Solar Powered Watches Eco Product Review

September 29, 2010

The idea of a solar-powered watch may make you think of oversized sundials which will weigh your wrist down, but thankfully products have come on a long way since the invention of the first (far from stylish) solar powered timekeepers. Nowadays, as people become more eco-aware and realize the benefits of saving energy by using solar power to charge their key gadgets, designers are also catching on to the trend and producing some truly fantastic items for the fashion-conscious eco warriors among us.

Solar Watch

Watches are as much of a style statement as a great outfit or hair cut. We use watches to signify our preferences for sport, glamour or utility, and our choice of watch can say as much about us as the vehicle that we drive. Because of this, solar-powered timepieces have not been as popular as they could have been, because even the greenest of green consumers have been put off by the rather clumsy appearance of most products on the market.

All that, however, is just about to change. This week, we discovered the Waveceptor WVM120J-1. This little beauty is a water resistant watch with a range of uses and functions. It also happens to look fantastic. Powered by solar, the internal battery is charged by the sun, and runs by itself when charged through the darker hours.

Casio’s Waveceptor WVM120J-1 has a rugged water resistant digital screen that is attached to a resin band. The buckle fastening gives a nod to traditional styling, making it much more appealing than some of the Velcro fastening solar-powered watches on the market. With a black surround and silver casing, the watch looks compact enough to be a discrete accessory, but packs a punch when it comes to functionality.

The Solar Atomic watch features Multi-Band 5 functionality, giving it the power to receive signals from five worldwide towers. Casio have moved away from thinking of the solar watch as being the exclusive domain of sportsmen and people who enjoy the great outdoors, as the Waveceptor has a host of functions which mark it out as an ideal gadget for business people as well as divers! World time capability, five alarms and a silent mode mean that the watch can be worn from office to the beach with no problem. As it’s also water resistant to one hundred meters, there’s no issue with taking a swim after a long day at work.

In addition to the basics, the watch features four daily alarms and a snooze button, a stopwatch and lap time, split time and first/second placing time for runners and sportspeople. It also has a calendar and light which allows for timekeeping in the dark. If you are worried about losing power, don’t be. The Waveceptor features a display which lets you know how much charge you have left, and warns you when it needs to be popped in front of the sun to refuel. One full charge will keep the watch going for around eight months, meaning that you can use your annual vacation time to pretty much power it all year around!

The Waveceptor WVM120J-1 is manufactured by Casio, and available for around $79.

Babies in Sheep’s Clothing Lambskin Merino Wool Eco Product Review

August 25, 2010

Babies In Sheep’s Clothing is an online store selling ethical lambskin and merino clothing for babies and children.

Based in East Sussex, it sources high quality, handmade ethically produced lambskin and merino clothing from New Zealand that are built to last – the founders passionately believe that their products should be passed along to a brother or sister. As I don’t have any children, I passed on the beanie hat so my godson, Harry and his mother Kate to review.

Merino hat

“As well as stocking a fabulous selection of sheepskin products,Babies In Sheep’s Clothing also sells the cutest selection of hats, scarves, blankets, trousers, hoodies and jumpers made from super soft merino wool.

“Like the sheepskin that they sell, the merino wool is also sourced from New Zealand. It is both durable and suitable for the most sensitive of skin and is therefore the perfect fabric to dress even the youngest of babies in.

“There are three different styles of hats to choose from suitable for newborn babies up to 12 months old. My personal favourite is the stripy beanie, which would look adorable on any baby’s head and at £16.50, it would make a great new baby present. The tiny scarves with button detailing are the perfect thing to keep baby warm in autumn, when it’s not really cold enough to wrap them up in snowsuits but they need something more than a little coat or cardigan.

“For the super stylish parent of baby girls, I would highly recommend the ponchos, whilst the hoody would look fabulous on either a boy or a girl.

“All of the items are hand knitted which more than justify the price of the products and as they are made of such top quality wool with a little careful care, they should become a much sought after hand me downs.”

The products made from merino wool vary in price and are available from Babies In Sheep’s Clothing.

Babies in Sheep’s Clothing Lambskin Beanie Hat Eco Product Review

August 11, 2010

Babies In Sheep’s Clothing is an online store selling ethical lambskin and merino clothing for babies and children.

Based in East Sussex, it sources high quality, handmade ethically produced lambskin and merino clothing from New Zealand that are built to last – the founders passionately believe that their products should be passed along to a brother or sister. As I don’t have any children, I passed on the beanie hat so my godson, Harry and his mother Kate to review.

Lambskin

“We’re already a fan of Already a fan of Babies In Sheep’s Clothing (see the lowrise booties and lambskin reviews) Harry and I have the pleasure of reviewing the gorgeous beanie hat sent to us.

“Like all of Babies In Sheep’s Clothing’s products, the hat is made of ethically sourced sheepskin and is beautifully made. It comes in a choice of three colours pink, camel and spice and is available with or without ear flaps.

“We’ve been sent the beanie hat in the delightful spice colour, which is a rich chocolate brown. As we’ve had an unusually warm summer Harry and I can’t really testify how warm and snugly it has kept him as we’ve not really had chance
to wear it outside of the house but we are looking forward to autumn when Harry can finally show it off.

“With the recent warm spell, it may not seem a great time to be purchasing sheepskin products but it is worth checking out the current offers on the Babies In Sheep’s Clothing website. With several close friends expecting babies in the next
few months, I will be taking advantage of the very generous discounts currently being offered.”

The lambskin beanie hat costs £26.99 from Babies In Sheep’s Clothing.

