Is Online Shopping Really Good For The Environment?


When the concept of sitting at home and shopping through a computer first hit the market, no one had even bothered to think of the effects this may have on the environment of the planet. The first thoughts were about the security of the transactions and the variety of products that could be made available through this method. Over the years, people have become much more accustomed to the online mode of shopping. It is relatively much more stress-free and avoids the countless annoyances that are often associated with the traditional modes of shopping.


For years, many have wondered whether it has any other benefit apart from the ease and comfort it gives to the consumer. For a long time, it was a commonly told joke that people no longer had to drive to the local shops to get the products they needed. All they had to do was click the mouse. Voila! The product, be it a dress, an appliance or even a mug, would land promptly on the doorstep.

Recently, environmentalists and scientists have been giving this a lot of thought. It was after all quite true that a lot of traveling, both the home-shop-home and the home-shop-shop-home (and, sometimes with even more that 2 shops in between) had been reduced a lot in recent years, thanks to the emergence of stronger online stores. But, then they gave a look at the delivery system that had been put in place by these stores. Before it was only one car that traveled; now that situation has transformed into a delivery truck with even more carbon emissions. Also, researchers say the home-shoppers weren’t really staying at home during the time they saved from traveling to the stores. These consumers had anyway driven off to nearby places to hang out with friends.

So, all-in-all, there really isn’t anything much green in online shopping.


Innovators Meet At Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas


On 6th of January this year, Las Vegas once again played host to the annual global consumer technology exhibition, The Consumer Electronics Show. Over 3000 international companies made their annual pilgrimage to the CES’s venues- The Las Vegas Convention Centre, The Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino and The Sands Expo-Convention Center. It has always been touted as being one of the greatest exhibitions dedicated to showcasing the latest in technology and innovation. This was proved when the spectators had the chance of viewing some of the very amazing creations that were spread over the two million square feet venue.


Since its inception in 1967, the CES has seen some remarkable technological innovations, some even described by many as being “before its time”. Last year the place of honor belonged to the concept of The Internet of Things, the revolutionary concept that can bind all electronics by utilizing the power of the Internet.

This year too, The CES was witness to some very cool stuff! It was a huge success, showing how deeply the world around us has changed, and evolved. CES had a number of innovative products like huge Curved Televisions, Smart Home Appliances, and Smart cars like the Toyota FCV Plus which run amazingly on a hydrogen fuel-cell, and so on. We again saw the numerous uses that different drones could be put to.

The Innovator Award went to a very amazing concept- a wireless device that enables fishing-rods combined with a smartphone to find fish. Even this year, many products based on The Internet of Things were exhibited. Such events are detrimental to the economy as well. Newer inventions mean newer products and services. Especially with the emphasis given to driverless cars this year, who knows, maybe next year will see an actual roll-out of these trendsetting vehicles.