The environmental impact associated with televisions is somewhat staggering, not only because the average American watches around 5 hours of TV a day, but also because of the hazardous materials used in their production
Santa Barbara, California (PRWEB) September 8, 2009
Greenopia released a comprehensive guide that rates major TV manufacturers in terms of their eco-friendliness. Scoring the highest were Samsung and Sony who both received 3 out of a possible 4 leafs.
While much the environmental information surrounding TVs relates strictly to its energy consumption, there has been a push in recent years for manufacturers to phase out hazardous materials and to offer comprehensive take back programs for their products. But, thus far only a handful of major TV companies have followed through with plans to take back their products free of charge and set firms goals to eliminate the usage of various chemicals used during production.
"The environmental impact associated with televisions is somewhat staggering, not only because the average American watches around 5 hours of TV a day, but also because of the hazardous materials used in their production," said Gay Browne, CEO and founder of Greenopia. "We wanted so support the companies who had not only minimized their ecological footprint, but also the ones who are phasing out hazardous chemicals."
Greenopia used a comprehensive set of criteria to determine the TV manufacturer ratings. Data was collected in regards to the reporting, production, toxicity, logistics, energy consumption, and take back program of each company. Weights were set based off the relative impact of each criterion during TV production.
"We were really happy to see Samsung and Sony offering free take back programs for their products at end of life," said Doug Mazeffa, Greenopia's Research Director. "We hope companies like Toshiba, Sharp, and LG will follow suit and continue to strengthen their product recycling programs in the future."
Also check out Greenopia's product ratings which list green TVs and other electronics.
Greenopia employs its award-winning eco-analysis method to deliver actionable green-assessments to the rapidly growing green consumer market. Green businesses and merchants use Greenopia's targeted marketing methods to effectively reach consumers making greener choices.
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