Guest Author Post: Claudia Somerfield is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and technology. She recently read an article on ecofriend that attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on ikea bookcase.
Electric waste is emerging as a major concern around the world. Gadgets simplify the tasks that we perform but the disposal of the e-waste is not that easy. In such a scenario, gadgets that work on renewable resources of energy, to limit the amount of waste generated, come across as a silver lining. In addition, the devices that do not turn into toxic wastes post their utility are welcome indeed. Here we list a few gadgets that qualify as being eco-friendly.
1. Brunton SolarRoll
This water-proof, portable, solar panel comes in different models to suit your needs, with an output of 4.5, 9 and 14 Watts for the three models. The use of Tefzel fluoropolymer makes this solar panel long lasting. The three variants of this gadget charger come in the range of $199 to $479. It can charge your car battery, your camera, cell phone and iPod as well.
2. PowerTrekk mobile charger
Sodium silicide in the cartridge of this portable charger reacts with water to produce hydrogen for you to charge your gadgets. The cost of the charger is high at $200 but the cartridge comes for only $4 and the water does not cost you anything at all.
3. Solar Kindle
This case acts as an extension of your Kindle e-reader’s battery. As it gets charged with solar power, you have an eco-friendly source of additional power with you at all times. The lightweight solar cells ensure that the gadget does not get too heavy for you to handle. It weighs 7.58 ounces and costs $79.99.
We are so used to having disposable alkaline batteries to power our gadgets, remotes, etc. The amount of toxic waste so generated is immense. USBcell offers a solution. Plugging it into a USB port allows you to recharge it completely in a matter of 5 hours. No need to stock on disposable batteries anymore. It costs $19.50 for the convenience it offers.
5. Eco-friendly monitors
AOC 22 inch HD USB monitor and NEC Multisync LCD195WVXM monitor make the cut for being eco-friendly. The one from AOC is built of recycled materials, is mercury free and is low on power consumption. The NEC monitor scores for being a good non-CRT option with an affordable price tag at $230.
6. Non-polluting printer
The Kyocera FS-3900DN printer falls in this bracket. The monochrome laser printer is ozone-free. The printer rollers directly get the positive electrical charge for taking forward the printing process. This is a part of its eco-friendly credentials. The plastic toner cartridge is also recyclable. This considerably reduces the amount of e-waste your printer generates.
7. LED outdoor light with movement detection sensors
This LED light consumes minimal power and lights up only when it detects movement in the vicinity. It works only in dark thereby saving you from power wastage during day time in case you miss switching it off. It can detect movement from a distance of 3 meters and remains on only for 12 seconds if no further movement is detected. Furthermore, it can work on recyclable batteries thereby saving you from piling up a heap of disposable alkaline batteries. Spend $25 to buy it for long term use.
The appeal of the eco-friendly tag is now leading to the abuse of the term itself. Every product is projected as an eco-friendly one. If more attention is paid to research to build eco-friendly products which are affordable as well, we will find ourselves in a better position to protect our environment against the hazards of pollution including that of electronic waste.