Sustainable television

A modular television concept  composed out of a series of compact modules which can be bought online, sent to the customer via post order and sent back to the manufacturer for recycling when desired. A closed loop was created between the user and the manufacturer, making it possible to recycle the modules in a cost effective way. During the design, considerable effort went into making the modules easy to disassemble and choosing the right materials and components to guarantee optimal recyclability. Other important environmental factors, such as energy use and responsible packaging, were also considered. The purpose of the project was to introduce the “cradle to cradle” principle to consumer electronics like television sets.

Tile was the result of my Masters thesis in product design at the Artesis University College of Antwerp, Belgium in 2009

Being modular is the driving concept that makes this design sustainable. Every function of the television was placed in a separate module, which enables not only users to customize their television as they see fit, but also allowes them to easily send back modules for optimal recyclability. The modules connect with each other through an intelligent magnet system.

Modules can easily be sent back via mail. The address is written on the back of each module and barcodes manage the processing of modules inside the recycling facility. Each module can easily be disassembled and divided into separate components which can each be recycled or reused in their entirety. The main material used for the casings is aluminium, which is easy and cheap to recycle with hardly any loss of the quality of material. Other components like the printed circuit boards were designed in a way they are optimally recyclable by local recycling centers.

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