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Top 100 Eco Design Ideas in October

From Lightweight Solar Chargers to Sustainable Maple Drinks

— October 30, 2016 — Eco
Of the acts of reducing, reusing and recycling, reuse is one of the themes that is revisited most in the top October 2016 eco design ideas. Noteworthy eco designs include enventive products, decor and furniture pieces that have been made from repurposed materials such as banana fibers, ocean plastic waste and aircraft parts. The theme of repurposing can be seen in large- and small-scale designs such as converted school bus homes and honey jar packaging that transforms into a bee sanctuary.

Popular forms of technology and marketing such as food trucks, drones and pop-up retail shops are also being adapted for the purposes of reducing food waste, encouraging the growth of new trees, recycling and bringing awareness to a range of other environmental issues.
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Activity
Freshness
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Sleek Hybrid Supercars
Sleek Hybrid Supercars
The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Four Door is Powerfully Efficient
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99
Bilingual Gadget Apps
Bilingual Gadget Apps
The Gadgets 360 App is Available In Both English and Hindi Versions
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98
Informative Outdoorsman Apps
Informative Outdoorsman Apps
This App Disseminates Hunting and Fishing Information For Free
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97
Compact Photosynthesis Systems
Compact Photosynthesis Systems
This Photosynthesis Unit Generates Hydrogen From Water
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96
Salvaged Roof Handbags
Salvaged Roof Handbags
These Stylish Bags Use Fabric Repurposed From the Old RCA Dome Ceiling
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95
Lightweight Solar Chargers
Lightweight Solar Chargers
This USB Solar Charger Can Juice Up Your Personal Electronic Devices
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94
Glacial Preservation Vaults
Glacial Preservation Vaults
'Projecting Ice Memory' Attempts to Preserve Chunks of Glacial Ice
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93
Conscientious Water-Tracking Devices
Conscientious Water-Tracking Devices
The Eco-Pulse Concept Makes People More Aware of Their Habits
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92
Biowaste Conversion Plants
Biowaste Conversion Plants
Lockheed Martin's 'Advanced Gasification Plant' Makes Sustainable Power
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91
Food Waste Chicken Treats
Food Waste Chicken Treats
Grubblies are Dried Fly Larvae Animal Feed That's Eco-Friendly
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90
Potato Starch Crab Shells
Potato Starch Crab Shells
This Unusual CSR Program Creates Eco-Friendly Homes for Hermit Crabs
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89
Solar-Charging E-Readers
Solar-Charging E-Readers
The Cybook Ocean's Cover Charges Within an Hour
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88
Water-Saving Mist Nozzles
Water-Saving Mist Nozzles
This Water-Saving Nozzle Turns Water Into Mist For Extreme Savings
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87
Community-Decorated Stations
Community-Decorated Stations
The Brooklyn Subway Stations Are Calling Local Artists For A Redesign
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86
Oceanic Photo Prints
Oceanic Photo Prints
'Littoral Drift' Was Created with Light-Sensitive Paper and the Sea
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85
Interactive Wildlife Apps
Interactive Wildlife Apps
This App Lets You Take a Virtual Selfie Next To Your Favorite Animal
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84
Power-Harnessing Wearables
Power-Harnessing Wearables
These Thermoelectric Generators Turn Body Heat into Usable Electricity
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83
Tidal Turbine Developments
Tidal Turbine Developments
These Turbines Will Harness Tidal Energy to Power Thousands Of Homes
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82
Extended Range Electric Cars
Extended Range Electric Cars
The New Chevrolet Bolt EV Range is an Estimated 238 Miles Per Charge
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81
Military Bunker-Topped Houses
Military Bunker-Topped Houses
Froscen Architects is Building Micro Homes Atop WWII Bunkers
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80
Awareness-Raising Chat Bots
