Eco-lectronics at CES trade show

Several major manufacturers showed their green strategies at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Toshiba showcased several of its eco-conscious laptop computers, energy-efficient lamps and LCD TVs, and battery-assisted bicycle; LG Electronics showcased its energy-efficient home appliances and eco-designed mobile phones; Samsung displayed its new line of energy-efficient TVs and front-loading washers; and other new green products, among others, include green rechargeable batteries by UltraLast Batteries and Motorola’s world’s first celphone made from recycled water bottle plastics.

But are all these new (and not so new) fangled green gadgets just marketing hype?

That was the question asked in this Reuters article but according to Jeff Omelchuck, director of the Green Electronics Council, which provides an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) certification for computers, electronics today – although not exactly that sustainable – are more environment-friendly today than five years ago.

At the show, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) who hosted the event, also launched the industry’s first ever consumer electronics industry environmental sustainability report. The organization reported that many consumer electronics industry leaders have already managed to decrease electricity use in their facilities, achieve relative greenhouse gas reductions, improve energy efficiency of products, and demonstrate an active commitment to electronics recycling.

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