Eco-Friendly Gadgets for a Greener Lifestyle

Make your life a little greener with these eco-friendly gadgets that will help you grow plants in windowless spaces, among other things.

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Keep your devices topped off with energy with a solar-powered battery charger like the Brolar ($28). This battery pack contains solar panels, so you can just leave it out in the rays to recharge.
Klean Kanteen; SOMA
Save plastic by ditching filtered bottled water. The KleanCanteen Reflect ($33) is a 27oz bottle made of stainless steel, food-grade silicone, and sustainably-harvested bamboo, and the SOMA Pitcher ($39) can filter 80oz of water using filters made from coconut shell carbon and a plant-based casing.
Instead of burning charcoal briquettes, try cooking kebabs and roasting vegetables for your summer barbecues in this solar oven from GoSun ($279). The oven uses the sun's energy to cook food, even on a cloudy day. According to the company, the oven can reach temperatures of 550°F and you can cook a meal in 20 minutes.
HERObike; Giro
Instead of driving, you can reduce your carbon footprint by biking to work. If you want to make your commute even more eco-friendly, consider this Dubble HERObike made of bamboo and carbon fiber ($400) and this Giro Silo helmet ($50). Its inner lining is made of plant biomass and components are more easily recyclable.
Composting is a way to not only reduce food waste, but also create nutrient-rich soil you can use for growing your own plants and vegetables. The Yimby Tumbler Composter ($91) is an outdoor composting bin that you can use to deposit fruit peels, eggshells, and other food scraps.
If you prefer pushing yourself around town on four wheels instead of two, try the Minnow Skateboard ($149), made of recycled fishing nets in Chile. The company works directly with fishermen to collect old nets and local manufacturers to produce the boards in a zero-waste supply chain. The company estimates that as of April 2016, they've saved 87,600 square feet of fishing nets from becoming ocean waste.
The SunPort ($80) is a plug converter that helps you support solar energy production without using solar panels. Once you plug a SunPort into an outlet, it will "upgrade" the electricity to solar power by using solar credits. Requesting more solar power from the grid costs about $1-2 a month more when using a laptop, and the plug can go with you anywhere.
If you're looking for something faster than a bike but greener than a gasoline-powered car for your commute, try this Jetson E-Bike ($1,800). The scooter is powered by electricity, has a max speed of 20mph, and can travel 40 miles on a single charge.
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Coming soon is the Mygdal Terrarium ($TBD), a way to bring plants into windowless spaces. The self-contained terrarium is lit with an LED sunlamp and doesn't need watering. Nui Studio is currently in the planning stage to produce the first edition of the Mygdal plant lamps.
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