Over-the-air TV antenna manufacturer Mohu celebrated International Recycling Day Tuesday by launching the Mohu ReLeaf, which is billed as the industry’s first HDTV antenna made from discarded cable set-top boxes and post-consumer recycled paper.

Mohu said the $49.95 suggested retail ($39.95 if purchased on May 17th / Recycling Day) antenna was designed for Eco-conscious consumers who are also looking to save money by using products made from recycled materials when they cut the cable.

“The ReLeaf was created to counteract the tremendous cable byproduct and energy waste damaging the planet every year,” the company said.

Mohu would obviously encourage consumers to also cut the cable cord by using its OTA antennas to receive free off-air broadcast stations as a supplement to fare available via over the top (OTT) streaming video services.

Read more about the Mohu ReLeaf antenna after the jump:

“ReLeaf is the answer for consumers who are anti-cable, pro-environment, and pro-savings,” said Mark Buff, Mohu CEO. “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.”

The Mohu ReLeaf will receive OTA broadcast TV signals from up to a 30 mile range from the transmission tower. It will receive both high VHF and UHF signals, is multi-directional, uses a 75 ohm F-type connector to attach to the TV tuner and measures 9 inches x 11. 5 inches. The antenna will receive all HD and even 4K Ultra HD broadcast transmissions (one they begin to be transmitted).

The ReLeaf antenna is a flat plastic plate that can be mounted against a wall for indoor use to receive local broadcast TV stations. The antenna is available now from www.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 Buff. “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.”

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Mohu said it uses primarily plastic recovered from discarded set-top boxes as the main cable byproduct used to build the ReLeaf’s clam shell covering, which houses vital components that receive and translate TV wave signals to the TV set.  Mohu said one pound of plastic from cable set-top boxes can be used to create 40 ReLeaf antenna clam shells.

Also used in the product is recycled paper to create the flat portion of the antenna, which covers the inner foil that catches broadcast TV waves, the company said.

“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,” Mohu said.

The antenna even comes in a cardboard box made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled material. Read more about the Mohu Releaf antenna after the jump:

The instruction manual is 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.

By Greg Tarr


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