There is a new initiative out called green plug. The idea is that all of our electronic devices require different power bricks. This is bad for the consumer and bad for the environment. Raise your hand if you have ever lost your power chord and were outraged at the $50 or more price tag to replace it. Raise your hand if you forgot one power chord, but remembered a different one and thought it would be nice if both worked together. This site allows you to choose the most important electronic devices and advocates on your behalf. From their blog:
By submitting your vote on iwantmygreenplug.com, you’re sending a powerful, positive message to the consumer electronics industry. You’re voting for an end to power cord chaos, and for open standards that eliminate the need for multiple power adapters for consumer electronics. At the same time, you’re voting against waste, and taking concrete action to help the environment.
I’m not sure exactly what commercial ties are associated with the group, but the idea isn’t a bad one. I for one would love to have fewer power adapters, both for my own convenience and for the environment. I hope you will give it a look and sign up if you are interested.