Design trends: green gadgets

You’ll save water, energy and cash with the latest eco-innovations, from digital showers and eco-computers to solar-powered boomboxes for your iPhone
You’ll save water, energy and cash with the latest eco-innovations.

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1 AQUALISA ILUX DIGITAL SHOWER
With four different memorised settings, each family member can have their perfect shower, using eight litres of water a minute. A pause button stops the water while you shave or shampoo, then resumes at the same temperature. From £1,012. Visit aqualisa.co.uk
2 KRÜSHR KITCHEN UNIT
This kitchen unit sorts and squashes your recycling. Built-in compactors crush everything from cans to cardboard to take up a quarter of the space. Available in three base unit sizes from 250mm to 600mm, from £699. Visit johnlewis.com
3 XI3 MODULAR ECO-COMPUTER
This tiny computer saves energy, space and waste. It's the size of your hand and uses up to 95 per cent less power than a full-size desktop PC. It is also easily upgraded to give more power or add new features. From £399.95. Visit energysavingpc.co.uk
4 ETON SOULRA XL BOOMBOX
This boombox for iPhone and iPod Touch has a solar panel to power your music and, on a sunny day, you'll generate enough juice to recharge your phone at the same time. Great indoors or out, the handbag-style design looks as good as it sounds and protects your phone. £139.95. Visit nevadaradio.co.uk
5 PANASONIC NA-140VS4 WASHING MACHINE
This machine saves 30 per cent more energy than required by the highest eco-rating of A+++, while on "ecomode" it cuts energy use by half and water use by 30 per cent compared with a standard washing cycle. Its "steam action" cycle makes ironing easier and will freshen even "dry clean-only" clothes. £699. Visit Panasonic.co.uk
6 ROWENTA DW6010 ECO-FOCUS IRON
This iron has an eco-mode that uses targeted steam to remove creases. If you hit a really stubborn crease, a boost mode gives extra steam. Strangely, it doesn't have auto shut-off but this iron only uses two thirds of the usual energy. £69.99. Visit rowenta.co.uk
7 PLUMEN 001 LIGHT BULB
This energy-saving bulb looks so good you'll find it used in high-end chandeliers. The bulb saves 80 per cent on energy and lasts eight times longer than conventional bulbs. £19.95. Visit plumen.com

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