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March 25, 2012


Panasonic Launches Appliances Made with Recycled Resources

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Panasonic Corp., a major consumer electronics manufacturer based in Japan, announced on December 14, 2011, that it was launching a new line of environment-friendly appliances made in part using recycled materials for insulation and plastic resin. The new Resources Recycling-oriented Product series includes a refrigerator, a washer/dryer, a rice cooker, and a vacuum cleaner.

One of the recycled materials is refrigerator's vacuum insulation made with extra fine glass wool of about 4 micrometers in diameter. With its unique technology, Panasonic has made it possible to make the glass wool from the reinforced glass used in cathode ray tubes (CRTs) of discarded TVs, which were scrapped in large quantities as Japan switch to digital broadcasts from terrestrial analog broadcasting.

Another technology used to restore the quality of deteriorated recycled resins made it possible to increase the proportion of these resins in products, which helps to curb the use of new resources and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in manufacturing processes.

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Posted: 2012/03/25 06:00:15 AM



Panasonic Launches Appliances Made with Recycled Resources