A wise woman named Madonna once said: “Time goes by … so slowly.” I don’t know how I can help you make time go any faster so below are a few recommendations in how to make it go by a bit greener.

Every home has a clock — from heirloom cuckoos to super-mod LED objects d’art to the time display on your microwave — and if yours doesn’t then you’ve got a whole other set of problems.

If you’re on the market for a brand new one, I recommend going the vintage route. If you must go brand new, check out these options made from a variety of sustainable materials, an always-popular modern LED model, a solar powered model from the UK, and a clock powered by, umm, mud. And if the suspense is killing you, yes, there is a FSC wooden cuckoo clock on the list. 

Bamboo Desk Clock by Yusuke Tsujita @ MoMA Store ($88)


Fan Clock by Michael Whitney @ Spring ($80)

Modern Baby Clock – Bear by Decoylab @ Supermarket ($48)

Circuitboard Clock by Geekware @ Geekware ($19.95)

Vintage 45rpm Clock by Vinylux @ Elsewares ($30)


Clock9 by Mike Reynolds @ Supermarket  ($175)

Boatwood Clock @ VivaTerra ($69)

Solar Clock by SUCK UK @ Ethical SuperStore (£24.95)

Numbers Clock - Red LED by Jonas Damon @ Design Public ($80)

Timeless Garden Mud-powered Clock by Francesco Castiglione Morelli & Tommaso Ceschi (concept only)

FSC Plywood Cuckoo Clock by Osian Batyka-Wiliams @ Bouf (£30.)


(MNN homepage photo: Yanko Design)

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

Mother Nature meets Father Time
The time is now to invest in one of these 11 eco-timepieces for the home.