Want to save the planet and your dying phone at the same time? Look no further than the Ginkgo solar tree.
If you’re on a mission to reduce your carbon footprint and you’re sick of plugging in your phone charger into awkward places like behind the sofa and under your bedside cabinet, you’ll probably feel like hugging this Ginkgo solar tree.
Designed to look like its real-life namesake, the Japanese Ginkgo tree, this elegant tabletop bamboo stalk has a series of sleek solar panels instead of leaves to catch the battery-boosting rays of the sun.
The sunlight it catches powers a 4.000 mAH rechargeable lithium battery, which can rapidly charge your phone in around two hours when it’s plugged in via USB.
The base of the tree has a handy grip that lets you prop up your phone or tablet while it’s juicing up, and you can also wrap the cable around the tree to keep it neatly tucked out of the way.
On a full tank of sunshine, the Ginkgo Solar Tree can charge your phone twice over before needing another session in the sun, and you can press an indicator on the base at any time to see the tree’s battery status in LED lights.
In keeping with its planet-saving ethos, the tree itself is made from eco-friendly plastic and bamboo, which also lends itself to a chic, minimalistic vibe.
You’ll be delighted to hear that the tree is as friendly on your wallet as it is on the environment. It’s £89.95 from its maker XD Design’s online shop, which should more than pay for itself when you start to notice those electricity bills shrinking. Bring on summer!