Archive for June, 2011

Hand Cranked LEGO Flashlight Wastes No Batteries

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Kids love flashlights, but they often forget to switch them off. Buying batteries week after week gets expensive and is not great for the environment. This Lego flashlight is the perfect solution for Lego fans. It is hand cranked by rotating the arm, so the dynamo powers the flashlight with no need for batteries at all. It’s sturdy enough for younger kids and works well enough for adults to borrow in power outages!

It comes in various colors and there are also other Lego character versions, including a Police officer and a City construction man. This would make a great gift for any child who plays with Lego or who just enjoys gadgets.
Currently costs $ 20.83 from Amazon.com

Mini Solar Cars for Kids to Race

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This tiny car runs so fast, just on solar power. It’s solar panel takes up the whole roof and it really can go when the sun shines. The car measures only 2 inches long and it is a really zippy. These are cheap enough to buy several and let the kids race them, to introduce them to solar power in a fun way. It will even go at night when you shine a powerful flashlight on it. This would make a great stocking filler at Christmas and a fun filler for a party pack at birthday parties. Or make the car race one of the kids’ party activities.

Currently only costs $2.59 from MiniInTheBox

Insect Repelling Wristbands With Natural Geraniol

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

These ingenious insect repelling wristbands actually seem to work to keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay. If you don’t like spraying repellants directly on your skin, or have kids with sensitive skin, this is a great solution. Geraniol is a natural plant-based, essential oil and insect repellant and is odorless to humans. Wear one on a wrist and one on an ankle and they will keep you covered. The wrist bands last for up to 120 hours, but should be kept in their resealable containers when not in use. They are made from recyclable plastic and have a child-safe breakaway strap feature so are safe for small kids too.

Set of four costs $26 from Gaiam.com

Eco Cup – Porcelain Cup For Coffee To Go

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Finding a reusable cup for your lattes and coffee to go is essential if you are aiming for a green lifestyle. All those disposable paper cups add up to wasteful landfill and wasted paper. The Eco Cup is made of porcelain, no plastic here, with a silicon lid and sleeve to turn it into the perfect travel cup. The lid seals well with no leaks and the sleeve protects your hand from the heat of the hot drink. This version is a single walled one, so won’t keep your coffee hot as long as a thermal version with double walls. It is however very affordable and feels nice in the hand. At 14oz it’s a good size too.
Currently costs $11.75 from Amazon.com

Scratch and Scroll Mousepad Saves Paper

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

This is a clever idea for habitual doodlers or for those who just want to save on all those post-it notes and scraps of paper that end up floating around your desk. It is a mouse pad that has ‘magic slate’ type top. You can write on it with the plastic stylus, or with your finger nail. Then once you’ve finished with your notes or doodles you just lift up the plastic top sheep to erase the notes. This would work well if you tend to write things on paper first then transfer them to your computer, or just like to jot down reminders for yourself to call people, or whatever. It may be a bit too gimmicky for some, but others will find it useful. It may even end up saving you paper and ink, hence it being included as a green gadget.
$13.00 from

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