LG’s sustainable electronics push wins EPA approval

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LG has received an award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the electronics company’s efforts to introduce sustainability into product lifecycle.

The company received the EPA’s “Product Champion” award as part of EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) program. LG also received the highest-level Gold-Tier recognition in the challenge itself.

In offering the award EPA administrator Michael S. Regan applauded LG’s efforts “to recover and recycle valuable resources like precious metals, critical minerals, plastics and glass.”

The EPA cited LG’s practice of collecting a substantial amount of used electronics for reuse and recycle, sending 100 percent of used electronics to certified third-party recyclers, and publicly sharing detailed information about its electronic management practices.

The EPA award spotlighted innovations in the design and manufacture of LG’s soundbar speaker series that have been designed to be easier to disassemble and recycle.

LG uses recycled materials in the product composition and packaging for soundbars, while reducing environmental impacts and CO2 emissions through the design and manufacturing processes.

Thomas Yoon, president and CEO of LG Electronics North America, said: “By using third-party certified recyclers, we’re proud to help drive environmentally protective practices. At the same time, reducing the environmental impact of our products through their entire lifecycle is a key ESG focus at LG.”