Summary: Earth Day may be once a year, but you can shop these eco-friendly tech accessories all year round. From biodegradable phone cases to chargers made from ghost fishing nets, here are the top sustainable gadgets for you and your tech-obsessed friends.
Although Earth Day only occurs once a year on April 22nd, we can all strive to shop green every day of the year. And with more companies selling eco-friendly tech products than ever before, it’s easy to shop for the things you need and love without compromising on sustainability. Read on to discover the top eco-friendly tech accessories on the market today.
Protect your phone and the planet at the same time by shopping an eco-friendly phone case. One of the biggest names in the industry is Pela. They combine style and sustainability by creating trendy, compostable phone cases made from Flaxstic™, a combination of flax straw “waste,” plant-based biopolymers, and recycled materials. Once you’re done with the phone case, simply throw it in the compost bin where it will disintegrate naturally over time.
Laptop and Tablet Sleeves
Similar to phone cases, sustainable laptop and tablet sleeves are a great way to ensure your gadgets are protected while still caring for the planet. Kensington offers eco-friendly laptop sleeves made from recycled water bottles that would have otherwise ended up in landfills. Another name to know is Zero Waste Movement, or ZWM. Their laptop and tablet sleeves are made from jute, a miracle plant that is completely biodegradable, uses very little water to grow, and absorbs more carbon dioxide than most trees.
If you’re prone to misplacing (or losing) your AirPods, you’re not alone. Thankfully, AirPod cases are designed to keep those precious, tiny earbuds safe, secure, and scratch-free. If you’re passionate about protecting the ocean, check out LifeProof’s eco-friendly AirPod cases, made from 75% ocean-based recycled plastic. They’ve repurposed 27,000 pounds of ocean-based plastic so far and are only just getting started.
Speakers, Headphones, and Earbuds
While we’re on the subject of AirPods, it’s worth noting that there are a ton of eco-friendly audio accessories out there, too. One of the most notable eco-friendly audio companies is House of Marley, founded by Rohan Marley (yes, Bob Marley’s son). The company’s mission is to care for both people and the planet, while delivering the reggae legend’s “signature sound.” Shop some of their bestselling products, like the Liberate Air True Wireless Earbuds, the Positive Vibration Wireless Headphones, and the No Bounds Bluetooth Speaker. To make a good thing better, all proceeds go toward Project Marley’s global reforestation efforts.
Smartwatches have boomed in popularity over the last few years and for good reason. They offer everything a smartphone can right on your wrist. You’ll want to keep this little powerhouse of a gadget secure with a sustainable smartwatch strap, like the ones from Pela or LifeProof that are made from Flaxstic™ material and recycled ocean-plastic yarn, respectively.
Forget that nagging feeling of eco-guilt. Now you can upgrade your office space with a sustainable keyboard and mouse. Consider a handcrafted, sustainable bamboo keyboard and mouse set like this one from Trio Gato or check out the Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse, made from 20% recycled ocean plastic.
If you’re going to use sustainable tech gadgets, you may want to charge up sustainably while you’re at it, too. Nimble is a leader in the eco-friendly charging space, offering recycled portable chargers made from plant-based bioplastics, infinitely recyclable aluminum, and fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. Not only are these chargers good for the planet, Nimble works 3 times faster than most standard chargers. Also worth considering are the ocean-friendly lightning cables from Le Cord. The braided cords are made from recycled textiles, while the connector shells are made from ghost fishing nets that have been abandoned in the ocean and entrap millions of marine animals every year.
One Final Eco-Friendly Tip
Now that you’re all read up on sustainable tech gadgets, you may want to think about switching over to fiber internet. Believe it or not, this is a surprisingly simple way to protect the planet in your day-to-day life.
Fiber optic cables are made from silicon dioxide, which is an abundant raw material that can be found all over the world. Cable networks, on the other hand, require copper cables, which can be much more difficult to source since it requires copper mining, an extremely harmful practice to local habitats. Plus, once installed, fiber internet uses less energy and emits less CO2 into the environment than cable networks, and is easier to repair or make upgrades to.
Fast internet that’s good for the planet? It’s a win-win for everyone. Find out more about EarthLink Fiber Internet or give our Internet Experts a call at 866-383-3080 to find your perfect plan.