Posts Tagged ‘eco-friendly’

The power of radio…

There are so many different ways of generating and harvesting energy these days, from nuclear power plants right down to wind farms and the use of solar panels. One of the latest ways on the market is through the use of radio waves and company Renesas Electronics Corp have taken full advantage of this to produce wireless baby sensors that don’t require a battery.


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Thank you to Hiran for today’s contribution to the blog.

Europe’s first solar power train tunnel gets switched on…

As some of you may know here at Proporta we are quite into things that are ecologically friendly, which is one of the reasons that we have produced our Smart range of accessories (click here for more info). So when Hiran found an article on Europe’s first solar power train tunnel being switched on we thought this was something that deserved a mention.

The tunnel works by being covered in solar panels, which absorb solar energy to then provide power to Antwerp Central Station.

For more information on this please have a look at this article by clicking here.


Dad’s the word – Sunday 19th June

It’s almost that time when dads everywhere sit eagerly awaiting something other than a new set of cuff links or a car washing kit. Stuck for ideas? Fear not. Proporta has some great gifts for even the most technology-phobic of dads. Click here to see our collection of cases and mobile accessories to make this one a Father’s Day that doesn’t involve a visit to the dog house.



15% discount on all orders placed between the 1st and 8th June, using the promotion code DAD11.
Father’s Day is Sunday 19th June. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


*Please note this promotion is only valid on orders placed through on between 1st June – 8th June 2011.


Proporta’s new iPad 2 accessory range

Proporta quick to produce a record number of cases for the new iPad2…

Thursday 3rd March 2011, Brighton, England: Proporta, the Brighton based manufacturer of protective gadget cases and accessories, is quick off the block to produce a range of accessories and cases for the new Apple iPad 2. Proporta announced 17 new products designed specifically for the new Apple iPad 2. There are 15 different protective cases ranging from £19.95 to £59.95 and two Advanced Screen Protectors, which is a record number of announcements for one device from Proporta. All the cases are available on and will start shipping in four weeks time.

Guy Monson, Co-Founder and Director of Proporta said, “It’s great to see magnets being used in the new iPad to switch the device on and off. Proporta will certainly be making use of that functionality in our new line-up of cases and accessories. I know we’ll also be working with our partners in the fashion industry to make sure our accessories stand out from the crowd.”

The range includes two styles of Proporta’s unique Aluminium Lined Leather Case, an eco-friendly Proporta Smart Recycled Leather Case, two exclusive Mizu flexible TPU shells, five fashion-focused cases from the Proporta Shine collection and a distinctive Maya II pouch range. Two Leather Sleeves, Profile Hard Shells, Leather Style Cases and
a Black Leather Case complete Proporta’s Apple iPad 2 protective case offering. In addition, Proporta has announced two crystal clear screen protectors: an outstanding Advanced Screen Protector and (another Proporta first) the Antibacterial Screen Protector with Steritouch, which will kill 99% of all known germs.

Aluminium Lined Leather Case for the iPad 2 £59.95

Part of the flagship Aluminium Lined range, which is exclusive to Proporta, it is made from the finest leather that is reinforced using lightweight aircraft grade aluminium. This provides excellent protection without adding weight or bulk to your iPad 2. Features include a notepad (for any old-school types) and an integrated, multi-position stand feature. Options available are black with a pinstripe interior or brown with a tartan interior.

Mizu Flexible TPU Shell for the iPad 2 £24.95
The Mizu Shell is made from flexible TPU (a bit like hard silicone) and will fit your Apple iPod 2 like a glove, so it provides you with a high level of protection. Choose between red or black versions.

Shine High Gloss Case for the iPad 2 £39.95
Two very distinctive women’s protective cases for the iPad 2, with a stand feature and room for business cards. Both have a high gloss exterior with patterned interior, the black version has a zebra print lining, and the red one features a beautiful floral interior.

Recycled Leather iPad 2 Case £39.95

Proporta has pioneered the use of recycled leather in protective cases in their Proporta
Smart range. Now the legacy lives on by using this innovative, hard wearing material in a
case with stand for the new iPad 2.

Maya II Case £19.95

Available in three colours, black, pink and white, the Maya II cases all feature Proporta’s unique Maya asymmetric lined detailing, which is what makes the Maya range stand out from the crowd.

Real Leather Case for the iPad 2 £39.95

A classic, black leather, protective case for the iPad 2 with a built-in stand for easy
operation and media viewing.

