Unboxing electronics is so enjoyable activity that whole parts of YouTube are dedicated to the topic, but the environmental consequences of all those molded plastic trays, heat shrink wrapping and tough plastic cable connections can be higher than you think. Chances are, you will just throw away everything or throw it into your closet, making reuse unlikely. To compensate for all this waste, Samsung Electronics has decided to start replacing plastic packaging with more resistant materials such as paper and recycled or bio-engineered plastics.
More specific plans include the replacement of plastic bags for the protection of appliances and televisions with bags based on recycled and bioplastics and the switch to use only of paper fibrous materials certified by selected forest sustainability groups by 2020 [1
The company aims to use 50,000 tons of recycled plastic and has collected a total of 7.5 million tons of "discarded". However, this change may have the unwanted side effect of rising prices. Samsung's Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of the Global Customer Satisfaction Center (whatever), is quoted in the press release as saying, "We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing the pollution coming from our products. 19659003] Although I doubt that the transition from plastic to paper trays will be responsible for any distortion of the price of the Galaxy S10 above S9, if costs increase, they can be transferred to a customer, it is a small price to offset the impact of our insatiable hunger for luxury electrics As one of the largest mobile phone vendors (and one of the largest electronics conglomerates in the world), Samsung's new focus will likely have a significant impact on how much of our limited resources are lost on the packaging.
Samsung Electronics to Replace Plastic Packages With Sustainable Materials
Korea, January 27, 2019
According to the company's sustainability policy, Samsung plans to minimize and replace packaging with environmentally sustainable materials. Samsung Electronics today announced that the company will take steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable items.
From the first half of 2019, the products currently in use for Samsung products and accessories – from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be replaced by environmentally sustainable materials such as recycled / bio-based plastics and paper [1 9659003] To refresh the packaging of products, Samsung Electronics has created a working group including design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas. trays with cellulose molds and accessories for packaging bags with ecological materials. Samsung will also change the design of the charger by replacing the glossy exterior with matte finish and eliminating plastic protective films, reducing the use of plastics.
Plastic bags used to protect the surface of household appliances such as televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines as well as other kitchen appliances will also be replaced by bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics made from plastic waste and non-fossil fuels such as starch or cane. use of fibrous materials certified by global environmental organizations such as the Forest Management Board, the Forest Certification Scheme Approvement Program, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for Packaging and Handbooks by 2020
"Samsung Electronics is stepping up its work on environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic waste, "said Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center. "We are determined to recycle resources and minimize the pollution that comes from our products. We will accept more environmentally sustainable materials even if this means increasing costs. "
Under the circular policy of the company, Samsung Electronics has set a medium-term implementation plan to use only paper packaging materials certified by forest initiatives until next year. , By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500,000 tonnes of recycled plastic and to collect 7.5 million tonnes of disposed products (both cumulative from 2009)