While politicians grapple and stop-start over the growing concern for the welfare of our planet, more of us are wondering what we can do to reduce the size of our carbon footprint at home. This sort of thinking has given rise to the Greener Gadgets 2010 Conference recently hosted in New York City by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). The event celebrated a wide range of exciting prospects in household innovation and design from a variety of leaders at the forefront of green technology and sustainability.
Fuseproject founder, Yves Behar’s challenge to designers to “put the sexy back into green,” is as appealing to the consumer as it is to the industry. CEA Senior Vice President Jason Oxman’s stated that, “three out of four US consumers expressed concern for the rising cost of home energy usage,” a statistic which will continue to influence innovation and design in the electronics industry.
Jeff Omelchuck, founder of the Green Electronics Council and EPEAT, spoke of the power that consumers have to change the electronics design process by speaking to manufacturers with one voice: “ What can we do to increase the greenness of electronics products? Buy them…Manufacturers are good at listening to the market.”
Jay MacLellan, president and CEO of Home Automation Inc., explained the benefits of home automation systems as using, “something that knows what you are doing and provides information to help you react to it.” Other issues for designers in this discussion included the challenge to make alternative energies such as wind power economically viable options for sustainable living in the long-term.
Leo Bonnani spoke about Sourcemap, a collective online tool to help consumers understand where the elements within their devices come from and what they are made of, allowing users to build life-cycle maps of different products.
Product demonstrations in sustainable designs included the “modlet” by ThinkEco Inc., a smart outlet that transforms a typical home outlet and helps users manage their energy consumption and eliminate wasted power; the PICOwatt, by Tenrehte Technologies, a smart plug that gives users remote access to home appliances and electronics from any browser anywhere in the world; and the unveiling of Ecovative Design’s 100 percent compostable and biodegradable packaging solution, called “EcoCradle.”
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