"Kettlegate" Scandal Shakes Green Tea Lovers

Image credit: The Guardian

OK, my headline may be verging on the hyperbolic, but our readers can get pretty worked up about eco-kettles, and they are not alone. The Guardian tells us that a controversy has been brewing in England over comments made by Richard Gillies—the director of retailer Marks & Spencer's "Plan A" green initiative—about a "bug-ugly" eco-kettle that he had given up using. The trouble was, his store was still selling it. Granted, with climategate an all too fresh memory in many environmentalists' minds, this kettle scandal may seem like a storm in a teacup. (OK, that's the last kettle-related joke, I promise.) But it is not a good thing when companies that are selling sustainability as a desirable, mainstream concept are publicly denouncing the very products they sell.

In response, The Guardian—which has previously weighed in on the "only boil as much water as you need" debate— has put together a roundup of the three best eco-kettles . In it, Leo Hickman explains the concept behind eco-kettles (essentially kettles with an extra reservoir, so users can more precisely measure the exact amount of water they need), discusses the relative value of them (hey, you could always just measure your water in a cup), and then highlights three brands that offer both efficiency and good looks—from the Electronic ECO 3, which offers a dual chamber and three temperature settings; through the Tefal Quick Cup Deluxe, which claims to offer "instant" hot water in three seconds; to the Kenwood Energy Sense, which features a transparent main chamber so users can see just how much water they are boiling.

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Tags: Energy Efficiency | United Kingdom | Water Conservation