We already know that Facebook has transformed the world. It has changed the way we communicate with each other, it has provided us with the ability to instantaneously share information, it has empowered revolutions worldwide and now, and it is now working to broaden the sustainability movement.
By Courtney Han
It is the only device that can let you play the piano, check the weather and throw irate birds at green pigs all within a few minutes. What is it? The smart phone, of course. These days, there is nothing that the phone cannot do, and being green is no exception. Hundreds of eco-friendly apps have been created to transform anyone into an environmental activist. Here are a few of our favorites.
By Courtney Han
We see them on early morning commutes, at the beach and maybe even on our own nightstands. eReaders have taken the literary world by storm, with the percentage of adults in the United States owning the device doubling from 2010 to 2011 (six percent to 12 percent, according to statisticbrain.com). However, while it appears that eReaders have become increasingly popular, there are still many readers that have remained loyal to the old-fashioned, manually page turning paper book. The question is, which is better: the eReader or the “old fashioned” paper book?
By Sora Hwang
“I sent you a friend request,” “He just liked my profile picture,” and “Follow me on Twitter” were sentences that were never heard just a few years ago. This generation’s vocabulary has completely changed as technology has advanced and new forms of staying connected have emerged. These sites, like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, and advanced cell phones have helped unite people, but when does it become too much?
When three of my friends started off their careers at the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy last summer, we were stumped when we realized they would not have phones or computers. Now, I still have a pile of letters in my desk from that one summer alone. For people you have already met and know, handwritten letters or cards are much more personal than a quickly typed e-mail or Facebook message.
In a world where iPhones are as popular as high heels and High Definition Television is synonymous with, “Well, what else is there?,” it’s no surprise that eco-friendly technology has taken a turn for the current and, more importantly, the affordable. Although it can be hard to find eco-friendly technology (other than energy efficient light bulbs) for those who are both tech- savy and eco- friendly, it is possible to still be ‘green’ while depending on technologies that make life easier and more comfortable.
Tech-buffs will be happy to know that the solar panels and wind turbines that most people imagine as eco-friendly technology, have evolved! Gadgets such as the Re-Zap Battery Engineer, are smaller and more efficient in saving energy around the home. The Re-Zap Battery Engineer ($39.98) is able to recharge both rechargeable and standard (non-rechargeable) batteries, saving not only energy but money spent on replacing batteries.