The Eco Technology Show took place in mid June at the American Express Community Stadium, where the concourse was transformed into an exhibition of 100 unique businesses where decision makers, subject specialists, policy makers and buyers from both business and the general public learnt about the latest eco-innovations.
Highlights over the two days included the transport zone which showcased a huge range of the latest electric cars (worth over £1 million) including the emission-free Lightning Car and ultra-slick Tesla Electric sports-car. The latest electric and solar powered bikes were also on show. 4000 visitors picked up practical sustainable living tips and business advice from the free seminars taking place on the exhibition floor. They learnt how to lower their carbon emissions, reduce waste and live a more sustainable existence in the home and workplace.
New products were also launched at the show including the grow-your-own oyster mushroom pack from the Espresso Mushroom Company, which recycles disused coffee granules from coffee shops and uses them as a breeding ground for the mushrooms. Local school teacher, turned eco-entrepreneur Richard Simmonite launched his award-winning carrier bag that transforms into a bin liner or a donation sack for charities. Have a look at his website with a neat film of the idea: www.bagreborn.com.
Running alongside the show was a new trade event, the Smart Business Conference, which investigated sustainable growth opportunities for the private and public sectors. MPs Caroline Lucas, (Green) Greg Barker (Con), Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Norman Baker (Lib Dems) debated if there can be growth in a resource-constrained world and discussed the Government’s Green Deal, which aims to reduce the cost of tackling carbon emissions.