Real Leather Sleeve for the iPad 2 £34.95

A smart and simple leather protective sleeve for the new iPad 2. The case is available in two colours, black with a pin stripe interior and brown with a tartan lining.

Leather Style Cases for the iPad 2 £34.95

Made from a hard-wearing PU, both of these cases have a luxury leather look and feel.
Available in brown or black.

Advanced Screen Protectors for the iPad 2 £14.95

Proporta has produced two varieties of Advanced Screen Protector for the new Apple iPad. Both feature crystal clear protection for your screen and one has an Antibacterial coating from Steritouch which kills 99% of all known germs, including e-coli and salmonella.

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 ( 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

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.

Some useful tips and tricks from Proporta

Did you know…

If you’re like most of the team at Proporta and use your mobile phone as your alarm clock, your alarm will still work even if your phone is switched off. Goodbye midnight texts from mates who should know better. Hello snooze button.


There’s often no need to spend your money on “Simcard savers”, which back up your Smartphone, PDA or mobile cell phone data. Simply use the sync cable which came with your device, or Bluetooth if applicable, and copy it straight on to your PC.

You should keep a note of your handset’s serial (IMEI) number as it can come in handy if your device is ever lost or stolen. Either look under the battery of your device or dial *#06# as a phone number and it’ll magically appear. Write this down – If your phone gets stolen you can give this number to your service provider who will block your handset making it useless to the thief. If everyone did this it’d probably eliminate mobile phone theft.


You can call your voicemail quickly and easily by holding down the number “1” key.

If you turn off certain functionality when not needed, i.e. your Bluetooth or wireless, you could extend your battery’s life span.


If you find yourself in an emergency situation and you’re outside of your coverage area for your network, dial 112 from your handset and it’ll search any existing networks and get through to the emergency services. This number can also be dialled when your phone is locked.

Most mobile phones have a battery reserve which can be activated when your battery is very low. To activate it, key in *3370# and your mobile will restart with this reserve and show up to a 50% increase in battery.

Sending text messages to phones outside your own country can be much more expensive than you might think (check with your network operator for rates); a cheaper way to do it is to use an online service like Skype. You can even set your account up so that your text messages appear to come from your normal phone and responses come back to your normal phone.


Business users

Most newer mobile phones have a great currency converter tool which allows you to exchange any given price into your own (more understandable) currency.

If you travel a lot for business, you’ll probably already know that checking in online will save you a lot of time at the airport. Also, if you are going on a short trip it’s worth packing a small carry-on bag to take on the plane rather than checking your bags in as you won’t have to wait for your bags at the carousel when you reach your destination.


Traveling light is something which we all aim for, and Proporta’s very own Universal Emergency Charger – Travel Kit is priceless (not literally 😉 ) when it comes to making traveling simple. The kit allows you to charge everything from your MP3 player to your PDA and comes with a range of adaptors for charging around the world and in your car. Our very own jet setter Jean Pierre can vouch for that as it ensures he never runs out of juice when he is on the go (and trust us, he’s on the go an awful lot).


The best mobile/GPRS network for coverage in the UK is O2 or Vodafone and if you are traveling to France your best bet would be Orange. Spain – Movistar, and Italy – TIM. Further a field; CSL is the best in Hong Kong, Etisalat in United Emirates, Dialog or Mobitel in Sri Lanka and AT&T in America.

If you’re on the go and carrying various devices (mobile phones, iPhone, Blackberry, iPod etc.) and their cables, the Proporta Silicone Cable Tidy will keep you knot free. The Proporta Gadget Bag also provides an ideal carrying case for all of your bits and bobs.


Traveling practically is important, but traveling in style can be just as essential. Guard your much-used passport from the inevitable wear and tear of travel with the Proporta Passport Holder.

MP3 and iPod users

If you are using an iPod it’s good to know that as well as creating playlists whilst you are on iTunes, you can also create ‘on-the-go’ playlists. These playlists are easily made by holding down the centre button of the iPod whilst listening to a song. And if you’ve got the Genius Function on your iPod, it’ll suggest the songs that it thinks goes together and do all the hard work for you.

If your iPod is having a bad day and needs resetting, you can do this by holding the centre and bottom button down which will solve common problems like iPod freezing.


You can synchronise your iPod with your e-mail enabling you to read mail on the go. To do this on a PC, install the free program K-Pod from; for Macs try PodMail from Downloaded mail can then be viewed on the player via the Notes feature in the Extras menu.