Awareness-Raising Chat Bots
The Charity Chat Bot Helps Messenger Users Understand the Water Crisis
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79
Sustainable Maple Drinks
Sustainable Maple Drinks
'Vertical Water' Introduces a Sustainably Tapped Maple Drink
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78
Energy-Generating Fabrics
Energy-Generating Fabrics
This High-Tech Fabric Converts Sunlight and Friction Into Power
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77
Miniature Electric City Cars
Miniature Electric City Cars
The Smart Electric Drive Vehicles Pack Up to 160km of Driving Range
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76
Modern School Bus Homes
Modern School Bus Homes
This Converted School Bus Home is Styled Like a Contemporary Loft
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75
Sustainable Gardening Clubs
Sustainable Gardening Clubs
This Campus Club Promotes Proactive Urban Gardening Practices
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74
Organic Oil-Based Cosmetics
Organic Oil-Based Cosmetics
This Collection Bottles Were Designed to Reflect Natural Contents
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73
Proactive Afforestation Drones
Proactive Afforestation Drones
DroneSeed's Drones Can Plant Trees and Assess Their Progress
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72
Eco-Friendly Lemonades
Eco-Friendly Lemonades
These Refreshing Drinks are Made from Icelandic Spring Water
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71
Shared Electric Cars
Shared Electric Cars
The 'Amber One' is Designed for Sharing Rather Than Ownership
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70
Nature-Themed Bread Packaging
Nature-Themed Bread Packaging
Vogel's Bread is Offering Promotional Packs to Promote Its Ethos
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69
Repurposed Aircraft Furniture
Repurposed Aircraft Furniture
This Furniture Collection is Made from Parts of a Real Aircraft
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68
Conservation-Encouraging Shower Meters
Conservation-Encouraging Shower Meters
Amphiro Water Meters Measure Consumption to Deter Overuse
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67
Travel-Friendly Pants
Travel-Friendly Pants
These Pants Were Designed to Be Both Sustainable and Comfortable
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66
Cooling Plastic Clothing
Cooling Plastic Clothing
Stanford's New Textiles Cool Wearers Down as Much as 4 Degrees Celsius
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65
Energy-Efficient SUVs
Energy-Efficient SUVs
This Compact Luxury SUV Offers Plug-In Hybrid Performance
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64
Direct Fertilizer Branding
Direct Fertilizer Branding
This Fertilizer Design Protests the TTIP
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63
Zero-Emission Hydrogen Trains
Zero-Emission Hydrogen Trains
Alstom's Coradia iLint Train is Powered by a Hydrogen Fuel Cell
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62
Sustainable Saltwater Aquariums
Sustainable Saltwater Aquariums
The 'Biota Saltwater Aquarium' is Humane Way to House Ocean Life
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61
LED Street Lights
LED Street Lights
These Lights Were Designed to Illuminate the Outdoors While Saving Money
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60
Field Mushroom Museums
Field Mushroom Museums
This New Egyptian Science Center is an Architectural and Educational Icon
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59
Sustainably Sourced Honeys
Sustainably Sourced Honeys
The Honey Brand Hayberya Packages Celebrates Independent Beekeepers
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58
Pop-Up Waste Recycling Plants
Pop-Up Waste Recycling Plants
Watershed Materials Recycles Waste from Real Estate Excavation
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57
Sustainable Energy-Generating Fabrics
Sustainable Energy-Generating Fabrics
This Fabric Turns Solar and Wind Energy into Electricity
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56
Refurbished Smartphone Businesses
Refurbished Smartphone Businesses
Amazon India Launched a Service That Sells Repurposed Phones
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55
Plasticless Eco Resorts
Plasticless Eco Resorts
Lohagarh Fort Resort is an Eco-Friendly Getaway Near Jaipur
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54
Climate Change Memorials
Climate Change Memorials
The 'Climate Chronograph' Installation Will Be Built in Washington DC
