Cool gadgets for eco-friendly people

Posted by Laura Grant on October 8, 2008
Posted in Lifestyle, Renewable energy

Here’s proof that environmentally friendly gadgets don’t have to be home-made and held together with duct tape. The three below are clever, simple, look good and use renewable energy.

Swiss-based company Sakku produces solar bags with an integrated ultra-light and flexible solar panel that allows you to charge your cell phone, MP3 Player or GPS tracker with solar energy. The bags come in three models: Sakku.traveller, which is made out of recycled sail cloth from boats sailing on Swiss lakes; Sakku.worker, which has a cushioned compartment for laptops and comes in black cordura with an extra-large belt; and Sakku.buddy, which uses recycled sun shutters. Best of all these bags are available in South Africa from Tashi Solar. The bags are available either with or without a battery which stores energy so you can charge your appliance when you need to. The bags start at R3,352.00.


What do you do when you live in Sweden, where the sun hardly shines in winter so you can’t use a solar charger for your iPhone? You invent a yo-yo that charges your iPhone. Industrial designer Peter Thuvander’s induction-powered yo-yo charger for Apple is such a cool idea it almost makes me want to go out and buy an iPhone. Want to know how it works? Go to Thuvander’s website.

[Via: Inhabitat]


This clock doesn’t need batteries. It uses electrodes to harvest energy from plain tap water and a dash of ordinary table salt. It’s sold by US firm Bedol.

[Via: Sciam]


2 Responses to “Cool gadgets for eco-friendly people”

  1. Lelanie
    October 16th, 2008 @ 10:38 am

    Why don’t we have such awesome things available in SA? If we had gadgets like these, more people would accept the challenge of living more ‘green’.

  2. Laura Grant
    October 16th, 2008 @ 11:11 am

    You can definitely get the bags here and other cool things like wind-up radios and solar cellphone chargers. We don’t seem to make much of this kind of thing here, though, so they tend to be imported and expensive.

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