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Top 100 Eco Ideas in September

From Railroad-Topping Parks to Meal Kit Mini Fridges

— September 25, 2016 — Eco
As the September 2016 eco trends reveal, there is a growing push to make urban spaces and modern conveniences better for humans and the planet. Whether it is adding green spaces to densely packed cities or making services such as meal delivery kits less wasteful, it is clear that sustainability is increasingly becoming a priority for many consumers.

In terms of making urban spaces more eco-friendly, many cities have sought to add more greenery to their concrete jungles. For instance, Toronto's newly proposed Rail Deck Park will bring a touch of green to the city's downtown core. Similarly, Bangkok is currently considering building a series of parks and pedestrian pathways under its existing network of highways.

Beyond efforts to increase greenery, there is also a push to reduce waste. Indeed, as the September 2016 eco trends reveal, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to cut down on the amount of waste generated by modern conveniences. Some of these anti-waste initiatives include reusable mini fridges for meal kit deliveries, compostable single-serve coffee pods and biodegradable paint products.
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Humongous Offshore Wind Farms
Humongous Offshore Wind Farms
'Hornsea Project Two' Will be the Largest Wind Farm in the World
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97
Portable Power Generators
Portable Power Generators
The EStream Generates Energy From Water Sources
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96
Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass
Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass
The University of Texas' Glass is Electronically Controlled
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95
Smog-Absorbing Plants
Smog-Absorbing Plants
A New Honeysuckle Plant Strain Could Drastically Reduce Pollution
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94
Eco-Friendly Burning Techniques
Eco-Friendly Burning Techniques
The 'Blue Whirl' is a New Type of Flame That Could Help Oil Spills
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93
Repurposed Libation Abodes
Repurposed Libation Abodes
The Ecovillage Findhorn Offers Sustainable Homes Made From Whisky Vats
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92
Pollution Awareness Performances
Pollution Awareness Performances
This Artist Makes Pollution Visible Through Hi-Tech Capes
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91
Biodegradable Hillside Designs
Biodegradable Hillside Designs
Saype's 'What's a Great Man' Hillside Portrait Will Soon Disappear
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90
Eco-Friendly Korean Food Festivals
Eco-Friendly Korean Food Festivals
This Festival Emphasizes Sustainable Food Production Practices
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89
Avocado Ripeness Extenders
Avocado Ripeness Extenders
The 'Natavo Zero' Keeps Avocados Ripe Without the Use of Chemicals
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88
Upcycled Denim Companies
Upcycled Denim Companies
CC15 Produces Affordable Jeans from Reclaimed Fabrics
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87
Railroad-Topping Parks
Railroad-Topping Parks
'Rail Deck Park' Will Add Green Space to Toronto's Downtown Core
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86
Hyperloop Manufacturing Facilities
Hyperloop Manufacturing Facilities
The 'Metalworks' Plant Builds this High-Speed Transport System
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85
Recycled Concrete Housewares
Recycled Concrete Housewares
This Rustic Home Decor is Environmentally Friendly
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84
Celebrity Trash Cans
Celebrity Trash Cans
New Yorkers Voted on the "Trashiest Celebs" by Throwing Garbage into Cans
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83
AR Recycling Apps
AR Recycling Apps
The 'Recycling Starts Here' App Works In Conjunction With Marked Recycling Bins
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82
Submerged Transportation Bridges
Submerged Transportation Bridges
The Norwegian Fjords Floating Tunnel Places Traffic Underwater
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81
Woven Sports Shoes
Woven Sports Shoes
The New Vans Collection Features Artistic Woven Designs
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80
Electric Transport Trucks
Electric Transport Trucks
Mercedes-Benz's 'Urban eTruck' is the World's First Electric Freighter
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79
Pollution-Detecting Shirts
Pollution-Detecting Shirts
These Shirts Change Designs When There is Pollution in the Air
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78
Compostable Coffee Pods
Compostable Coffee Pods
The Single-Serve Pods from Ethical Bean are Fully Compostable
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77
Underwater Shipping Systems
Underwater Shipping Systems
Hyperloop One Increases Transportation Efficiency in Urban Waterways
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76
Razor-Sharp Building Designs
Razor-Sharp Building Designs
'Torre Reforma's' Facade Looks Like a Blade Slicing into the Sky
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75
Green Urban Planning Games
Green Urban Planning Games
Urban Climate Architect Lets Players Build and Protect Their City
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74
Anti-Poaching Vessels
Anti-Poaching Vessels
Sea Shepherd's Mighty 'Ocean Warrior' Will Prevent Illegal Fishing
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73
Fashionable Hi-Tech Outerwear
Fashionable Hi-Tech Outerwear
Norwegian Rain Takes Pride in Offering Stylish Yet Functional Pieces
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72
Deconstructed Desert Housing
Deconstructed Desert Housing
Sanjay Puri Architects Developed LEGO-Like Housing Units
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71
Bear-Themed Watches
