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Top 10 Eco-Trends in 2010

From oil spills to record-breaking earthquakes, 2010 has seen some serious environmental devastation.  However, it wasn't all bad news for our planet this year.  From small-scale advancements in sustainable streetlights to alternative fuels that will hopefully decrease the likelihood of future oil spills, 2010 has seen an abundance of improvements in all things green.  I'm pleased to bring to you what I believe are the top 10 eco-trends of 2010.

Chinese Container Homes Rent For A Dollar A Day

High housing costs and great demand for living space in China's cities has sparked a boom in so-called “Snail Houses” - modified and insulated metal shipping containers that rent for the equivalent of just a dollar a day.

NHow Hotel: A Music Oasis In Milan

Niche hotels have been popping up all around the world to appeal to specific groups of travelers, and the latest one in Milan will be music to many travelers' ears (literally)!

Green Building From Top to Bottom: Eco-Conscious Roofing

From rooftop gardens to more traditional yet green options, roofing has come a long way.  Conventional roofs have surprisingly detrimental effects on our environment, but the ecocentric homeowner can rest assured with these three alternatives.

More On Eco-Building: Walls That Talk Green

The materials traditionally used for walls and ceillings can often contribute to pollution, CO2 emissions, and waste, but GreenDepot.com provides a wealth of innovative options for the eco-conscious builder.  Many of these materials qualify for LEED credits and all of them help reduce our carbon footprint.

Green Building: USGBC Incentives Go Beyond the Trend

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) is ever-increasing their efforts to promote green building materials, products, and practices.  From LEED certification credits in your home to your school, USGBC promises to improve tomorrow's planet through today's efforts.

The Solar Oven Restaurant Built From an Experiment and Need

Eating out is convenient and relaxing. Unfortunately, it is also expensive and often wasteful. However, a family restaurant in Villaseca town of Valle del Elqui, Chile may inspire the way restaurant cook their food in the future, via solar ovens.

TrendHunter's Top 10 Eco Trends of November

TrendHunter.com has released their "Top 50 Eco Trends of November 2010."  I'm proud to present to you a more in-depth look at the innovations and inventions that made the list's top 10.  From trash villages to underwater, life-like structures, there's sure to be something on this list for the nature lover in us all.

Scratched Records Make Good Green Inexpensive Roof

Gone are the days when vinyl records were the method in which everyone listened to recorded music, but the records themselves still exist, lots and lots of them. Collectors collect those records that are not too scratched to listen to, but where do the rest of the records end up? Matt Glassmeyer has a few hundred nailed to his deck protecting him and his wooden back doors from the rain.

See.me Camera Aims To Give Kids The Big Picture

Designer Malin Grummas has created the See.me camera concept, a kid-friendly digital camera that doesn't just collect but projects photos for maximum enjoyment.

Solar Powered Movie House

Green you moving watching days at a solar powered movie house like Sol Cinema. It's small and there isn't much space for a big movie screen, but movie watchers get the VIP treatment. The whole movie house runs off solar power too.

LifeCycle Tower: The World's Tallest Wooden Building

CREE Group proposes to build the tallest wooden building, appropriately named the "Life Cycle Tower," for Dornbirn, Austria.  Using hybrid-construction that will cut CO2 emissions by 90% and construction time by 50%, the eco-conscious construction of the 30-story building uses sustainable resources such as timber and composite slab (wood/concrete).  One of the oldest building materials known to man proves itself to be a timeless mainstay of construction even in the age of skyscrapers.


Diverging Diamond Interchange Keeps Traffic Moving Quickly

Ever been driving on the road and had some one make an unprotected left turn in front of you, cutting it too close for comfort? With this innovative concept for regulating traffic, you won't have to think about it. The diverging diamond interchange (DDI) traffic pattern has drivers temporarily switch sides of the road in order to keep traffic moving more quickly.

World's Tallest Manmade Climbing Wall

The Netherlands has proved that you don't need mountains to have challenging climbing.

Weaving As Architecture: David Garcia Creates Another First

David Garcia and his gang (aka Studio) have been up to their new tricks again, this time creating the first facade, roof, column and foundation to be built without nails, screws, or even glue!

Sustainsia Makes Working From Home Even Greener

Working from home just got even greener with Sustainsia, Inc.'s new solar powered, at-home work stations.  Small enough to fit in the backyard, these little pods provide telecommuters with a back-to-basics, natural vibe for their home office needs.

SteriShoe Kills 99.9 Percent Of Harmful Shoe Microorganisms

Shoes are havens for bacteria.  Sweat, dead skin and bacteria from our feet can cause shoes to smell and potentially even become a health concern.  The SteriShoe is a shoe insert made to kill 99.9 percent of harmful microorganisms that can develop in footwear.

Towers Tap Into Wind Power: Makes Them Self-Sustainable

Unique curving towers with wind turbines concept harnesses wind power and makes the towers self -sustainable.

California’s Solar Electric Generating System Controversial

In Ivanpah California, BrightSource is developing its first solar power complex. When constructed it will be the largest in the world and will produce enough energy to power more than 140,000 homes while reducing 400,000 tons of CO2 per year. Still, environmentalists are protesting the location where the solar complex will be built.

They Turned an Old Church Into a New Home

Take a look at this amazing renovated home in Kyloe, Northumberland. It is a church! Well... it was a church. Now it is a home to an eco-friendly couple.