If you have an opportunity to show your love for friends and family, why wouldn’t you give them a gift that has the power to make the world a better place? These innovative gifts have the ability to showcase the potential of an emerging technology, change the way we get around, help us save precious resources and open our eyes to living a bigger life. You and your loved ones want to make the world a better place, you can start with these brilliant, eco-friendly gifts.
“I wish I could commute to work on my bicycle, but that one hill is such a killer! I can’t get to work every morning with my clothes soaked from sweat…” It’s a common complaint and an understandable one, but the innovative team at Superpedestrian has created an amazing solution with the Copenhagen Wheel.
When installed on a traditional bicycle, the Copenhagen Wheel transforms that bicycle into the smartest hybrid electric bike yet created. Coupled with the complimentary mobile app, you can lock or unlock your wheel, track customizable rides, distance, calories burned and more. Using multiple sensors, the wheel actually learns your riding style and integrates assistance when you need it, increasing your pedal power by 300%. The Copenhagen Wheel is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to cut fuel consumption, get more exercise, enjoy the outdoors and have fun, too.
See your world in a whole new light…
LED lighting is significantly more energy efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional incandescent bulbs. In fact, it’s even more efficient than compact fluorescent bulbs. Imagine saving major money on your electric bill every month and decreasing your carbon footprint, too. Now, imagine being able to turn lights on and off, dim and brighten them, change their hues, and customize the lighting in any room in your house…from your smartphone. You can, with Philips Hue.
For less than $200, you can purchase the Hue starter kit, including the bridge that plugs into your router to allow you to control your lighting system from your phone, tablet, or any other compatible device and three A19 LED bulbs. The starter kit, alone, is enough to make a real difference in the lighting in one room of your house, but the bridge can control up to 50 bulbs, so it’ll be easy and inexpensive to completely change the lighting in your whole house.
Unlike other eco-friendly and/or smart lighting systems, you don’t have to change the existing lamps in your home. You just have to add the Philips Hue bulbs and the bridge, and you’re ready to customize your home’s ambiance, while being kind to the environment and reducing your electric bill, at the same time.
Speaking of controlling your home from your phone, Nest is the smart thermostat that learns your preferred temperatures and automates its schedule to keep you comfortable. It turns itself off when you’re not home to save energy (and your utilities bill), and you can control it with any compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer. Nest is also incredibly easy to install – most people take less than 30 minutes from start to finish – which makes it a great gift for anyone who wants to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer without being an energy hog.
Solar power is the way of the future, but you don’t have to break the bank to enjoy its benefits. For less than $30, you can find the Luci, a solar charging lantern from MPOWERD. For a full charge, just give it 8 hours of sunlight, which yields 6-12 hours of 80-lumen light. Luci is also collapsible and easily portable, making it perfect for hiking, camping, traveling and many other outdoor activities. You can also hang this lantern out during the day at home for no-cost, non-grid light any night of the week. Luci solar lantern is an affordable gift to introduce solar power to anyone that is interested in a technology that is going to change the future of energy around the world.
Small Way to Live Big
Do you know someone who’s interested in living a bigger life while seriously minimizing their carbon footprint and living in an affordable, simple, and efficient space? This DVD guide from Tumbleweed shows you how to build your own tiny house. It answers all of the questions you could have for building your own tiny home, including how to attach it to a trailer, questions about plumbing, and how framing differs in a tiny house versus a traditional house. Tumbleweed is part of a movement in simple design with innovative use of small spaces. Their designs provide comfortable, functional living that lets people focus less on the size of their house and much more on how to live a bigger and better life.
Make a big impact with your gift recipients and the planet, with one of these innovative gifts. Each one is perfect, in its own way, for you to show you care about your friends, family, and the future of our planet.
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