In the Energy and Industrials team we are partial to some tech prowess, especially if that technology is geared towards saving energy, saving money or looks particularly nifty (remember those Back to the Future self-lacing shoes Mr Chris Pratt lusted after?).
Detailed here you’ll find just a few of the weird, wonderful and stylish energy-saving or sustainable products and gadgets that I find quite snazzy.
You might not be able to use it outside, but hopefully cardboard furniture which is 100 per cent recyclable will soon be all the rage. From beds to work seats all you have to do is fold it together and voilà!
Sun in a jar
Solar-powered lights have always been popular for guiding people up garden paths the world over but not many people have ventured to using them indoors which is why I like this next product; the Sun Jar. Just sit it on your window sill during the day when you’re at work and then use in the evening when you come in.
Personally I love these acoustic iPod speakers which are made from reclaimed wood and old instruments; let’s face it they would look great on anyone’s mantelpiece.
Keeping warm (yes that is a picture of Matt Damon in a ’slanket’)
From my days living in a drafty student house it was either a choice of wearing a blanket around the house at all times or trying to find an inexpensive way to save heat. After exhausting all the usual tips (foil behind radiators, draft protectors on doors) we found the most effective product we used was window insulation glaze. It costs around six pounds and is basically sticky backed plastic for your windows which really does work!
These are only some of the products I have come across recently but it is clear to see that eco and sustainable goods are a growing market with websites dedicated to selling everything from homemade wind turbines to recycled cushions made from plastic.