As we await the iWatch and the next generation of watch-related gadgets, we thought we’d feature a line of timepieces that are both conventional in form, and unconventional in production process and execution. A while back, we reviewed WeWood’s handsome wooden watches, but a little company called lolly, has taken wooden watch design to a new level by creating eco-friendly, wood-based, scented watches. Lolly creates its watches using a naturally sustainable polymer, sentanite that’s derived from softwood processed from fast-growing, renewable trees.
The company’s featured line is the Juice Collection – available in 8 vibrant colors that embody the following scents, orange, apple, black currant, pineapple, grape, blueberry, coconut and strawberry.
Sentanite™ is made from 100% softwood material, compounded with permitted additives and uniquely treated to ensure constant emission of a variety of ‘tantalizing fragrances’. No petroleum-based materials are used in the sentanite production process, it’s BPA-free and hypoallergenic.
Lolly states that they are committed to making watches from sustainable eco-friendly materials – they are a “Plant-A-Tree Partner” with the Trees for the Future non-profit organization. Lolly plants a tree for each and every watch they sell. Take a moment to check out their tasty collection of scented, non-plastic watches – $85 @ lolly.com
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With summer around the corner many of us will soon be heading to our national parks as a vacation destination. A solar lantern should be an essential item to bring on the trip. These lanterns can readily provide several hours of light without the hassle of kerosene or battery-operated lanterns.
The S20 Solar Lantern, made by the d.light company, can provide up to either 4 or 8 hours of light with its solar panels on the top. If set on high it delivers 4 hours; and if set on medium it delivers 8 hours of light.
It also has a nifty option – it can be charged through its electric port that contains a high performance battery for when the weather is too rainy or foggy for sun capture.
The S20 is designed for extreme weather conditions and is available at a reasonable price; ($18.95) via amazon.com
Most people, though aware of the many benefits of composting, find it to be a daunting, messy task – so any help in making the process easier and more efficient is invaluable. The Green Cycler can make the whole process so easy it’s almost ‘sexy’. A small Denver, Colorado company called Ecotonix developed the Green Cycler a few years ago. The sleek, countertop device (about the size of a typical food processor) is a super-effective food scrap shredder and recycling system that dramatically speeds up the composting and decomposition process.
By composting on a regular basis you can not only create nutrient-rich planting material for you backyard or container garden, but also you can keep all that organic matter out your the waste stream – where compostable food and organic waste comprise 25 to 30% of the municipal waste that ends up in your local landfill. The Green Cycler chops and shreds food waste into smaller pieces, which in turn exposes more of the material to air and bacteria, thereby accelerating the composting process.
- Sleek styling and design
- Self-contained, stainless-steel blade cartridge system snaps in and out for quick clean-up
- Hand-operated, energy-saving dual-direction grinding action ensures optimal shredding results
- Fully removable lid clear viewing window gives you a birds-eye view of the shredding action
- Lever-activated, industrial-strength suction cups keep the unit anchored while you shred
- Micro-vented throughout to help reduce odor-causing bacteria & promote quick decomposition
- Designed for easy clean-up. All components dishwasher safe
- Features an inner-compartment that holds optional odor and pest repellent filters
- Compact, countertop design fits neatly against backsplash and under upper cabinets or beneath sink
- The unit itself is 100% recyclable
Size and Weight: 12 7/8”H x 14 3/8”W x 12 1/8”D; 7 lbs
EcoDrawer Capacity: One gallon shredded material
Made in the U.S.A.
You can purchase the Green Cycler ($99.99) @ amazon.com or @ greencycler.com
We always have a natural affinity for products made from reclaimed, or recycled materials – in this case recycled skateboard decks. These handmade iPod and iPhone docks contain both an amp and a speaker.
These speakers are made by Genuine Woodworking which specializes in making products from recycled skateboards. Completely portable – no wires or batteries needed – this design fits an iPhone 4, 4s, 5 and Ipod Touch. (more…)
Scooter in a box? The Zeit Eco foldable electric scooter would feel right at home with Robbie the Robot on the set of ‘Forbidden Planet’. The boxy, credit-card-shaped EV is designed to provide zero emission local transport with a certain savoir faire. (more…)
Here’s a colorful one-of-a-kind iPhone 5 case made from compressed recycled skateboards … talk about recycling:)
$50 @ the secondshot Etsy shop
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