Portugal Confidential attended a hip little dinner party last night. Out on the terrace were these very cool glowing “lanterns”. Upon closer inspection, we learned they were actually clever little jars engineered with solar panels and LED lights. Portugal Confidential was very impressed. That’s when a guest spoke up and introduced the Carbon Zero Online shop and Catalog.
The products sold online or by catalog are manufactured using recycled materials and/or a very low carbon emission process. Many of the manufacturers will even purchase carbon credits in order to equalize the carbon expenditure. And the products are cool too!
Jar of Sunlight
This is a good-sized mason jar complete with latch for opening and locking. The glass is opaque so you can’t see the mechanism inside. During the day, the jar looks empty. A solar panel on the top of the lid collects energy. But, as soon as sunlight diminishes, the jar begins to glow. It is water resistant and ideal for outside use.
The jar is manufactured using low carbon. And, of course, the product generates light by use of stored solar energy. No electricity needed.
Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 10cm
Telabag (Teabag) Sack
For grocery shopping, the beach, carrying baby supplies….anything! This bag, made of recycled material, has three compartments to keep your things organized while on the go, or just stored away. There are two sizes and three colors to choose from–blue and orange. Limited edition.
The manufacturers of this bag actually prevent the emission of 5180g of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in the manufacturing process. To go even further, they purchase carbon credits to zero out the small amount of unavoidable carbon emission produced .
Size Medium – €46, Dimensions: 30.5 x 30.5 x 30 cm
Size Large – €56, Dimensions: 39.5 x 39.5 x 41.5 cm
Rob Brandt Ceramic Cups
At first glance, these cups look exactly like the crinkled plastic throw-away product that is a culprit in polluting the world. On closer examination, you see these ingenious products are actually ceramic replicas of plastic cups.
Besides the obvious repeated use of these cups (instead of trashing plastic versions), this glass ceramic is a product of low energy manufacturing, reducing carbon emissions in manufacturing.
Size Small: €10, Dimensions: 6 x 6 cm
Size Medium: €10.50, Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.0 cm
These are just a few of the products on offer. Click the links below to browse the entire product collection. (Note: the website and catalog are in Portuguese.)
Download the beautiful CarbonZero Catalog here.
Shop online at Loja Carbono Zero