With the increasing amount of green gadgets and designs that are around, it seems only fair that they get a spot on Reclaim Simplicity as well. I’ve put off homework all morning just to search the internet to find the coolest and most innovative ones around…well, at least ones that I found pretty neat.

These “lamps” shine onto your wall from a small solar powered light that actually attaches to the inside of your shades. During the day, it collects the sunlight and at night BAM changes into fuel for your “lamp”.

While the guys over at Dornob weren’t sure whether they liked or hated this design…I absolutely love it. I mean this is coming from the girl who loves ultra modern designs but I think it’s fun and it’s certainly a new idea. It’s something I would actually purchase and if anything, it is a conversation starter.

Straight from the Sang-Kyun Park site for the umbrella, he explains, “As water pours over the surface, potential energy from raindrops slamming onto the conductive membrane called PDVF transforms into electrical energy powering embedded LEDs sending your umbrella ablaze with light. The heavier the rain, the brighter the light to help you see your way.”

While, I try not to walk at night when it’s raining, I could see this coming in handy for those who live in cities. It would really help drivers see you and let’s be serious…by using this, you would look cool AND you could avoid getting hit by a speeding car. Sounds good to me.

I’m pretty positive this one is just a concept right now but how cool would this be?  You would wear this Kinetic Energy band around your ankle (or wrist I suppose if you really wanted to) and it gathers up the electricity you exude from walking,running,biking, whatever you do and stores it.  Then when you want to charge your iPod or cellphone, you pop open that little pod looking thing and plug it in.

I would LOVE this because I am constantly walking around with my iPod on campus and it always gives me sad message that it’s slowly dying and needs to be plugged in. For those of us who are students, wouldn’t it be great to wear this while you’re on campus then just plug your mp3 player in during class for a little more juice? It would be just enough to make sure you had sweet jams all day then could plug it in for a full recharge at night when you arrived home.

Being sustainable isn’t just about turning off lights when you leave a room or shutting off your water when you’re brushing your teeth. It’s about working with the environment to lessen your impact on the world and gadgets like this provide a fun way to do just that.

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