Every Little Bit Helps


You can lessen your impact on the environment in dozens of ways. Here are 9 products made with the three R’s—reduce, reuse and recycle—in mind.



 

Green Products

›› 1.Robo Cut
Billed as the first fully automatic lawn mower that is partly solar powered, Husqvarna’s Automower Solar Hybrid can cut up to a half-acre depending on light conditions. When it runs low on power, it finds its way back to a charging station. It can handle tough Florida grasses without making its owner break a sweat. $2,999.95, available at Robinson Outdoors in Orlando and Deland; usa.husqvarna.com

›› 2. Energy- and space-saving PCs
About the size of a paperback book, the CherryPal C114 desktop computer does everything the big, power-hungry boxes do, but uses only as much electricity as a clock radio. CherryPal’s Bing portable (shown) takes shoulder-breaking laptop specs and shrinks them into a 3-pound traveler’s dream. Both come loaded with Open Source or Microsoft software and have Wi-Fi capability. C114, $249; Bing, $349; cherrypal.com

›› 3. Solar in the Bag
Get a charge out of your time in the sun with a Noon Solar bag. Noon’s carryall bags are equipped with a flexible solar panel on one side and a built-in battery. Powered by the sun’s rays, the battery can be used to charge an iPod or cell phone. The bags are made with organic cotton and hemp and hand-
colored with natural dyes (think pomegranate). $330 to $497; noonsolar.com

›› 4. Create Your Own Water
Drawing moisture directly from outside air, the Element Four WaterMill, an “atmospheric water generator,” can produce 3.2 gallons of pure, sanitized drinking water a day, at about 11 cents a gallon. $1,299; elementfour.com/home

›› 5. Renewable Cell Phone

Motorola’s MOTO Renew mobile phone is the first cell phone made of plastics from recycled water bottles, and it is 100 percent recyclable. Complete with Web browser and music player, it’s an environmentally sustainable way to keep in touch. $9.99 with calling plan and instant rebate; T-mobile.com

›› 6. Clear the Air

You can breathe easier with this stylish Paralda HEPA Air Purifier in your home. Certified lead-free (most domestic air purifiers contain some lead) and ozone safe, the Energy Star-qualified product pulls cigarette smoke, pet dander, cooking odors, dust and pollen out of the air, using less energy than a standard lightbulb. $499; alencorp.com

›› 7. Keeping an Eye on You
This environmentally conscious little monster has eyes and ears. A cute desk toy, United Pepper Lili sports a Webcam and built-in microphone for your Skype-ing pleasure. “Lili” is made from cotton, kapok plant fiber and sand by small, Fair Trade factories in Vietnam. $44.90; unitedpepper.org

›› 8. Kitchen Composter  
Stop throwing away food. NatureMill’s Plus Edition automatic composter sits in your kitchen and quietly converts up to 120 pounds of food waste a month into rich plant food, without odor, worms or bugs. A fresh batch of compost takes about two weeks to make and costs 50 cents a month in electricity. $299; naturemill.com

›› 9. Gauging the Temperature
Next time there’s a sudden cold snap while you’re at work, you’ll wish you had an ecobee Smart Thermostat. Any programmable thermostat saves money and energy, but with the ecobee you don’t have to be home to set it. Connected to the Internet, it also shows house temperature and provides weather reports. $385; ecobee.com


 

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