See that map above? It’s the SourceMap for a compact fluorescent bulb (you might need to zoom out a little). MIT has cooked up a handy site that uses Google Maps to plot where a product’s component parts and raw materials originate. SourceMaps are sparse at the moment, and the one that’s sure to pique the interest of gadget junkies, the BlackBerry Bold, is marked as private.
The site’s goal is to help “producers, business owners and consumers to understand the impact of supply chains.” After all, there’s more to green products than recyclability and energy efficiency. This site illustrates that beautify.
Hopefully, this is one site that takes off.