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Top 100 Eco Design Ideas in September

From Expansive Family Dwellings to Plastic-Made Artworks

— September 24, 2016 — Autos
The top September 2016 eco design ideas explore a range of concepts for helping consumers from all walks of life tread lightly upon the earth, while also helping them connect more deeply to its beauty and benefits in their daily lives.

In terms of architecture, ideas that embrace nature to the fullest include floating island homes in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, building materials sourced from volcanic stone and the Nashare Hotel, which was built around prominent natural rocks. In Thailand, 'The Thailine' is being constructed as an urban green space under a highway and is reminiscent of NYC's own Highline.

Other standout earth-connected ideas include compostable lip balm packaging tubes, textiles made from fungi and the Nalo speaker system, which features a bulb-shaped design that requires planting in soil.
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Leek Root Dishes
Leek Root Dishes
'The Acorn' in Vancouver Features a Dish Made with the Roots of a Leek
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99
Floating Wind Farms
Floating Wind Farms
The Trident Wings Energy Project Will Be Located Off the Coast Of California
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98
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
Recycled Emission Oils
Recycled Emission Oils
Startup Kiverdi is Converting Carbon Exhaust Into Plant-Based Oil Products
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96
Anti-Poaching Events
Anti-Poaching Events
The L.A. Zoo is Celebrating World Elephant Day 2016 with an Educational Event
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95
Homemade Floating Islands
Homemade Floating Islands
This Floating Structure Outside Vancouver Weighs 500 Tons
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94
Eco-Friendly Desalination Plants
Eco-Friendly Desalination Plants
The Deep Water Desal Facility Will Use Minimal Amounts Of Energy
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93
Naturalist-Networking Apps
Naturalist-Networking Apps
This Naturalist App Connects Nature-Lovers and Fosters Education
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92
Sustainable Aquatic Apps
Sustainable Aquatic Apps
The BeneFISHiary App Promotes Fish Conservation Efforts in Bermuda
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91
Food Scrap Condiments
Food Scrap Condiments
Copenhagen's Amass Makes a Unique Kitchen Condiment with Leftover Greens
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90
Roadkill-Reporting Apps
Roadkill-Reporting Apps
This Wildlife App Helps Increase Knowledge Of Animal Populations
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89
Campus Beekeeping Programs
Campus Beekeeping Programs
MacEwan University is Raising Bees on Top of Campus Buildings
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88
Portable Power Generators
Portable Power Generators
The EStream Generates Energy From Water Sources
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87
Apocalyptic Antarctic Apps
Apocalyptic Antarctic Apps
This Interactive Game Spells Out the Plight Of Antarctica's Penguins
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86
Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass
Energy-Efficient Electrochromic Glass
The University of Texas' Glass is Electronically Controlled
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85
Refurbished Phone Programs
Refurbished Phone Programs
Samsung Plans to Resell Refurbished Phones by 2017
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84
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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83
Softening Foot Masks
Softening Foot Masks
This Mask Was Designed to Soften and Moisturize Feet
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82
Energy-Producing Solar Ink
Energy-Producing Solar Ink
Using Photovoltaic Cells, This Ink Allows Images to Generate Energy
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81
Repurposed Libation Abodes
Repurposed Libation Abodes
The Ecovillage Findhorn Offers Sustainable Homes Made From Whisky Vats
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80
Biodegradable Hillside Designs
Biodegradable Hillside Designs
Saype's 'What's a Great Man' Hillside Portrait Will Soon Disappear
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79
Eco-Friendly Korean Food Festivals
Eco-Friendly Korean Food Festivals
This Festival Emphasizes Sustainable Food Production Practices
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78
Avocado Ripeness Extenders
Avocado Ripeness Extenders
The 'Natavo Zero' Keeps Avocados Ripe Without the Use of Chemicals
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77
Foot Deodorizing Powders
Foot Deodorizing Powders
This Powder Staves Off Excessive Odor and Fungal Infections
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76
Drag Racing Electric Vans
Drag Racing Electric Vans
The Atieva Edna is a Van That's Faster than Most Electric Sports Cars
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75
Railroad-Topping Parks
Railroad-Topping Parks
'Rail Deck Park' Will Add Green Space to Toronto's Downtown Core
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74
Efficient Solar Steam Generators
Efficient Solar Steam Generators