Bear-Themed Watches
This Limited-Edition Watch Was Inspired by an American Advertising Mascot
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70
Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks
Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks
The 'LIAR Project' is Creating Living Bricks That Generate Power
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69
Upcycled Leather Bags
Upcycled Leather Bags
These Motorcycle-Inspired Items are Fashionable and Sustainable
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68
Water-Filtering Bottles
Water-Filtering Bottles
The MAVEA Water Filter Bottle Purifies Water in a Leak-Proof Bottle
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67
Eco-Friendly Floating Homes
Eco-Friendly Floating Homes
The 'New Living On Water' Structure Combines Opulence and Efficiency
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66
Women-Specific Electric Bikes
Women-Specific Electric Bikes
The Karmic Kyoto was Designed with Women in Mind
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65
Planted Wireless Speakers
Planted Wireless Speakers
The 'Nalo' Speaker Forces Listeners to Connect with the Environment
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64
Natural Hair Care Treatments
Natural Hair Care Treatments
This Hair Care Concept Offers an Alternative to Drugstore Treatments
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63
Climate Change Video Games
Climate Change Video Games
'ECO' is an Environmental Game for Children by Strange Loop Games
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62
Recycled Volcanic Stone Buildings
Recycled Volcanic Stone Buildings
The 'Buddhist Learning Center' is Built from Reused Materials
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61
CO2-Converting Solar Cells
CO2-Converting Solar Cells
This New Solar Energy Technique Turns CO2 into Usable Energy
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60
Eco Urban Pathways
Eco Urban Pathways
'The Thailine' is a Park System That Stretches Beneath Bangkok's Highways
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59
Futuristic Enclosed Highways
Futuristic Enclosed Highways
The Highway G107 is a Concept for the City of Bao'an in China
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58
Arboreal Wind Turbines
Arboreal Wind Turbines
'Wind Forest' Creates Green Energy in Style
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57
Sustainable Rattan Chairs
Sustainable Rattan Chairs
WEND Uses Rattan for Furniture That Promotes Rainforest Protection
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56
Sun-Mimicking Lamps
Sun-Mimicking Lamps
This Functional Lamp Rises and Sets in Time with the Sun
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55
Terrarium Office Designs
Terrarium Office Designs
This Green Office Was Designed Around Plants' Natural Colors
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54
Iceberg-Inspired Home Decor
Iceberg-Inspired Home Decor
This Stool and Side Table Hybrid Makes a Statement on Climate Change
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53
App-Controlled Grow Boxes
App-Controlled Grow Boxes
The 7Sensors Grow Box Automates the Plant-Growing Process
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52
Bottle-Recycling Machines
Bottle-Recycling Machines
This Plastic Shredder Begins the Process of Recycling and Repurposing
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51
Tree Leather Wallets
Tree Leather Wallets
'Treether' Introduces Wallets That are Made from Natural Wood and Leather
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50
Mirrored Garden Facades
Mirrored Garden Facades
'52 Kubik' Reflects the Show Garden for the Plant Nursery Office Inside
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49
Eco-Friendly Solar Sculptures
Eco-Friendly Solar Sculptures
'Solar Electric Sculptures' Bring Beauty and Energy to Communities
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48
Parody Pop Ads
Parody Pop Ads
In Reference to a Cindy Crawford Pepsi Ad, 'SumOfUs' Reveals the Brand's Eco Damage
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47
Sustainable Solid Shampoos
Sustainable Solid Shampoos
Ethnique Solid Shampoo Eliminates Plastic Packaging to Be Eco-Friendly
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46
Crocheted Coral Sculptures
Crocheted Coral Sculptures
This Intricate Coral Museum Display Looks Like a Real Coral Reef
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45
Solar Panel Roofing
Solar Panel Roofing
SolarCity's 'Solar Roof' Will be a Roof Made Entirely from Solar Panels
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44
Traffic-Alleviating Elevated Buses
Traffic-Alleviating Elevated Buses
China's TEB-1 is a Bus That Allows Cars to Pass Underneath It
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43
3D-Printed Algae Pots
3D-Printed Algae Pots
This Eco Pot is Made from Kelp and a Biodegradable Polymer
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42
Plastic-Made Artworks
Plastic-Made Artworks
The 'Plastic Classics' Series Pays Homage to Famous Artworks
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41
Handcrafted Bamboo Bikes
Handcrafted Bamboo Bikes
The 'Craft Bicycle' is Plant-Made and Eco-Friendly
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40
Converted Bus Hotels
Converted Bus Hotels
This Chinese Resort Transformed Abandoned Buses Into Cartoon Accommodations
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39
PET Plastic Cans
PET Plastic Cans
The 'Invento PET Can' Has Plastic Sides Instead of Metal
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38
Weed-Killing Light Wands
Weed-Killing Light Wands
This Device Makes Taking Care of Gardens Much More Simple
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37
Integrated Landscape Hotels
Integrated Landscape Hotels
This Hotel Was Built with Nature Rather Than Destroying It
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36
Biodegradable Paint Products
Biodegradable Paint Products
Crew Powder Mix Paint is Zero VOC for Eco-Friendly Vibrant Interiors
