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:
A 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.
There’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.
As 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.
iBamboo 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.
Based 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.