NOTHING in any industry that is newly manufactured IS green, there is always some environmental impact involved at some point, even if it is offset, reduced, ethically sourced, fair-traded, and green-e certified, etc. At Greener Gadgets, we hope to highlight promising developments in materials research, toxicity reduction and mitigation, take-back and recycling and recovery programs, reduced energy use, dematerialization (turning a product into a service), and extended producer responsibility for the gadgets that they spew forth into the world. ...Until there's a radical public shift in attitudes towards green in Asia, the companies there aren't going to make many concessions to an American or European audience that might say they care but actually can't keep their hands off the latest version of the next-big shiny toy.

Another year, another electronics and gadgets conference that is out of whack with modern concerns around sustainability and the planet. The C.E.S. is an arrogant refusal to admit to the problems the electronics industry has created in terms of material waste, poisonous polution, energy waste and over-consumption.

Our man on the ground, Scott Burns, tells us that although some brands there might be talking about sustainability or at at least the advancement in technology in allowing devices to perform more with less power, the show itself is anything but green (aside from the mass transit and buses).

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