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Top 45 Eco Design Ideas in May

From DIY Cardboard Toys to Floating Urban Forests

— May 29, 2016 — Autos
Even though Earth Day initiatives have wrapped up for the year, there are still plenty of May 2016 eco design ideas to inspire consumers to commit to making the world a better place every single day. Some of these ideas include guides for creating DIY toys from household materials, smartphone-controlled greenhouses and even cardboard houses that can be lived in.

Recently, San Francisco announced that it will require all new buildings to install solar panels. Changes like this on a large scale may prove to be very promising for future sustainability plans. The roof is a place that's also becoming popular for farming and wind turbines to be installed, signaling new opportunities for many of these spaces that ordinarily go unused.
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Thermal Energy-Trapping Buildings
Thermal Energy-Trapping Buildings
The Rocky Mountain Institute's Building is Aptly Eco-Friendly
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Smartphone-Controlled Greenhouses
Smartphone-Controlled Greenhouses
The EcoQube Air Desktop Greenhouse Can Be Monitored Via Phone
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Sustainable School Cafeterias
Sustainable School Cafeterias
Muse School Encourages Plant-Based Diet from a Solar Power Kitchen
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Sustainable Supertall Skyscrapers
Sustainable Supertall Skyscrapers
The Wuhan Greenland Center EmbracesWater Conservation Measures
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40
Solar-Powered Bus Shelters
Solar-Powered Bus Shelters
London's New Solar Bus Shelters Use Photovoltaic Technology
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39
Upcycled Design Samples
Upcycled Design Samples
The 'Save a Sample!' Project Aims to Put Old Product Samples to New Use
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38
Eco-Friendly Plane Wing Designs
Eco-Friendly Plane Wing Designs
A Collaboration Between NASA and Boeing Could Cut Plane Emissions
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37
Eco-Friendly Coffee Pods
Eco-Friendly Coffee Pods
A Recyclable K-Cup Helps to Reduce the Massive Waste Produce by the Brand
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36
Upcycled Wine Barrel Longboards
Upcycled Wine Barrel Longboards
These Longboards are Made from Marlborough Wine Barrels
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35
Sustainable Feces Building Materials
Sustainable Feces Building Materials
Merdacotta Could Replace Terracotta Tiles for Building
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34
Rainproof Solar Panels
Rainproof Solar Panels
New Solar Cell Technology Could Absorb Energy in Overcast Conditions
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Comprehensive Community Infrastructure
Comprehensive Community Infrastructure
The Watly is a Solar Hub That Provides Multiple Services
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Self-Driving Concept Cars
Self-Driving Concept Cars
The LeSEE Concept Car is Being Marketed as an Autonomous Taxi
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Pedestrian-Oriented Urban Redesigns
Pedestrian-Oriented Urban Redesigns
The Place de la Bastille Undergoes a Remodel for Foot Traffic
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Parking Lot-Adjacent Dwellings
Parking Lot-Adjacent Dwellings
The 'ZEDpod' is a Low-Carbon Building Design that's Affordable
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Folding Chair Scooters
Folding Chair Scooters
The 'eFOLDi' Personal Vehicle Offers Three Uses in One Design
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28
Floating Urban Forests
Floating Urban Forests
'Swale' is a Floating Barge Topped with an Edible Forest Garden
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Ruggedly Efficient Eco Chargers
Ruggedly Efficient Eco Chargers
The Goal Zero 'Nomad 7 Plus' Mobile Solar Panel Offers Convenience
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Garden Seed Packaging
Garden Seed Packaging
Pinch of Soil by Yara Marie Sayad is Efficiently Designed & Multi-Functional
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Device-Charging Benches
Device-Charging Benches
This Solar Outdoor Lighting Solution Offers Multiple Features
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24
Contemporary Cargo Scooters
Contemporary Cargo Scooters
The Nimble Urban Scooter Features a Handy Cargo Rack on the Front
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Futuristic Rescue Aircrafts
Futuristic Rescue Aircrafts
The Sikorsky 'KANI' Light Electric Aircraft Features Space for Two
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Illusionary 3D Crosswalks
Illusionary 3D Crosswalks
These Geometric Optical Illusion Road Decals Inspire Safer Crossings
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Tiny Hemp Homes
Tiny Hemp Homes
This Hemp Home Makes Use Of Sustainable Hemp-Based Materials
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Soap-Based Packaging
Soap-Based Packaging
Bennison's Creative Clothing Packaging is Made of Biodegradable Soap Paper
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Solar Cell-Embedded Roads
Solar Cell-Embedded Roads
'Solmove' is Designing a Flexible Glass Carpet Filled with Solar Cells
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18
Futuristic Hover Bikes
Futuristic Hover Bikes
The Chico is a Conceptual Vehicle that Features a Rounded Pod Shape
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Biodegradable Toothbrush Packaging
Biodegradable Toothbrush Packaging
The GreenPanda Bamboo Toothbrush Comes in a Plant-Based Package
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Driverless Transportation Pods
Driverless Transportation Pods
Singapore's GRT Pods Could Revolutionize Public Transport
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15
Compact Public Transportation Vehicles
Compact Public Transportation Vehicles
The 'Tempo' Compact Vehicle Offers Space for Two Riders
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14
Bacteria-Powered Lighting
Bacteria-Powered Lighting
Glowee Uses Bioluminescent Bacteria as a Sustainable Source of Light
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13
Compact Planter Composts
Compact Planter Composts
The 'Uroboro' Composting Bin Reduces Waste Going to the Landfill
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12
Suctioning Solar Panel Chargers
Suctioning Solar Panel Chargers
The GreenLighting Solar Phone Charger Power Bank is Efficient
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11
Liveable Cardboard Abodes
Liveable Cardboard Abodes
The Wikkelhouse is a Sustainable House Made From Recycled Paper
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10
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
Rooftop Spirulina Farms
This Startup is Growing Edible Algae on Top of a Bangkok Hotel
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9
Connected Rooftop Wind Turbines
Connected Rooftop Wind Turbines
This Mountable Turbine is The First Connected Wind Energy Source
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8
Bike-Friendly Office Buildings
Bike-Friendly Office Buildings
The Oslo Solar Building is Designed for Bike Storage and Repairs
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Economical Single-Seat Helicopters
Economical Single-Seat Helicopters
This Personal Helicopter Design Allows Flyers to Avoid Delays
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6
Dual Transportation Auto Concepts
Dual Transportation Auto Concepts
The Audi Connected Mobility Comes with an Electric Longboard
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5
Portable At-Home Greenhouses
Portable At-Home Greenhouses
Design House Stockholm's Miniature Greenhouse Brings the Outdoors In
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4
Portable Induction Hobs
Portable Induction Hobs
IKEA's New TILLREDA Induction Hob is Made for Small Living Spaces
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3
DIY Cardboard Toys
DIY Cardboard Toys
MacoshDesign Created Downloadable Templates to Make Eco-Friendly Toys
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2
Stilted Solar Homes
Stilted Solar Homes
The Sustainable ZED Pods Can Be Installed in Parking Lots
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Chic Shipping Container Homes
Chic Shipping Container Homes
The Honomobo Shipping Container Living Spaces Satisfy Needs
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