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

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

Samsung Electronics has just announced that its future products will be more eco-friendly than ever thanks to a new plan the involves replacing plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements. The company has also created a new task force to design more efficient packaging.

While Samsung is getting rid of the protective plastics from its smartphones, it will be replaced in other products with bioplastics from starch or sugar cane, both bio-degradable materials. The glossy plastic finish typically seen today on charging plugs will be replaced with a matte finish which removes the needs for plastic protection films.

Samsung's commitment goes well beyond its phones, though. The design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control departments will put their heads together to come up with innovative packaging ideas. This policy change is applicable for all Samsung products - ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances. That will allow Samsung to avoid the plastic protection film that is now applied to the glossy chargers so that they don't get scratched. Big companies like Apple and Adidas have launched their own sustainability initiatives, while sports brand Nike has already started using recycled materials in its shoes. The plastic bags used to protect the surface of these products will be replaced with bags made from recycled materials and bioplastics. The company, by 2020, will use fiber materials certified by global environmental organizations for packaging and manuals. "We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost".

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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.

According to the Korean manufacturer, they are stepping up in addressing society's environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic waste.

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