Tech Lovers and Tree Huggers: 10 Must-Have Eco-Friendly Gadgets
Don’t get us wrong, we love a good gadget. Yet, with such a vast, ever-growing selection of new products to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why we are bringing you our Top 10 favorite additions to the market, each designed with a healthy dose of eco-friendliness.
It’s just another way to make your life easier and give back to the environment. What can we say, we like to multi-task.
Best Eco-Friendly Tech Gifts
1. InfusionPro Water Bottle
Bad News: Disposable plastic water bottles take thousands of years to dissolve and contribute to huge landfills throughout the world.
The Fix: It is always an excellent idea to stay fully hydrated – may it be at work or at play. Still, that’s no excuse to overflow our trash cans with discarded bottles. Instead, we can choose reusable water bottles. You’ll stay just as refreshed, with less plastic mess.
Our favorite: Infuser Water Bottle from Amazon. This bottle allows you to add slices of fresh fruit inside it for a drink both sweet and vitamin packed.
2. Biodegradable Laptop by Asus
The Bad News: Laptops are made with plastic and other heavy metals that use large amounts of natural resources to manufacture. They are also very difficult to breakdown.
The Fix: Eco-friendly adjustments to laptops have made a much appreciated appearance! The idea is to reduce the use of metal and replace it will natural materials.
Our Favorite: Asus released the U2E Bamboo-series of laptops to provide consumers with a laptop made of renewable sources.
The Bad News: While diving into a good book is always an excellent way to spend an afternoon, we know that those captivating pages are made from our friends the trees. Not to mention, stashing several heavy books in your bag can really weigh you down!
The Fix: E-readers significantly cut back on paper waste and provide a convenient way to have hundreds of books on hand everywhere you go.
Our Favorite: Sleek and sturdy, the NOOK HD 9” Tablet from Walmart is an e-reader made to last.
The Bad News: Washing machines are one of the greatest conveniences of the modern age, but many are wasteful and use enormous amounts of water and electricity to wash a single load of clothes.
The Fix: There is now a better, faster way to get through Laundry Day. High-efficiency washers cut down on the amount of water used and wash time. You conserve water and lower your power bills.
Our Favorite: The LG High-Efficiency Washer from Best Busy helps protect the environment, while still ensuring your clothes are bright and clean.
5. Apple TV
The Bad News: Cluttering your home with plastic CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray cases and disks is both wasteful and a hassle to organize!
The Fix: You can switch all your favorite media from hard copies to digital streaming.
Our Favorite: The sleek Apple TV device from Target hooks up to your HDTV and allows you to stream movies, music and television shows directly to your television. You can even store your purchased library or rent media on-demand.
6. LG 60LA7400 60-Inch HDTV
The Bad News: For years, big-screen televisions were notorious for sucking up electricity and putting out huge amounts of heat directly into people’s homes.
The Fix: Thankfully, LCD and plasma technology has made televisions lighter, thinner, and less power-hungry.
Our Favorite: LG has taken that one step further with this 60-inch model available at Amazon. It is one of the most energy-efficient on the market.
7. Bedol Water Clock
The Bad News: Alarm clocks are big energy wasters.
The Fix: Creative companies are coming up with alternatives to battery-operated alarm clocks, such as water alarm clocks.
Our Favorite: With the Bedol Water Clock at Bed, Bath and Beyond, your morning shower won’t be the only water waking you up in the morning. This alarm clock is powered by water and will last up to six months before the water needs to be replaced.
The Bad News: MP3 players use batteries that degrade and can be harmful to the environment over time.
The Fix: People are wising up about the negative environmental effects of our tech gadget use, so innovative companies have found ways to get power from natural sources, like the sun!
Our Favorite: The Sol’e Solar Powered MP3 Player, available at Overstock.com, is the perfect music player for hikes, bicycle rides or just hanging out by the pool.
9. i-Ecko Eco-Friendly Speakers
The Bad News: Materials used to create your speakers are often toxic to the earth and build up in our landfills.
The Fix: You can now choose speakers made from recycled materials and natural fibers. Pair your eco-friendly speakers with your solar powered MP3 player, and you’ll be grooving your way toward a better world.
Our Favorite: i-Ecko Eco-Friendly Speakers available at Amazon. These maintain a great sound and are made from natural and recycled materials.
10. Grovermade Bamboo iPad Case
The Bad News: iPad cases are commonly made with unsustainable materials.
The Fix: It is all too easy to bump and scratch up your iPad, so proper protection goes a long way. Now you can find durable, long-lasting cases made from natural alternatives, such as Bamboo.
Our Favorite: This eye-catching and beautiful Bamboo iPad Case from Grovemade will protect your tablet and the environment.