LOS ANGELES — Olea Inc., a designer and manufacturer of self-service kiosks, has announced plans to debut its "green" kiosk, which is made from organic-waste material, Jan. 13-16 at the 97th Annual National Retail Federation Convention & Expo in New York.
The kiosk's main structure is made from an engineered panel from Sorghum plant. Sorghum plant is grown around the world for food production. The plant stalks are dried and heat pressed using a non-toxic adhesive to form the board product. The stalks of the plant are not used in food production and would otherwise be thrown away.
While Olea has no current plans to put the kiosk into production, it is hoping to spark an interest in the self-service industry to start thinking green.
"We feel that this new kiosk is a very innovative step in the right direction showing retailers and other companies that it is possible to go high-tech green," said Frank Olea, vice president of Olea Inc.
The kiosk can be seen at IBM's booth in the Green Pavilion at NRF.