Electronic devices have their fair share of negative impacts to our planet. Frequent and excessive charging, using power-inefficient peripherals, and purchasing plastic-based accessories are some of the common practices associated with using too many electronics. If you can’t leave without these gadgets but want to stay true to your green living goals, then we have six of the most eco-friendly accessories and gadgets you can use with your iPhone.
1) iBamboo iPhone Speaker
The iBamboo Speaker is a one-of-a-kind audio device and iPhone stand made entirely from a single piece of bamboo. It’s crafted with a small dock or opening to hold your Apple device in place, as you listen to your favorite tracks in an amplified sound. It doesn’t require any electricity source in order to function. Once your iPhone is mounted on the speaker, the bamboo’s hollow interior will naturally amplify the intensity of the sound coming from your iPhone’s speakers. It doesn’t give you extra loud bass beats similar to a full-fledged speaker set, but it provides you with enough volume to fill a standard-sized room.
2) SLXtreme 5 Solar-Powered Waterproof Case
According to the specifications listed on the consumer page of the iPhone 5 on O2, the 1440 mAh battery of the current Apple flagship is designed to last for 225 hours of standby time and 8 hours of continuous calls. But, if you’re a heavy mobile user, there’s a great chance that you may need to re-charge your smartphone’s battery frequently throughout the day. This is especially true when you factor in how many apps you keep running at all times. The SLXtreme 5 is a rugged case for your iPhone that doubles as a power source. Unlike any other third-party battery packs, this one doesn’t need charging, as it boasts a self-sustaining solar panel on the rear side to capture sunlight and automatically store energy to fully power up your gizmo. This case is available for $129.99.
3) BioLite Camp Stove
If you are fond of nature-hiking and camping activities, the BioLite Camp Stove combines a charger and a burner in a single device that you can transport with ease. Its small stove is ideal to cook food, to create a warm and cozy bonfire, or to boil water. It’s lightweight, durable, and 100% safe. It only uses small scraps of wood and dried leaves to start a fire. This useful machine comes with a $129.95 price tag.
4) ReCase Ergonomic iPhone 5 Casing
As work to combat global warming, we challenge you to abandon the use of mobile casings made of plastics, especially PVCs. Bumpers and rear shells made of Polyvinyl Chloride take several years to decompose and become toxins when released to the environment. Miniwiz Sustainable Energy Development has designed a wide variety of fashionable iPhone containers called “ReCase,” with the prefix pertaining to recycled thermoplastic wastes. Their products include shells, bumpers, and 2-in-1 ATM and gadget holders. What makes it even greener is the fact that they don’t use ink, glue, and carbon products during production. You can own one of these casings for as low as $49.99.
5) Bracketron Mushroom GreenZero
The Bracketon Mushroom GreenZero is a tiny charger for your mobile device that automatically switches off and breaks the connection between the power source and your gadget the moment your battery gets full. The Mushroom GreenZero’s main goal is to save energy and your money from paying excessive electric bills. By constantly using this wall charger, you are also minimizing the risk of fire accidents resulting from excessive charging. Its current price is $28.95.
6) Kinesis K3 Wind and Solar Powered iDevice Charger
Solar and wind electricity have become the two most popular renewable energy sources in the energy industry, especially as prices to generate and transmit the energy have been steadily dropping for the past few years. The Kinesis K3 is a portable tool that combines both technologies into one. It includes a wind-propelled tiny fan that functions as a turbine. On its body, there’s a tiny solar panel to capture the sun’s energy. Just let it stand in your balcony as you charge your phone using an adapter cord. Its rechargeable battery holds up to 4,000 mAh of charge and has a maximum output of 1 amp. Priced at $57.89, this one is a keeper.
We understand that electronic devices like the iPhone are a part of our daily lives, whether it’s for work, personal entertainment, interpersonal communications, or something else entirely. With the above gadgets and accessories, you can minimize, if not eliminate, its negative impact to our planet Earth.
About the Author:
Sookie Lioncourt is a technology novice who advocates eco-friendly usage of mobile gadgets. She has a great passion for photography and fashion. Follow her on Twitter @sookielioncourt.