Archive for May, 2010

Proporta’s headphones are top of the class

St Ursula’s School in Brig, Switzerland approached Proporta back in January to help their Business Studies students with a project they were undertaking.

Different teams were set up and were asked to set up a business, create products which they had to market and sell, the companies were then entered into the Prix Sommet Junior 2010 competition.

One of the teams chose the Proporta Retractable Headphones as their product which they modified and then sold.

11 school classes took part – each had 5 minutes to present their project – 2 people were chosen to do the presentation with powerpoint and videos. Points were given for different criteria e.g. Business potential, Marketing analysis, if the business will last, if it is organized, originality of the product etc. The subject of the presentation was: “Give a professional presentation about your business in 5 minutes and convince the audience that your product is a good foundation for a business”.

And they WON 🙂

Proporta loves the sunshine :)

With temperatures reaching highs of 33 degrees, the staff at Proporta were mostly at the beach this weekend. Kayaking, BBQing, drinking or just tanning we were all extremely glad to have the lovely Brighton beach on our doorstep.

Proporta launches Proporta Smart – a truly Eco range of Mobile & iPad Accessories

Eco logic. Smart design.

Proporta announces the launch of its first, truly eco friendly range of mobile accessories. Beautifully designed and made from sustainable bamboo, recycled leather and hessian, the range is set to revolutionise
the type of materials we use for protecting our gadgets.

The ingeniously designed Recycled Leather Case with Bamboo Screen Protection not only protects your handheld device from knocks and bumps, but the bamboo plate “packaging” doubles up as your screen shield by simply sliding into the top of your case. Meanwhile the pouch style options come in recycled leather or hessian and feature a striking green flash design. They too offer protection with the bamboo plate.

The team at Proporta has been quick off the mark to extend the range to the new iPad with a Recycled Leather Case complete with natural hessian lining and natural cotton stitching available in the range too.

Bamboo was chosen due to its tensile strength of 28000 psi – almost 20% stronger than steel. It is also a rather quick grower and can shoot up to 60 cms in one day. An amazing material – it’s natural, sustainable and, as it grows, it actually removes carbon from the atmosphere, locking it away. Once bamboo reaches maturity it has to be harvested to encourage more to grow and Proporta only uses sustainable bamboo which is ready to be harvested.

Guy Monson, joint founder of Proporta is really proud that the team have managed to make a new product range that looks good and is truly eco friendly,

“In early 2008, we decided that we wanted to do more than simply pay money to offset carbon emissions and rename products “green”. Ever since then we’ve been conducting extensive research on how we can run our business in a more sustainable manner – looking at every aspect, from the drawing board to the manufacturing and supply chain. Proporta Smart is the culmination of this and we hope we shall be able to adapt some of the best features from the range into the rest of our products”.

Although Guy and the Proporta team are passionate eco geeks they also realise that this is just the beginning of the eco journey, “We’re very aware that Proporta Smart is Proporta’s first step in the direction of sustainably produced products, and we know we have a long way to go until we are truly 100% green. But, we’re really excited about the opportunities Proporta Smart has already given us in terms of improving products and reducing our environmental footprint.”

Product Information:
The Proporta Smart range is available to purchase online from www.proportasmart.com priced at:
£29.95 for the Recycled Leather Case with Bamboo Screen Protection, £19.95 for either of the pouches and £34.95 for the Recycled Leather Case for iPad

The Recycled Leather Case with bamboo screen protection is available for Apple 2G iPod touch, Apple 5G iPod nano, Apple 2G iPod classic, Apple iPhone 3G S, Blackberry Bold 2 & HTC Desire.

The Recycled Leather & Hessian Pouches with bamboo screen protection will fit any Smartphone measuring 65x120x15mm.

Don’t forget to check out the video of where it all began http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMsSsGNRX4 or at proportasmart.com

Be a Greener Gadgeteer

Browse the internet on your mobile
Updating your Facebook once on your PC uses the same amount of energy as updating it a hundred times on your phone.

Use Eco Font
Eco Font (www.ecofont.com) has been designed to reduce the amount of ink used when printing. It has small holes in it which are barely visible to the naked eye. If you don’t want to use eco font, or can’t for any reason, why not ask everyone in your office to use the low quality option when printing? You’ll be helping save energy (and a few pennies too).

