The holiday season is upon us, and whether you dread the coming of Christmas or await it with childlike glee, holiday shopping is always a little more exciting when there’s green tech involved.
This year, we’ve conducted a round up of some of the finest green tech in all the land–gizmos and gadgets carefully selected to increase your loved-one’s happiness quotient without causing their carbon footprint to balloon. Why? Because we care.
Sure, cheapo plastic earbuds are a dime a dozen. High-end numbers aren’t hard to find, either. But a pair of in-ear headphones that combines cost-effective with great audio AND painstaking attention to eco-detail? That’s a rare thing, indeed.
We like Thinksound’s Rain in-ear headphones for their simple, Forest Stewardship Certified wooden housing for each of the sound drivers, giving them a nice, warm look. They also feature PVC-free cables, and truly excellent sound, which comes courtesy of a 3.5mm gold plated plug and a sound driver with 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, delivering, as promised, “crisp highs with balanced bass and mids.” For the money, these headphones are as great any you’ll find for $99 and come in recycled packaging. The audiophile in your life with thank you.
2. RichardSolo Voyager
It’s a radio! It’s a portable device charger! It’s all of the above–and best of all, it delivers juice via not one but two off-grid, carbon-free methods. The RichardSolo Voyager (designed by Richard Thalheimer, founder and former CEO of The Sharper Image) sucks up juice from the sun via an integrated solar panel to provide for your AM/FM/shortwave listening pleasure. Should the sun be absent, just apply a little elbow grease to the hand-crank and presto, your favorite station is on the air. The RichardSolo Voyager also provides off-grid power via both these methods for all your portables, via a USB hub.
We like the stylish yet rugged design of the RichardSolo Voyager, as well as the price: just $49.95.