Living Green Just Got Cooler: 5 Stylish Environmentally Friendly Technologies

Being environmentally friendly has gone beyond being a lifestyle choice now – it’s a mandatory mode of being.


Those found to not be conforming with these standards of living, within the Western world, are being violently shunned on a daily basis – and rightly so. Still, just because we all have to be green now, doesn’t mean we can’t do it in style.
Here are 5 totally chic designs that will be sure to turn heads and save polar bears:



solproA simply designed yet perfectly practical piece of technology – the Solpro is a pocket-sized solar panel and battery. Slightly thicker than your average smartphone, you wouldn’t want it actually in your pocket, but it takes no space up in hand bag or rucksack. Just flip it open when the sun’s out and let the glorious rays do the rest of the work. It’s got two handy USB ports for charging phones and tablets, and can even charge through a conventional power source – if the sun happens to hiding that day.


They’re kind of hard to import from the States, but well worth tracking down, if you can. Costing around $100 in the States, you might feel a little hypocritical shipping one over – but the practicalities totally outweigh the potential embarrassment.


automaticThere’s never been a better time to lojack your car. This handy little adapter plugs into the on-board computer system (that even decades old cars will have) and tracks everything that your car is doing. Fuel consumption, energy efficiency, positioning – the little gadget pairs up with countless apps to give you complete control over your vehicle and offer you a heads up if it thinks something’s about to go wrong. Paranoid parents can track their kids whilst they’re away and forgetful Dads will never lose their car in a lot again!


Statistics freaks will go crazy over this piece of tech, and your car will never be better looked after. The price is a little steep at $130, but with no moving parts, this is a gadget that’s only going to improve as time goes by.


travelcardAs far as mobile battery packs go, they don’t get much more practical than this one. For a long time, battery packs have been designed using harmful chemicals and metals that poison the ground over time. In the last couple of years, though, a new spate of batteries have been released – utilising USB technology that removes the harmful materials. Coming in a ludicrously small size (around three times as thick as an average credit card) the TravelCard will fit into a decent sized wallet and hold around 5 hours of stand-by charge for your faithful phone.


At around $49 this is an absolute steal – arguably the 5-hour charge it gives might pale in comparison to the other batteries on the market – but when you look at the size of the thing, you can forgive it that.


bambooiBamboo might not the be the most effective amplifier on the market, but it is 100% green as it’s made entirely of Bamboo. Once you take away the cost of finding, sourcing, cutting, moulding, packaging and shipping this nifty piece of bamboo – it costs nothing to run and works surprisingly well. A flattened bottom, with a perfectly formed slot for your phone makes this a grand piece of simple technology that will transform your BBQs and camping trips.


It’s a piece of bamboo, so its not about to break the bank. At only $20 this is far away the cheapest item on the list, be prepared to take some stick from your non-green friends, after all…its a piece of bamboo.

Carved Phone Cases

carved-caseBased in Elkhart, Indiana, Carved make gorgeous phone cases for most top brands of phone. On top of using recyclable materials, all their goods are meticulously handcrafted and look absolutely stunning. Although you can argue the contradiction inherent in wrapping up a phone full of harmful goods in a piece of wood – you can’t deny how lovely their products are.


Although custom designs can run you up to $80, you can get slim fit models that only cost $30 or so with shipping included. These items are all one of a kind deals, with some of the Live Edge Wood items selling hotter than cakes…that are hot.

Fuel Crisis. Climate Crisis. Capitalist Crisis.


3 Football fields of polar bears are killed every day




the amount of people riding aeroplanes everyday has now risen to a reported ‘too many’


if you put all the sick sea birds covered in oil wing to wing they would stretch to the moon and back and look really gross and sad



3 more people every minute recycle ineffectively but still feel better about themselves


we spend more on packaging per pound spent than we do on freddo’s OR sunny delight


if all the people died all at once, all the animals would breath a sigh of relief and finally feel comfortable discussing their misgivings about us in public


Climate Change  is NOT a type of push-up underwire brassiere that gained worldwide prominence in the 1990s. That is the ‘Wonderbra’.


Climate Change is NOT an American comedy television series that aired on Disney Channel with a total of three seasons and 65 episodes from June 17, 2000, to June 2, 2003 following the life of the Stevenses, a family living in suburban Sacramento, California, mainly focusing on the clashing personalities of its two younger siblings, Ren and Louis. That was Shia Lebouf vehicle ‘Even Stevens’.



If 30% less people indulged in parking at Manchester Airport Wayne Rooney might still have a natural, healthy head of hair.


