With climate change being one of the biggest issues facing our planet today, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. While recycling and driving less are great starts, there are also some quirky and innovative gadgets that can help you reduce your environmental impact in surprising ways.
In this article, I’ll highlight some of the strangest and most obscure eco-friendly gadgets I’ve come across that you’ve likely never heard of before. From solar-powered chargers to food waste reducing appliances, these gadgets will not only help the planet but also add some flair to your daily routine.
Portable Solar Chargers
Tired of hunting for outlets to charge your phone or other devices? Portable solar chargers allow you to harness the power of the sun to charge your electronics on the go.
Bold lightweight solar panels fold up easily into a compact case, making them ideal for camping trips, hikes, or even your daily commute. Simply unfold the solar panels or attach them to your backpack to start passively charging your phone or tablet.
Some of the higher capacity chargers can even charge laptops and have built-in batteries to store charge when the sun isn’t shining. While they require sunlight to work, solar chargers produce no emissions and are far more eco-friendly than relying solely on the electric grid.
For a quirkier charging experience, human-powered chargers allow you to produce renewable electricity through physical activity. Hand crank chargers require you to turn a crank by hand to generate and store power, while pedal chargers must be plugged into an exercise bike and charge as you pedal.
These devices are perfect for emergency situations or extended outdoor trips when you won’t have grid access. Just a few minutes of charging time can give you enough juice to make an important phone call or use your GPS. They instill an appreciation for how much effort goes into producing a small amount of electricity.
Food Waste Reducing Appliances
Food waste produces greenhouse gas emissions as it rots in landfills, so cutting back the amount you throw out makes a difference. Some novel appliances like vacuum sealers and food dehydrators remove oxygen to preserve leftovers and prevent spoiling.
Meanwhile, “ugly produce” subscription services send you imperfect looking but perfectly edible fruits and vegetables that would otherwise have been discarded. Using these waste-fighting gadgets helps you cut your environmental impact through your diet.
Reusable Silicone Food Bags
Disposable plastic bags and cling wrap are notoriously difficult to recycle. For an easy swap, try reusable silicone food bags that create an airtight seal.
The flexible bags can be washed and used over and over to store snacks, sandwiches, and leftovers. Compared to single-use bags, they save money andplastic waste over time. Silicone is also free from BPAs and other chemicals found in disposable plastics.
Reusable Paper Towels
Paper towels are a household staple, but used paper towels can’t be readily recycled due to food residue or dirt. Reusable cloth paper towels solve this issue by replacing single-use paper with absorbent cotton linens.
The slim towels can be washed and reused up to 130 times. Using reusable paper towels will save you trips to the store and reduce paper waste. Plus, the patterned cloths spruce up mundane household chores!
Over a billion toothbrushes end up in landfills every year. While we’ve been brushing our teeth the same way for generations, some innovators are rethinking toothbrush design to be more eco-friendly.
Some creative options include toothbrushes with replaceable heads and bamboo handles or toothbrushes shaped from edible or biodegradable materials. There are even DIY toothbrush kits that allow you to insert your own recycled handles. By switching from plastic to these unusual materials, you can make your daily dental hygiene routine better for the environment.
Going green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing modern conveniences and gadgets. With a bit of creativity, even daily tasks like charging devices, cooking, and cleaning can be more eco-friendly.
Hopefully by highlighting these unique sustainable gadgets, I’ve opened your eyes to new possibilities. Little changes add up, so incorporating one or two of these innovative tools into your lifestyle can reduce your carbon footprint. What strange eco-gadget will you be trying next?