Waterfront property can be extremely expensive. The land itself sells for a premium. But a new eco-friendly solution can give homeowners a house without the land, resting atop the water. Known as the EcoFloLife WaterNest, the homes are approximately 328 square feet and made almost entirely from recyclable materials.

But eco-friendliness is only part of the WaterNest’s appeal. Since these homes rest atop water, they feature waterfront views and natural lighting, thanks to built-in skylights. Additionally, the homes utilize natural energy sources due to photovoltaic panels that are built into the roof of the building. The panels are able to provide as much as four kWp of electricity to the home.

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Discarded plastic bottles are a serious risk to the environment, with the World Economic Forum reporting that by 2050, the Earth’s oceans will contain more plastic than fish. But a new invention from a product design student in Iceland offers an innovative solution. AriJónsson’s revolutionary water bottle actually decomposes once it’s been tossed in the trash.

While water is still inside, the bottle holds its shape. However, as soon as its contents are empty, the bottle begins to decompose. The technology works because the bottle is made from a mixture of algae and water, which relies heavily on water inside in order to retain its shape.

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In 2016, a series of earthquakes hit Kumamoto, Japan, killing 50 people and injuring another 3,000. The incident sparked interest in homes that could survive such an event, with sales surging for the Japan Dome Houses that had been on the market for more than 15 years.

The homes are made from Styrofoam, which is the same product that keeps to-go food and coffee warm. For the houses, the inventors are using a strengthened form of Styrofoam that is both stronger and more compact. The homes are modular, being fitted together in only a week. Each piece weighs about 176 pounds. Not only are the homes stronger in an earthquake, but they’re also less expensive to build than traditional housing (approximately $70,000 USD). The homes are small, measuring at about 387 square feet with a ceiling of less than ten feet. Due to the material’s insulating ability, the homes are also more eco-friendly than traditional houses.

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