8Shades’ Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Tech Gifts

In its purest essence, technology is supposed to be a force for good. It’s there make our lives easier, to look after our well-being, and to improve our productivity. For Christmas, here’s a list of tech gifts that will do all that, plus reduce your loved ones’ carbon footprint. Or, at the very least, good enough to make sure that they do not end up in landfill: 

Dyson Lightcycle

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Just as Dyson went on to reinvent the vacuum cleaner and blow dryer, so it has with the table lamp, making it smarter and more efficient. Apart from its minimalist design, the main feature of the Lightcycle is its ability to personalize its illumination by tracking the light within its surrounding and automatically adjust to a level that prevents eye strain and minimizes energy consumption. Through an app, it can also calculate the recommended light level by taking into account your age or pre-set modes depending on the task at hand. 

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LARQ self-cleaning water bottle

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For the person that’s always on the go, a water bottle is almost always essential. But a smart water bottle? That would be both ingenious and indispensable. Apart from keeping your beverage hot or cold, the LARQ keeps you healthy by delivering a portable digital water purification system. The secret lies in its bottle cap that features their patented PureVis UV-C LED technology that eliminates bacteria and viruses that may be found in the water. And since it uses LED technology, it avoids any aftertaste or any toxic chemical residue. It also helps you reduce almost 10kg of plastic bottle waste annually!

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House of Marley Redemption ANC earbuds

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These earbuds delivers sounds in the most natural way. The engineers at the House of Marley have crafted a TWC earbuds with deep bass and crips highs, while integrating an industry-leading active noise cancellation technology that provides unadulterated isolation. They were also able to integrate all these tech into a sustainable package made from bamboo, and reclaimed silicone and wood fibre that makes it both sweat-proof and water-resistant, while providing an ergonomic fit. The Redemption earbuds offer 5 hours of play time, and up to 20 hours with its charging case. Who would have imagined that listening to your beats would be this sustainable?

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Casetify Ultra Compostable iPhone Cases

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Casetify continues to be a leading voice in sustainability by rolling out its latest collection of compostale cases for the Apple iPhone line.  A perfect blend of style and environmental consciousness, these cases are made with materials that are 100% compostable and biodegradable, which means that after you use it, the compostable case will mix back into the earth and leave no toxins behind. And just in case you’re wondering, these cases also come in a 100% recycled paper to further reduce carbon footprint. 

Also, check out our very own 8Shades’ Re/CASETiFY phone cases made from bioplastic and recycled materials.

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Anker Powercore Solar 1000

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Another essential in one’s daily tool kit in this tech-obsessed world is the ubiquitous power bank. Anker makes the process of charging your favorite gadget more eco-friendly by drawing power straight from the sun. The Powercore Solar 1000 provides up to 10,000mAh capacity that allows it to a charge a smartphone twice or a tablet once, with dual ports that allow simultaneous charging of two devices. It also comes in a water-, dust- and shock-resistant housing that makes it the perfect accessory in any outdoor adventure.

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Casio G-Shock AWM-500GC

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Give the gift of green on your favorite person’s wrist with the solar-powered AWM-500GC Casio G-Shock. A modern take on the label’s iconic AW-500G-1E model, this new and limited edition model features full black DLC stainless steel strap with a gold-printed analog and digital dial. Casio has also collaborated with Japanese luggage maker Porter to create a bespoke nylon fabric case printed with the same shock-resistant graph found in the dial, as well as zip pulls that replicate the watch hands. 

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BlueAir Blue Pure 211+

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One of the best gifts you can give during the time of COVID-19 is an air purifier. Not only does the Blue Pure 211+ create a clean, germ-free environment by trapping 99% of all airborne pollutants, it’s also one of the most efficient purifiers in the market using only as much energy as a lightbulb! As with other air purifiers in BlueAir’s Blue line, it boasts of a plug-and-play simplicity with 360-degree air intake and provides customizable pre-filters to add more color to your room.

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