Instead, the company will be focusing on using paper and other environmentally sustainable elements to curb plastic waste. Samsung Electronics on Sunday announced that it will join a growing number of companies kicking plastic packaging as they shift toward more sustainable options.
Samsung's goal is to replace much of what would now be made with plastic with paper and other environmentally sustainable materials. More precisely, phones, tablets, and wearables will come with pulp molds instead of holder trays made of plastic, while bags wrapping accessories will be made of eco-friendly materials.
To revamp product packaging, Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas. Samsung would implement the change from the first half of 2019.
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On top of that, Samsung's bundled chargers will ditch its glossy shiny surface for a matte finish. Their replacements will use recycled materials, taking plastic waste and reusing it, along with bioplastics, which are made variously from sugar cane, starch, and other renewable substances. This makes it possible to pack the item without using a plastic film. 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.
According to Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsungs Global Customer Satisfaction Center, the transformation has received a green light, and the Korean company will fully commit, even if it means an increase in cost. As regards to paper, Samsung is only going to use fiber materials that are certified by global environmental organizations. By 2030, meanwhile, Samsung says it aims to have used 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collected 7.5m tons of discarded products between then and 2009.