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53
Coffee Pod Recycling Programs
Coffee Pod Recycling Programs
Nespresso is Offering a Mail-In Recycling Program for Its Pods
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52
Crowdfunded Solar Cars
Crowdfunded Solar Cars
Sono Motors' 'Sion' Introduces an Affordable "Solar Car for Everyone"
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51
Ethically Produced Teas
Ethically Produced Teas
These Organic Sweet Teas are Helping to Revitalize Nepal's Economy
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50
Fuel Cell Concept Vans
Fuel Cell Concept Vans
The Hyundai H350 Fuel Cell Concept Van Offers Ultra-High Range
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49
Sustainable Speaker Systems
Sustainable Speaker Systems
The Vamp Can Now Be Used to Create a Portable Bluetooth Stereo System
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48
Eco-Friendly Coffee Pods
Eco-Friendly Coffee Pods
The New Percol Coffee Capsules are Capable of Being Composted
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47
Swinging Subway Seats
Swinging Subway Seats
The BART Subway System Adds a Swing in The Middle of a Train Car
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46
Small-Batch Beauty Products
Small-Batch Beauty Products
These Aromatic Products Were Designed for Bath and Skincare Rituals
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45
Upcycled Designer Fashion
Upcycled Designer Fashion
This Collection Was Created with the New York Department of Sanitation
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44
Sustainable 3D-Printed Buildings
Sustainable 3D-Printed Buildings
The De Slaapfabriek Hotel Conference Building is Eco-Friendly
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43
Energy-Providing Bikes
Energy-Providing Bikes
The 0±0 Electric Power-Assisted Bicycle is Versatile with Power Usage
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42
Efficiency-Boosting Solar Panel Covers
Efficiency-Boosting Solar Panel Covers
The Isolight Overlay Channels Solar Rays into Cells
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41
Trash-Sorting Concepts
Trash-Sorting Concepts
The 'Auto-Trash' Sorts Between Compostables and Recyclables
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40
Banana-Based Wallets
Banana-Based Wallets
These Alternative Vegan Wallets are Made from Discarded Banana Fibers
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39
Lightweight Portable Solar Panels
Lightweight Portable Solar Panels
The SunnyBAG LEAF+ Weighs Less than 200 Grams
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38
Tabletop Compost Systems
Tabletop Compost Systems
The BIOVESSEL Makes It Easier for Urban Dwellers to Assist the Earth
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37
Intelligent Indoor Microgardens
Intelligent Indoor Microgardens
SproutsIO Makes It Possible to Grow Produce at Home Without Soil
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36
Wearable Thermo-Electric Generators
Wearable Thermo-Electric Generators
This Wearable Prototype Generates Power From Your Body Heat
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35
Energy-Capturing Apartment Buildings
Energy-Capturing Apartment Buildings
The Brussels Botanic Center Apartment Upgrade is Eco-Focused
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34
High-Fashion Recycled Lamps
High-Fashion Recycled Lamps
The 'Palitios' Lamp is Crafted Using Old Fruit Crates
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33
Garbage-Collecting Water Drones
Garbage-Collecting Water Drones
The 'WaterShark' Gobbles Garbage as it Autonomously Cruises
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32
Portable Eco Fridges
Portable Eco Fridges
Evaptainers are a Mobile and Sustainable Way to Keep Food Fresh and Cool
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31
Skeletal Self-Assembly Stools
Skeletal Self-Assembly Stools
The 'shukhov' Seat Stool is Made Using Wood, Corks and More
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30
Ocean Plastic Dining Tables
Ocean Plastic Dining Tables
The Brodie Neill 'Gyro' Circle Table is Deceptively Crafted from Waste
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29
Farming-Focused Residential Skyscrapers
Farming-Focused Residential Skyscrapers
This Danish Building Will Be Fitted With Balcony Gardens
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28
Multi-Functional Garbage Boxes
Multi-Functional Garbage Boxes
This Bin Helps to Keep the Home Clean Without Sacrificing Style
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27
