Samsung Will Now Use Eco-Friendly Materials For Its Packaging
Samsung Electronics on Sunday announced in a blog post that it would replace plastic packaging with Eco-Friendly materials. The company said that it will start taking steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements.
In their blog post, Samsung wrote, “From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper.”
This makes Samsung one of the only companies to start an initiative like this one to help save the environment. The company also said that the plastic bags used to protect the surface of home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines as well as other kitchen appliances will be replaced with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics, which are made from plastic wastes and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane respectively.
“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.” Samsung said in the post.
Samsung plans that by next year, it will only use Eco-Friendly 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).
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Its great to see a big smartphone company stepping up to help the cause of the environment and start using Eco-Friendly materials for packaging and we hope that more companies join the cause and start an initiative like this on their own.