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Mini Hand-Cranked Keychain Flashlight

July 20th, 2011

Solar power is great, but what if the sun isn’t shining, or it’s night time and you’re caught without a light. This tiny keychain flashlight can be hand-cranked in minutes to give a good LED light. All it needs is human power, turning food into light! And the best thing is that if you keep it on your keychain then it will always be right there when you need it. This would be a great stocking filler or party gift for older kids and eco-geeks of all ages.

Costs $4.99 from ThinkGeek

Solar Powered Welding Helmet With Auto Darkening

July 14th, 2011

For occasional welder this Neiko solar powered helmet is a great buy. Its auto darkening feature works near instantly and very effectively. It is easily adjustable for a good fit, is lightweight and sturdy and it meets all the ANSI standards for eye protection. The viewing window is large enough to give a good view of our work area and the whole helmet gives good coverage. The solar cell recharges the internal lithium battery for continuous function. The flames decal decoration is an added bonus.
Currently this helmet is offered at 70% off the recommended retail price at Amazon.com, costing $45.35, so it’s a great deal.

Solar Powered Measuring Spoon Scale for Cooks

July 10th, 2011

When you need to measure small quantities of ingredients, such as spices or oils, ordinary scales, even digital ones aren’t much use. That is where this little green gadget comes in so handy. Simply spoon up an amount and get a digital reading on the handle, so you know exactly how much you have got. Even better, the measuring spoon is solar powered, so there is no battery to run low and give a dodgy reading. Leave it on a sunny window sill when it is not in use and it will be charged and ready to go whenever you need it.
The TC-11 – solar digital spoon scale currently costs $18.99 from MiniInTheBox

Wasp Trap in Attractive Recycled Glass

July 6th, 2011

Attractive enough to look almost like lanterns hanging in the yard, these glass wasp catchers work well too. No chemicals are needed. You fill the catcher with lemonade or sugar water and the wasps are lured in and trapped. Great when you are being pestered by wasps and have trouble eating outside without them descending on you. The glass traps come in three colors, green, aqua and orange or you can buy a set of three. They are 8 ½ “ high and weigh about 1lb so can hang from small trees and branches.

Costs $13 for one or $30 for set of three from Gaiam.com
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Toilet Lid Sink

July 3rd, 2011

This is a great water saving idea – so simple and ingenious that you wonder nobody invented it before. When you flush the toilet, fresh water from the clean water pipe comes out of the spigot tap automatically for you to wash your hands. The hand-washing water fills the tank as you wash, ready to be recycled for the next flush. This is a plastic molded fitting that will fit onto a standard tank instead of the lid.

Not only is it a great water saving idea, but it also works well as a space saving feature, when there isn’t room for a full size basin in a small toilet or bathroom. I can see it taking off as a feature in public toilets in eco-friendly resorts too. Perhaps the only possible drawback is the danger of the soap slipping into the toilet itself!

It’s not cheap but it is much more affordable than buying and installing a separate sink. There is also a deluxe version for $20 more that aerates the water as it flows, using even less water.

Costs $99 direct from TierraPath

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