Written by Corinne Garcia Tuesday, July 06 2010
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The Motorola ReNew claims to be the first certified carbon-free cell phone on the market. Through an alliance with Carbonfund.org. Motorola offsets its carbon footprint by investing in renewable energy sources and reforestation. The company has reduced its packaging (made from 100-percent recycled materials), the phones need less charge time, and the phone’s housing is made from recycled plastic from water bottles. The Samsung Reclaim is another eco-friendly phone. It’s made from corn based bio-plastic, uses recycled packaging, and has an Energy Star approved charger.
ReNu is a handy-dandy compact solar panel made by Regen. Set in front of a sun-filled window, it stores up solar energy and powers up your small electronic gadgets. The company claims that this charges up your iPod in the same amount of time as a wall charger. Sounds hot, and the company has been winning awards for innovation. However, the catch here is that you have to buy the company’s accessories to charge individual gadgets.
Although these are not yet on the market, this is one trend that Bemisderfer says is making waves. The Modlet (Modern Electric Outlet) plugs into an existing outlet. You plug your appliances into it and then you can turn appliances on/off remotely through the web. Turn on a light before you get home, shut the coffee maker off while you’re at work, and turn off the vampire suckers anytime. Another similar model is the PICOwatt.
Here are a few more interesting green gadget innovations:
Solar Reading Light: Don’t worry about falling asleep with the light on.
Solar Messenger Bag: Forget the briefcase. This bag has a built in solar panel that generates enough energy to run many small gadgets.
Orange Solar Tent: Find your way home, while camping.
Automan 500 Subwoofer: Made from recycled tires, you can crank it up.
For more information about the future of green electronics, check out myGreenElectronics.org.
Corinne Garcia is a freelance writer and editor living with her husband and two young boys in Bozeman, Mont. She has also written for Women’s Adventure, Christian Science Monitor, Northwest Travel, Pregnancy, Fit Pregnancy, and Fit Parent.