Babies in Sheep’s Clothing Lambskin Booties Eco Product Review

July 14, 2010

Babies In Sheep’s Clothing is an online store selling ethical lambskin and merino clothing for babies and children.

Based in East Sussex, it sources high quality, handmade ethically produced lambskin and merino clothing from New Zealand that are built to last – the founders passionately believe that their products should be passed along to a brother or sister. As I don;t have any children, I passed on the lowrise booties so my godson, Harry and his mother Kate to review.

Booties

“I’m a big fan of Babies In Sheep’s Clothing with their fabulous sheepskins, accessories and merino wool bits for babies and little people. Their products are beautifully crafted and made of the highest quality lambskins and merino wool making them perfect for even the newest of babies to wear.

“As Harry has started to cruise around the furniture, he needed something a little more substantial than socks on his feet and Babies in Sheep’s Clothing’s lambskin booties are the perfect protection for tiny toes and as with all Babies In Sheep’s Clothing products they are ethically sourced.

“They have a good selection of styles and colours, but as Harry is not big into pink we road tested a pair of the lowrise camel booties.

“They are beautifully crafted, look fabulous and being a neutral colour go with almost anything. With a lovely wide opening these are very easy to slip on to the wriggliest of feet and once on, stay firmly in place without being in any way restrictive. Harry is able to toddle around easily whilst wearing them without slipping on our wooden floors as the lambskin sole is non slip.

“They are available from the Babies In Sheep’s Clothing website and priced at £18 plus postage. they are cheaper than most leather booties and much more soft and snugly.

More booties

Babies in Sheep’s Clothing Lambskin Eco Product Review

June 30, 2010

Babies In Sheep’s Clothing is an online store selling ethical lambskin and merino clothing for babies and children.

Based in East Sussex, it sources high quality, handmade ethically produced lambskin and merino clothing from New Zealand that are built to last – the founders passionately believe that their products should be passed along to a brother or sister. As I don;t have any children, I passed on the lambskin so my godson, Harry and his mother Kate to review.

“This online shop is a must for mum’s and dad’s of small tots looking to indulge their little ones. Specialising in lambskin, merino clothes, booties and accessories all hand made in New Zealand, Babies In Sheep’s Clothing items are all ethically soured and each piece made of natural fibres.

Lambskin

“I was lucky enough to be given a lambskin as a present for my son when he was just a few days old. I dithered over buying one before his arrival but decided against it as my purchases were mounting up and I didn’t think it was essential. How wrong I was.

“Our lambskin is one of the best presents we received on Harry’s arrival and has been used on an almost daily basis for the last seven months. The lambskin has lined Harry’s moses basket, his pushchair and also his cot and is now a perfect mat for him to sit and play with his toys on.

“It’s thick enough that should he tumble backwards, he has a soft landing. It has been through the washing machine on a very cool wash numerous times and comes out looking like new. It’s great for throwing in the back of the car when we’re going to visit friends and I have lost count of the number of compliments we’ve received on how beautiful it is.”

The lambskin costs £44.99 from Babies In Sheep’s Clothing.

Indigenous Designs Eco Clothing Product Review

August 6, 2009

A review of organic clothing makes our 200th product review! Click here to take a look at the other 199 eco product reviews.

Indigenous Designs is an organic apparel company that makes one of a kind fair trade organic clothing made by artisans from around the world. In business since 1994, they sent us (or I should say my wife) a Henley hoody.

Henley Hoody

It’s hand knitted, a organic cotton / Tencel blend that:
• Falls to mid hip
• Textured rib knit detailing
• Semi-fitted
• Comes in these colors:
-Sky / Pearl
-Navy / Pearl
-Latte / Pearl
-Punch / Pearl

My wife takes over now, saying: ” It’s lovely and thick, soft, and feels handmade (I didn’t tell her it was), nice quality material and very comfy, yet it still still has a stylish and cute design. I love the look of the shirt and the color is great (we got Navy). It’s perfect with jeans.

“The sleeves are a little long but maybe I’m short-armed… It feels very well-made, I would definitely recommend the product and would try some of their other products/styles too.”

So there you go, a thumbs up. It certainly does look nice, and Indigenous Designs have some excellent credentials, take a look at the fibers they use.

Nu IPath Sneakers Are Cooler Than Me

July 6, 2009

Becuase I’m such a cool skateboarder (ahem) I received some great Nu sneakers (or trainers) from IPATH.

“IPATH (pronounced eye-path) was founded in 1999 as a clear divergence from the over-tech trend in performance skate shoes. IPATH sneakers are as durable and grippy as other similar priced footwear intended for skateboarding, but they tend to have a more understated vibe that appeals to a different consumer. ”

Nu IPath

The pair I received were the cream ones, though they’re more green than cream. There is also a green pair available but they’re much darker green. Very, very comfortable they came with a green and cream set of laces in case you wanted to switch and also have Velcro sealed pockets below the tongue, for stashing keys, money or whatever.

They also apparently feature triple-stitched construction in the toe and outside foot area that helps ensure durability and prevent blow-outs as skaters slide their feet against harsh griptape (I’m no skater, but I’m told with confidence that when you ollie, your lead foot turns sideways, so the outside of the upper is sliding against the board). The elasticated tongue also ensures an snug and comfortable fit.

I couldn’t find any downside to them, they do what is asked of them and look good too.

Price-wise they are not cheap at nearly $80 but the quality seems outstanding. Plus they’re made from materials such as hemp, ramie, organic cotton and other recycled and/or sustainable materials. Check them out at IPATH.

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