Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

20 Best New Green Tech Products

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

20 Best New Green Tech Products

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You love your gadgets, but you may love the environment more. Now you can have it both ways with this fun and functional eco swag

With new advances in eco products and LGBT folks leading the charge on the tech front, it's more common than ever to be gay and green. Last year a Harris poll found that 55% of LGBT adults surveyed said they care about the environment and 48% were likely to think green when making purchases (double the rate of hets). So we scoured the interweb for the 20 hottest new green tech products.

Water Jug Meets Mainframe

Greening computers isn't so easy, and that's why it's amazing that the Lenovo ThinkPad L420 and L520 both incorporated up to 30% recycled material from office water jugs and used IT equipment in their LCD cover, palm rest, and case. Both are 40% more energy-efficient than their predecessors and promise lower carbon dioxide emissions, and even the packaging has been reduced 20% (and is now 100% recyclable, meaning no giant Styrofoam blocks in that box). $669 and up, Lenovo.com

Other Eco Computers

More eco award-winners in the computing category include the HP Pavilion, which boasts a mercury-free screen, and the Sony Vaio W Series notebook, with a plastic chassis made partly of recycled CDs and a carrying case made from old soda bottles. Better yet, Apple's iPad 2 is eco- and energy-efficient with a 10-hour battery, casing made from recyclable aluminum and glass, and a display that's made without arsenic, mercury, bromine, and polyvinyl chloride--all toxic chemicals found in other computing products. $299 and up, HP.com; Sony.com; Apple.com

Alarmingly Efficient

There is probably no cooler home swag than the Bedol Water Alarm Clock. It uses no batteries or electricity, and you only have to replace the water every six months in order to keep it running smoothly. The new Squirt model even looks like a cute, colorful water drop. $26, BedolWhatsNext.com

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Solar Speakers

Even if these speakers weren't solar, they'd be cool. The Eton Rukus wireless speakers, available this summer, will come with an AC adapter and solar panels, making the product one of the few portable speakers that can run as long as the sun is shining. It connects via Bluetooth, sports an e-ink display that is more energy-efficient than others regardless of the source you use, and has a powerful sound being lauded by tech pundits. $150, EtonCorp.com

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The Boob Tube Gets a Wonderbra

The Philips Econova ECO Smart LED TV just hits markets this year. Using only 56 watts of power, the 46-inch Econova TV uses 60% less energy compared to LCD TVs, thanks to LED lighting technology. It's made from 60% recycled aluminum, and the television itself is recyclable. It has a solar-powered remote (no more digging for batteries!) and a zero-power switch (making it the rare product where, when you switch it off, power consumption is reduced to zero watts). Price TBA, Phillips.co.uk

I'm a Rambling Ma'am

The Pama Eco Navigator Satellite Navigation system might make TomTom devotees think twice. Not only can this GPS give you the most energy-efficient route to drive, it will also provide diagnostics of the car's performance (such as carbon emissions and MPG) like a little eco-friendly backseat driver. The end goal is letting you see how your driving habits can improve your fuel use. The downside: The U.K. company that makes it sells out its inventory quickly, leading to bidding wars on eBay. …

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