Eco-Friendly Gift Guide


Do you have a friend that cares more about the environment then he does about you? Then buy him nothing (or one of these eco-friendly green gifts).

Windup LED Flashlight – $7.69

This flashlight never needs batteries and the LED bulbs will last a lifttime! Crank this for just 1 minute for 120 minutes of light.

The Windup LED Flashlight is available from Amazon for $7.69.


Solar Power Your Home For Dummies – $13.59

This friendly, hands-on guide is packed with tips for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. You’ll see how to survey your home to determine your current household energy efficiency and use, and evaluate where solar power would best benefit you. You’ll also calculate what the return on your investment will be before you make any decisions. Once you’ve decided on a project, you’ll see whether it’s best to hire a contractor or do it yourself.

The Solar Power Your Home For Dummies is available from Amazon for $13.59.


Global Warming Mug – $12.95

This worryingly relevant mug-with-a-message is adorned with a map of the world. Which is nice. What isn’t particularly nice is what happens when you fill the mug with a hot drink. Because as soon as the mug feels the heat, the land mass begins to disappear before your very eyes. Oceans start to spread across the coastlines as ice caps melt and water levels rise.

The Global Warming Mug is available from Firebox for $12.95.

USBCell – AA Batteries – $19.95

The problem with rechargeables is the myriad plugs, ports, sockets and bays you need to have around to keep them filled with electrons. Oh, the battery’s dead, but where’s that dang recharger? Sound familiar? Then, one day, an enterprising geek built the charger into the battery. Not just any charger, mind you. They used a standard USB port built right into the battery.

The USBCell – AA Batteries is available from Think Geek for $19.95.

Global Warming Action Kits – $49.00

Stop global warming in your own home with these compact kits. Large Kit includes: Three 60W-equivalent compact fluorescent , (CF) light bulbs, 20-oz. stainless steel water bottle, Solar LED flashlight, Four rechargeable batteries, Fast charger, Low-flow , showerhead, Solar hat fan, Solar Living Sourcebook

The Global Warming Action Kits is available from Discovery for $49.00.


FreeLoader Solar Charger – $49.95

This smart, eco-friendly device soaks up the power of the sun and stores it for up to 3 months. You can then use it to charge up your electronic gadgets, anytime, anyplace. Think of it as a portable solar-powered battery.

The FreeLoader Solar Charger is available from Firebox for $49.95 also check out the Solio charger.


Emergency Crank Radio Metallic Silver – $49.95

With a dependable hand-crank power generator that powers the unit’s AM/FM/TV/Weather radio, built-in LED flashlight, cell phone charger and emergency siren, the lightweight and portable Etón FR300 is an excellent and economical choice for anyone in the market for a radio that can be relied on in emergencies or in environments where there are limited power sources.

The Emergency Crank Radio Metallic Silver is available from Amazon for $49.95.


Solar Charging Backpack – $249.95

Charge it up and you’re ready to go – this solar charging backpack will power an iPod for three hours or a cell phone for one and a half hours. No SPF needed for this sun-loving backpack. Harness the sun’s energy and the technology you love is yours, wherever you may wander.

The Solar Charging Backpack is available from Discovery for $249.95.

Remote Controlled Hydrogen Powered Car – $149.95

Winner of the prestigious German Toy Award in Electronics and Technology, this is the first remote-controlled car fueled entirely by hydrogen. The included fueling station is powered by a solar panel and uses electrolysis to safely deconstruct ordinary tap water into hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Simply connect the fueling station’s plastic tube to the car and hydrogen gas transfers to the car’s patented fuel cell, where platinum plates compress the hydrogen and convert it into electrical energy to power the motors.

The Remote Controlled Hydrogen Powered Car is available from Hammacher for $149.95.


Solar Powered Golf Cart – $9,000

This is the electric golf cart that has an array of 72 photovoltaic cells built into the roof that collect solar energy, providing up to 33% more range between recharges than non-solar electric golf carts. The cart’s 160-watt array produces up to three amps per hour for its 48-volt rechargeable battery system, providing a range of up to 49 miles–approximately 10 rounds of golf–before requiring a full recharge .

The Solar Powered Golf Cart is available from Hammacher for $9,000.


7 reviews or comments

Matt Gift Says: March 2, 2011 at 2:27 am

I’ve used one of those emergency hand-cranked radios for years and I have to say it is one of the best gadgets ever! Of course, I don’t wait for an emergency, it’s really handy when you are working out in the garden.

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