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Winners of the Gingerbread Competition Announced!

The 4 winners of the 2nd annual Solar Gingerbread Competition were announced December 16th, check them out! 

1. Best Gingerbuddy story

Jack and Lily (@lil.y.meyer)

Jack and Lily live off the grid in the wilderness of the Midwestern US. Their house is on the bank of a river where they get fresh water and built on the base of an old tree so they didn’t have to clear any space to build. They utilize the nearby river to produce backup power to their solar panels. Despite their remote living situation these two take their Christmas decorations very seriously but use minimal lights to preserve power. Their garden is used to grow native plants for food and other animals so they don’t travel to the grocery often and making sure anything they do use is composted, recycled, or reused as much as possible. Jack and Lily enjoy the peace they find and nature and the comfort it brings them knowing they’re making a difference in protecting the planet.

Jack and Lily Meyer

2. Most innovative use of edible materials

Keenan and Susie (@keenankeenankeenan)

Welcome to our Gingerbread Community Garden!
Our Gingerpeople have built a lovely farming garden for their neighborhood using the best in regenerative agriculture practices.

Keenan and Susie

3. Most original and creative

Sam Hill-Cristol (@shcristol)

Our house is called “Snow Day in Brooklyn”. On a cold, snowy day in Brooklyn Gingerbuddy didn’t want to leave their house so instead they went up to the roof and dusted off their solar array to ensure that their day of activities would be powered by renewable energy. They also have compost pickup from Brooklyn business Groundcycle, but the snow prevented the Sunday pickup so the bucket remained outside. Gingerbuddys solar array is a small canopy common on Brooklyn brownstones, designed as such for structural reasons and to give space for a roof garden in the summer.

Sam Hill-Cristol

4. People’s choice

Husna Moosa (@grow_to_o2)

Welcome to our sustainable home complete with a rain water collector, solar battery to charge our electric car, organic farming, recycling containers, a windmill for windpower, a solar panel, a huge window for natural lighting, and a thatched roof that provides excellent insulation.

Husna Moosa

Winners in all 4 categories won a free Window Solar Charger. 

Click here to check out the other amazing entries!

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Thank You! Note from Grouphug founder Krystal

Thank You! Note from Grouphug founder Krystal
We've been shipping our Window Solar Chargers for about a year and half now and I never could have imagined we would get this far! I am consistently blown away by how much support we've received.  Continue reading

Holiday Giveback Program

Holiday Giveback Program

November is Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month. We're proud to donate 5% of our holiday sales to a Native American owned solar nonprofit.

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Reader's Digest: 70 Cool Tech Gifts You'll Want to Keep For Yourself

Reader's Digest: 70 Cool Tech Gifts You'll Want to Keep For Yourself

Yippee! Reader's Digest included the Window Solar Charger in their gift guide, "70 Cool Tech Gifts You'll Want to Keep For Yourself". 

From the guide:

"The Grouphug Solar Charger is easy to install, harnesses the free and very clean power of the sun, and boasts a built-in rechargeable battery. With this eco-friendly gift, the person you’re buying for will be able to power personal devices like iPhones, Androids, smart waters, bike lights, speakers, and more without much more effort than setting the panel in direct sunlight. The company is so committed to a better future that they’ll repair their panels well into the distant future just so there’s no additional unnecessary waste, garbage, or litter. Pretty neat, huh?"

You can read the entire gift guide here

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It's Climate Week NYC!

It's Climate Week NYC!
Did you know its Climate Week in NYC? We'll talk about what it is, who hosts it, and notable events to tune into. Continue reading
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