Sustainable and Green Technology Showcased at CES 2019



From harnessing the human power of people working out at the gym to outdoor speakers made from sustainably sourced materials, there were plenty of products and prototypes launched or showcased at the CES, or Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, demonstrating how technology can be more sustainably designed, energy efficient or energy productive – using less energy to do more. I even discovered an innovative bee hive prototype that might just help the struggling honey bee populations.

Many companies and businesses serving the transportation industry continue to move toward all-electric mobility products and plug-in electric vehicles. But some gadgets revealed at the world’s largest consumer electronics show showcased how materials could be more sustainably sourced and how technology can save energy, cut carbon emissions and, in the end, save money, too.

Best Portable Outdoor Speaker: No Bounds XL speaker from The House of Marley

This is the perfect speaker for homesteaders and farmers – and anyone who loves spending time outdoors with their music. Portable, versatile, stylish and sustainable, the great-sounding No Bounds XL Bluetooth speaker from The House of Marley exemplifies how all products should be designed. Materials for the ecologically-minded approach to these crafted speakers include House of Marley’s signature REGRIND silicone, REWIND fabric that’s made from 100-percent recycled plastics (rPET), recyclable aluminum, and sustainably harvested cork. The durable, lightweight cork is naturally antimicrobial and impermeable to water, allowing both vibration dampening and floatation. It’s no surprise that the No Bounds XL speaker earned the 2019 CES Innovations Award for Sustainability and Eco-Design from the Consumer Technology Association.


The waterproof (IP67), dust proof and buoyant No Bounds XL speaker has a 16-hour battery life – even serving as a power bank for smartphones or other USB powered electronic devices. The high-performance speaker has a clip-able carabiner, making it easy to attach to a fence, trellis or gazebo rail. Quick charge takes just two hours. There’s even a built-in mic which offers speakerphone capability and Siri integration.

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