Green inventions: Changing the world one step at a time

As the UK Government attempts to reduce CO2 emissions by 2020 and the world becomes environmentally aware, more people are joining in the craze. Green gadgets are popping up left, right and centre, so let’s take a look at some of the most cutting-edge designs and mod-cons.

Eco pods

Eco pods provide, eco-friendly, short-term accommodation for anyone interested in doing their bit for the environment. They’re carefully sculpted from recyclable materials and are both energy-efficient and completely off-grid – helping customers to save money on rising fuel prices. This innovative design is also compact, affordable and comfortable with very low operating costs and is rugged, durable and easily transportable.

Sky gardens

Cities may be losing their lush, green spaces due to housing and development projects, but that doesn’t mean gardens are fading away completely. That’s right; many companies and individuals are creating sky gardens – otherwise known as roof gardens – which are used to grow crops, plant flowers, or simply relax. Barclays’ HQ in Canary Wharf, London, has one and they seem to be catching on.

Energy-efficient boilers

According to the Energy Saving Trust, replacing an old gas boiler with an A-rated high-efficiency condensing boiler could significantly cut carbon dioxide emission – and save families as much as £300 every year. Those who take out boiler cover will also benefit from a regular boiler service – and this could reduce their carbon footprint further.

Solar-powered mobile phone

Samsung hit the headlines when they released the first solar-powered, full-touch phone back in 2009. Named Blue Earth, this quirky device was designed to symbolise a flat and well-rounded pebble and charged via the solar panel on the back of the phone. While other solar-powered gadgets have been floating around for a while, Nokia have also just tested phone charging using harvested solar power and seem to have shown that it’s viable in the real world environment.

Solar backpack

A new solar backpack has recently been launched which claims to charge phones, cameras and other handheld devices. It’s ideal for those on the move and features a three watt built-in solar panel which helps to power a wide range of gadgets and gizmos.  It has a capacity of 25 litres and is one of the most innovative and daring inventions of its kind. It even works in rain and the battery can be charged from a USB computer connection or mains power.

Going green is easier than some people may think. Even arranging a boiler service online and using energy saving light bulbs can help – but these inventions are classic examples of sustainable living.

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