Like the vast majority of Americans, it was used and it was crap. Reliable it was not; in fact, I can assure you that my first car was made out of metal, plastic, and betrayal.
I was reminded of this car when I come across a few slickly produced commercials for Mercedes’ “certified pre-owned sales event” recently. Virtually indistinguishable from new car ads, these soothingly voiced 30-second spots touted the irresistible benefits of certified pre-owned vehicles, presumably for the luxury buyer on a budget.
Digital music players have quickly transformed CDs into relics of a bygone era. But while downloading music has a lower carbon footprint than buying CDs, all those ditched compact discs generate a whole lot of waste. Enter the CDSea, an attempt to turn discarded CDs into a breathtaking work of art.
It’s a topic you probably don’t want to think about, but there’s nothing that will improve many human lives around the world than a state of the art wastewater treatment plant. Pacifica has one of the best in the world, the state-of-the-art Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant. It turns raw sewage into clean water that supplies a wetland and keeps fish alive along with fertilizer that helps farmers grow better crops. All without using harsh chemicals that will be hard to clean out of the water and could cause ecological problems.
These are nervous times for the companies showing off their wares at the sprawling Milan Furniture Fair. At the same time, a showcase for luxurious goods is as good a place as any to see how the prevailing grey mood is translating into the objects around us. These works share a common cause: reduce, reuse, recycle.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of computers find an afterlife at recycling programs nationwide. If you've ever sent in a clunker, there's a good chance it went to Dell [DELL], which runs one of the largest consumer take-back programs in the world. So what happens once your old PC buys the farm?
Many industries are riding a green wave at the moment--not nearly enough, but more and more vertical markets are looking into sustainability to attract more customers while lessening their impact on the environment. Consumer electronics is one market that has gotten a lot of attention in the past six months.