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Top 100 Eco Trends in October

From Shipping Container Villages to Cork Yoga Mats

— October 25, 2015 — Eco
The October 2015 eco ideas feature a lot of repurposing, from dried herbs turned into the bristles of brushes to parks made from former roads and pieces of a railroad now functioning as working pieces of furniture.

Although materials like plastic bottles and scrap wood have had their time in the spotlight as the eco movement kicks off, there are dozens of new materials that are coming to light as more people think about being more conscious in their daily lives. Plants themselves are even becoming prized for their air-purifying properties, such as in a project by 'You Talking to Me' that features the logos of iconic brands remixed in foliage forms.

One of the most statement-making pieces about consumption and sustainability is a photo series from Fabrice Monteiro that has models dressed in waste that's styled as couture fashion.
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Freshness
99
Organic Nut Butters
Organic Nut Butters
These Elegantly Packaged Butters Use Watercolor Images of Each Nut Flavor
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98
Smartphone-Charging Solar Lamps
Smartphone-Charging Solar Lamps
This Personal Solar Light is Designed for Everyday Use
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97
Reclaimed Timber Artwork
Reclaimed Timber Artwork
Ridley Stallings Creates Charming Designs Using Discarded Wood
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96
Water-Purifying Pumps
Water-Purifying Pumps
This Portable Water Purifier Creates Clean Drinking Water on the Go
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95
Foliage Enclosed Walkways
Foliage Enclosed Walkways
This Path is Fully Secluded with Overhanging Trailing Plants
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94
High-Performance Solar Chargers
High-Performance Solar Chargers
The 'Little Sun Charge' Quickly Powers Devices Using Natural Light
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93
Environmentally Conscious Illustrations
Environmentally Conscious Illustrations
Egle Plytnikaite Uses Cartoons to Address Global Warming
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92
Chromatic Rock Sculptures
Chromatic Rock Sculptures
This Art Exhibit by Ugo Rondinone Features Abstract Inukshuks
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91
Eco-Friendly Silk Footwear
Eco-Friendly Silk Footwear
This Collection by Sergio Rossi Won the Green Carpet Challenge
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90
Large Scale Green Communities
Large Scale Green Communities
This Plan Proposes the Largest Green Roof in the World
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89
Drought-Defying Shelters
Drought-Defying Shelters
These Unique Homes are Made from Translucent Salt Blocks
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88
Eco-Friendly Irrigation Monitors
Eco-Friendly Irrigation Monitors
The RainMachine Will Watch the Weather Report to Save Water
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87
Exquisite Trash Fashions
Exquisite Trash Fashions
Candy Carousel by Janet Lee & Lorraine Kwan is Upcycled and Unusual
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86
Sustainable Woolen Furniture
Sustainable Woolen Furniture
This Furniture Line Uses Sheep Wool to Form a Solid Piece of Material
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85
Road-Transformed Parks
Road-Transformed Parks
The Living Streets Project in Belgium Turns Roads Into Summer Parks
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84
Practical Compact Cars
Practical Compact Cars
The Mercedes Benz 'Smart Fortwo' is Perfect for City Driving
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83
Bottle Cap Outfits
Bottle Cap Outfits
Josh Stolberg Creates Astounding Artwork Out of Ordinary Bottle Caps
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82
Sporty Electric Vehicles
Sporty Electric Vehicles
The 2016 Prius Focuses On Design and Technology
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81
Bamboo-Made Skyscrapers
Bamboo-Made Skyscrapers
This Trio of Sustainable Towers Will Be Connected By Bridges
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80
Remodeled Factory Restaurants
Remodeled Factory Restaurants
This Eatery and Meeting Space Used to Exclusively Produce Sausages
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79
Upcycled Store Interiors
Upcycled Store Interiors
This Quirky Shoe Store Features Shelves Made from Car Windshields
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78
Eco-Friendly Vertical Gardens
Eco-Friendly Vertical Gardens
The Rain Garden Doesn't Use Any Electric Power
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77
Shape-Shifting Cars
Shape-Shifting Cars
The Mercedes Concept IAA Changes Shape at High Speeds for Fuel Efficiently
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76
Educational Air Purifiers
Educational Air Purifiers
This Virtual Vase Has Three Intelligent, Kid-Focused Functions in One
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75
Food Waste Energy Converters
Food Waste Energy Converters
The Horse Project is a Machine That Converts Food into Renewable Fuel
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74
Cycle-In Offices
Cycle-In Offices
Studio RHE Designed This Building with Bike Ramps for Cycling Straight into Work
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73
Salvaged Railroad Furniture
Salvaged Railroad Furniture
This Ping Pong Table is Made Out of Reclaimed Railroad Tracks
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72
Eco Teabag Coffee
Eco Teabag Coffee
The K-POD Coffee System Reduces Waste for Sustainable Caffeine Consumption
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71
Eco Footprint-Tracking Wearables
Eco Footprint-Tracking Wearables
The 'Worldbeing' Shows How Your Choices Affect the Environment
