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Eco-design for a Brighter Tomorrow

Eco-design for a Brighter Tomorrow

Taking care of the environment is important to you. It's important to us, too. That's why our breakthrough innovations are designed not only help increase display performance, but also to give LCD display manufacturers a greener way to create the displays you see every day.

  Green from the Inside

Green from the Inside

Our cutting-edge technology does amazing things: it reduces raw materials while enhancing picture quality. How does it work? Typical LCD displays are made up of several plastic layers that guide light and create the picture you see. We can replace most of those layers with high-performance paper-thin optical films that do the same thing – only better!

The result? Thinner, lighter-weight displays that give you a brighter, more colorful picture with excellent quality. All this improvement means lower costs for you and less impact on the environment.

Green from the Outside

The eco-benefits of our technology affect the entire supply chain. Consider this: each plastic layer of a traditional LCD display is made at a separate manufacturing facility. Each facility uses raw materials to make the plastic layer, packaging materials to prepare it, and oil and gas to ship it to a final destination.

3M Optical Systems technologies help eliminate nearly 90% of traditional backlight materials and processes, and can greatly simplify the entire supply chain!

Green from the Outside

If 3M optical films are used to reduce the plastic layers in all LCD TVs, desktop displays and signage, that's the equivalent of eliminating roughly 1 billion pounds of plastic from the earth.



Pioneering the Future

Pioneering the Future

The most exciting area being explored by our scientists is biodegradability. We're among the first in the industry to experiment with technologies like this. Our goal: make all our optical films biodegradable. So when an LCD display product comes to the end of its lifecycle, it can be disposed of without causing harm to the environment.

The Bottom Line

When your products are built with 3M technology, you can be confident that you are getting the best possible performance and the brightest picture from products that are more sustainable.

Our technology offers another benefit – its extreme energy efficiency helps devices consume less power and run longer than ever before.

Our innovations in energy efficiency

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