WEEE directive followed by boom in green IT interest

The 1 July WEEE Directive has been followed by a boom in interest in IT product recycling, energy saving devices and green energy sources. Yesterday retailer Currys Online showcased some of the new eco friendly IT products.

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The 1 July WEEE Directive has been followed by a boom in interest in IT product recycling, energy saving devices and green energy sources. Yesterday retailer Currys Online showcased some of the new eco friendly IT products.

Consumer products, such as standby energy savers, rechargeable batteries and solar charges may find themselves being adopted in business as users take them to work.

"Currys is reviewing the way it buys IT products, purely in response to demand," explained Patrick Frizoni, marketing manager for the Spectrum Electronics Group, which supplies Currys with solar chargers. "As this technology matures and becomes more impressive, we can see it being demanded by corporate IT buyers too."

Spectrum offers the Solio, a hybrid solar charger of phones, cameras and PDAs.

Responding to charges that many green consumer products are gimmicks, Frizoni explained that the choice of manufacturer is important. "Our kit is designed in the UK and made by the same Chinese manufacturer that makes iPods, so we can guarantee quality."

Frizoni argued that solar power is just emerging from its infancy. "We can run a router on solar power now. You can run a mobile on energy generated from a wind up mechanism. It will not be that long before PCs and servers are running off green energy sources."

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