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Top Eco-Friendly Inventions of the Decade

Date : 18 October 2021

Are you looking to become more eco-friendly in your day-to-day life?

We have put together a list of some of the top eco-friendly inventions of the decade from erasable notebooks to solar-powered offices and even ride-sharing campaigns all in the name of environmental sustainability!

Let’s take a closer look at some of the top eco-friendly inventions of the decade.

1. The Never-Ending Notebook

Have you ever wished that you could have a notebook that never ends? That way you would never have to go down to the store and buy another one or have to carry numerous notebooks with you.

Now with the Rocketbook, that dream can become a reality!

The Rocketbook is not like any other eco-friendly notebook that you have seen before – this one can actually be reused over and over again. With 36 erasable pages, you can handwrite your notes the way that you like them and then wipe the pages clean with a damp cloth when you are done.

Although you need to use a special pen created by the Rocketbook Team, this notebook offers the ultimate notetaking solution and is helping to drastically reduce paper wastage making it one of the top eco-friendly inventions of the decade.

2. Solar Powered Offices

Tired of the office scene? Then you are definitely going to love this Nova Pod by Work & Co. The Nova Pod is a solar-powered co-working office space allowing colleagues to work together in a scenic office space with solar-powered office equipment.

The Nova Pod is catered to small startup businesses and freelancers allowing them to work in an eco-friendly environment while admiring some of the best views Cape Town has to offer.

The Nova Pod is completely mobile and offers a 2 x 6-meter workspace that is fully equipped with WiFi, Smart TVs, a charging station, a bathroom and a kitchenette which are all powered by the solar panels atop the Nova Pod.

And the best part is that the Nova Pod is designed right here in Cape Town.

3. Shipping Container Living

As it turns out, shipping containers are the new Wendy houses of the modern generation with more and more families opting to purchase a shipping container to set up in their backyard as living- or storage space.

But this is not just true of South Africa – there are architects all over the world that are designing small single-story homes out of shipping containers as a low-cost housing solution including FBM Architects.

This innovative upcycling scheme does not just help to reduce the use of raw materials but encourages the creation of additional housing scoring it a position on our top eco-friendly inventions list.

4. Tesla

Over the past decade, vehicle manufacturers have been attempting to make their vehicles as eco-friendly as possible by reducing the total carbon emissions produced by the vehicles.

But, while some manufacturers were busying themselves with reducing emissions, Tesla was hard at work producing electric cars having released the first electric car to be powered by lithium-ion battery cells: the Roadster.

Tesla has made driving more environmentally friendly and trendy with their modern, innovative and state-of-the-art electric cars. 

5. Ride Sharing

Lyft is an e-hailing company, similar to Uber, currently available overseas. Although Lyft is not yet available in South Africa, they have earned a spot on our top eco-friendly inventions of the decade for their innovative idea.

Lyft recently announced the use of “Green Mode” on their app allowing passengers to share rides with other passengers reducing the cost of their trip and helping to reduce carbon emissions at the same time.

The goal of the campaign is to help reduce emissions and to create awareness of the environmental benefits of lift sharing.

6. Solar & Wind Harvesting Technology

In recent years, solar and wind energy renewable energy solutions have become more and more sought after because of the environmental benefits that solar and wind energy has to offer.

Not only do solar and wind energy allows for major environmental benefits by reducing the usage of non-renewable resources like coal, but it also allows major cost-saving potential by no longer having to make use of grid-powered electricity.

Kestel Renewable Energy, a subsidiary of the Eveready Group, offers wind- and solar-powered renewable energy solutions with the opportunity to become completely off-the-grid as well as grid-tied solutions to supplement the existing grid.

7. LED Lighting

One of the biggest energy consumers in the average household is lighting which is why the demand for LED lighting has increased drastically over the decade.

Not only are LED lightbulbs much better for the environment, but they also help household users to cut down on electricity consumption with the ability to use up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent lightbulbs.

With reduced energy consumption and increased lifetime, LED lightbulbs are the forerunners of lighting products today. Eveready offers a vast range of LED lighting products with globes available in Warm White and Cool Daylight.

Shop our range of LED lighting products to help cut down on energy consumption today.


What cool eco-friendly inventions do you know of or use in your home? Be sure to share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.