Nimble's ethical tech devices for the on-the-go traveler

Technology powers our world. We depend on it to stay engaged, informed, and productive. Used with the right intentions, technology can be a force for good. Our devices allow us to stay connected to those we love and give us an outlet to creatively express our ideas. Through video and photography, we’re able to document stories that evoke a powerful, emotional response and remind us of our humanity. The #metoo and #blacklivesmatter movements have shown us that through communication technology, we can mobilize around issues that matter and make our voices heard. But if we want to continue on this path, we need to take a look at the consumptive costs technology exacts.

electronics on a couch. Photo by Unsplash.

Why a move towards ethical tech is necessary

The energy use and production of technology come at a high cost for the environment. Pollution from electronics releases toxins that leach into the soil, water, and atmosphere.

An estimated 41.8 million tons of e-waste (electronic waste) are produced each year. And while most of it is recyclable, only 15-20% is done so properly. But it’s not just how electronics are disposed of that raises an issue, it’s how they are created, to begin with. Many electronics are made with plastics, heavy metals, and flame retardants. These materials can be hazardous and often aren’t biodegradable. So when they end up in a landfill, it’s contributing to an already dangerous waste problem. 

Then there’s the issue of energy consumption. The process for making these devices is laborious and can involve between 5 and 50 factories for their sourcing and production.

Consequently, manufacturing and using electronics takes a huge toll on the environment and on human health. 

If you’re reading this from your computer or smartphone, thinking “well, I might as well go live in a cave!” don’t get your pelts just yet! We live in a world that depends on electronic devices to maintain work and relationships. But we also live in a world where ethical and sustainably made technology is here and ready to change the game.

Woman on cell phone with ethical tech charger from Nimble. Photo by Misty Foster

Nimble: ethical-tech for sustainable travelers

Sponsored by Nimble

As a travel planner, I focus on incorporating sustainability into my adventures. I’m always on the lookout for ways to embrace a low-impact lifestyle. For me, that includes the gear I buy and carry with me. Some of this is easy. In most places we can find clothes, backpacks, shoes, eating utensils, and camping gear that is ethically made. But when it comes to technology there aren’t as many options. Some innovators make eco-friendly phone cases and laptop carriers, but the pickins are otherwise slim.

Needless to say, I was thrilled when I found out about the tech company, Nimble.

Nimble’s line of portable and wireless battery chargers are an outstanding choice for on-the-go -travelers who want to keep their devices charged and stay connected with an ethically-made device.

With the slogan: Tech for Good, Nimble is transforming the way electronics are made. The brand focuses on three tenets that help to move the industry toward better tech.

  • Transparency- the online-only store is able to reduce their pricing by up to 50%, by avoiding retail shelf mark-ups. 
  • Impact- The company works with suppliers who value workers’ rights, using sustainable materials, and reducing their environmental impact.
  • Accountability- Nimble has a pending B Corp certification and is registered as a public benefit corporation.

Ethical tech company, Nimble's portable chargers. Photo by Misty Foster

Made with care

From the internal structure of their gadgets to their plastic-free packaging, Nimble is committed to using better materials for their devices for a lower environmental impact.

All of their portable power banks are made using plant-based bioplastics like corn and sugar cane, and recyclable aluminum. Using these renewable materials means the device will break down easier over time, once it’s lived out its life cycle. Nimble has also incorporated a signature speckled texture on their chargers. The texture is derived from its the coating’s ingredients–mica and other naturally occurring materials like crystal. This gives the already sleek design a unique touch: no two patterns are ever the same on the chargers.

Perhaps one of the most impressive initiatives of the company is their one-to-one tech recovery program. Nimble will responsibly recycle up to a pound of your personal e-waste in a pre-paid return envelope that they include with your purchase. All you have to do is collect your unused cords, phones, etc., and send it off to them!

The perfect gift for sustainable travelers

If you’re looking for a unique gift for the sustainable traveler in your life, this is a great option (it will fit nicely in those stockings too!). While the stylish design and quality build of Nimble’s devices may be their initial draw, their power capacity is equally impressive. 

Depending on your needs, Nimble offers 10000-28000 mAh capacity chargers.

They also sell wireless stands, USB chargers, a travel kit, and other accessories. 

At GST we can’t wait to see what they develop next. We look forward to companies like Nimble becoming the industry standard.

Nimble's 10-day charger surrounded by travel accessories. Photo by Misty Foster

Nimble charges and accessories work for:

  • iPhone
  • Samsung
  • Androids
  • Nintendo Switch and other USB devices.

Take advantage of their Black Friday deals and save up to 30% off on select items.

woman holding ethically made battery charger from Nimble. Photo by Misty Foster.

 

Misty is the owner and founder of Green Suitcase Travel. She is a consultant, travel writer, and all around travel maven. When she is not traversing the world, spreading the news about sustainable travel, she is in Tucson, Arizona enjoying the desert. 


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