Dynamic Traffic Cones
Dynamic Traffic Cones
These LED Pylons Are Highly Visible at Night and Entirely Eco-Friendly
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26
Progressive Retirement Villages
Progressive Retirement Villages
This Sustainable Community Focuses on Wellness and Nature
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25
Waste-Reducing Food Trucks
Waste-Reducing Food Trucks
This Truck Reduces Food Waste by Creating Dishes from Unusual Animals
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24
All-Paper Packaging Systems
All-Paper Packaging Systems
Bosch Introduced a Sustainable Paper Packaging System for Dry Foods
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23
DIY Bee Sanctuaries
DIY Bee Sanctuaries
The 'Beebnb' Functions as a Juice Container and Bee Keeping Space
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22
Art-Focused Coffee Branding
Art-Focused Coffee Branding
This Archer Farms' Coffee Comes with Dozens of Artistic Embellishments
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21
Typhoon-Strength Wind Turbines
Typhoon-Strength Wind Turbines
Atsushi Shimizu's Wind Turbine Can Withstand Gale Force Winds
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20
Discreet Electric Bikes
Discreet Electric Bikes
The Budnitz Model E Electric Titanium Bike is the World's Lightest
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19
Flax Hemp Apparel
Flax Hemp Apparel
FREITAG's Fashion Line Includes 100% Biodegradable Clothing in Unisex Styles
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18
Rugged Rescue Vehicles
Rugged Rescue Vehicles
Nissan's Navara EnGuard Concept Packs a Portable Battery Pack
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17
Eco Tween Fashion Kits
Eco Tween Fashion Kits
The Fashion Angels Garbage to Glam Upcycling Product Lineup is Interactive
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16
Nursery School Farms
Nursery School Farms
This Nursery School Concept Could Provide Essential Skills to Children
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15
Organic Feminine Hygiene Products
Organic Feminine Hygiene Products
This Brand is Being Touted as Healthier Than Its Competition
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14
Eco Cup Packages
Eco Cup Packages
The 'Sur la Table' Line of Teacups is Protected by Minimal Material
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13
Folding E-Bicycle Designs
Folding E-Bicycle Designs
The Gi FlyBike Spins the Benefits of Power Assistance and Portability
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12
Zero-Waste Grocery Stores
Zero-Waste Grocery Stores
This Grocery Store is the First of Its Kind in Montreal
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11
Prefabricated Hut Designs
Prefabricated Hut Designs
These Treehouses Were Created With Recycled Timber
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10
Floating Student Housing
Floating Student Housing
Urban Rigger's Affordable Dorms are Afloat in Copenhagen's Harbor
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9
Straw-Based Packaging
Straw-Based Packaging
'Npulp' is Form of Eco-Friendly Packaging Made from Straw Waste
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8
Sports Car-Inspired E-Bikes
Sports Car-Inspired E-Bikes
Pininfarina's E-Voluzione is Based on Its Experience with Ferrari
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7
Imbricated Brick Houses
Imbricated Brick Houses
Tadeo House is a Red Brick Residence in Chiapas, Mexico
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6
Organic Cafe Packaging Sets
Organic Cafe Packaging Sets
This Cafe Has Takeout Packages That Reflect Its Healthy Offerings
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5
Abstract Sustainable Stools
Abstract Sustainable Stools
These Chairs Have Atypical Shapes and an Eco-Friendly Design
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4
Multi-Functional Bike Sidecars
Multi-Functional Bike Sidecars
This Detachable Sidecar Makes Transporting People and Things Easier
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3
All-White Cube Houses
All-White Cube Houses
The MM House in Mallorca Consists of Four White Angular Cubes
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2
Intricately Timbered Homes
Intricately Timbered Homes
'House Akerudden' is Built from Seven Different Types of Local Wood
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1
Eco Prefab Homes
Eco Prefab Homes
This Wood House by ArchiBlox Features a Green Roof and Sustainable Wood
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