Accessorizing Your Tech Life with
Natural Materials

I like to look out for natural material tech devices or accessories made with biodegradable materials, whether it is office furniture or small objects like lights, to balance all the manmade material in my home. In that spirit, here are three of the coolest green tech I've discovered recently.

Passa Cabos Lamp (shown above): I'm a sucker for animal shaped lights and like this quirky, pig inspired cork lamp. The piece was inspired by animals in certain countries that are trained to pass electrical cables inside ducts. This lamp is made from Portuguese cork and uses an low-energy light bulb. It comes with natural linen cord set. I'd love this on my night stand.

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Click and Grow: Click and Grow is an electronic smartpot that allows anyone to be a gardener. I love growing my own plants and have a Woolly Pocket hanging on my balcony, but I struggle with remembering how much water each different plant needs. Click and Grow takes care of that for you by having compartments that provide all the ideal amounts of water, fertilizer and air.

The flowerpot requires batteries to run and has sensors, a pump and a water reservoir. The plant cartridge holds the seeds, nutrients and special software needed to grow the plant successfully. After you insert the batteries and add the necessary amounts of water and fertilizer, leave the Click and Grow and you'll be able to grow tomatoes or beautiful flowers. Gregory wrote a more detailed review of the Click and Grow which is worth a read.

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Sprout Watch: Sprout is a company devoted to using eco-friendly materials when it comes to creating their timepieces. Using materials like corn resin, bamboo, cork and conflict-free diamonds, Sprout provides a green alternative for quality watches. Corn resin is 99% biodegradable. This style is almost all cork with gold accents. I also like the cork style with an ivory corn resin case.

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