If you’re in the market to wow your family and friends with greentech goodies for the holidays, Earth2Tech has rounded up a number of options for your gift-giving pleasure.
Carbon Offsets — One of the easiest things you can do to offset your carbon footprint is to buy carbon offset credits; your money is used to fund projects that reduce the amount of CO2 being emitted. Through TerraPass, you can offset everything from car use to air travel to homeostasis — even your wedding. Gift certificates are available, too. Every dollar offsets about 200 lbs. of carbon emissions. So if you have a bunch of relatives flying in for a locally grown, organic holiday feast, considering buying them credits to offset their air travel.
Solar-Powered Gadgetry Some of our GigaOM team members have been carrying around their blogging gear in Voltaic’s solar-powered backpack, which both encourages outside expeditions and kicks out four watts of power. As photovolataic technology gets cheaper, we’re seeing PV cells popping up all over the place. Solio, which just got a shoutout in NewsWeek’s gift guide, makes a number of PV products designed to help charge a wide array of consumer electronics.
Vegetable Oil Conversion Kit — Turn your loved one’s diesel-chugging pickup into a grease-burning veggie ride with a vegetable oil conversion kit from GreaseCar or Frybrid. The kits vary depending on what kind of vehicle you’re planning to convert and range in price from $1,000 to $2,000. With a kit, a little hands-on experience, and a free weekend, that diesel car will be smelling like French fries in no time.
GreenDimes — Help de-clutter someone’s life by putting an end to all that wasteful junk mail. GreenDimes offers gift subscription services to help reduce junk mail by 90 percent, manage catalog subscriptions, and monitor the Direct Marketing Association’s mailing lists to keep you from getting unwanted solicitations.
Wal-Mart’s $200 Linux Box — The Everex TC2502 Green gPC is designed to get a lot of performance for your buck and joule. Running a stripped Ubuntu rig, the machine “sips power” with its 1.5 GHz processor. Just add an EnergyStar monitor and Merika‘s forthcoming solar-powered router and your family can surf in energy-efficient style.