TV affects the environment and people both at the stage of production and use. Make a more sustainable choice about TVs using our advice and facts.
- The production of LCD TVs is extremely advanced. The innermost layer of the TV screen is sensitive to dirt. That is the reason why the greenhouse gas nitrogen trifluoride, which is a 17,000 times stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, is used to clean the panels. Emissions of nitrogen trifluoride from industry correspond to 0.04% of global carbon dioxide emissions.
- In addition to being energy-intensive and environmentally damaging, the production of television often takes place in developing countries, primarily in Asia, where working conditions are deficient. Read more about the environmental, health and social aspects of electronics during their lifetime here.
- The plastic in the plate screen also contains PVC and flame retardants. During combustion, PVC and flame retardants form dioxins which, among other things, can cause cancer in those who are exposed.
Tips for conscious consumption of TVs
- When buying new, ask about the energy use and look for the energy label available on TVs. The energy efficiency of a model is usually indicated on the label on a scale of G to A and from dark green to red.
- If you are buying new, check for relevant labels on our labeling guide.
- Choose the size of the TV with consideration: the larger the TV, the greater the energy use.
- It is better to choose a TV with a built-in digital box, as a separate digital box has as much annual energy use as a smaller TV.
- Always turn off the TV with the power button instead of using only the remote control. You should connect the TV, DVD player and other devices to a power outlet with switches to make sure that they are completely turned off.
- Always hand in used TVs at the municipality’s recycling center.