Samsung phone chargers to lose their glossy exterior finish
28 January, 2019, 17:10
The company's electronics division announced its new sustainability policy Sunday and it involves changing product packaging for its phones, tablets, and wearables.
The plastic packaging that's now used for Samsung's products and accessories will be replaced with sustainable elements such as recycled/bio-based plastics and paper from the first half of 2019. But given that an estimated 91 per cent of plastics aren't recycled, and certainly because Samsung is such a global behemoth, any effort to move away from plastic packaging is a welcome shift. This policy change is applicable for all Samsung products - ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances. Bio-plastics come from non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane. Bag wrapping accessories will be substituted with eco-friendly materials. Samsung will also alter the phone charger design by swapping the glossy exterior with a matte finish. In a 2017 report about consumer electrics companies and their sustainability effects (or lack thereof), Samsung ranked pretty poorly when stacked against other companies like Apple, HP, and Microsoft, particularly with respect to renewable energy. The plastic protection films on chargers are going to be dropped as well. Samsung has also promised to use only fibre material certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for both its packaging and manuals by 2020.
The head of Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center, Gyeong-bin Jeon, said the company is working to minimize waste, while it acknowledges "society's environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes".
By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products. Finally, the paper that Samsung normally uses in packaging will be made of fiber materials certified by environmental organizations.
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