eco-Friendly Off-Road UTVs
Eco-Friendly Off-Road UTVs
The Nikola Zero UTV Beats Gasoline Vehicles in Performance
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65
Silver-Woven Undergarments
Silver-Woven Undergarments
Organic Basics Mens Undergarments are Sweat-Free and Kill Bacteria
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64
Water-Cleaning Microbots
Water-Cleaning Microbots
These Tiny Underwater Robots Can Suck Pollutants Out of Water
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63
Eco-Friendly Coffee Capsules
Eco-Friendly Coffee Capsules
The 'WayCap' Nespresso Capsule is Reusable and Customizable
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62
Earthquake-Resistant Orphanages
Earthquake-Resistant Orphanages
This Structure Provides Shelter for Orphaned Haitian Children
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61
Small Portable Microwaves
Small Portable Microwaves
This Portable Microwave is the Size of the Standard Thermos
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60
Shipping-Friendly Bottles
Shipping-Friendly Bottles
The 'Hole Bottle' Enhances the Shipping Efficiency of Packaging Bottles
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59
Butcher-Inspired Sculptures
Butcher-Inspired Sculptures
Hanan Alkouh's Meat Art is a Commentary on Wasteful Consumption
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58
Conscious Beauty Collaborations
Conscious Beauty Collaborations
This Eco-Friendly Beauty Brand is Launching a New Line with Target
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57
Fire-Alerting Birdhouses
Fire-Alerting Birdhouses
The Connected Birdhouse Can Send Out a Signal and Forest Fire Warning
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56
Urban-Only Electric Vehicles
Urban-Only Electric Vehicles
The Huracan 'City Rover' Offers Impressive Power in the City
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55
Plant-Based Beverage Cartons
Plant-Based Beverage Cartons
The 'Tetra Top' is Made from Sugarcane and FSC-Certified Paperboard
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54
Food Waste-Themed Festivals
Food Waste-Themed Festivals
The 'Feeding the 5000' Festival Featured Dishes Made from Food Waste
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53
Bird-Watching Pavilions
Bird-Watching Pavilions
This Pavilion Art Project is Part of a Bird Protection Initiative
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52
Eco Beauty Brand Initiatives
Eco Beauty Brand Initiatives
L'Oreal's New Business Plan is Centered Around Carbon Balancing
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51
Biomass Cooking Stoves
Biomass Cooking Stoves
The 'Enki Stove Wild' Uses Solar Energy to Keep the Fire Going
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50
Wireless Shifting Electric Bikes
Wireless Shifting Electric Bikes
The Stromer ST2 S is a Fast Electric Bike with a 110-Mile Range
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49
Eco-Friendly Phone Chargers
Eco-Friendly Phone Chargers
This Phone-Charging Plant Powers Your Smartphone Battery the Green Way
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48
Sustainable Energy Coolers
Sustainable Energy Coolers
The 'Johnny Cool' Outdoor Cooler is an All-in-One Party Unit
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47
Recycled Cotton Jeans
Recycled Cotton Jeans
The Newest Levi's Jeans are Made Out of Old Cotton T-Shirts
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46
Stylish Pop-Up Greenhouses
Stylish Pop-Up Greenhouses
Growth: An Exhibition of Designs for Plants is for Modern Green Thumbs
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45
Eco-Friendly Tortilla Bowls
Eco-Friendly Tortilla Bowls
KFC India is Testing an Edible Bowl for Environmental Purposes
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44
Data-Analyzing Bikes
Data-Analyzing Bikes
This Smart Bike Detects Every Physical Aspect of Your Ride
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43
Portable Energy System Concepts
Portable Energy System Concepts
This Solar Energy Concept Would Harness Energy to Power Daily Tech
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42
Futuristic Car Wash Displays
Futuristic Car Wash Displays
This Car Wash Allows for Car Owners to View the Washing Process
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41
Modular Sustainable Homes
Modular Sustainable Homes
Finch Buildings Designs Homes Intended to Leave Zero Carbon Footprint
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40
Resourceful Eco Homes
Resourceful Eco Homes
SPS + ARCHITECTS Designed a Stunning Home Using Recycled Materials
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39
Biodegradable Fungi Chairs
Biodegradable Fungi Chairs
The Terreform ONE Seat is Temporal With a Make of Compostable Mushrooms
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38
Cruelty-Free Shoe Collections
Cruelty-Free Shoe Collections
Vagabond's 'Non-Animal Collection' Introduces All-Vegan Footwear
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37
Brand Product Recycling Campaigns
Brand Product Recycling Campaigns
The Unilever 'Rinse. Recycle. Reimagine' Program is Educatioal
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36
Energy-Producing Tiles
Energy-Producing Tiles
These New Floor Tiles from Pavegen Convert Kinetic Energy to Electricity
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35
Solar-Powered Watering Robots
Solar-Powered Watering Robots
'Naiad' is a Smart Watering System That Saves Water
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34
Micro Industrial Eco-Shops
Micro Industrial Eco-Shops
These 'Makerspace' Structures in Ghana Will Re-purpose 'E-Waste'
