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Green tech for hipsters: Get onboard before it goes mainstream

Living the green hipster life isn't all about retro tech. You can have the latest environmentally friendly innovations and still keep your hipster cred.

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Hang out on an electric unicycle near your buddies' fixies. Focus Designs

The hipster subculture is easy to poke fun at, but I'm going to confess right up front that I have some hipster tendencies. I like sustainably produced artisanal waxed-cotton messenger bags. I enjoy almond milk, skinny jeans, flannel shirts, and vintage fashion. If I were a guy, I would probably be investing in mustache wax.

Like many hipsters, I have an interest in environmentally conscious technology. I have a super-efficient hot-water heating system for my house that looks like a steampunk time machine. I look for local produce, can my own foods, and recycle like a fiend, hauling my glass bottles and jars across town to the proper city-run recycling bin. I'm currently testing out an electric unicycle, which may be the ultimate mode of hipster transportation.

Let's embrace hipsterdom as a positive movement, a group of people seeking to express their quirks, unusual hobbies, fabulous facial hair, and sensitivity to the environment. Hipsters may embrace old-school technology like fixies and vinyl records, but there's still a place in the hipster lifestyle for new green innovations.

What would the ultimate high-tech green hipster look like? She would rock a set of sustainable headphones under her vintage wool hat, eat a salad made from locally grown lettuce harvested inside a converted warehouse, live in a house coated with man-made breathing leaves, and generate her own power for her laptop.

Ready to gear up for the green-tech hipster lifestyle? Stroll through the gallery for a full collection of environmentally friendly innovations that would meld seemlessly with Nietzsche-style mustaches, flat caps, and chicken-keeping.