July 26, 2010

Kiosks: Going Green

Kioskmarketplace roundup on "green kiosks". Includes ecoATM, B-Cycle, and the Greenopolis machines.

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Kiosks: Going green

Missy Baxter contributing writer
• 26 Jul 2010

As consumers and corporations strive to minimize environmental impact, the self-service industry is addressing the issue from the ground up. Eco-friendly kiosks are cropping up everywhere, enabling users to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition, kiosk manufacturers, service vendors and deployers are implementing new business practices to boost sustainability.

This two-part series explores the positive impact of "green" self-service kiosks and efforts by industry leaders to help build a low-impact future.

Innovative Kiosks Driving Consumer Behavior, Positive Change, Carbon Reduction

By offering convenient ways to do adopt behaviors such as using alternative transportation and recycling, the self-service industry is helping consumers cut carbon emissions. Kiosks to rent bikes, recycle various items or surf the Internet on solar power are empowering individuals to tackle global concerns such as pollution, e-waste and energy usage. For example:

  • Hundreds of mobile phones — and the precious metals inside them — are recycled daily at ecoATM kiosks in the San Diego area.
  • Thousands of calories – instead of petroleum – are burned monthly by commuters renting bikes at B-cycle's eCycling Stations in Denver and Chicago.
  • More than one million plastic water bottles were collected this year in Greenopolis machines inside Whole Foods stores across the U.S.

Efforts like that add up, experts say.

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Posted by staff at July 26, 2010 09:51 AM