Eco Chic: Top 10 Tips to be a Greener Gadgeteer


As I’m sure you all know green is the new black so check out my top 10 tips to make your way to being a green gadgeteer. 

1.Browse the internet on your mobile

Updating your Facebook once on your PC uses the same amount of energy as updating it a hundred times on your phone.

2.Use Eco Font

Eco Font ( has been designed to reduce the amount of ink used when printing. It has small holes in it which are barely visible to the naked eye. If you don’t want to use eco font, or can’t for any reason, why not ask everyone in your office to use the low quality option when printing? You’ll be helping save energy (and a few pennies too).

3.Reduce your printing

Pretty simple this one. Consider how many pages you print a day and if you’re printing more than you actually need to, don’t print so much. No brainer!

4.Ink cartridges

Loads of environmental charities offer a freepost service to send off empty ink cartridges to be refilled and reused. Not only do you reduce the volume going into landfill, but you also help these charities to continue to do their bit. Refilled ink cartridges are available in most stationers and cost no more (and sometimes considerably less) than newly manufactured ones. So buy them instead.

5.Extend your gadget’s life

If your current gadget does everything you need, consider hanging on to it a little bit longer eeeek we know how hard that can be though!!  Not only will you save yourself some money, you’ll also be making more efficient use of the materials that have already been deployed. If you do get a new device and your old model still works, consider donating it to a non-profit organisation such as Computers with Causes, which refurbishes computers for educational institutions. 

6.Use an energy efficient computer

Manufacturers are now making more energy-efficient computers so when it comes to buying a new PC, do your research thoroughly to find the greenest possible option.

7.Recycle your gadgets

Approximately 70% of the heavy metals found in landfills emanate from electronics, and PCs (especially the older ones) contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and polyvinyl chloride. For more information on how to recycle your gadgets (and in some instances get a bit of cash out of it too) visit

8.Use your computer more efficiently

If you go downstairs to put the kettle on, put your computer into power-saving mode. Consider turning down your screen brightness and turning off any hardware such as printers, that you’re not using. Pull the plug on your laptop. Your battery (and Mother Nature) will thank you.

9.Use rechargeable batteries

Instead of buying disposable alkaline batteries over and over again, consider purchasing a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries to save money and help reduce landfill waste. They might cost more upfront, but they quickly pay for themselves the more you use them. And they usually have a longer battery life too. Duracell do a great range of these.

10.Use solar chargers

Solar chargers utilise energy directly from the sun and turn it into usable power. Because sunlight is  free to everyone, it makes for a pretty good power source. Without the need to generate artificial energy we preserve our valuable resources and reduce the amount of emissions that pollute the air.

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Power up portable devices while on the move

The Powerstrap is designed to be a wearable rechargeable battery pack providing quick and easy power for portable electronic devices. There are six Li-Ion polymer battery cells enclosed in a highly water resistant silica gel casing, with ten adaptors for all kinds of gadgets such as mp3/mp4 players, handheld games consoles, mobile phones and much more.

Simply connect your device to the wrist strap via one of the adaptors and continue to listen, watch, call or play without worrying about the battery cutting out. There are four LED lights to display the battery status and Mini USB connection for recharging/discharging.

The Powerstrap takes approximately five hours to recharge and can be used as a primary power source for devices, giving up to three hours talk time or eight hours mp3 use. It also comes in an array of colours including, yellow, green, blue and red, as well as white and black.

Available from January 2010 price £39.99. For further details check out

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Recharge your batteries with Duracell pocket charger

Duracell offer several types of rechargeable batteries but my favourite is the super portable pocket charger. You can keep it in your handbag and if you’re ever out and about and your mobile or iPod dies you can charge it up and away you go.  You get up to 100% charge with your Nano and up to 50% with your Blackberry. It comes with 2xAA ultra cells and is available for £19.99.

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