Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Environmental Shopping Plugin

Based on this post from TechCrunch, I installed this Mpire price comparison browser plugin tool. It is pretty cool.

Basically when you shop at Amazon, Wal-Mart or some other popular online stores, you see what the price of that product is at other online stores and online auctions in a little pop-up (pop-in?) window at the bottom of the screen (click on the picture to the left to see what I am talking about).

Now comparing prices is useful, but what if instead of showing comparison prices, the pop-up window had additional environmental information? What if it told you the pounds of carbon dioxide, whether it was FSC certified, or how much energy it took to make the product? That would be really cool.

I wrote about GreenOffice which allows you to compare office supplies based on their greenness rather than just their price. What if you could make decisions based on this kind of information no matter where you shopped online?

I figure I could create such a browser plugin, but what I don't have is a database of environmental information that is linked to products. If anyone knows where I could find such a database, possibly with data such as carbon dioxide emissions, energy use, chemical use, or land footprint, please leave a comment.


Anonymous said...

I am researching into this at the present time and hope to soon have a database of a large amount of consumer electronics. I'll send you the data just as soon as I can figure it out.

Fat Knowledge said...


That is good news. Let me know when you have the data and I can see if I can whip something up with it.

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