Not only does the Samsung 2016 Curved Full HD TV boast true-to-life picture quality, enriched color, and an immersive curved design, it’s also environmentally friendly. It’s for that last characteristic that Samsung Electronics America earned the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ 2016 Design for Recycling Award, the trade association’s most prestigious honor.

A New Kind of Television

So what made the 55-inch TV stand out? With easy-to-disassemble, snap-together parts that are made with minimal chemical content and snap closures that eliminate the use of dozens of screws, recyclers can disassemble the TV in less than 10 minutes. Samsung also improved the sustainability of the TV’s design by substituting conventional plastic with a novel material produced from greenhouse gas.

“Samsung’s products showcase the company’s efforts to focus on resource and energy efficiency as well as the use of single materials, unbleached chlorine-free paper, and nonuse of hazardous substances,” said Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Samsung’s concern for product recyclability has allowed them to move forward with an industry-first design that combines best-in-class experiences with an eco-friendly outlook, which makes them a perfect selection for this year’s award.”

Award-Winning Products

Doug Kramer, National Chair of ISRI, presents Samsung's Mark Newton and Dinah Rhee, with the Design for Recycling Award.
ISRI’s Mark Lewon and Doug Kramer present Samsung’s Mark Newton and Dinah Rhee with the Design for Recycling Award.

ISRI has been recognizing proactive steps made by manufacturers that have actively incorporated DFR principles into products and processes for more than 25 years. To be eligible for the Design for Recycling Award, a product must be designed and manufactured to:

  • Contain the maximum amount of materials that are recyclable
  • Be easily recycled through current or newly designed recycling processes and procedures
  • Be cost-effective to recycle
  • Minimize the time and cost involved to recycle the product
  • Have a net gain in the overall recyclability of the product while reducing the overall negative impact on the environment
  • Reduce the use of raw materials by including recycled materials and/or components

Past winners include LG Electronics for its LED TVs and Dell Inc. for its Latitude 10 tablet, Latitude XPS tablet, and Latitude E7240 laptop. Samsung received its award at the 2016 ISRI Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas. Watch the presentation below:

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By Haley Shapley

Haley Shapley is based in Seattle, where recycling is just as cool as Macklemore, walking in the rain without an umbrella, and eating locally sourced food. She writes for a wide range of publications, covering everything from sustainability to fitness to travel. Read more of her work here.