Samsung plans to ship its smartphones in more eco-friendly packaging

29 January, 2019, 17:24 | Author: Sherry Houston
  • Samsung Electronics vows to use more environmentally sustainable packaging, including bioplastics and paper

Samsung announced Sunday that it will start using eco-friendly materials to replace plastic packaging materials.

Samsung's commitment goes well beyond its phones, though. All of the above will be implemented by a special task force that will take care of design and development, marketing and quality control for packaging. First of, it will replace the plastic holder trays - which layer the phone, instructions, and accessories within the outer box - with a pulp mold instead.

Under the company's circular economy policy, Samsung has set a mid-term implementation plan to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiatives by next year. This makes it possible to pack the item without using a plastic film.

For bigger products such as TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines, Samsung will utilise eco-friendly packaging bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics, which include non-fossil fuel materials like starch and sugar cane. While there's plenty individuals can do to lessen their environmental impact, one area is wholly out of their hands: the amount of packaging used to protect the goods they purchase, and the materials out of which they are made. While companies like Apple and Samsung have made strides in consumer tech, we've also seen other industries like automotive rise to the challenge, including making greater use of recycled materials, bioplastics and biofabrics, and other alternatives to traditional production.

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The company has been the subject of protests from environmental groups in the past - a Greenpeace protester stepped onstage at a Samsung press conference in 2017 - and a report from the organisation in the same year said it was "lagging behind" in aspects of environmental policy.

"We are committed to recycling resources and minimising pollution coming from our products", Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center head Gyeong-bin Jeon said in a statement.

As a further part of its pledge, Samsung said it aims to use 500 000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products by 2030.

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