We love finding electronics and accessories made from low-impact materials, but if you really stop and think about it, most of these eco-friendly gadgets really don’t live up to the hype. Try as they might, most computers, smart phones, and chargers still contain petroleum-based plastics–which clog up our landfills when devices die, leading to a contributor to e-waste. To create a truly “green” gadget, one must think outside the plastic box, and that’s what an ambitious Kickstarter project by Robin Behrstock aims to do.
The iZen Bamboo is said to be the first truly eco-friendly wireless Bluetooth keyboard on the market. Handmade out of 92 percent renewable, recyclable bamboo this accessory poses almost no threat to the natural environment, during production or disposal. It’s designed to work wirelessly with iPads, iPhones, Macs, Androids, tablet PCs, smart phones, and many other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
While these smaller, touchscreen electronics are more portable and more convenient to use on the go, they lack the full keyboard capabilities that are necessary for longer emails or, y’know, actual work. As a fully compatible full-size keyboard accessory, the iZen solves this problem without bogging you down with a lot of extra weight or power cords.
As Triplepundit noted in a recent review, “the new iZen keyboard and iPad stand has the potential to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels by reducing our consumption of plastic.” And in addition to being genuinely green, the iZen accomplishes something that many eco-friendly electronics don’t: it’s nice to look at!
Currently, the iZen crowdfunding campaign has raised almost $16,000 of its $18,000 goal, and there are still 14 days left. If you’ve been looking for electronics that fit your minimalist style as well as your green conscience, it might be work a look.