Optoma's ProJect Green Manufacturing Approach
Optoma designs and manufactures its projectors for eco-friendliness from cradle to grave. Compact and
lightweight designs reduce the production of greenhouse gasses during transportation. Meanwhile, lamp-free
designs reduce power consumption. Recycled and carefully-designed packaging reduces waste, while digital manuals
eliminate paper printouts. In addition, Optoma works to comply with environmental standards around the world.
We know that improving our products is the best way to reduce our impact on the environment. That's why,
at Optoma, we design our products to have a long usable life, use fewer materials, ship with less packaging
and eradicate the use of many toxic substances. Naturally, high levels of energy efficiency and recyclability
are built in at the design stage. With each new product, we strive towards minimizing our environmental impact.
We work closely with our manufacturing partners to ensure efficient and green production processes, so
that you can be sure that the Optoma products you buy are manufactured to have a minimal environmental
impact. Our projectors are manufactured in ISO 14064-certified factories, ensuring that greenhouse gas
emissions are strictly monitored. Our aim is to work with our partners to continue to reduce the impact of
the manufacturing process. Over the last ten years, we have been at the forefront of meeting and exceeding
The RoHs Directive
The RoHS Directive (toxic substance removal) limits the use of heavy metals (including lead, cadmium,
mercury, chromium VI) and two brominated flame retardants (PBB and PBDE). At Optoma, we were compliant well
before these requirements became law in 2006.
As early as 2008, Optoma projectors complied with the stringent Green Mark that requires that products
meet strict requirements limiting the use of six chemical substances. These standards are stricter than RoHS
and expressly define that a plastic component heavier than 25g shall not contain lead, cadmium, mercury,
hexavalent chromium, PBBs, PBDEs and SCCP.
However, at Optoma we don't just react to legislation; one of our key objectives as an environmentally
responsible company is to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals whenever possible. This means we are
proactive to ensure we are at the forefront of chemical management improvements and the elimination of
Optoma design teams have developed packaging that aims to be as small, light and ecologically friendly
as possible while still fully protecting our products. This kind of efficient packaging design not only
keeps materials and waste to a minimum, but also reduces our carbon footprint during the transportation
process. Additionally, we have eradicated the use of polystyrene foam in our packaging to further protect
Today, Optoma no longer produces paper based user-manuals and brochures for many of our products, preferring
to conserve resources by making them available either on CD or directly downloadable from our website.
By ensuring that our packaging is as small and light as possible, we can fit more boxes onto each
shipping pallet, reducing the overall number of pallets we need to ship. Fewer pallets means fewer planes
and boats are used, resulting in fewer CO2 emissions. Shipping by sea is by far the greenest method of
bulk transportation. Over the past ten years, Optoma has consistently sought to increase the proportion
of shipments by sea, so reducing harmful CO2 emissions.
In 2010 we saw that a percentage of Optoma greenhouse gas emissions came as a result of transporting
products from our distribution points. To reduce the need for unnecessary transportation emissions, we
introduced warehousing in the Midwest region. Wherever possible we deliver direct to distribution hubs in
regions where our products are sold.
Here at Optoma, we feel that it is very important for our products to be as energy efficient as
possible. Because of that, Optoma is at the forefront of introducing the most energy efficient products in
- Less than 1 Watt power consumption in standby mode. Optoma was the first company to introduce
projectors that consume up to 75 percent less energy compared to regular standby mode, and we are
committed to reducing our standby mode to less than 0.5W by 2013.
- Optoma products are designed to limit energy use with features such as automatic shutdown and
remote management and control.
- We are developing new technologies, such as LED light sources, to increase lamp life and
reduce the need to use the Earth's valuable resources.
Optoma designs products that last. Our approach to recycling begins with making our products
efficiently with as few materials as possible. We've also consistently improved the lamp-life of our
projectors, saving you money and producing less waste. Nevertheless, at some point there will come a
time when it will be necessary to recycle your product.
At Optoma, we fully subscribe to ISO 14001 Environmental Standards which aim to minimize the negative
impact on the environment during the e-waste recycle process, to reduce the amount of electrical and electronic
equipment being produced and to encourage everyone to reuse, recycle and recover it. We also encourage everyone
to bring their projector to a nearby certified recycling facility at the end of its life or recycle it through
the Optoma EcoTrade Program.