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The Savvy Drill
January 29, 2008, 4:01 am
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As I said, we updated our design for the drill & submitted it to the Greener Gadgets Competition last night. Below is the description that accompanied the images to help explain our goals and the design features of the drill and the new solar charger.

“Fossil fuels are disappearing and waste is filling our landfills to maximum capacity. We have a social responsibility to focus on renewable energy sources and closed loop manufacturing.  Savvy Tools wants to make that our biggest priority and hopefully encourage other tool manufacturers to do the same.  The Savvy drill is made entirely of recycled plastics, rubber, and metal; with no compound materials.  It breaks down easily for convenient repair/reuse & recycling.  Our company would actively seek to collect all unwanted tools from our line and others to create a constant supply of recycled materials thereby reducing the amount of raw materials necessary to create the drill and the amount of trash being added to the waste stream.  Our company would try to partner with UPS & Fed-EX to offer inexpensive rates to return these unwanted tools as well as discounts towards a new Savvy drill for those returns.  

The drill itself has features like a retractable guide/depth gauge that steadies the drill so all screws can go in straight when desired and you can always tell how deep you’re drilling.  All of your bits would be stored conveniently inside the drill.  It would be run by a 12v, more earth friendly, lithium-ion battery, but the Savvy company would constantly be seeking better technology.  There is a new battery (currently in development) that’s lighter, runs longer, and most importantly has no toxic properties & requires no special disposal.  Savvy would make every effort to partner with this company to bring consumers the best “green” options in the market.

The battery would be charged in the new Savvy solar cube.  The cube is a beautifully designed object covered on all sides with solar panels.  The configuration will take longer to charge, but it’s meant to be left out at all times, not only charging its internal 20v battery, but it would also be a great conversation starter and educational tool.  Put it on a light-colored surface or outside in direct sunlight for the best results.  Simply plug in your tool battery, cell phone, i-pod, or any other mobile device and the internal battery transfers its charge immediately.  You’ll have clean, renewable energy within your grasp at all times.

The packaging is also taken into consideration.  The drill & charger would be packaged in cardboard with all soy based inks that could break down easily.  It would also serve a double purpose with instructions for do-it-yourself projects printed on the inside. 

The idea is simple.  Savvy tools would provide people with products they need that perform as well or better than what’s currently on the market, but we would do it in a way that does not harm the environment and encourages others to take these important matters into consideration.  The Savvy Drill would be the first of it’s kind and is looking to change the way people think about power and their tools.”

-Rebecca, San Francisco


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