Samsung Electronics has announced that it will not use plastic packaging on many products, from mobile phones to white goods. The technology giant will prefer recyclable and environmentally friendly materials such as paper and bio-based plastic.
Samsung will be implementing environmentalist material use instead of plastic packaging in the first half of 2019. The company will use paper packaging materials approved by forestry initiatives. Samsung is planning to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products (both cumulative from 2009).
The company has created a new task unit to develop innovative packaging ideas.
Samsung will replace the plastic used for holder trays with pulp molds for tablets or phones, and bags wrapping accessories with eco-friendly materials. Samsung will also change the design of its chargers, replacing its glossy exterior with a matte finish, eliminating plastic protection films and reducing the use of plastic.
Plastic bags used to protect the surface of the TV, refrigerator, air-conditioner, washing machine and other kitchen and household appliances will also be replaced with recycled materials and bags containing bioplastics.
Until 2020, the company will only use fiber materials certified by global environmental organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.
Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Center said, “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.”