Top Ten: Coolest Green Products
10. Bedol Eco-Friendly Water-Powered Clock
Requiring no batteries, chemicals or electrical outlets, the Bedol Water Clock runs on water. Perfect for the office, the clock is simply filled with water to generate electricity. Inside the clock is an electrolytic cell containing zinc and copper rods. The water acts as an electrolyte between the two rods, generating enough electricity to power the clock.
9. UFO Power Center
This nifty gadget was featured in our July issue and allows you to control home appliances via your iPhone or iPad. The UFO Power Center is a smart power strip that connects to any Wi-Fi signal to wirelessly control the appliances plugged into it. Not only can you turn appliances on and off remotely, but it also tracks your energy usage.
8. Creative Organization’s Sustainable Cedar Products
If you’ve got a closet full of expensive suits, chances are you have some cedar in there to keep insects from munching on your valuable clothing. Creative Organization’s Sustainable Cedar Products are sleek closet accessories, including hangers, shoe trees and racks, made from 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council certified sustainably harvested cedar.
7. USBCELL Rechargeable Batteries
Price: $17 (2 batteries)
These cool rechargeable batteries require no charging dock. Simply flip open the top of the NiMH AA battery and plug into the usb port of your computer. Just a few minutes of charging can provide hours worth of electricity for your portable electronic devices. Best of all, USBCELL batteries can be recharged hundreds of times, making their price tag a little less scary.
6. Eton Raptor Adventure Tool
The Eton Raptor is every outdoorsman’s dream come true. This solar powered adventure tool houses a solar panel, altimeter, barometer, compass, AM/FM/WB radio tuner with presets, digital alarm clock, and NOAA weather alerts. The tool also features an LED flashlight, audio line-in to act as a loudspeaker, and usb port to charge a cell phone. Did we mention the bottle opener?
5. Wilson Staff Eco-Carry Golf Bag
For the avid golfer, the Wilson Staff Eco-Carry Bag is the first golf bag made from recycled material. A single bag saves 12 gallon-size plastic bottles from being discarded in the landfill. The manufacturing process produces 70 percent less CO2 than regular polyester. It’s lightweight (3.7 lbs.) and comes with all the bells and whistles, including paddle-activated stand, hip pad, and umbrella holder.
4. Voltaic Generator Solar Laptop Charger
This stylish briefcase has a built-in 15-watt solar panel that charges your laptop on the go. One hour of sunlight can provide between 12 and 45 minutes of charge for your laptop, or completely charge a cell phone or small electronic device. The briefcase comes complete with solar-ready battery. The case itself is made from recycled PET bottles, and is lightweight, waterproof and UV resistant.
3. Samsung Replenish Android Smartphone from Sprint
Price: $399.99 (cheaper with Sprint data plan)
The Replenish is the world’s most eco-friendly smartphone. Made with mostly recycled and recyclable material (including the packaging), the Replenish still has all the features you’d expect from an advanced smartphone, including: Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, 2MP camera and camcorder, Wi-Fi and GPS capability, and 32GB memory. The phone is also free of toxic materials like PVC, BFRs, phthalates and beryllium.
2. iPad 2
The iPad 2 includes arsenic-free display glass, mercury-free LCD display and is free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). This revolutionary tablet also includes recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure and its long battery life allows users to surf, listen to music or watch videos for up to 10 hours on a single charge, cutting down on energy consumption.
1. Philips Econova LED Television
Price: £1,200 ($1,950)
Hailed as “Europe’s Greenest TV,” the 42-inch Econova consumes only 46 watts of power (less than a 60-watt light bulb), which is impressive considering many flat screens use as much energy as your kitchen refrigerator! This is thanks to the low-power LED display that still maintains best-in-class picture quality, and the zero-power switch, which reduces standby electricity usage to zero when the TV is turned off.
The Econova’s housing is made of 60 percent post recycled aluminum. Most of its components are recyclable, and the TV is designed for easy disassembly when recycling. Even the packaging is 100 percent recyclable, with the complete elimination of styrofoam cushioning. In fact, no plastic is used in the packaging whatsoever. The Econova’s remote control has a built-in solar panel so batteries never have to be replaced, and all the electronics, including cables, are halogen and PVC free.
Top 10 ways to prepare for COVID-19
Energy Digital sets out Gartner’s Top 10 ways organisations can prepare for a pandemic, via effective operational risk management.
As the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, many businesses are left uncertain as to whether their risk mitigation plan is sufficient.
In a recent webinar conducted by the research and advisory firm just 12% of 1,500 people believe that their business is highly prepared for the impact of COVID-19, while 56% believed themselves to be somewhat prepared, and 11% believed themselves to be very unprepared.
“Most organizations have done some pandemic planning but still have many unanswered questions about whether they have done everything they can to manage risks,” says Jim Mello, Senior Director, Advisory, Gartner.
Establish a preparedness framework
Establish a team that represents all critical business functions. These people will report directly to executive management and are responsible for prioritising the importance of business activities and organise them in tiers for response and recovery.
Monitor the situation
It is important to ensure that organisations monitor the rate in which the infection is spreading and its severity. Many rely on the World Health Organisation for information.
Be sure to revise revenue forecasts and communicate with investors, as well as suppliers in regards to any potential finance issues. It is important to ensure that the business has the working capital to ride it out.
Ways to ensure this include: working capital checks, seeking loans or government-sponsored financial relief.
Extend personal hygiene and cleaning protocols
It is important to comply with any changes to workplace regulations. In addition, it is important to establish protocols for staff returning from infected areas, as well as extending existing hygiene activities.
Ensure close monitoring of absenteeism rates for signs of problems. It is important to identify critical staff in order to make sure the company can continue to function in their absence and be prepared for up to 40% absentee rates.
In addition to reviewing HR policies and procedures, it is important to maintain a level of sensitivity when it comes to engaging with employees and workplace preferences.
Establish a communication programme
People can feel out of the loop quickly. Establish a spokesperson appropriate for the situation who can maintain lines of communication. In addition, organisations should establish pre-approved messages and scripts for various stakeholders.
Review the impact on the operation
Although this may seem overwhelming, the team established to represent all critical business functions should identify key areas to consider. It is important to maintain a connection with the reality on the ground in countries affected.
Key questions to consider: is transport functioning? Have holidays been extended? Where can operation continue and where do they need to stop?
IT business functions tend to be relatively well-prepared for business continuity. However, it is important to assess the supply chain for critical equipment and keep extra inventory if required.
In addition, organisations should keep in mind remote data centre management and cloud options for critical systems as well as enabling remote working programs and rescheduling any non-essential IT work prioritising key applications.
Review pandemic plans to identify any gaps in response
Conduct a preparedness exercise by validating roles and responsibilities as well as recovery requirements and procedures, in order to identify any gaps in the recover capabilities and resource needs.
Following the establishment of a pandemic plan, identify three lessons learned, key observations or improvements for the exercise. After establishing these organisations should priorities the short and long term follow up actions.