Sick and tired of waking up to that irritating bleep of an alarm? Many iPods are compatible with iPod docks which you can set the time and an alarm on. You can then pick a song which will be played to you as an alarm (choose wisely – you may begin to dislike said song intensely).

If the Creative is your MP3 player of choice you’ll be pleased to find out that many of the Zen range come with radio capabilities.


A very useful little feature is the Creative’s expandable memory, which enables you to plug your MP3 player straight into your computer meaning that your music can be downloaded and played through the MP3 Player rather than via software.

Many MP3 players can now be used to play music through car radio speakers as many car radios can find your MP3 player via an FM Radio Transmitter or a physical connector.

GPS users

GPS is a very useful piece of kit and threatens to make map related arguments a thing of the past.


Did you know that many Satellite Navigation devices have a ‘handsfree’ option which allows you to pick up a phone call through the Sat Nav (via Bluetooth) and will continue to give you visual directions while you take the call? How considerate.

You can also store your phonebook on your GPS software so those important phone numbers are always at your finger tips and handily backed up.

If you are one of those who really enjoys driving, your GPS’s ‘free roaming’ option may be of interest to you. This option allows you to drive freely (rather than instruct you on where to go), but will continue to show you routes off the road that you are cruising along (no more dead ends).


Sometimes you just want to go home, and most GPS software allows you the option to set home as a fixed destination, so wherever you may be (mid-journey or lost) your GPS will always guide you in the right direction.

Make sure you subscribe to your GPS software so that handy traffic updates can be stored in your Sat Nav’s memory box, allowing it to plan your journeys around these annoyances.


GPS can be a bit of fun, and changing the voice of your navigator (or someone else’s when they’re off getting petrol) is always amusing on long journeys. You can also change the image of the car guiding you on the Sat Nav system, meaning that for a split second you can go from Metro to Aston Martin.

GPS systems don’t necessarily have to be pushy little devices demanding you take a certain route (and go into overload if you don’t “please make a U-turn”). They’re usually always happy to avoid certain roads and can point out handy little pit stops like petrol stations and restaurants if you ask them to.

And finally, it’s always best to remember to double check the route your GPS suggests as it could be leading you into a route which may look quicker on screen, but will actually take a lot longer in reality. Maybe it’s not quite time to wave goodbye to the trusty road map quite yet. 😉

And our bit for Mother Nature…

Energy saving light bulbs have been around for years, but why everyone doesn’t use them is a mystery to us. They use less than a quarter of the electricity used by ordinary light bulbs and can last up to a whopping 15 times longer, meaning you don’t have to buy them as often (which if we’re being picky also means less trips in your car to the shop). Madness not to really.

Get your leaks fixed. Leaving a tap dripping all day will use as much water as it would take for you to fill a bath.


Turning your thermostat down by just one degree, or heating your home or office for just an hour less each day can cut as much as 10% off your heating bills per degree drop.

A mobile phone charger if left plugged in when not charging will be responsible for between 35 to 70kg C02 over the year. Always unplug your mobile phone charger when you’re not using it. Go on, have a feel… the warmth is caused by the constant consumption of electricity.

A TV, if left on standby, will be responsible for 30 kg CO2 over the year.

A staggering amount of the Nation’s electricity bills is spent on standby and appliances left plugged in when not used, in excess of a whopping £230 million! By switching off at the plug when not required you could save up to 8% off your electricity bill.


Keep your mobile/cell phones, computers, and other electronics as long as possible. Donate or recycle them responsibly when the time comes. E-waste contains mercury and other toxics and is a growing environmental problem.

Using rechargeable batteries can save money and reduce battery waste.

A lot of people are led to believe that if it’s cold in a room you can raise the temperature by turning a thermostat up and if it’s hot you can adjust the temperature by turning it down – but this does not actually affect the temperature of a room. So in future, remember that adjusting your thermostat won’t make any difference to the temperature of your room, so if it’s a bit chilly it might be time to cuddle up in a duvet or find a hot water bottle.

Seal and insulate your home, it’s incredible just how much money you can save by keeping your heat in your home (rather than it escaping out of single-glazed windows or a roof which isn’t insulated properly).

Calculate your Carbon Footprint with a Carbon Footprint Calculator. If you discover your footprint is higher than you imagined you can begin reducing the amount of energy your home consumes.


Turn down the brightness on your TV and computer monitor – it’s good to remember the little things make a big difference.

Don’t keep your refrigerator and freezer too cold. Set temperature between 36-38 degrees F and freezers at 0-5 degrees.

Always run full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher and consider using the good old fashioned washing line instead of your tumble dryer.