Reduce your printing
Pretty simple this one. Consider how many pages you print a day and if you’re printing more than you actually need to, don’t print so much.

Ink cartridges
Loads of environmental charities offer a freepost service to send off empty ink cartridges to be refilled and reused. Not only do you reduce the volume going into landfill, but you also help these charities to continue to do their bit.

Refilled ink cartridges are available in most stationers and cost no more (and sometimes considerably less) than newly manufactured ones. So buy them instead.

Use a laptop instead of a desktop
All the time you’re running on batteries and not using power from the wall you’re saving energy use. Wen you are plugged into the wall a laptop’s power brick uses significantly less power compared to a standard PC’s power supply.

Extend your gadget’s life
If your current gadget does everything you need, consider hanging on to it a little bit longer. Not only will you save yourself some money, you’ll also be making more efficient use of the materials that have already been deployed.

If you do get a new device and your old model still works, consider donating it to a non-profit organisation such as Computers with Causes, which refurbishes computers for educational institutions.

If your PC is a few years old and you’re thinking of replacing it, you may only need to upgrade some of its parts to keep it running at top capacity. You can safely upgrade many components such as the monitor, video or sound card and hard drive. Or you can add RAM to your existing PC.

Newer components are likely to be more eco-friendly. An LCD monitor uses a 1/3 less energy than a cathode ray tube monitor and lasts twice as long.

Use an energy efficient computer
Manufacturers are now making more energy-efficient computers so when it comes to buying a new PC, do your research thoroughly to find the greenest possible option.

Recycle your gadgets
Approximately 70% of the heavy metals found in landfills emanate from electronics, and PCs (especially the older ones) contain toxic chemicals such as lead, mercury and polyvinyl chloride. For more information on how to recycle your gadgets (and in some instances get a bit of cash out of it too) visit www.recycleyourgadget.co.uk

Repurpose your iPod
While it may not be the latest model, your old iPod is still a substantial storage device that does all the same things as a USB stick or external drive. Add speakers to create an instant stereo. Make it your backup drive by using it’s ‘disk mode’. Load it up with games. If you install iPod Linux you can play games for free.

Use your computer more efficiently
If you go downstairs to put the kettle on, put your computer into power-saving mode. Consider turning down your screen brightness and turning off any hardware such as printers, that you’re not using. Pull the plug on your laptop. Your battery (and Mother Nature) will thank you.

Use recycled batteries
Instead of buying disposable alkaline batteries over and over again, consider purchasing a set of rechargeable NiMH batteries to save money and help reduce landfill waste. They might cost more upfront, but they quickly pay for themselves the more you use them. And they usually have a longer battery life too.

Use solar power batteries and solar chargers
Solar chargers utilise energy directly from the sun and turn it into usable power. Because sunlight is infinitely free to everyone, it makes for a pretty good power source. Without the need to generate artificial energy we preserve our valuable resources and reduce the amount of emissions that pollute the air.

Recycle your old batteries
Throwing out your old batteries in the rubbish only adds unnecessary waste to the environment. Recycling companies can use old battery components to supply manufacturers with recycled materials instead of taking from the earth’s resources. Some local councils will collect your old batteries as part of your curbside service, but in a lot of areas you’ll need to take them to a recycled centre or collection point.

Darwin & a frizbee

Darwin needed a bit of a run around last Friday lunchtime so Max kindly gave it his best shot and played a bit of frizbee with him.

Check out how skillful he is here (Darwin that is, not Max, although Max will probably argue that his throw was pretty skillful too)

DISCOVER CSI WITH PROPORTA

Win a 32” TV, an Xbox 360 (plus a game) or CSI: Miami Season 7 on DVD

To celebrate the release of CSI: Miami Season 7, Proporta is offering you the chance to win some great prizes.

CSI: Miami Season 7 kicks into gear moments after the gun shot that left Horatio Caine bleeding on the tarmac. As the mystery is unravelled, familiar faces come into play that have repercussions which ripple through the season.

For your chance to win a 32” TV, Xbox 360 (plus a game) and one of 10 DVD box-sets, simply place an order with Proporta between the 06.05.10 – 19.07.10. Type the code HORATIO in the box on the cart page when you place your order and your name will be automatically entered into the prize draw. Closing date 19.07.10.

CSI: Miami Season 7 is available on DVD and Blu-Ray from June 7