Smith Hustle Helmet

Hot Off the Grid

Innovations for the eco-minded

Smith Hustle Helmet
Christine Cyr

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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENT No, the plastic and foam that protect your noodle aren’t recycled. (Smith is working on it.) However, the Hustle is lined with Cocona, a natural fiber made from coconut husks that regulates temperature and wicks moisture better than a standard synthetic liner. Thirty percent of the packaging is made with post-consumer products. $120;

Bag of Sunshine

Noon Solar Sawyer Bag

Noon Solar Sawyer Bag

Made of naturally dyed hemp and leather, every inch of Noon Solar’s Sawyer messenger bag—more inconspicuous than it looks—is biodegradable. The flexible solar panel charges the Sawyer’s lithium-ion battery in about six hours and will keep your phone or iPod juiced for at least that long. $377;




Power Trip

Eton FR500 Solarlink Radio

Eton FR500 Solarlink Radio

Just shy of two pounds, Etón’s do-it-all FR500 Solarlink radio—outfitted with an AM/FM tuner, shortwave radio with NOAA weather band, emergency beacon and siren, LED flashlight, cell-phone charger, and clock—runs itself on built-in solar panels. No sun? It can also be powered by a hand crank, batteries, or AC. $80;





Mo’ Better

Neuton 6.2 Mower
(Mark Weins)

Gas-guzzling mowers account for 5 percent of the country’s air pollution, while most electric varieties restrict you to an outlet. Not the cordless Neuton 6.2. Thanks to the 36-volt battery, this emissions-free clipper allows up to 60 minutes of uninhibited cutting, runs quiet as a hummingbird, and comes with a mulching plug, bagger, and side discharge chute. $499;