Getting Your Valentine’s Day Green Tech Love On: A Shopper’s Guide

February 14th is approaching and with it, the opportunity to express your undying love and devotion with that special, unforgettable gift. If your loved one is an eco-conscious tech lover, why go in for those tired old Valentine’s Day cliches? After all, that sweet bouquet of flowers was probably grown with pesticides, endangering the health of agricultural workers; the box of chocolates with the big red bow was probably mass produced–and even a romantic  dinner at that trendy upscale restaurant is still probably full of…okay, you get the point.

Here at EarthTechling, we are committed to providing sustainable green tech alternatives to the usual suspects this Valentine’s Day. In our V-Day gift guide, you’ll find selections ranging from sweet to spicy to downright practical, all of them easy on the earth. These are gifts that say, not only, “I love you,” but “I love the fact that you’re an eco-geek, just like me.”


image via YoGen

The YoGen is a universal mobile device charger that works by simply pulling a string, transforming good-old human powered kinetic energy into juice for your mobile phone. The YoGen is the gift that says you care about staying in touch, off the grid–and want to make sure your sweetie has back-up power in emergencies, too. As for how many pulls it will take to completely charge your loved one’s phone, specifically, feel free to quote the inventor of the YoGen: “[it all depends] on one’s natural strength and technique.” (!) $39.99

Earth Angel

image via Caden Enterprises

Gentlemen, if your plans for 2010 include periods of significant separation from your lady, may we discreetly suggest the gift that will have her thinking fondly of you in absentia–without wasting batteries? The Earth Angel gets its charge from a small flip-out handle housed in its base, which provides kinetic energy when cranked. The Earth Angel is “the world’s first green technology sex toy,” according to the manufacturer, and contains 100% recyclable materials in both product and packaging. Let’s just hope you can compete with those “intense vibrations” when you get home… €69.99 ($99.13)

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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