Samsung plans to minimize and replace packaging with environmentally sustainable materials
Samsung Electronics today announced that the company will start taking steps this year to replace the plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sound materials. elements.
From the first half of 2019, the packaging currently used 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.
Samsung Electronics has created a workgroup to develop product packaging, including design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas.
For mobile phones, tablets, and products that can be worn, Samsung will replace the plastic used for cellulose tray holder trays and accessories for packing bags with environmentally friendly 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 with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics that are made accordingly. of plastic waste and non-fossil fuels such as starch or cane.
As far as the paper is concerned, Samsung will only use fibrous materials certified by global environmental organizations, such as the Forest Management Board, the Forest Certification Scheme Approvals, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for Packaging and Handbooks 2020 year.
"Samsung Electronics is stepping up in solving the environmental problems of society, 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. "
According to the company's circular economy, Samsung Electronics has defined 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 discarded products (both cumulative from 2009)