Reading a document on a cell phone or computer is seen as more “green” than printing it out. That electricity and battery come from somewhere, right? Looking at the time can sure suck up a lot of energy. With cell phones being used as “pocket watches,” the wristwatch sometimes goes by the wayside.
Did you know that the first Seiko Solar Watches debuted in the 1970s (one of the models is pictured at left)? It’s amazing how far technology has come since, but its a testament to the early concept that the technology still holds up. I would argue that if you are concerned with your carbon footprint — sure, a solar watch might use a battery, but the battery lasts what seems to be an eternity. I once had a solar watch last ten years on the same battery.
If you don’t like to give electronics for a graduation gift and the grad appreciates items that are somewhat retro, a solar watch is a lasting gift that they can wear to job interviews, or anytime they want to “go off the grid” and leave their cell phone home by accident or by plan. You just might impress them, but it depends on the grad.