Striving For Sustainability
Samsung Electronics is now altering their packaging and some of their products to use more “environmentally sustainable materials”. The products affected by this change are phones, tablets, and accessories such as bags and chargers. The usual plastic holders used in boxes for their products will now be made with pulp mold. In addition, the bags used to shield their larger products such as televisions, refrigerators, and air conditioners will be made from recycled materials and bioplastics.
Going Green In More Ways Than One
Samsung will use non fossil fuel sources for these bioplastics, such as starch or sugar cane. The normally glossy finish for Samsung’s phone chargers will now be a matte exterior and they will no longer be producing plastic protection films in an effort to reduce the use of plastic in their products. The large electronic corporation released a statement saying “To revamp product packaging, Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development purchasing, marketing, and quality control for innovative packaging ideas.”
They will only be using paper that has been certified by “global environmental organizations” such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The previously listed organizations certify paper that is made from only fiber materials that will be in use for all of Samsung Electronics packaging and manuals by 2020. “Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes. We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing pollution coming from our products.” the head of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Center, Gyeong-bin Jeon, said. He added “We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.”
Samsung has pledged to use 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and to collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products by 2030 (cumulative from 2009). The most recent change for the company is their circulation economy policy that set a mid-term implementation agenda to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiative by next year.
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Cheyann is a reporter at GoldenGOAT Articles that specializes in lifestyle, innovation, environment and the health care industry. After graduating high school with high honors in science and mathematics, she went on to college to specialize in biomedical engineering.