With yesterday’s unfortunate announcement of Steve Jobs resigning his post as Apple’s CEO, we thought it was fitting to dedicate today’s post to Steve and briefly discuss a couple of cool, eco-friendly iPhone accessories. Whether you are looking for a stand, a case, a way to listen to your music, or a way to charge your iPhone these eco-friendly accessories will help you get the most out of your iPhone.
This eco-friendly, affordable ($8.99) stand is made out of bamboo which makes it both light weight and slim. This portable stand has multiple notches that allow you to adjust the angle that your iPhone (or iTouch) sits so you can watch your favorite videos or use your applications without the inconvenience of holding it. It comes in two-pieces and can be broken down quickly and easily so you can pack it along wherever you go.
Minimalist iPhone Case
Not only does this iPhone 4 case protect your precious phone, it has a compartment on the back that can hold one to three credit cards. The product is manufactured from a company called TRTL BOT that prides itself on being ecofriendly and only costs $29.95. Not only is the case made from recycled plastic bottles, the office headquarters of the company is solar powered, the products are locally produced, and the cases are shipped out using biodegradable packing peanuts. On top of all of that, 1% of all of their sales goes to 2,250 environmental groups all over the world through the One Percent for the Planet organization.
Manufactured from high-quality sustainable materials these eco-friendly headphones are a must have. These headphones are made from wood sourced from renewable areas, recycled packaging, PVC-free cables, and a cotton carrying case sewn from renewable sources. Additionally they sound great since one of the co-founders was the Chief Sound Engineer for V-MODA. Retail starting at $74.99, there are several models to choose from including a model containing a microphone for all those important business calls. You can even send in your current headphones for recycling and they’ll give you a 15% off your next Thinksound purchase, they’ll even take your broken ones!
Electricity Free Bamboo Speaker
Although not fully manufactured and productized yet, the iBamboo relies on the natural resonance of bamboo to amplify the sound from the iPhone 4’s built-in speaker. Being 100% eco-friendly, and not requiring any electricity this speaker is made from a foot-long, whole link of bamboo. Since bamboo is a natural product, no two iBamboos are similar, each one is unique in its appearance. The bamboo is machined, laser-cut, and then finally finished by hand which allows for an eco-friendly production in itself. Suspected to be retailed at around $25-$30, this great accessory can help improve the feng-shui of the environment it’s placed in.
What blog post would be complete from us without discussing a solar powered accessory? The iPower4 is a charging sleeve for your iPhone that is powered using the sun and gives your iPhone almost two full charges without needing to be recharged. Coming in both a black and white matt version for $99.95, the iPower4 is a phone sleeve containing a 2400 mAh lithium polymer battery with solar cells on the back. According to their site, two hours of direct solar exposure gives the iPower4 enough power to provide your phone an additional 30 minutes of talk time on a traditional 3G network. In times where fully recharging the iPower4 using the sun isn’t feasible; the device can be recharged using a regular USB connection.
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