What Makes It "Green"
Goal Zero is empowering consumers to step away from their power outlets, to adopt a reuse mindset and create a system with minimal environmental impact. For small devices, charging batteries or using rechargable batteries saves waste numerous ways. Battaries are being deposited in landfills at alarming rates and though they do not contain the same metals as they have in the past they are still toxic when added to the water supply. From another perspective products that changing consumption habits have the power
For larger panels charging one's laptop can be done anywhere, on the go and without the need to use grid based power sources. Less consumption means less need to rely on a system still heavily based on coal, it means greater flexibility in your daily life and it means less waste by recharging and reusing.
Goal Zero also donates a portion of profits from all sales to TIFIE (www.tifie.org), which is dedicated to empowering people by establishing sustainable business enterprises that produce goods and services and create lasting jobs across the developing world in places like Africa.
Africa is just a part of their committment to humanity, in March of 2011 they donated their solar equipment, 1000 units to be precise, to tusanami devestated Japan. They sent two kits, the first was sufficient to provide enough energy to power lights, radios, laptops and cell phones. The second kit consists of 7-watt panel that can charge USB and 12-volt devices directly, as well as a rechargeable 10-watt power pack for charging small electronic devices. The retail value of the donation is over $400,000.