After last month’s catastrophic Haitian earthquake, I blogged about basic ways you can prepare for the big one or not-so-big one at home. A crucial component of earthquake preparedness is having a complete earthquake/emergency kit or two and these kits, of course, should include a flashlight (with extra batteries).

Keeping a few flashlights around the house is a good idea even for non-emergency situations. You never know when you’ll need one … brief power outages, home improvement tasks like checking for water leaks and mold, trips to dark corners of an attic or basement, backyard poop-scooping in the evening, slumber parties, shadow puppet shows, and the list goes on.

In the event that you’re on the market for a new one, below are six unique LED flashlights with various eco-attributes … some are battery-free models powered by the sun or by your hand, one is made from beechwood instead of plastic, and one, well, it serves an interesting second purpose in addition to handheld illumination. Check ‘em out. And while you're at it, take a gander at these five eco-friendly night lights

Jonas Damon's Wooden Torch for AreaWare @ A + R Store ($48)

Kikkerland Candleholder Flashlight @ Kikkerland ($50)

Freeplay Kito LED Flashlight @ REI ($25)

SN-2 BoGo Solar Powered Flashlight @ BoGo Light ($59; buy one and one will be donated to the humanitarian organization of your choice)

Gaiam Solar Flashlight @ Gaiam ($39) 

Kikkerland Cat Rechargeable Flashlight @ Kikkerland ($10)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Flash dance: 6 eco-friendly flashlights
Spruce up your flashlight supply — it's wise to have a few around the house — with these six eco-friendly LED light sources.