Top Ten USA – A new tool for the environmentally-conscious consumer
Becoming more energy efficient, which has long been one of the keys to a sustainable future, may have just gotten a little easier. TopTen USA, a new non-profit group, just launched a new website that ranks electronics based on energy efficiency. The website contains information on virtually every electronics product category. It has an attractive easy-to-use interface that makes it very easy to find what you are looking for.
The World Wildlife Foundation, which is a partner in the project, wrote on its blog yesterday:
Since energy efficiency is one of the quickest, cheapest and easiest routes to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, one of TopTen’s goals is to generate greater demand for efficient products, helping to catalyze a market shift toward more climate-friendly products.
One problem with TopTenUSA is that it only ranks based on energy usage. It appears that the environmental impact of the manufacturing process is not considered. Nor does the website have any information on recyclability of products. Hopefully, as it develops, TopTenUSA will add information about those factors as well.
TopTenUSA has exciting potential and will hopefully prove an invaluable resource to consumers.