ReLeaf: Finally, a good use for cable boxes in your home

May 17, 2016

Mohu Transforms Discarded Cable Set-Top Boxes into Eco-Friendly TV Antenna

Mohu ReLeaf antenna enables consumers to cut down on waste while cutting the cord
New product launched on International Recycling Day

RALEIGH, N.C., May 17, 2016 — Mohu, the leading TV antenna maker, today launched Mohu ReLeaf, the industry’s first HDTV antenna made from discarded cable set-top boxes and post-consumer recycled paper. Built to help consumers “go greener” by realizing greater financial savings and using eco-friendly consumer electronics, ReLeaf was created to counteract the tremendous cable byproduct and energy waste damaging the planet every year. Priced at $49.99, ReLeaf is now available to purchase exclusively at http://releaf.gomohu.com.

“Waste generated by the cable industry goes well beyond the sheer financial waste imposed on consumers. The energy and product waste from cable is a serious environmental issue and one that the consumer electronics industry must face head on, and a challenge we eagerly accept,” said Mark Buff, CEO of Mohu.

“With roughly 80 million homes in the U.S. subscribing to cable TV and the number of cord cutters consistently rising, the number of set-top boxes that will eventually be discarded are in the millions. We realized we could decrease some of that waste by repurposing plastic byproduct from discarded cable set-top boxes to create a TV antenna that frees consumers from excessive cable waste.”

Plastic from discarded set-top boxes are the main cable byproduct used to build ReLeaf. The antenna’s clamshell, which houses vital components that translate TV wave signals into live TV for viewers, is made entirely from recycled plastic of discarded cable set-top boxes. One pound of plastic from cable set-top boxes can be used to create 40 ReLeaf antenna clamshells.

Additionally, Mohu uses post-consumer recycled paper to create the flat portion of the antenna, which covers the inner foil that catches broadcast TV waves. All paper materials are FSC and Green-e Certified, ensuring all environment papers meet the highest mark of responsible forestry and are processed with 100 percent renewable energy. Not only is the product made from post-consumer recycled paper, it is also packaged in 100 percent post-consumer recycled cardboard with the instruction manual printed directly on the box, eliminating additional waste. ReLeaf is made in the USA, with many materials sourced as close to Mohu’s North Carolina headquarters as possible.

“ReLeaf is the answer for consumers who are anti-cable, pro-environment, and pro-savings,” said Buff. “We will continue leading the cord cutting fight against cable giants, and plan to offer consumers even more environmentally friendly products in the future to further counteract the environmental wastefulness coming from the industry.”

ReLeaf joins other Mohu antennas as one of the highest performing over-the-air (OTA) HDTV antennas on the market, providing viewing capabilities and qualities comparable to other Mohu antennas, including the Leaf 30. For more information about ReLeaf, visit http://releaf.gomohu.com.

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