While the show was held in the Convention Center (exterior view shown above), located in Center City, Philadelphia, the displays seemed mainly to be of objects and services best suited to the wealthy suburban estate owner. We had no idea that the market demanded so many copper-clad exterior features and composite granite countertops. No "Energy Savings" banners were in sight. No water saving devices were offered.
While looking at the green kitchen exhibit by "Planit Greener", we watched a lady pace around nervousy, looking confused by the unfamiliar materials. Asking what a particular surface was made of she was told: "recycled newspaper." Off she went with wrinkled brow, presumably heading for a granite composite counter top.
It won't surprise anyone when we say that "green" is a very small niche category in the Philadelphia area suburban home market (with the exception of the bamboo that has crawled underfoot).
Things that would be familiar to TreeHugger's regular readers were either masked in the carnival of vinyl, or dimmed by the banging about of the cookery demonstrators and weird gadget hawkers. For now, a visit to the designer's studio or an hour or so spent on the web renders far more green choices. Wonder if it's that way in Europe as well?