Back To School Green Tech Essentials

As warm weather begins to simmer down and the kids head back to school, back-to-school shopping in your household probably means more in the realm of clothes and school supplies than it does green tech. But the start of the school year offers a great opportunity to get kids of all ages out of the deadwood of last year’s routine and into healthier routines. By starting off on the right foot, a back-to-school green tech purchase has the power to usher in a greener year for both you and your kids.

Not every item on this list is going to be appropriate for every kid. But chances are–whether your children are just starting to wonder about where this thing called electricity comes from, or headed off to college for their first shot at dorm life–there’s something here that will help them make green, healthy decisions a habit. And that may be the best education of all.

1. Solar Powered Studylite LED Lamp

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image via The Design Blog

For the most part, we don’t tend to be aware of eye-strain–we’re just aware that we’re tired of reading and feeling sleepy. If you’re an adult, no problem: you can just shut your book and go to bed. But what if you’re a stressed-out high school sophomore, staring down the barrel of that biology test first thing in the morning? What you want is a study-lamp that reduces eye-strain–what you want is the StudyLite by BPL, “the world’s first ‘Safe for Eyes’ certified rechargeable study light for children.”

This unique, ring-shaped lamp (which recently won the  Red Dot Design Award for product design excellence) makes use of LED lights for super-efficient electricity usage–and best of all, it has no cord and no plug. That’s right: when used in conjunction with BPL’s optional solar charger, the StudyLite illuminates late night homework using nothing but the sun. Yours for $31.92 (1490 Indian Rupees).

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.