Some might assume that green technology like solar power is reserved for homeowners or the well-to-do, but that’s not the case at all. In fact, there are all kinds of affordable solar-powered gadgets that can help you go green. Did you know you can charge your phone with a portable solar-powered charger? You can also listen to your favorite music on a solar-powered bluetooth speaker. Not only are these innovative products super convenient, they’re also earth friendly. Plus, they’re a great way to support companies that are forward-thinking about the environment.
The term “collaborative consumption” was coined by Time magazine, which recognized that a sharing economy could provide more access and opportunity in lieu of ownership and mass production. Services like Airbnb and Zipcar are transforming the way we travel and transport, as well as the way we value owning property. Instead of producing more, a sharing economy emphasizes lending, borrowing, recycling, reusing, renting, gifting, and trading as a way to access the things we want without producing more. Earth Day is the perfect time to learn from people already engaged in collaborative consumption and pick up tips on how to work them into your daily life, upcoming travel plans, and more.