Aug. 14 - A Brazilian firm has developed eco-friendly ATM booths crafted from recycled materials and a solar panel that helps lower energy usage. The company says its green ATMs are at the forefront of modern, environmentally responsible design. Tara Cleary reports.
Apart from the cash they dispense there's not much that's green about ATM booths. A Brazilian firm plans to change that. Edra Equipamentos is building a more energy-efficient ATM that could lower the machine's cost and make it more eco-friendly. The booth is powered by a solar panel charging led lights that dim during the day and automatically turn off when the customer walks away. The roof is covered in grass and plants that help keep the booth cool, while also capturing rainwater used to clean the exterior walls. From floor to ceiling, the ATM comprises renewable resources like oilseed plants, or recycled materials like plastic bottles. Edra president Jorge Braescher says his product reflects today's priorities. SOUNDBITE: JORGE BRAESCHER, PRESIDENT OF EDRA EQUIPAMENTOS, SAYING (Portuguese): "The main goal we tried to achieve with this booth was to lower energy needs, use renewable materials or materials that may be recycled, use the latest technologies, provide easy entry with automatic doors that make it accessible for handicapped users, and offer in terms of design, a more contemporary solution for the market." Braescher says his ATM has attracted interest all over the world. And even though the booths will cost 30 percent more than conventional machines, Braescher says the savings made from lower energy and maintenance costs will make them cheaper in the long-term, offering an economical and eco-friendly way to get cash.