25/06/2018 11:44 BST | Updated 26/07/2018 17:07 BST

6 Eco-Friendly Gadgets That Are Actually Useful

Sustainable? Check. Snazzy? Check.

Tech gets a bad rep. The link between constant connectivity and stress has been well researched and documented – as have the ways that social media-checking sharpens feelings of dissatisfaction

But there are ways it can be twisted from something problematic, into something productive. Environmental gadgets, electrics and life-enhancers are a way to fuse your ethics with contemporary life. 

We especially love the below:

A solar phone charger 

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You can be as eco as you like at home, but keeping it up when you’re out and about is a lot harder – especially when you’re travelling or at a festival. Taking solar power away from just your home and bringing it to your phone is a move that not only has a positive impact on the planet, it also means you won’t forever be searching for a socket. Double win. 

PowerPlus Camel 3 Watt Multi Item USB Solar Charger, £24.95, ethicalsuperstore.com

A person-powered espresso maker

ROK espresso maker

Yes, you can make electricity-free coffee in an Aeropress or a cafetiere. But espresso is a different matter. You tend to need a fancy machine (the type they have in coffee shops) or a coffee pod situation. The ROK espresso maker is a manual affair.

You plug your grounds in, below a cylinder of hot water, before pulling the arms down to force the water through the beans, creating a double shot. 

ROK espresso maker, £149, rokkitchentools.com

A bamboo speaker 

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No, not a joke. An actual speaker made from the ultimate eco material, bamboo. Amplifying your iPhone’s sound without any power, you can get one that fits any of the models and can turn you into an actual eco cliche. 

iBamboo speaker, from approx £18.90, plus shipping, ibamboospeaker.com

A smart plug 

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This clever plug connects to an app, which allows you to turn off your electronic devices from anywhere. No more frittering away endless energy, while you’re at work. 

WeMo Switch, £41.99, uk.insight.com

An ethical phone 

Fairphone

As well as being crafted from conflict-free minerals, Fairphone’s wares are all modular. This means that if you break one part, you can replace it in isolation – no need for a new device. Trying to combat the issue of planned obsolescence in tech, these guys are the future. 

Fairphone 2, £460, shop.fairphone.com

An electricity-free slow cooker 

Wonderbag

Invented more for camping types than anyone else, this power-free slow cooker has the brilliant bonus of being eco-friendly. Stick your ingredients into a pan, bring everything to the boil, and remove from the heat. Wrap up the bag, and the heat retention keeps your meal cooking for up to 12 hours, without burning through energy.  

Wonderbag, £34-45, thewonderonderbagshop.com