Arlington, Va. - The Consumer
Electronics Association (CEA) has launched GreenerGadgets.org,
an online resource that helps meet consumers' desire to be both tech-savvy and
The site addresses the lifecycle
of electronics products, with tips on how to buy green, live green and recycle
electronics responsibly, CEA said.
"We created GreenerGadgets.org so that consumers can
understand how better to use their electronics products in eco-friendly ways,"
said Walter Alcorn, environmental affairs and industry sustainability VP of
CEA. "Many of the products on the market today are much more energy-efficient
than their predecessors, and consumers need to be able to calculate their
energy costs. Further, consumers need to know where to take their older
products when they are ready to dispose of them. GreenerGadgets.org will provide these
answers and more."
GreenerGadgets.org features a powerful energy-use calculator to
help consumers understand their usage, and an electronics-recycling locator
to help consumers quickly and easily find responsible electronics recycling
The energy-use calculator
illustrates clearly what a consumers' usage costs them on their energy bill on
a monthly and yearly basis. Research indicates the more consumers know about
their energy use, the more likely they are to consume less and save money.
CEA said the electronics recycling
locator tool enables consumers to punch in their ZIP codes and see nearby
drop-off locations. This list only includes manufacturer and retailer programs,
which use the strictest standards, and third-party certified recyclers,
ensuring consumers that their products will be recycled safely and responsibly.
The industry set a goal to recycle 1 billion
pounds of electronics annually by 2016, and this site will help educate
consumers in an effort to reach that goal.