Antenna Provides a Win-Win-Win Situation

People are always looking for ways to save a couple bucks here and there and some of them are even a bit environmentally conscious in terms their use of resources. In response to that, antenna-maker Mohu has come up with a triple-win solution. The company transforms discarded cable set-top boxes into eco-friendly digital high-definition (HD) TV antennas.

ReLeaf embarks as the industry's first HDTV antenna made from discarded cable set-top boxes and recycled paper. Plastic from discarded set-top boxes are used to build the antenna's case that houses the electronic components. One pound of discarded set-top box plastic yields about 40 antenna cases.

Mohu also uses recycled paper to create the flat portion of the antenna that covers the inner foil. All paper materials are FSC and Green-e Certified. Reducing environmental impact further, ReLeaf is packaged in recycled cardboard with the instruction manual printed directly on the box. And also nice and notable, the antenna is made in America with many materials sourced close by the company's North Carolina headquarters.

In terms of features, each ReLeaf includes a 10-ft., 75Ω coax cable with four push pins. Unlike the majority of commercially-available HDTVantennas, the cable is not permanently attached, which means one can use different length cables. Specifications include a 30-mile range, multi-directional operation, and the component is 1080 HD/4K Ultra HD ready. Last but not least, it is fairly compact, measuring 9 in. x 11.5 in.

So how is this humble little antenna a triple win for consumers? First, depending on facilities in their area, users can take advantage of the 50 to 100 free digital TV channels available via the airwaves. The variety is quickly rivalling pay TV scenarios, so consumers can save as much as $200 a month by losing their pay-TV provider.

Second, nearly everybody with cable, fiber, and/or dish TV never turns off that set-top box. Okay, it doesn’t draw as much current as a 200W Marshall guitar amp, but it does contribute about $5 to $15 a month on the electric bill depending on the design and maker. Lose the box, pocket the bucks.

Third, and probably the one you should like the most, it helps the environment in two ways. It uses recycled plastic and paper and cuts down energy usage. Grandchildren will probably reap the most benefits from these advantages.

Available via the company’s website, price for the ReLeaf is $39.99. For more info, visit


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