Portable Charger by Nimble

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Isaiah Fowler
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I think Nimble is a pretty cool tech company that wants to lower overall consumption by creating products that are meant to last. Nimble recognizes that about 80% of a products’ sustainability is determined in the design stage. This is exemplified in their wholistic approach of sourcing responsible materials, working with ethical suppliers and ensuring that at the end of the products life, it can be disposed of properly. Nimble offers a pre-paid label with every order so that customers can send old electronic devices, plastic cases, cell phones, cables, etc, directly to their eWaste recycling partner for safe, responsible reclamation. This partnership is one of the ways they're planning on becoming e-waste neutral by 2022. Nimble has already become carbon neutral this year by calculating their carbon output from 2020 and investing in carbon offset projects while also developing a plan to further reduce emissions. Ultimately, I think Nimble is doing a great job, especially in their effort to be transparent. I hope that they’ll include a plan to incorporate renewable energy into their facilities and not just rely on carbon offsets, but it’s a great start.
Nimble has other products worth checking out like USB-C cables, adapters and iPhone cases made from 100% recycled CDs.

What it's made of:


This portable charger is made of 72.5% post-consumer plastic which reduced total footprint by -7.51 lbs of CO2 compared to other alternative portable chargers. The materials used in this device include organic hemp, recycled aluminum and plastic bottles. The organic hemp is a great crop that requires little irrigation and no pesticides while naturally absorbing toxins in the soil and preventing erosion. The aluminum requires up to 95% less energy to manufacture than its virgin counterpart while saving almost 1,700 gallons of oil for every ton of recycled aluminum cans. Similar to aluminum, using recycled plastic uses 75% less energy to produce than virgin plastic and diverts waste from our landfills and oceans. Additionally, nimble uses 100% plastic-free packaging from recycled scrap paper without using harmful inks or dyes. My only critique is that I would like Nimble to to share as much information as they do on the exterior part of their product as the interior. Nimble requires that their suppliers provide Nimble with an overview of environmental practices, certifications and information about the specific materials used in manufacturing their products; I think it would be a good idea for Nimble to disclose that information to consumers.

How it's made:


Nimble is Certified B Corporation, which is a certification that companies, like Patagonia, uses to demonstrate that they consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. After looking into this certification, it seems like some people are skeptical of it because corporations involved in tax avoidance and union busting have this certification, even some corporations working in the prison sector are certified. Additionally, it seems like some people are worried that it is a cash scam. In one year alone, the company received about $6m in certification fees and $5.6m in donations. However, I don’t think this is the case for all companies, I only mention this so people can be aware. I think Nimble is doing an amazing job of being socially and environmentally transparent. On Nimble’s website they share exactly who their supplier is, what they're supplying, why they're getting their supply from them, where they're being produced and when the company was founded as well as how many employees they have. They also post on their website their supplier code of conduct that outlines all of the requirements that their suppliers must meet for Nimble to do business with them.

Who makes it:


The founders of Nimble are, Ross Howe, Kevin Malinowski and Jon Bradley. The co-founders started Nimble in 2018 after they began to notice the growing waste stream from personal tech. They decided to create quality products with a long lifecycle that uses recycled materials to reduce primary extraction of nonrenewable from natural habitats. Something that stood out to me about Nimble is that they're currently a privately owned company, so they don’t trade on public exchanges. I like this because they don’t have to answer to public shareholders whose views may be centered more towards profit than sustainability. Speaking of, Nimble is a 1% for the Planet member - meaning they’re committing at least 1% of annual revenue to environmental nonprofits.