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The Greening Of The Consumer’s Electronics

Supply and Demand – We Demand Green, They WILL Supply

4056694808_851f1bca75The 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) ran from January 7 – 10, in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center/Hilton and The Venetian. Each year, the International CES attracts the “who’s who” of the technology and related industries, including executives from the entertainment, wireless and consumer electronics industries. More than 24,000 industry and corporate buyers use CES as a means to compare and evaluate new products.

CES’ “Knowledge Tracks”, are wide-ranging sessions conducted by experts in their fields who share their unique perspectives on where the industry’s headed and why.

One of the nine Knowledge Tracks is ‘Technology and The Environment’, of which CES said: Green is the color of choice for increasing numbers of consumers. If they’re asking, “Why buy a model that uses 700 kw per year when this one uses only 430?” rest assured that manufacturers are thinking up new ways to design, package and label more eco-friendly electronics. Discover what’s being done to boost efficiencies, educate consumers and refine recycling before obsolete gadgets hit the graveyard.

In the Technology and The Environment segment, 3 sessions, each an hour long were delivered:

Dollars and Watts: Energy Use Information for Electronics – For comparison shopping or home energy management, knowing the cost of powering a product is useful to energy-conscious consumers. How soon will consumers see model-specific energy use information for devices? How should it be presented? What is the role for energy use displays and controls in the home, and how responsive will consumers be?4254466337_8175332658

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About State E-Waste Laws but Were Afraid to Ask – Electronics recycling regulators discussed key requirements for manufacturers and retailers as well as challenges and lessons learned. How do various state approaches impact manufacturers and retailers? What efforts are being made to increase cooperation across state lines? Plus, gain perspective on current electronics recycling requirements from the federal view.

EPA Recycling Leadership Roundtable – A discussion with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) leadership and industry leaders, highlighting initiatives for greening the management of used consumer electronics. Also, how industry leaders close the loop and work to provide solutions for consumers.

The Sustainable Planet Spotlight, (the largest exhibition of green products ever on the CES show floor), highlights the latest products that make it possible for every person on this planet to stay connected, informed and live sustainable lifestyles through:

Advances in green building
Alternative energy technologies
Automotive developments
Green business services and solutions
Smart grid technologies
Solar and renewable products
Sustainable packaging
Wireless convergence

In their first year of “greening” the International CES, CEA and its partners:

  • Recycled 51% (121.27 tons) of the total solid waste generated by show attendees.
  • Implemented recycling bins, recycled carpeting and other enviro-friendly materials onsite.
  • Offset more than 20,000 tons of carbon emissions.
  • Worked with the LVCC to replace more than 15,000 gallons of non-sustainable products, eliminating harsh chemicals used to clean and maintain more than 100 restrooms and the convention space daily.
  • Switched to recycled paper products including toilet paper, facial tissue and paper towels in the LVCC.
  • Diverted all light bulbs used by the show from landfills, as well as batteries and other electronics products.
  • Put hazardous waste disposal programs in effect for waste oil, paints and solvents, and instituted a gas recovery program.
  • Proudly offered two-thirds of all attendee food containers and utensils made of biodegradable hemp, corn byproduct or other organic materials.
  • Used recycled carpet in the aisles in the LVCC.
  • Printed all attendee flyers and CES literature on recycled paper using soy ink.
  • Highlighted eco-friendly gadgets through its Sustainable Technology Tech Zone.

Lookin’ good ….. as the green future unfolds!

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No Responses to “The Greening Of The Consumer’s Electronics”

  1. Diane Scott Says:

    Living in Las Vegas, I can only say it would have been nice for it to be open to the public. In fact, it would be a smart move marketing wise – not only for our local economy, but I would have thought trailing behind groups of “users” and “potential buyers” and recording their remarks would have been smart market research on their part.
    .-= Diane Scott´s last blog ..Clickbank But Clueless and Clickless? =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Diane … I agree! For years I have always wondered why the public was not allowed in.

  3. Earth Friendly Goodies Says:

    At least they picked an optimal location to demonstrate energy efficient lighting – in the extravagant lighting capitol of the US – Las Vegas. 🙂 It must have been a haven of eco-geeks and technology junkies – wish I could have been there.
    .-= Earth Friendly Goodies´s last blog ..PowerGenix NiZN Reachargeable AA Batteries Saved Me From Vampire Bats! =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Earth Friendly … It is a technology junkies dream place every year. To spend a week looking at all of newest gadgets keeps them busy.

  5. vein Says:

    I think the consumers are responsive–but the options are limited!
    .-= vein´s last blog ..Cover Story =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi vein … Yes! but it is getting better and options are becoming more

  7. Barbara Says:

    I agree with Diane. I think more of a “green” voice would have been heard, if it was open to the public. Great article though! 🙂
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Resolutions Or 5P’s =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Barbara … Well, in this case, it would scare ’em to death… Too many good ideas would be given if the public were given access.

  9. ConnieFoggles Says:

    I’m happy to read about this. Large conventions should be doing more to go green. I just started following someone on Twitter who is working to make Disney World more green. I’m a huge Disney fan, but I have to agree that there is a lot of waste there.
    .-= ConnieFoggles´s last blog ..HotelsCombined Helps Haiti =-.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Connie … Hooray! that is good news!

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