Alright this is still only a ‘concept’ phone but it does show green innovation is on the mind of even the stodgiest of corporate behemoths like Siemens. The Gigaset Eco Vision’s ‘Leaf’ and ‘Solar’ phones provide a glimpse of the future in handsets. Made of recyclable raw materials and powered completely by solar energy.
Related: recycle that outdated cell phone @ eco-cell.org
New Zealand based, technical outdoor apparel maker, Icebreaker takes its pursuit of sustainability very seriously. The company designs and manufactures high-end outdoor wear from sustainable Merino fiber harvested from sheep grazing high in New Zealand’s mountains.
Icebreaker recently announced the introduction of its Baacode, a traceability system to enable customers to follow their garments through every step of the production process.
Icebreaker garments will have an internal label bearing a unique Baacode number. A swingtag will tell customers how to enter their individual Baacode on the Icebreaker website and trace the merino fibre in their garment through to the sheep stations where it was grown. Kinda cool.
The company makes cutting-edge outdoor apparel for those mountain climbing, bike riding, cross country running-types who can’t get enough of the outdoors and need gear that is designed to be sustainable in both performance and construction. Good stuff.
Written by Eric Sorensen and the staff of Sightline Institute, this pocket-sized read is concise and clever. In seven, easy to follow chapters, the writers cut to the core of some key issues behind global warming, such as: transportation, fossil fuel efficiency, renewable energy, and the information economy. The fun part is how they relate each complex issue to an everyday thing that can serve as a solution to climate change; my favorites were the clothesline and microchip. It’s inspiring and profound to learn how these little wonders can help save the planet. Pick up a copy ($9.95) and be sure to pass it along to friends and family. Save @ Amazon. Or if your library stocks paperbacks, check it out and lighten your carbon footprint.