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33
Tree House Exhibitions
Tree House Exhibitions
Woven Pods at the Melbourne Zoo Offer an Immersive Experience
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32
Communal Living Houses
Communal Living Houses
Open Door Offers Co-Living Spaces for People to Live as a "Family"
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31
Rooftop Botanical Bars
Rooftop Botanical Bars
The Leaf Bar & Lounge's Aesthetic and Drinks are Inspired by Nature
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30
Chainless Electric Bikes
Chainless Electric Bikes
The Bike2 is a Rechargeable Electric Bike for Urban Commuters
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29
Custom Sustainable Homes
Custom Sustainable Homes
These High-Speed Houses Encourage Sustainability in India
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28
Food Waste Fertilizers
Food Waste Fertilizers
This Startup is Turning Food Waste into an Odorless Fertilizer
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27
Autonomous Luxury Cars
Autonomous Luxury Cars
The BMW 'i NEXT' Design is a Luxurious Two-Person Electric Car
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26
Customizable Paper Houses
Customizable Paper Houses
This House Made of Paperboard Looks Like It is Made from Wood
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25
Portable Herb Kits
Portable Herb Kits
Etsy's recycledideas Shop Specializes in Indoor Gardening Supplies
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24
Liveable Cardboard Abodes
Liveable Cardboard Abodes
The Wikkelhouse is a Sustainable House Made From Recycled Paper
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Self-Sustaining Villages
Self-Sustaining Villages
The ReGen Community is Able to Create its Own Energy and Food
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22
Bike-Upgrading Motors
Bike-Upgrading Motors
The 'GeoOrbital' Wheel Bike Kit Makes Any Traditional Bicycle Electric
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21
Plastic Bottle Villages
Plastic Bottle Villages
Panama's Plastic Bottle Village Project Raises Environmental Awareness
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20
Multifunctional Wine Boxes
Multifunctional Wine Boxes
The Viajes de un Catador Box Wine Packaging is for Storage and Serving
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19
Handcrafted Sustainable Jewelry
Handcrafted Sustainable Jewelry
Designer Amado Gudek Makes Eco-friendly Jewelry Pieces
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18
Off-Grid Stone Residences
Off-Grid Stone Residences
This Off-Grid House Is Made From a Volcanic Rock Material
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17
Eco-Friendly Air Coolers
Eco-Friendly Air Coolers
The Symphony Cloud Air Cooler is Far More Efficient Than AC Units
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16
Ice-Powered Air Conditioners
Ice-Powered Air Conditioners
The 'Geizeer' is an Energy-Efficient Air Conditioner for All
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15
Functional Commuter Scooters
Functional Commuter Scooters
The 'GiGi' Electric Folding Scooter is Easy to Ride and Transport
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14
Powered Electric Bike Trailers
Powered Electric Bike Trailers
The 'Carla' Cargo Trailer Enhances Electric Bikes with Extra Power
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13
Artistic Plastic Igloos
Artistic Plastic Igloos
The PolyShell is an Igloo Constructed Out of Recycled Plastic
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Futuristic SUV Electric Motorcycles
Futuristic SUV Electric Motorcycles
The 'Carbon SUV' E-Bike Motorcycle is Designed for Performance
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11
Garden-Topped Houses
Garden-Topped Houses
This Concept House Features a Rooftop Vegetable Garden and Solar Heating
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10
Eco-Friendly Mountain Chalets
Eco-Friendly Mountain Chalets
This French Chalet Was Designed with Sustainable Features
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9
Portable Toothpaste Pods
Portable Toothpaste Pods
Poppits' Eco-Friendly Soft Gel Pods Do Away with Plastic Tubes
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8
Levitating Magnetic Planters
Levitating Magnetic Planters
The Designers of FLYTE Light Bulbs Created a Look of Floating Plants
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7
Cuisine-Enhancing Farm Boxes
Cuisine-Enhancing Farm Boxes
The U-ING Hydroponic Grow System Keeps Fresh Herbs Constantly Growing
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6
Multi-Fuel City Cars
Multi-Fuel City Cars
The Mirrow 'Provocator' Electric City Car is Compact Yet Spacious
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5
Next-Gen Sustainable Buildings
Next-Gen Sustainable Buildings
This Sustainable Building Design Sets a New Standard for the Future
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4
Single-Step Folding Bikes
Single-Step Folding Bikes
The 'PLOOI' Folding Electric Bike is Ready to Go at the Push of a Button
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3
Car Pop-Up Campers
Car Pop-Up Campers
The BlackFin Camper Box is a Hard-Shell Pop-Up Tent
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2
Efficient Energy Homes
Efficient Energy Homes
Studio 804's New York Street Passive House is Ecological for the Future
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1
DIY Eco Campers
DIY Eco Campers
This Diy Camper is Surprisingly Made from Plastic Campaign Signs
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