Mother Nature Breathes Easier as Best Buy Goes Green

I hate to be the purveyor of doom, but one day life on this planet will end. I can’t stop it, and neither can you. The least we can do, though, is help to prolong our existence on earth by being mindful of our technology, and the things we use in everyday life. That’s where organizations like Green Technology Alliance help out, and bring awareness to the need to conserve resources and operate more efficiently in this modern world.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to stand up on a soapbox and shout that we all need to start using cell phones made from recycled materials, or put corn in our automobiles to bring down pollution. That’s not my job. I know I’m going to die, and I accept that. No matter how much green tech I start using, it’s going to happen.

Kudos goes to Best Buy in the UK, though, for being the first mainstream retailer to devote an entire section of its store to energy-efficient and green technology. Showcasing everything from solar chargers to electric vehicles like cars, motorcycles, and scooters, this is a smart move by Best Buy in a world where people are becoming increasingly more aware of the products they use, and how they affect the environment.

The first store of its kind is set to open in Thurrock, Essex, on April 30, 2010, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them over here in North America within the next couple of years. Being Canadian and all, I would welcome the sight of a Best Buy in my neighborhood that focused on the green. As long as the boys in blue know their stuff, I see nothing wrong with a major corporation helping to improve a substantially dwindling environment. It’s good for business, good for public relations, and yes, good for us as well.

As the need to ween ourselves off the dependency for fossil fuels increases, don’t be surprised to see more of the major retailers go out of their way to focus on green technology. With Best Buy’s fourth quarter earnings being better than expected, this is a major step for a company of its size to take. I bet you 100 greenbacks that Wal-Mart won’t be far behind if this succeeds, which will lend its way toward cheaper green products entering the marketplace as the competition heats up.

Say what you will about climate change, pollution, and technology cluttering up the planet, lord knows I do, but as the population gets older, and the younger, more tech-savvy generation takes over, we’re going to be seeing a lot more of this stuff on the market, and at a much lower cost to the consumer. With Best Buy being the first to devote an entire section of its store to going green, don’t be shocked if one day you come to Digigasms and see a gasoline-powered car on the Thursday Throwback list.