Samsung Electronics is revamping the packaging for its tech and home appliances to be more eco-friendly, by replacing plastics with more environmentally sustainable materials.
The South Korean tech giant announced that by the first half of this year, the packaging for its products will adopt recycled and bio-based plastics and paper.
Interestingly, even the phone charger is getting a design change from a glossy exterior to a matte finish, to compensate for its plastic protection film being phased out.
In theory a matte casing hides scratches better, and will possibly look to be in better condition in the long run. Samsung Global Customer Satisfaction Center head Gyeong-bin Jeon says the company is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes.
“We are committed to recycling resources and minimising pollution coming from our products. We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost,” he said, in a press statement.
The revamp applies to Samsung’s products and accessories from mobile phones, tablets, wearables to home appliances The plastic holder trays for mobile phone, tablet and wearables will be replaced with pulp moulds, while bags wrapping accessories will be made from eco-friendly materials.
For home appliances like TVs, washing machines and kitchen appliances, the plastic bags used to protect them will be replaced with bags containing recycled plastic and bioplastics made of starch or sugar cane.
Samsung says for paper it will only use materials certified by global environmental organisations like the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, for its packaging and manuals by 2020.
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