Products Designed For Recycling

Design for recycling is the best way to ensure that no part of a product will end up in landfills. According to ISRI, products should be designed for ease of recycling with conventional recycling equipment, and the recycling of products, except where otherwise impossible, should not use hazardous constituents. When constituents are commonly recyclable and more easily separated, recycling is enhanced. New products, ISRI, stresses, should have demonstrated recyclability. If a product is found to be uneconomical to recycle, or if it presents environmental risks, then product design or manufacturing processes should be revisited to provide a better outcome.

It is worth noting that a number of products may not be candidates for redesign so as to eliminate environmental risk during recycling. This is true, for example, if no reasonable substitute is available to replace the hazardous material. In this case, ISRI recommends a cooperative approach between manufacturers and recyclers to ensure recycling, while relieving recyclers of resulting risks related to environmental liability.  It is worth noting that products that have been traditionally very difficult to recycle, such as shoes, are now becoming increasingly designed with recycling in mind.

Here are a few products that are designed with recycling in mind:



LG claims it is the finniest TV money can buy. OLED is right now believed to be the best available display technology.  And, LG deserves full credit for designing a product in such sophisticated technology with recycling in mind. A number of LG Ultra HD OLED TV models have significant recycling friendly traits such as the use of recycled and recyclable plastics, mercury-free display panels, standardized materials and connection types, ease of disassembly and label/seal separation, small and lighter packaging and inclusion of PVC and BFR-free components. A number of LG LED TV models have been designed with these recycling friendly traits. LG has received the best recognition for their efforts through winning the Design for Recycling® Award 2015 by ISRI,

DELL Latitude XPS 10 Tablet


It’s a multi-touch tablet featuring Windows RT with up to 18 hours of battery life. It is a light, slender and crafted with resilient materials for ease of use. It is one of the three products for what DELL received Design for Recycling® Award 2014 from ISRI. Convenient disassembly guides, minimal use of glues and adhesives and clear labeling of parts for identification of all three DELL products impress ISRI to award its 2014 prestigious Design for Recycling® Award.

Dell Latitude 10 Tablet

The Latitude 10 Tablet is one of the products that contributed to DELL’s receiving 2014 Design for Recycling® Award. It features Windows 8 Pro, 4th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, an optional 12" touch screen with a beautiful look.

Wind Turbines by Wind Simplicity

Wind Turbines by Wind Simplicity are cost-free, pollution-free wind energy practical onsite alternatives. In recognition of its complete recyclability at the end of useful life of their wind turbine, Wind Simplicity won the Design for Recycling® Award 2011.

HP Design for Recycling

The giant electronics manufacturer Hewlett Packard (HP) has been the pioneer for designing products for recycling. In fact, the first Design for Recycling® Award by ISRI went to HP in 2006 for its continuous efforts towards designing recycling friendly products. It operates multiple recycling facilities that allow it to find out best recycle friendly designs for its products. It has developed comprehensible design guidelines and checklists to design each of their products. HP’s designing guidelines include using molded-in colors and finishes in place of coatings, paint or plating; using single plastic polymers; lessening the types and number of materials used; removing adhesives and glues by using features such as snap-in assembly; making use of modular design to allow components to be removed, upgraded, or replaced;

The other companies to get Design for Recycling® Award are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2007), The Herman Miller Company (2009, Coca-Cola Recycling Company (2010), and Cascades Fine Papers Group (2012)