Earth Friendly Gadgets

By AM Northwest Staff

Brian Westbrook showed us gadgets from solar-powered to wind-up that are earth friendly!

Featured products included:

eMotion Solar Portable Media Player -- MediaStreet
"Solar-powered media player"   
For the times you're "off the grid", flip open the solar-power panels and charge up this universal portable entertainment device.  It plays MP3s, shows digital movies, reads eBooks aloud and best of all?  The eMotion Solar charges off the sun – an environmentally friendly alternative to those energy-consuming gadgets.  Added bonus? Every unit comes pre-loaded with tunes from Beyond.FM.  ($170, mediastreet.com)

Hybrid 1000 Charger – Solio
"Portable electronics charger"
How many times have you run out of juice and wished for a quick top-up or a battery-less charger?  Leave it out in the sun for a charge, then use it to charge any number of portable devices- iPods, cellular phones, or many USB devices.  It holds juice in its internal battery for cloudy days and can also be charged the old-fashioned way.  ($70, solio.com)

Eco Friendly iPhone Shield -- Agent 18
"iPhone Protection from Recycled Plastic"
Buying recycled goods are a great way to send a message to gadget and accessory makers that you care about the environment.  Agent 18 -- makers of cases and protective gear for music players, phones and more – created an effective protective shield for the popular iPhone from recycled plastic.  Even the case's packaging is eco-friendly – it, too, is recyclable.  Pick one up at the Apple Store, Target or online.  ($30, agent18.com)

Crank-Powered  Radio, Flashlight, Charger – LifeGear
"Emergency broadcasts, flashlight, phone charger"
Great for emergencies or taking out to the beach, this gadget requires no batteries… wind the hand-crank and listen to your favorite local radio station, NOAA and weather alerts – it even has a half-watt flashlight to find your way around.  Need a top-off for your mobile phone?  The unit plugs into many phones to double as a mobile charger!  ($30, lifegearcompany.com)

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