Gallery: Top 14 Green Gadgets for Back to School

Starke's new line of high-tech bikes come complete with hub-mounted dynamo charging systems that can be used to power built-in lights, an integrated USB charging port, or a pedal assistance system that can give you a boost for 45 minutes on a full charge. The bikes' streamlined design keeps all that fancy technology hidden - until you need it most.

$TBD from Silverback Labs


We’re big fans of Thinksound’s stylish line of wooden headphones, so we were thrilled to see that their new TS02+mic model has a built-in microphone that allows you to seamlessly switch from listening to tunes to taking calls. Like all of Thinksound’s earbuds, these TS02+ headphones feature sustainably sourced wood housings that resonate to reproduce warm tones, and they come with cables that are completely free of PVC.

$90 from Thinksound >


Riding a bicycle is hands-down the best way to get to class, but showing up a sweaty mess is an uncomfortable way to start the day. Enter the Fast4ward Edge, a versatile folding e-bike that will take you up hills and across campus with ease thanks to its powerful 250 W electric motor. The bike’s lithium-ion battery has a maximum range of 25 miles, and once you get home it easily folds down into a compact form that can easily fit inside the most cramped dorm room.

$1,149 from Small Planet E Vehicles >


Picasso, Hemingway, and Chatwin all used Moleskine notebooks – however we have a feeling that at least a couple of them would have picked up an iPad if they had the chance. Fortunately for today’s aspiring writers and artists, these chic DODOcases will protect your precious tablet will all the panache of the legendary hard bound journals. Best of all, DODOcases are handmade using book binding techniques and feature a durable structure made from sustainable solid core bamboo.

$50 to $90 from DODOcase >


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1 Comment

  1. torontodude September 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Did you get a free printer for plugging the Planon Printstik? Seriously, there is nothing green about printing, whether ink/toner is used or not. In fact, thermal paper usually contains BPA. Planon didn’t respond to my email asking if there is BPA in their thermal paper. Furthermore, this thermal paper comes in “paper cartridges”, with both refillable and non-refillable options. This product is about as green as a Hummer!

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