Think that green technology products cost a fortune? Think again. Here are five great green tech products for under $50.
1. iGo Power Smart Wall – Reduce standby vampire power by up to 85% with this 4-outlet, power-saving surge protector that automatically shuts down outlets when not in use. This nifty product has 2 always-on outlets for devices requiring continuous power, while the other 2 outlets will go into auto-shutdown when devices aren’t in use. The device is wall-mounted, which is ideal for using in the kitchen and other places you don’t want a long surge protector in full view. $29.99
2. Motorola Renew W233 – Billed as the world’s first carbon neutral cell phone, the Motorola Renew is made entirely of recycled water bottles, has a housing that is 100 percent recyclable, and comes in packaging made from 100 percent recycled material. Through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, Motorola offsets “the energy to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone by investing in renewable energy sources and reforestation.” If you’re not into the smartphone thing, this phone offers good call quality at a low price. $49.99
3. FreeLoader Portable Solar Charger – Make sure all your devices stay charged when your gallivanting about town by tapping the sun’s free energy. Before buying any portable solar charger ensure that the devices you want to charge are compatible with the charger you plan to purchase. $49.99
4. Solar Powered Bottle Boat Kit – If you’re looking for a fun way to teach your kids about solar energy, look no further! This kit allows you to recycle a plastic bottle into a solar-powered boat. How sweet is that? There are a total of 3 different boat designs for you to choose from. The kit comes with a solar panel, wires, motor, propellers, tape, shafts and other accessories – all waterproof, of course. $24.95
5. Solar Powered AM/FM Radio with Flashlight – Every time our favorite public radio programs are interrupted by a pledge drive, we think about getting a solar powered AM/FM radio (Why, you ask? Because it’s like, the best pledge gift ever!). But we usually succumb to the free wine tastings with complimentary bottle of Chardonnay and Cabernet. We finally just broke down and bought this groovy radio. It’s a great camping accessory, and we’re ready the next time there’s a power outage. $38.94