Monday, 19 August, 2019

Samsung Will Start Making the Switch to More Sustainable Packaging in 2019

Samsung Electronics vows to use more environmentally sustainable packaging, including bioplastics and paper Samsung phone chargers to lose their glossy exterior finish
Sandra Phillips | 29 January, 2019, 17:27

It's not just mobile devices, either; the giant bags used to wrap TVs and white goods will be replaced with alternatives made from recycled materials or bioplastics (made from starch or sugar cane).

Samsung Electronics on Sunday announced that it will join a growing number of companies kicking plastic packaging as they shift toward more sustainable options.

As Samsung progresses into the second quarter of 2019, the company has revealed that it will begin phasing out plastic packaging.

It said the design of its phone chargers will also change, swapping the gloss finish for a matte one and removing the plastic protective films placed onto them, to reduce plastics use.

The decision involved input from various different teams at the company, including design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control to truly capture Samsung's aesthetic while keeping the environment in mind. 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.

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For home appliances such as television sets, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and kitchen appliances, Samsung will start using bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics.

The head of Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center, Gyeong-bin Jeon, said the company is working to minimize waste, while it acknowledges "society's environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes".

Lastly, Samsung is committed to replacing its current paper with fiber materials certified by global environmental organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for packaging and manuals by 2020.

The end goal is to be using 500,000 tons of recycled plastics by 2030 and to have collected 7.5 million tons of discarded products by then, too. "We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost".

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