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6 Green Gadget Gifts for Father's Day!

by , 06/12/11

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1. SAMSUNG REPLENISH AND RESTORE SMART PHONES

These recently released smart phones are made from environmentally friendly materials (a high percentage of which are post-consumer recycled plastics), and they can be almost fully recycled after use. The Replenish, an Android phone, is made from 34.6 percent post-consumer recycled plastics and is 82 percent recyclable after use. The design avoids the use of environmentally harmful materials such as PVC. The Restore also uses recycled, environmentally safe materials, and is energy-efficient in its power usage. The Restore is offered to Virgin Mobile customers with an inexpensive $25 per month unlimited data plan. Both phones are packaged with recyclable materials printed with soy ink, and digital user manuals can be accessed in lieu of printed booklets. If your dad’s been good this year, a battery cover with solar cells can be purchased as an extra gift. Perfect for the eco-conscious professional father, Replenish and Restore contain most of the features found in other Samsung smart phones, but leave a much smaller footprint on the world once they are phased out by newer devices.

Replenish: free with new line activation at Sprint or $399.99 at Best Buy

Restore: $29.99 with 2 year agreement at Sprint or $79.99 at Virgin Mobile

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2. POWERFILM USB+AA FOLDABLE SOLAR PANEL CHARGER

This versatile solar device and battery charger can be used in any setting as long as the sun shines, making it a great gifts for outdoorsy dads. While most solar charging devices provide minimal photovoltaic surfaces, this wallet-sized series of solar film cells can charge USB devices or AA batteries faster than almost any other portable product in the market. The USB+AA Foldable Solar Charger charges 2 AA batteries from completely spent to full in 4 hours of direct sunlight. A universal USB port allows for direct charging of most micro USB devices, like cell phones, smart phones, and iPods. The charger can even power up a USB device in 100% darkness with the help of two rechargeable batteries that act as storage devices for the energy absorbed by the solar panels during the day, discharging the energy as necessary after the sun has set. The Foldable Solar Panel Charger is available on Amazon for $100 – a small price to pay for a durable, eco-conscious, reliable source of energy. If your father is an avid camper and likes to keep in touch with your from remote locations, or just needs that extra boost for an outdoors conference call during a beautiful summer day, keep him charged up and ready to go!

$74.18 from Stock4less.com or $99.99 from Amazon.com

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