Samsung is switching to eco-friendly phone packaging

Gwen Vasquez
January 29, 2019

Samsung Electronics sent out a press release, announcing its intention to improve the packaging of its products with more environmentally friendly materials. 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. Bag wrapping accessories will be substituted with eco-friendly materials.

"To revamp product packaging, Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas", said Samsung in its statement.

Samsung's commitment goes well beyond its phones, though.

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It won't just be the packaging itself that evolves as a result, mind. The glossy exterior is out and a matte finish is in. Instead, a more sustainable biodegradable plastic will be utilised to wrap televisions, mobile phones and other appliances. Their replacements will use recycled materials, taking plastic waste and reusing it, along with bioplastics, which are made variously from sugar cane, starch, and other renewable substances. Although bioplastics are made from renewable materials, they don't always biodegrade faster than their petrochemical counterparts, and the intensive farming needed to produce the raw materials for them can damage local ecosystems.

The company said it will replace the plastic packaging now used for products and accessories like phones and tablets with materials such as recycled/bio-based plastics and paper during the start of 2019. New paper sourcing will be in place by 2020. 'We are committed to recycling resources and minimising pollution coming from our products. In 2017, a Greenpeace protestor hijacked Samsung's Mobile World Congress keynote to demand the company articulate how it planned to manage the 4.3 million Note 7 units it had recalled. At the same time, facilities responsible for actually making devices - whether smartphones, cars, or something else - have also shifted to use more green energy from sources like solar and wind.

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