ANU's Solar Thermal Dish Converts 97 Percent of Sunlight to Steam
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73
AR Recycling Apps
AR Recycling Apps
The 'Recycling Starts Here' App Works In Conjunction With Marked Recycling Bins
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72
Celebrity Trash Cans
Celebrity Trash Cans
New Yorkers Voted on the "Trashiest Celebs" by Throwing Garbage into Cans
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71
Woven Sports Shoes
Woven Sports Shoes
The New Vans Collection Features Artistic Woven Designs
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70
Desalinating Solar Pipes
Desalinating Solar Pipes
Khalili Engineers' Pipe System Converts Sea Water into Drinking Water
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69
Plant-Based Makeup Palettes
Plant-Based Makeup Palettes
The Body Shop is Launching an Eight-Shade Vegan Eyeshadow Palette
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68
Compostable Coffee Pods
Compostable Coffee Pods
The Single-Serve Pods from Ethical Bean are Fully Compostable
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67
Underwater Shipping Systems
Underwater Shipping Systems
Hyperloop One Increases Transportation Efficiency in Urban Waterways
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66
Razor-Sharp Building Designs
Razor-Sharp Building Designs
'Torre Reforma's' Facade Looks Like a Blade Slicing into the Sky
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65
Compostable Coffee Capsules
Compostable Coffee Capsules
Dualit Now Sells Its Single-Origin Coffee in Compostable Pods
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64
Deconstructed Desert Housing
Deconstructed Desert Housing
Sanjay Puri Architects Developed LEGO-Like Housing Units
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63
Fashionable Hi-Tech Outerwear
Fashionable Hi-Tech Outerwear
Norwegian Rain Takes Pride in Offering Stylish Yet Functional Pieces
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62
Shipping Container Lending Libraries
Shipping Container Lending Libraries
A 'Thingery' Lets People Donate Items for Others to Enjoy
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61
Bear-Themed Watches
Bear-Themed Watches
This Limited-Edition Watch Was Inspired by an American Advertising Mascot
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60
Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks
Eco-Friendly Smart Bricks
The 'LIAR Project' is Creating Living Bricks That Generate Power
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59
Upcycled Leather Bags
Upcycled Leather Bags
These Motorcycle-Inspired Items are Fashionable and Sustainable
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58
Water-Filtering Bottles
Water-Filtering Bottles
The MAVEA Water Filter Bottle Purifies Water in a Leak-Proof Bottle
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57
Eco-Friendly Floating Homes
Eco-Friendly Floating Homes
The 'New Living On Water' Structure Combines Opulence and Efficiency
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56
Women-Specific Electric Bikes
Women-Specific Electric Bikes
The Karmic Kyoto was Designed with Women in Mind
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55
Planted Wireless Speakers
Planted Wireless Speakers
The 'Nalo' Speaker Forces Listeners to Connect with the Environment
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54
Chromatic Subway Captures
Chromatic Subway Captures
Chris Forsyth Explores Transit Stations in 'The Metro Project' Series
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53
Natural Hair Care Treatments
Natural Hair Care Treatments
This Hair Care Concept Offers an Alternative to Drugstore Treatments
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52
Recycled Volcanic Stone Buildings
Recycled Volcanic Stone Buildings
The 'Buddhist Learning Center' is Built from Reused Materials
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51
Eco Urban Pathways
Eco Urban Pathways
'The Thailine' is a Park System That Stretches Beneath Bangkok's Highways
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50
CO2-Converting Solar Cells
CO2-Converting Solar Cells
This New Solar Energy Technique Turns CO2 into Usable Energy
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49
Futuristic Enclosed Highways
Futuristic Enclosed Highways
The Highway G107 is a Concept for the City of Bao'an in China
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48
Arboreal Wind Turbines
Arboreal Wind Turbines
'Wind Forest' Creates Green Energy in Style
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47
Terrarium Office Designs
Terrarium Office Designs
This Green Office Was Designed Around Plants' Natural Colors
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46
Sun-Mimicking Lamps
Sun-Mimicking Lamps
This Functional Lamp Rises and Sets in Time with the Sun
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45
Iceberg-Inspired Home Decor
Iceberg-Inspired Home Decor
This Stool and Side Table Hybrid Makes a Statement on Climate Change
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44
App-Controlled Grow Boxes
App-Controlled Grow Boxes
The 7Sensors Grow Box Automates the Plant-Growing Process
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43
Tree Leather Wallets
Tree Leather Wallets
'Treether' Introduces Wallets That are Made from Natural Wood and Leather
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42
Mirrored Garden Facades
