If we think to the future, among our greatest environmental concerns is non-renewable resources—particularly fossil fuels.
And as these non-renewable and atmosphere-damaging raw energy sources deplete under our ever more power-hungry modern world, more and more people embrace natural, renewable energy alternatives such as solar.
When you think of solar, images of power walls in buildings and solar electric cars of the future probably spring instantly to mind. The names Tesla and Elon Musk are on the tip of your tongue. A sense of innovation and huge, industry-leaders flavours our thoughts on the future of how we will sustainably fuel our power needs.
But reducing your reliance on fossil fuels by incorporating more solar into your life is an expensive exercise, right?
Well, that’s not entirely true now, is it.
For many years portable solar technologies that are affordable have been available for the greenie on a budget to make the most of. Compact devices like solar torches and chargers are much loved by the camping and adventure sports communities and for good reason.
Having your own solar devices and chargers is liberating in that it allows you to still have use of your essentials (phone, camera…portable hairdryer even) while you’re out exploring nature far from urban conveniences. Plus you’re not relying on fossil fuels which are so harmful to those naturally beautiful places and our planet as a whole.
Here’s the thing: these smaller items that harness the energy of the sun need not be reserved for use while hiking and when no other alternative is available. We say, use them whenever you can!
In particular, I am loving the idea of solar phone charging cases. iPowerup is a company that makes phone cases that incorporate the energy of the sun in your everyday life. How brilliant is that?
Simply connecting a solar panel to your phone wouldn’t be practical. But Californian company iPowerup have engineered phone cases that are convenient, slim, durable, and open to form a double solar panel that charges a battery in the phone case so you can charge your phone on the go. While exposing your phone in its case to the sun may damage it, charging the empty case first, then slipping your phone into it is the next best thing.
As a company, iPowerup wants to make our planet a better place that’s kinder for our species and others. That’s why they aims to donate a percentage of their sales to cleaning up the oceans and ask that you send your products back to them at the end of their life so they can be properly recycled.