Early next year Panasonic is launching a line of household appliances with parts made from recycled plastic and glass. The products includes a refrigerator, a rice cooker, a washer/dryer, and a vacuum cleaner. In addition to recycled resin the appliances will use insulation made from recycled glass from used television cathode ray tubes.
The appliances will also have intelligent control systems that, according to Panasonic, will cause the appliances to adapt themselves to each person’s lifestyle and usage, greatly reducing wasted electricity and water consumption.
Initially the appliances will be available only in Japan. Details at http://panasonic.co.jp/corp/news/official.data/data.dir/en111214-6/en111214-6.html