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Samsung Scraps Wasteful Packaging

Olivia Long - January 28, 2019 - 11:31 AM
Samsung Scraps Wasteful Packaging
Samsung Electronics has vowed to transition to sustainable packaging materials from wasteful ones like plastic.

(CCM) — Samsung Electronics has revealed in a press release that it will minimize and stop using wasteful materials in its packaging in favor of more sustainable, environmentally-friendly ones.

Beginning in the first half of this year, the company will begin using recyclable plastics and paper to package its products, which include mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and home appliances. To effectively make the change, Samsung has formed a dedicated team that will handle design, development, purchasing, marketing, and quality control for new packaging ideas.

For example, for mobile phone packaging, Samsung will replace plastic holder trays with ones made of pulp molds. Also, phone chargers will no longer feature a glossy finish or plastic film. The plastic film that is used to package many of the brand's home appliances will be replaced by recycled materials and bioplastics.

"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."

By 2030, Samsung aims to have used 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and have collected 7.5 million tons of discarded products.

Image: © Samsung.
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