Mirrored Garden Facades
'52 Kubik' Reflects the Show Garden for the Plant Nursery Office Inside
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41
Eco-Friendly Solar Sculptures
Eco-Friendly Solar Sculptures
'Solar Electric Sculptures' Bring Beauty and Energy to Communities
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40
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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39
Sustainable Solid Shampoos
Sustainable Solid Shampoos
Ethnique Solid Shampoo Eliminates Plastic Packaging to Be Eco-Friendly
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38
3D-Printed Algae Pots
3D-Printed Algae Pots
This Eco Pot is Made from Kelp and a Biodegradable Polymer
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37
Solar Panel Roofing
Solar Panel Roofing
SolarCity's 'Solar Roof' Will be a Roof Made Entirely from Solar Panels
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36
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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35
Plastic-Made Artworks
Plastic-Made Artworks
The 'Plastic Classics' Series Pays Homage to Famous Artworks
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34
PET Plastic Cans
PET Plastic Cans
The 'Invento PET Can' Has Plastic Sides Instead of Metal
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33
Weed-Killing Light Wands
Weed-Killing Light Wands
This Device Makes Taking Care of Gardens Much More Simple
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32
Integrated Landscape Hotels
Integrated Landscape Hotels
This Hotel Was Built with Nature Rather Than Destroying It
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Biodegradable Paint Products
Biodegradable Paint Products
Crew Powder Mix Paint is Zero VOC for Eco-Friendly Vibrant Interiors
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30
Compostable Lip Balms
Compostable Lip Balms
Fable Naturals' Eco Cosmetics Packaging Can Be Returned to the Earth
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29
Child-Free Eco Hotels
Child-Free Eco Hotels
The Ladera Resort Specializes in Luxury Eco-Tourism for Couples
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28
Slow Fashion Online Stores
Slow Fashion Online Stores
This Slow Fashion Shop Focuses on Sustainability and Fair Trade
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27
Adhesive Invoice Printers
Adhesive Invoice Printers
The Tape Printer Efficiently Fulfills Two Packing Tasks Within One Strip
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26
Scooter-Sharing Programs
Scooter-Sharing Programs
Gogoro Scooters Will Be Available for Rent in Berlin Through an App
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25
Twisted Urban Farms
Twisted Urban Farms
The 'Hybrid Farm Apartment Building' Concept Maximizes Sunlight Access in NYC
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24
Elevated Native Forests
Elevated Native Forests
'Hanging Meadows' Would Reclaim the NY State Pavilion as a Natural Museum
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23
Customized Tent Structures
Customized Tent Structures
The 'Autonomous Tent' Offers a Unique Camping Setup
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22
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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21
Skeletal Kitchen Islands
Skeletal Kitchen Islands
This Wooden Kitchen Island is Extremely Minimalist in Its Design
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20
Compact Cork-Covered Homes
Compact Cork-Covered Homes
This Elevated Beach House Was Built with Reclaimed Materials
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19
Residental Rooftop Gardens
Residental Rooftop Gardens
This Vietnamese Home Features an Expansive Garden on Its Roof
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18
Inexpensive Electric Bikes
Inexpensive Electric Bikes
A Fundraising Campaign for These Bikes Delivers Them Upon Ordering
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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
Meal Kit Mini Fridges
Meal Kit Mini Fridges
FreshRealm's Vessel Helps Prevent Waste from Meal Kit Deliveries
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12
Customized Miniature Cabins
Customized Miniature Cabins
These Cabins Could Function as Quirky Guest Houses
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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
Multi-Functional Solo Tents
Multi-Functional Solo Tents
The Crua Hybrid Tent Combines Three Outdoor Essentials into One
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8
Table-Shaped Air Conditioners
Table-Shaped Air Conditioners
The 'Air-Tree' Can Reduce Energy Consumption and Costs in the Home
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7
Expansive Family Dwellings
Expansive Family Dwellings
This Large Family Home is Designed to Accommodate Familial Additions
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6
Fungal Leather Products
Fungal Leather Products
The "Leather" Products from MycoWorks are Made from Mushroom Plant Waste
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5
Luxury Class Coupes
Luxury Class Coupes
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is Sleek in Design and Electric-Powered
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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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