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70
Scrap Wood Sculptures
Scrap Wood Sculptures
This Abandoned Building Has Been Decorated with Re-Purposed Wood
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69
Smart Water Meters
Smart Water Meters
The 'Fluid' Smart Water Meter Lets You Know Exactly How Much Water You Use
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68
Wooden Business Cards
Wooden Business Cards
These Sleek Wooden Cards are Made Using Discarded Doors
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67
Artwork-Inspired Bicycles
Artwork-Inspired Bicycles
These Bike Installations Resemble Famous Works of Art at the MIA
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66
Colorful African Chairs
Colorful African Chairs
These Afrian-Themed Chairs Feature Vibrant Colors and Upcycled Materials
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65
Lean River-Like Buildings
Lean River-Like Buildings
This Fluid Structure Connects Two Buildings on the Grace Farms Reserve
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64
All-Natural Algae Biofuels
All-Natural Algae Biofuels
Fukushima Has Created a Green Energy Source Made from Seaweed
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63
Floating Housing Units
Floating Housing Units
These Amphibious Abodes Aim to Solve the Housing Crisis in London
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62
Electricity-Free Treadmills
Electricity-Free Treadmills
This Eco-Friendly Workout Machine is Completely Self-Powered
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61
Rustic Repurposed Lamps
Rustic Repurposed Lamps
This Lamp Features Repurposed Materials for a Vintage Look
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60
Artisan Popsicle Packages
Artisan Popsicle Packages
This Healthy Treat Uses Wholesome Ingredients & Sustainable Packaging
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59
Solar-Powered Parkas
Solar-Powered Parkas
This Fashionable Solar Parka Boasts Hip Pockets That Double as Phone Chargers
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58
Triple-Decker Floating Farms
Triple-Decker Floating Farms
This Smart Floating Farm Could Address Severe Food Issues
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57
Compostable Denim Collections
Compostable Denim Collections
These Stylish Jeans are Less Harmful to the Environment
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56
Smartphone-Integrated Bus Shelters
Smartphone-Integrated Bus Shelters
These Transit Stops Help Commuters Stay Connected
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55
Seasonal Subterranean Shelters
Seasonal Subterranean Shelters
This Rammed-Earth Wall Provides Housing for Temporary Workers
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54
Land-Salvaging Homes
Land-Salvaging Homes
This Off-Grid Home Was Built From Reused Industrial Materials Via Boat
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53
Multifunctional Air Filters
Multifunctional Air Filters
This Filter Disc for Kids Cleans the Air and Assists with Academics
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52
Garden-Topped Shopping Malls
Garden-Topped Shopping Malls
This Beautiful Rooftop Park Sits on Top of a Dying Mall
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51
Psychedelic Species Artwork
Psychedelic Species Artwork
Jen Bartel's Surreal Illustrations Outline the Endangered Species List
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50
Ripe Fruit Detectors
Ripe Fruit Detectors
This Device Notifies When It's the Right Time to Eat Fruit
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49
Brand Transparency Packaging
Brand Transparency Packaging
'Zady' Explains Its Sustainable Production Processes on Its Packaging
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48
Upcycled DVD Tiles
Upcycled DVD Tiles
These DVD Mosaic Tiles Are Eye-Catching, Easy to Make and Eco-Friendly
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47
Home Honeybee Units
Home Honeybee Units
The 'BEEcosystem' is an In-House Bee Hive That Displays Insect Lives
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46
Wine Bottle Lamps
Wine Bottle Lamps
This Upcycled Lamp Uses Sustainable Resources for an Elegant and Quirky Design
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45
Portable Doomsday Shelters
Portable Doomsday Shelters
This Tiny Victorian Home is Ideal for Doomsday Preppers
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44
Upcycled Denim Decor
Upcycled Denim Decor
Danish Upcycler Annemette Magnus Uses Denim to Craft Beautiful Decor Pieces
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43
Cork Yoga Mats
Cork Yoga Mats
Yoloha Mats are Mindfully Made with Sustainable Materials
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42
Lightweight Carbon Bicycles
Lightweight Carbon Bicycles
This Carbon Fiber Bike Boasts a Lightweight Frame and Sleek Style
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41
Flat-Packed Planters
Flat-Packed Planters
The 'Vas' Modular Planter Allows You to Take Gardening Indoors
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40
Ride-Sharing E-Bikes
Ride-Sharing E-Bikes
These Folding E-Bikes Allow Friends to Unlock and Borrow Them Through an App
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39
Spatially Slender Homes
Spatially Slender Homes
This Inner City Home Features a Slim Three-Meter-Wide Design
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38
Energy-Efficient Flatpack Homes
Energy-Efficient Flatpack Homes
This Prefab House Produces as Much Energy as It Consumes
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37
Soda Brand Factory Visits
Soda Brand Factory Visits
This Coca-Cola Brazil Campaign Was a Response to Negative Rumors
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36
Self-Sustaining Restaurants
Self-Sustaining Restaurants
The Famed 'Noma' Restaurant is Basing Its Menu On the Changing Seasons
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35
Sustainable Urban Eateries
