Does buying ice every time you visit the beach or tailgate at your favorite team's football game leave you cold? Us, too -- which is why we love the Solar Cooler by Solar-Cool Technologies. This solar-powered refrigerating cooler keeps food cool and fresh without all the melty ice. According to Solar-Cool, the average beach-goer spends over $250 on ice per year. So, not only does the Solar Cooler cut down on unnecessary water use to make all those teeny ice cubes, it also saves you money. Plus, it can even charge accessories like cell phones, laptops, and portable DVD players.

This article originally appeared in Plenty in October 2008. The story was moved to

Copyright Environ Press 2008

So much cooler
It doesn't get much greener for tailgates and beach trips than a solar-powered cooler.