Our increasingly connected world has borne a booming crop of gadgets, however today’s guy can be easily beleaguered by unnecessary or poorly-conceived tech — which all too often finds its way into landfills. Great green design for guys has to hit a sweet spot between efficiency, utility, and classic charm, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gadgets that go the distance and leave a light footprint to boot. Read on for our top 5 green gadgets for guys!
A watch is the one piece of jewelry that every man can wear, but blinged-out chunky wrist-rocks are sure to weigh heavily upon your wallet and the environment. That’s why we dig this canvas Eco-Drive watch by Citizen, which syncs up perfectly with this fall’s trend towards rugged military timepieces. Each sturdy piece is unimpeachably classic, and thanks to Citizen’s sun-driven charging mechanism it’s one watch that will never need a new battery.
Few modes of transportation capture the trappings of classic cool more than the motorbike – look no further than Brando and Dean to catch our drift. These gorgeous hybrid bikes by Derringer Cycles up the ante with handcrafted frames modeled after 1920’s racing bikes. Each cycle can be pedaled like a bike, or you can kick-start its efficient little engine to carry you up to 300 miles on its tiny 1.8 gallon tank.
Even though you may hit the trails to answer the call of the wild, that doesn’t mean you have to forsake simple pleasures like light, music, and… a way to charge up your cellphone. Eton’s rugged Scorpion Radio is a multi-tasking wonder gadget that packs a LED flashlight, a digital AM/FM radio, and a usb cellphone charger into a tiny package that can be powered by a crank or the sun’s rays. Give one a whirl on your next camping trip and you’ll never be caught in the dark.
Eschew those clunky plastic cans for a pair of Thinksound’s potent little Rain earbuds and your ears will thank you — as will the earth. Each handcrafted wooden wonder features a high-definition 9mm driver that transforms tinny digital tunes into warm waves of orchestral sound. Sustainably-sourced woods and PVC-free cables put the good in the goods, which are packaged in recycled materials to boot.
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of solar-powered bags here at Inhabitat, and this sturdy photovoltaic satchel by Sakku is one of the best. At a time when men’s style is seeing a resurgence of time-honored heirloom design this hefty bag made from reclaimed Swiss sailcloth hits all the right notes. Each unit is emblazoned with a powerful 5W solar panel and individually numbered, ensuring a classic piece that is utterly unique.