3 Must-Have Green Gadgets For The End of the World

Have you heard? The world is going to end tomorrow. Well, according to some very loose interpretations of a calendar left behind by the ancient Mayans, anyway. Although it’s unlikely you’ll wake to a fire and brimstone sunrise tomorrow, there’s never any harm in being well prepared. In fact, having a disaster plan and emergency supplies on hand is a good policy no matter where you live.

The world isn’t ending tomorrow, but we only get the chance to write a headline like that every once in a while, so why waste it? We’ve rounded up three of the best green gadgets to have on hand for any emergency, whether it’s the apocalypse or just a really bad storm. Can you think of a device that you’d rather not face eternity without? Share it in a comment!

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1. SolarKindle e-Reader

Surprised to see an e-reader at the top of this list? It might seem extraneous, but think about it. This tablet can be loaded up with survival manuals, DIY guides, and tips about how to forage and protect yourself in a post-apocalyptic world. Fitted with it’s very own flexible, lightweight high performance solar panel built right into the cover, this Kindle will help keep you safe and entertained as long as the sun keeps shining.

2. Hand Crank Radio

The first thing humans want in any disaster situation is news about what’s happening. With power knocked out it might be impossible to get that information online or through the television, but lots of shortwave radio stations have their own backup power. The RichardSolo Voyager sports a rechargeable battery which can be charged by a hand crank built into the radio. This AM/FM/Shortwave device can also be powered by built-in solar panels. Integrated into the Voyager’s body is a USB port which one’s cell phone, MP3 player or GPS device if there’s no broadcast.

3. SolarBag Water Purification System

If healthy and well hydrated, the human body can go about a month without any food, but those are two big ifs. In any survival situation, the first thing many experts say to look for is a source of drinkable water. In the wild or in urban disasters like Hurricane Sandy, non-contaminated drinking water supplies aren’t always easy to find. The SolarBag, a portable water purification system that works without electricity, chemicals, or artificial light sources, makes it easy to stay hydrated even when the sky is falling…it even works on cloudy days too!

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

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