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5 eco-friendly tech accessories

5 eco-friendly tech accessories

4/25/2014

With Earth Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time for smartphone and tablet owners to adopt more eco-friendly mobile habits. This could be achieved through a variety of ways, such as unplugging devices as soon as they are fully charged, selling back old phones or purchasing green tech accessories.

Here are five products that could help smartphone owners be more responsible Earth Day participants:

1) Bracketron Mushroom GreenZero 
When an iPhone is fully charged, the Mushroom GreenZero charger automatically shuts off, stopping the flow of electricity to the device. Not only does this help reduce energy consumption, it can also preserve a phone's battery life. The charger reduces the power needed to charge devices by up to 30 percent.

2) Vers Bamboo Stereo Alarm Clock
This bamboo stereo alarm clock, compatible with iPhones, iPads and iPods, is elegant in appearance, rich in sound quality and green in its design. Bamboo is a highly eco-friendly material - it grows at five times the rate of wood and is one of the world's most renewable resources, according to Mashable. Vers' product can serve as a bedside alarm clock or a sound system for a kitchen, office space or living room.

3) Scosche solBAT II
The solBAT II, a solar-powered backup battery and charger, lets mobile users charge their devices even when there is no electrical outlet in sight. If an individual needs to charge a phone while driving, ​he or she can simply attach the solBAT II to the windshield with the product's two suction cups. Available for just $29.99, this green accessory is an affordable way to become a more environmentally friendly phone owner.

4) SoundBender 3.0
There are more energy-efficient means of boosting iPad volume than using a power-hungry Bluetooth speaker. The SoundBender 3.0 amplifies sound from a tablet with no electricity necessary. Available for the iPad 2, iPad 3 and iPad with Retina display, this accessory magnetically clamps onto devices and enhances sound quality. It is also compatible with Apple's smart cover, so users can optimize their audio experiences without having to sacrifice device protection.

5) ReCase iPhone case
Composed entirely of post-consumer thermoplastic waste, the ReCase for iPhone 5 is one of the most eco-friendly phone cases available. It features a cardholder slot for subway or bus passes, and an EM shield can be inserted between a card and the phone to prevent electromagnetic interference. ReCase takes its sustainable mission one step further by using corrugated recycled paper for packaging.

In addition to purchasing these tech accessories, you could take the eco-friendly initiative of selling back your used mobile devices. This allows phone manufacturers to reduce their carbon footprints, as they can re-use materials for the production of new phones. And, of course, the money you receive from a phone buy back program can help you save up for green tech products.

If you're looking to become a more environmentally friendly mobile user, you'll be happy to know that ProtectCELL will buy back cell phones that you don't need anymore. ProtectCELL's buyback program offers up to 50 percent of a first-year device's full retail value and up to 25 percent within 13 to 24 months of purchase.

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