Sustainable Urban Eateries
This Restaurant Champions Progressive Farming and Eco-Friendly Dining
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34
Bike-Inspired Eateries
Bike-Inspired Eateries
The Ham on Wheels Restaurant Combines Fast Food & Bike Culture
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33
High-Density Urban Planters
High-Density Urban Planters
These Containers Allow Users to Grow More Food in Less Space
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32
Faux Taxidermy Sculptures
Faux Taxidermy Sculptures
This Animal Head Art Narrates the Relationship Between Man and Beast
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31
Eco Desert Retreats
Eco Desert Retreats
This Solar-Powered Eco Retreat is a Private Resort in the Secluded Desert
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30
Shipping Container Music Venues
Shipping Container Music Venues
These Architects Built a Music Venue from Old Shipping Containers
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29
Sound-Amplifying Meditation Pods
Sound-Amplifying Meditation Pods
These Structures Turn the Sounds of the Forest Into Ambient Music
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28
Plastic Bag Dresses
Plastic Bag Dresses
The IKEA Shopping Bag Dress by Adriana Valdez Young is Pure Eco-Chic
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27
Remixed Plant Logos
Remixed Plant Logos
This Company Recreated Iconic Brand Logos Using Lush Green Foliage
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26
Geometrical Raw Soap Branding
Geometrical Raw Soap Branding
Like Their Soaps, Rawganique's Packaging is Handmade
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25
Futuristic Electronic Skateboards
Futuristic Electronic Skateboards
This Single-Wheel Skateboard Zips Around Like a Hoverboard
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24
Fish-Fed Rooftop Gardens
Fish-Fed Rooftop Gardens
This Aquaponic Greenhouse is Located on Top of a Metalworking Shop
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23
Upcycled Bottle Chairs
Upcycled Bottle Chairs
This Piece of Furniture is Made from 36 Recycled Plastic Bottles
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22
Shipping Container Villages
Shipping Container Villages
The ‘kontenerART' is a Village of Shipping Containers Made for Artists
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21
Recycled Food Furniture
Recycled Food Furniture
These Beautiful Iron-like Side Tables are Made from Sunflower Oil Waste
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20
Tree Trunk Bookcases
Tree Trunk Bookcases
This Raw Wooden Shelf by Antoniazzi & Piovesana Brings Nature Right Inside
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19
Upcycled Wooden Lamps
Upcycled Wooden Lamps
These Pastel Light Boxes are Made from Reclaimed Wood
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18
Mobile Housing Projects
Mobile Housing Projects
The +FARM Project Features Homes Designed by Students
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17
Hand-Powered Dishwashers
Hand-Powered Dishwashers
This Table Top Dishwasher Helps Save Water, Electricity and Space
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16
3D-Printed Clay Homes
3D-Printed Clay Homes
The 'Big Delta' Can Build a 3D-Printed House Quickly for Disaster Relief
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15
Electric Car-Powered Homes
Electric Car-Powered Homes
This 3D-Printed House and Electric Car Have a Symbiotic Relationship
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14
Tubular Folding Scooters
Tubular Folding Scooters
This Portable Device Provides an Alternative Form of Urban Transportation
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13
Relaxing Garden Igloos
Relaxing Garden Igloos
This Greenhouse Garden Canopy Lets You Enjoy the Outdoors Year-Round
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12
Featherlight Electric Bikes
Featherlight Electric Bikes
The Besv Panther PS1 Electric Bike Offers Power and Personalization
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11
Charming Micro-Apartments
Charming Micro-Apartments
This Small Apartment Features an Efficient Design in 200 Square Feet
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10
Paper Water Bottle Concepts
Paper Water Bottle Concepts
Flowater is a Reclaimed Water Brand Concept Based on Tetra Paks
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9
House-Bus Cabins
House-Bus Cabins
This Couple Created a Vacation Home by Refurbishing a School Bus
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8
Camouflaged Hunting Cabins
Camouflaged Hunting Cabins
This Miniature Hunting Lodge is Integrated into the Natural Landscape
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7
Multifunctional Camping Scooters
Multifunctional Camping Scooters
This Three-Wheeled Scooter Features All the Comforts of Home
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6
Fashionable Waste Photography
Fashionable Waste Photography
This Fabrice Monteiro Series Dresses Models in Environmental Waste
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5
Low-Energy Bohemian Abodes
Low-Energy Bohemian Abodes
This Uniquely Shaped Wooden Bohemian House is Compact and Cozy
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4
Semi-Natural Wooden Jewelry
Semi-Natural Wooden Jewelry
These Artistic Accessories are Made of Wood and Resin Materials
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3
Tiny Off-Grid Cabins
Tiny Off-Grid Cabins
This Secluded Cabin Comes Equipped with Everything You Need to Get Away
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2
Herb-Covered Eateries
Herb-Covered Eateries
This Restaurant is Decorated with Herbs the Chef Uses to Prepare Meals
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1
Eco-Friendly Underground Mansions
Eco-Friendly Underground Mansions
This Luxe Underground Dwelling Minimizes the Use of Green Space
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