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Kick off summer with sustainable tech, set to keep you prepared for all warm weather activities:

1. Faraday Bikes


Adam Vollmer, founder of Faraday Bikes, truly understands bike design, what bikers like, and keeping Mother Nature happy. His electric bike or e-bike, the Faraday Porteur (it’s flagship bike), has a 350-watt motor in its front wheel and a battery in its frame – but you’d never know it. The classic and beautiful design hides the electronic components so efficiently that it puts many bulky and downright ugly electric bikes to shame.


This summer, riders may peddle the e-bike to their hearts content and then kick in the motor and coast along when needing a break. The cyclist has the option between not using the motor, running it in the ultra quiet e-assist mode, or increasing the power to “boost” mode. The price tag: $3500.00. But with its eco-friendly, fun, and incredibly solid design, the Faraday Porteur is a piece of art that in the words of Kent Peterson, a test-rider and blogger, “when you engage the e-assist, it feels like flying.” Enough said.

2. Project Solaire – Backpacks

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Let The Sunshine In. Well, solar energy actually. The people at Project Solaire literally took this sustainable concept and translated it into a backpack that incorporates a solar panel. Yes, an actual removable, water resistant 7-watt dual solar panel is embedded into the fabric keeping your mobile devices charged wherever the wind, or in this case the sun, takes you.


The dual solar panels capture enough solar energy to charge two USB compatible devices. Imagine charging your cell phone within a few minutes just by sun worshipping at the beach. “When they learn that it’s free charging every where there’s sun, and you can store the energy for later, they love it,” states Deme Marie (via Ecouterre) the brand’s marketing manager. Price tag: around $190. Visit Project Solaire for full details and current selection.

3. HotSquash Clothing


The latest British invasion, HotSquash, is an innovative brand mixing high-tech and on-trend fashion, keeping the ladies cool in the summer and warm in the winter. We’ve seen temperature-regulating clothing before, mostly in athletic wear. The British clothing company offers the same cooling/warming technology but in high fashion, easy to wear pieces such as casual and formal tops, dresses, and pants.

sqThe science behind the clothing? Thin Heat™ technology for when the temps drop, and CoolFresh™ for warmer weather. Thin Heat reflects body heat inward, making fabrics twice as warm as wool and even three times as warm when wet. CoolFresh technology is extremely breathable and wicks away sweat. Cool fashion for the fast approaching summer swelter. For more information on current prices, styles and sizes go to and sign up for their newsletter to receive 20% off your first purchase.

4. Dyson Bladeless Fan

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Dyson is well known for their cordless vacuum cleaner commercials, you know, the one with the silver ball that allows the vacuum to swivel. But did you know that Dyson also sells a plethora of other cool products rocking the high-tech scene? Case in point – the Dyson Bladeless Desk Fan. Just in time for summer, this funky fan comes with great features such as:

  • Smooth airflow, no buffeting
  • Safe for children- no fast-spinning blades
  • Saves energy – use in conjunction with air conditioning to lower energy bills by up to 20%
  • 75% quieter
  • Easy to clean – no dusty blades

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Price tag: around $299. Visit for more information on retail stores near you and current pricing.

5. The Nest Thermostat

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A thermostat that saves energy by learning your daily habits, gathering local weather information, and programming itself? That’s the stuff of a Jetson’s cartoon right? Nope. Introducing: The Nest. Most people program their thermostat and off they go for a day at the beach. But this energy saving tech gadget does all the work for you through activity sensors that detect humidity, light, and temperature.

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It also turns itself down when you leave and learns your habits to determine the best overall temperature for you – all in about a week. You can also connect your thermostat to Wi-Fi to control the temperature from any mobile device or laptop. At a reasonable price point of $249, this little next generation thermostat eventually pays for itself by saving you money – and it does all of this without you even knowing it. For more information to see if this thermostat is right for your “little nest”, visit

6. Green Series Cardio Equipment


Need to lose a few extra pounds before swimsuit season while simultaneously reducing your carbon footprint? Coming soon to a fitness center near you, or to your actual dwelling, the latest in cardio equipment that will get you fit and remain environmentally friendly all at the same time.

The Green Series Fitness cardio equipment features powerful high-efficiency motors as well as cordless cycles and ellipticals. Other eco-friendly specs according to the Green Series Website include:



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