The Best Green Gadgets of 2015

Being green isn’t just committing to recycling anymore. It’s truly a way of life—and like Kermit once said, it isn’t always easy. Thankfully, more and more green gadgets are popping up, making living green easier than ever:

Nest Learning Thermostat ($250) 
Nest Thermostat with Airwave

Image courtesy of Nest.

Your thermostat is one of the most important pieces in the low-carbon-footprint puzzle. Lauded by Good Housekeeping, Design & Engineering, and Parenting, this little thermostat monitors the energy use in your home and saves you money. It will also remember your energy habits, and even connects to your home Wi-Fi network to let you remotely control your household’s temperature through your smartphone, tablet, or computer. This is a household must-have.

Where to Buy: Nest

Solar-Powered Charging Backpack ($200)
OffGrid Backpack

Image courtesy of Voltaic Systems.

Here’s one for you outdoorsy folks—Voltaic’s OffGrid Solar Backpack is perfect for mobile power management. This high-tech backpack has a removable solar pack with a universal USB battery that you can also charge using an AC charger. The backpack is also waterproof and contains UV-resistant solar panels with urethane coating. How cool is that?

Where to Buy: Voltaic Systems

Mobe-e Magic Charger ($50)
Mob-e Magic Charger

Image courtesy of Apple.

MacWorld loves this must-have. It replaces your batteries and charges your Apple Magic mouse wirelessly—no power USB cables or batteries to replace. The Magic Charger by Mobe-e is made of recyclable material, which lowers your waste production. Think of all the money you could save on batteries…

Where to Buy: Apple

iZen Bamboo Wireless Bamboo Keyboard and Mouse ($95)
iZen Bamboo Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Image courtesy of iZen Bamboo.

This elegant combo is handcrafted, biodegradable and environmentally friendly. iZen didn’t choose bamboo because it reminded them of tiki torches and margaritas: Bamboo is well-known as one of the greenest materials on the planet. Not only is it earth-friendly, but the keyboard and mouse connect via a USB sensor, and it’s compatible with all versions of Windows, Linux and Mac. iZen Bamboo is committed to a sustainable future for our planet and donates 1% of profits to environmental organizations worldwide. Green friendly & beautiful—this keyboard and mouse combo is pretty close to perfect.

Where to Buy: iZen Bamboo 

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