2000 people in the western hemisphere EVERYDAY waste a huge amount of oxygen restating their fears about climate change


conversations about climate change make 3000 people bored every day


climate change is boring and annoying


climate change will kill us all and is already killing and displacing millions of people every year


that’s not good


the polar bears are going to give us a real dressing down next time we go to there’s for dinner, and you know what they can be like when they’ve got a bee in their bonnet!



you’re all like ‘yeah! polar bears! we get it! You’re unhappy… but you went to the trouble to make this Lasagne and its only getting colder!’


i don’t want to die so lets not let all the climate change kill everyone

An Excerpt From ‘A Slow Death Masked As A Long Life’ by Claudia Lepouff

And now we witness, with the collapse of the post-war consensus, and a generation of politicians raised on the mantra that ‘there is no such thing as society’, the complete retreat of the individual from any sort of civic shared life. There is no more a sense that we can own things collectively , there is no more a sense that we are invested in our shared world collectively, there is no sense. The destruction of the collective was built on the creation of the individual. ‘Life’ became ‘your life’, ‘prosperity’ became ‘your prosperity’, ‘freedom’ became ‘your freedom’ and a people fell from grace. We used to want to build a country, to build a society, and maybe even build something on the road to a utopia, now we are told only to try to build our own little worlds for ourselves to enjoy.


We are free to be the kings of our own little kingdoms of one. And what a rule it will be. You will be able to design your kitchen, you will be able to make exactly the living room you’ve always wanted, with just the right type of sofa, just the right type of dining table, your ‘perfect’ home, your ‘perfect’ life. As the world burns outside your window. But that fine, because the notion that you are part of a collective, and you are suffering if the collective is suffering, that notion has been materially, socially and politically undermined as the world has tried to allow those able to be islands. It is an enforced alienation from others, and the loss of empathy that denotes. Wrapped away in our little corners, flicking through the catalogue and picking out our kitchen units like fools choosing the dinner menu for the feast of their own sacrifice. Don’t you see? The only thing being eaten is our selves. And life, actual real shared life, ‘public’ life. Society. It exists beyond the doors you shut yourself behind.’ 

Missing family
Missing family

A Brief Introduction To Ecological Urbanism

Ecological Urbanism is a movement. The movement attempts to create a form of Urbanism that moves closer to a socially inclusive and environmentally sensitive model. It is an attempt to move in this direction away from the notions of ‘Green Urbanism’ and ‘Sustainable Urbanism’ that where seen as not embodying these vital values, and as being too ideologically driven. In 1998 Urban Planner and Architect Miguel Ruano recorded the term ‘EcoUrbanism’ and defined it as such:

“the development of multi-dimensional sustainable human communities within harmonious and balanced built environments”

In 2010 Ecological Urbanism was published in conjunction with the ‘Exhibition on Ecological Urbanism’ at the Harvard Graduate School. Edited by Mohsen Mostafavi with Gareth Doherty, the paper and the conference argued for ‘a new ethics and aesthetics of the urban’. In his well written introduction ‘Why Eco-Urbanism? Why now?’ Mohsen Mostafavi writes:

“Increased numbers of people and cities go hand in hand with a greater exploitation of the world’s limited resources. Every year, more cities are feeling the devastating impacts of this situation. What are we to do? What means do we have as designers to address this challenging reality?”

So what are we to do as designers, as city planners, as architects and as engineers? Alternative fuel is not enough. Jeb Brugman in Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities Are Changing the World (2009) calls for us to become “masters of a stable, just, and ecological urbanism”. He writes:

“The first step towards ecological urbanism is increasing the energy and nutrient productivity within the city, but the only way to move sufficiently from extractive mode to a sustainable productive mode is to think, design, and develop at the scale of the City.”

Eco-Urbanism is the pursuit of sustainable ‘living’ cities. Cities that can breath and fuel themselves. Cities that are able to survive and thrive without destroying the world around them in the way they now do. It is ecologically defensible to have people crammed in together, as people close together can share more and survive of less, but only with good planning, only if this planning is undertaken with ecology, sustainability and social harmony in mind. That is how Eco-Urbanism hopes to create a better urban world for us all.



‘The promises they gave us back then, you wouldn’t believe it! ‘You’re going to have safe, secure housing Mrs Lancly, you’re going to have all your neighbours back living in peace and stability, your rent and bills will be affordable, your environment will be beautiful, you’ll live a prosperous and happy life. Your children will have access to all the best education and care, your community will be well maintained and well looked after…’ and so on and so on. They promised us a bloody utopia! And of course, we moved and the sheen faded and the same old problems came back. The crime, the vandalism, the hunger, the degradation. Because none of their plans actually confronted the real problem which of course, is poverty.’

Marie Lancly, from Liverpool