Greener Gadgets Conference Highlights the 'Green' Debate
Thompson pointed to Panasonic efforts to make plasma TVs that spec out at 100,000 hours till they reach half-brightness versus CRT TVs’ 60,000 hours, and said the latest generation of Panasonic plasma TVs weighs 50 percent less than earlier models.
Michael Newman, vice president of cell phone recycler ReCellular, cited the fact that at retail, consumers can now buy carbon offset cards for their phones. Dealers “are figuring out that not only is it good for the planet to offer things like this, it’s also good for the company.”
The day was capped by the Greener Gadgets Design Competition. Winners included the Power Hog, a plug-in “piggy bank” that tracks power usage and is designed to sensitize children to energy costs; the Tweet-a-Watt, a “shame on you” device that measures its owner’s power usage and Twitters the figure to friends; a decidedly analog, unpowered wooden indoor clothes drying rack whose use would result in less dryer usage; and the Laundry Pod, an electricity-free washer that works on roughly the same principle as a salad spinner.