10 Sources for Green Tech

Shopping Guide

Tech is an area where sustainability remains the exception rather than the rule, but a few companies are working to provide green options for consumers. From air filters to energy-efficient computers to solar-powered chargers, here's our list of good sources for green tech.

Indoor Air and Water Quality

5093ee8cdbd0cb034f0004a0. w.94 h.71 s.centercrop Allergy Buyer's Club
This online store sells a big range of high-efficiency air purifiers, as well as vacuums, allergen-proof bedding, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and other home health products like full-spectrum lights and water filters.

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This online and catalog retailer is a comprehensive source for "wellness" products: air purifiers, water filters, energy-efficient climate control devices, etc. They carry a range of HEPA air filters, as well as humidifiers, heaters, and fans.

Energy Savers

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Based out of Scottsdale, AZ, online store iGo sells travel chargers and energy-saving devices that plug into an outlet and automatically power down your electronics when they're not in use.

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Like HomeDepot, but greener, these stores are a comprehensive resource for hardware, lighting, power strips, chargers, etc. Their energy monitors and smart power strips can help you conserve the amount of juice you're using for your electronics.

Solar Powered Chargers and Laptop Bags

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These smart chargers contain tiny solar cells that convert sunlight into power for your iPhone, BlackBerry, or any of the 3200-plus devices that Solio says their chargers are compatible with.

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This store bills itself as a "one stop green shopping destination," and they have a whole solar section with laptop bags and chargers, as well as a good office supply department with green furniture, recycled paper, and recycling bins.

Recycled and Energy-Efficient Computers

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They clearly list the green criteria for each product on their site. For instance, Lenovo's ThinkVision L1700P monitor is EPEAT Gold and GREENGUARD certified, ENERGY STAR 4.1 compliant, and made from 30 percent post-consumer recycled plastic content.

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RePC (Recycled Computers and Peripherals) has two locations in the Seattle area and online. They're a progressive example of a store that revamps, reuses and recycles old gadgets.

Energy-Saving Lighting

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Based in Aquebogue, New York, Lampa's lighting is compatible with compact fluorescent bulbs and they have a product take-back policy for recycling fixtures. Many of their drum shades and lamp bases are crafted from FSC-certified woods and veneers.

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This online store sell a wide range of dimmable CFLs, LEDs, and rope lights. They also list color temperature and lumen output for each of their bulbs, so you can get a good idea of how much light the bulb will put off, and how warm or cool it will be.

Photo: Solio Portable Charger by Flickr member cogdogblog used under Creative Commons license