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35
Child-Free Eco Hotels
Child-Free Eco Hotels
The Ladera Resort Specializes in Luxury Eco-Tourism for Couples
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34
Plant-Covered Cafes
Plant-Covered Cafes
This Cafe is Placed in a Mall That Was Converted from an Industrial Building
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33
Slow Fashion Online Stores
Slow Fashion Online Stores
This Slow Fashion Shop Focuses on Sustainability and Fair Trade
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32
Compostable Lip Balms
Compostable Lip Balms
Fable Naturals' Eco Cosmetics Packaging Can Be Returned to the Earth
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31
Adhesive Invoice Printers
Adhesive Invoice Printers
The Tape Printer Efficiently Fulfills Two Packing Tasks Within One Strip
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30
Recycled Circuit Board Jewelry
Recycled Circuit Board Jewelry
These Jewelry Pieces are Created to Reduce Tech Waste
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29
Scooter-Sharing Programs
Scooter-Sharing Programs
Gogoro Scooters Will Be Available for Rent in Berlin Through an App
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28
Twisted Urban Farms
Twisted Urban Farms
The 'Hybrid Farm Apartment Building' Concept Maximizes Sunlight Access in NYC
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27
Air-Filtering Baby Carriages
Air-Filtering Baby Carriages
These Pods Protect Babies in Extreme Weather Conditions
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26
Customized Tent Structures
Customized Tent Structures
The 'Autonomous Tent' Offers a Unique Camping Setup
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25
3D-Printed Straw Shelters
3D-Printed Straw Shelters
This New Shelter is Made Of Straw and Clay and Features 135 Layers
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24
Color-In Bicycle Boxes
Color-In Bicycle Boxes
The 'Brum Brum' Bicycle Box Turns into a Toy After the Cycle is Unpackaged
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23
Skeletal Kitchen Islands
Skeletal Kitchen Islands
This Wooden Kitchen Island is Extremely Minimalist in Its Design
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22
Compact Cork-Covered Homes
Compact Cork-Covered Homes
This Elevated Beach House Was Built with Reclaimed Materials
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21
Inexpensive Electric Bikes
Inexpensive Electric Bikes
A Fundraising Campaign for These Bikes Delivers Them Upon Ordering
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20
Residental Rooftop Gardens
Residental Rooftop Gardens
This Vietnamese Home Features an Expansive Garden on Its Roof
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19
Portable Kitchen Concepts
Portable Kitchen Concepts
This Space-Saving Product Forgoes Traditional Kitchen Spaces
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18
Food Waste Pasta Packaging
Food Waste Pasta Packaging
These Pasta Boxes are Made from Salvaged Food Waste
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17
Aluminum Foil Furniture
Aluminum Foil Furniture
This Design Collection was Created from Leftover Materials and Foil
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16
Eco-Friendly Cooking Stoves
Eco-Friendly Cooking Stoves
The Biofuel Cooking Stove is Functional and Good for the Environment
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15
Sustainable Coffee Cup Alternatives
Sustainable Coffee Cup Alternatives
'Pokito' is a New Solution to Disposable Coffee Cup Waste
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14
Rotating Bike Handlebars
Rotating Bike Handlebars
This Bike Stem Allows Users to Store Away Their Bikes More Efficiently
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13
Elegant Light Bulb Boxes
Elegant Light Bulb Boxes
The Colorful Packaging for 'Twist' Sets It Apart as a Lighting Solution
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12
Meal Kit Mini Fridges
Meal Kit Mini Fridges
FreshRealm's Vessel Helps Prevent Waste from Meal Kit Deliveries
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11
Miniature Wind Turbines
Miniature Wind Turbines
The Micro Wind Turbine Offers Unbeatable Portability and Efficiency
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10
Three-Wheeled Eco Scooters
Three-Wheeled Eco Scooters
The iTank is an Affordable Urban Crossover Scooter
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9
Cost-Cutting Contemporary Homes
Cost-Cutting Contemporary Homes
This Sydney Home is Both Modern and Budget-Conscious
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8
Multi-Functional Solo Tents
Multi-Functional Solo Tents
The Crua Hybrid Tent Combines Three Outdoor Essentials into One
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7
Table-Shaped Air Conditioners
Table-Shaped Air Conditioners
The 'Air-Tree' Can Reduce Energy Consumption and Costs in the Home
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6
Expansive Family Dwellings
Expansive Family Dwellings
This Large Family Home is Designed to Accommodate Familial Additions
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5
Fungal Leather Products
Fungal Leather Products
The "Leather" Products from MycoWorks are Made from Mushroom Plant Waste
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4
Technology-Upcycling Projects
Technology-Upcycling Projects
This Company Released New Designs for Its Annual Recycling Project
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3
Sustainable Prefabricated Homes
Sustainable Prefabricated Homes
This Low-Energy House Was Brought Over to Its Clients with a Crane
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2
Eco Plant Packaging
Eco Plant Packaging
'Grow with Me' Herb Garden Kits Come in Double-Duty Biodegradable Boxes
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1
Prefabricated Guest Homes
Prefabricated Guest Homes
This Tiny Guest House Has All the Basic Amenities of Most Houses
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