Do you love your gadgets but are worried about your carbon footprint? We have your back with this set of eco-friendly tech toys and travel gear. By Vaibhav Sharma
GOAL ZERO NOMAD 7 SOLAR PANEL
Heading off to a camping trip? Avoid those polluting disposable batteries by carrying this portable solar charger. Plug in a power bank, and leave it out in the sun as you make breakfast. Its 7W output might not stand up to the charging speeds we’re used to, but it’s sufficient to juice up your phone for a music marathon. INR 12,225.
2. WATER FILTER BOTTLE
Bottled water gets much criticism for the amount of plastic waste it generates. But what do you do when you aren’t sure about the water quality at your destination? Ditch the plastic bottles and get a LifeStraw Go. This nifty travel companion filters out nasty bacteria, chemicals, and other impurities, and with a lifetime of 1,000 litres, it will last you quite a few vacations! INR 1,990.
3. PHONE CASE
A GREEN CO.
Electronic waste is a serious issue, but what about the plastic accessories we use with our gadgets? Like phone cases, which end up in the bin once you get a new device. We recommend an eco-friendly phone case that won’t rot for eternity in a landfill. A Green Co.’s cases are made of wheat straw, are compatible with wireless charging, and come in plastic-free packaging. INR 499.
4. SOLAR OVEN
The best reason to go camping? BBQs every day! And here’s a way of making your grilled trout or roast veggies habit safer and greener: a solar grill that can touch temperatures of
290°C. No fire hazard, no charcoal to burn, no electricity supply needed—all you need is a sunny day. INR 19,259.
REVEAL BAMBOO SOLAR SPEAKER
A grille made from eco-friendly bamboo helps this one stand out in a sea of lookalike Bluetooth speakers, but its real claim to green fame is that it uses an in-built solar panel to charge its batteries. This speaker also doubles up as a power bank. INR 10,569.
Spinlister is an app that lets you rent out bicycles from fellow biking enthusiasts. Search for what’s available on your preferred dates, message the owner, complete the booking, and head out on a green, healthy vacation. MTBs, city bikes, foldables— you’ll find them all. Available on both iOS and Android. You can also use it on their website.