10. Bedol Eco-Friendly Water-Powered Clock
Requiring no batteries, chemicals or electrical outlets, the Bedol Water Clock runs on water. Perfect for the office, the clock is simply filled with water to generate electricity. Inside the clock is an electrolytic cell containing zinc and copper rods. The water acts as an electrolyte between the two rods, generating enough electricity to power the clock.
9. UFO Power Center
This nifty gadget was featured in our July issue and allows you to control home appliances via your iPhone or iPad. The UFO Power Center is a smart power strip that connects to any Wi-Fi signal to wirelessly control the appliances plugged into it. Not only can you turn appliances on and off remotely, but it also tracks your energy usage.
8. Creative Organization’s Sustainable Cedar Products
If you’ve got a closet full of expensive suits, chances are you have some cedar in there to keep insects from munching on your valuable clothing. Creative Organization’s Sustainable Cedar Products are sleek closet accessories, including hangers, shoe trees and racks, made from 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council certified sustainably harvested cedar.
7. USBCELL Rechargeable Batteries
Price: $17 (2 batteries)
These cool rechargeable batteries require no charging dock. Simply flip open the top of the NiMH AA battery and plug into the usb port of your computer. Just a few minutes of charging can provide hours worth of electricity for your portable electronic devices. Best of all, USBCELL batteries can be recharged hundreds of times, making their price tag a little less scary.
6. Eton Raptor Adventure Tool
The Eton Raptor is every outdoorsman’s dream come true. This solar powered adventure tool houses a solar panel, altimeter, barometer, compass, AM/FM/WB radio tuner with presets, digital alarm clock, and NOAA weather alerts. The tool also features an LED flashlight, audio line-in to act as a loudspeaker, and usb port to charge a cell phone. Did we mention the bottle opener?
5. Wilson Staff Eco-Carry Golf Bag
For the avid golfer, the Wilson Staff Eco-Carry Bag is the first golf bag made from recycled material. A single bag saves 12 gallon-size plastic bottles from being discarded in the landfill. The manufacturing process produces 70 percent less CO2 than regular polyester. It’s lightweight (3.7 lbs.) and comes with all the bells and whistles, including paddle-activated stand, hip pad, and umbrella holder.
4. Voltaic Generator Solar Laptop Charger
This stylish briefcase has a built-in 15-watt solar panel that charges your laptop on the go. One hour of sunlight can provide between 12 and 45 minutes of charge for your laptop, or completely charge a cell phone or small electronic device. The briefcase comes complete with solar-ready battery. The case itself is made from recycled PET bottles, and is lightweight, waterproof and UV resistant.
3. Samsung Replenish Android Smartphone from Sprint
Price: $399.99 (cheaper with Sprint data plan)
The Replenish is the world’s most eco-friendly smartphone. Made with mostly recycled and recyclable material (including the packaging), the Replenish still has all the features you’d expect from an advanced smartphone, including: Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, 2MP camera and camcorder, Wi-Fi and GPS capability, and 32GB memory. The phone is also free of toxic materials like PVC, BFRs, phthalates and beryllium.
2. iPad 2
The iPad 2 includes arsenic-free display glass, mercury-free LCD display and is free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This revolutionary tablet also includes recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure and its long battery life allows users to surf, listen to music or watch videos for up to 10 hours on a single charge, cutting down on energy consumption.
1. Philips Econova LED Television
Price: £1,200 ($1,950)
Hailed as “Europe’s Greenest TV,” the 42-inch Econova consumes only 46 watts of power (less than a 60-watt light bulb), which is impressive considering many flat screens use as much energy as your kitchen refrigerator! This is thanks to the low-power LED display that still maintains best-in-class picture quality, and the zero-power switch, which reduces standby electricity usage to zero when the TV is turned off.
The Econova’s housing is made of 60 percent post recycled aluminum. Most of its components are recyclable, and the TV is designed for easy disassembly when recycling. Even the packaging is 100 percent recyclable, with the complete elimination of styrofoam cushioning. In fact, no plastic is used in the packaging whatsoever. The Econova’s remote control has a built-in solar panel so batteries never have to be replaced, and all the electronics, including cables, are halogen and PVC free.