Samsung to replace its plastic packaging for sustainable materials

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Samsung is planning to take a bend in the area of packaging, and it might involve using sustainable materials instead of the traditional plastic materials

The tech giant just announced a new bend in the company; says it will hence be utilizing another variety of products with “environmentally sustainable elements” beginning this year. The new materials promise to be extremely different from the plastic material that was initially used by the company.

The company announced today that it will replace the plastic used in phones, tablets, and wearables for molds and accessory bags made with “eco-friendly materials.” The company also says that it will also change the design for its phone chargers to reduce the use of plastics, “swapping the glossy exterior with a matte finish.” The company will also replace plastic bags used to protect its air conditioners, refrigerators, TVs, and washing machines with recycled materials and bioplastics that come from non-fossil fuel sources. Finally, the company will begin using paper that’s been certified by “global environmental organizations” in its manuals by next year.

In order to get this task rolling, the company has a task force which oversees the design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas. 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. By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products (both cumulative from 2009).

“Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes,” said Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Center. “We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing pollution coming from our products. We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.” Jeon added.

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