From Eco Device-Charging Hats to Recycled Leather Speakers

By: Rebecca Byers - May 27, 2016
From tree-inspired solar chargers to stylish phone cases made from reclaimed materials, these eco-friendly tech accessories highlight shifting consumer expectations and reflects the consumer applications of the modern emphasis on sustainability.

The Gingko Solar Tree is a clever gadget-charging accessory that operates on solar power. Designed like a literal tree, the product is inspired by the Japanese Gingko tree and was funded via Kickstarter. The dock is now available for purchase.

The Giacinto Sound System is an unconventional eco-friendly speaker design that opts to use reclaimed fabric rather than solid materials. The sound system is flat-packed for shipping, adding a DIY element given consumers are tasked with assembling the design themselves. The innovative design allows for the speakers to be built and taken apart over and over, making them highly portable.