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Samsung to stop using plastic packaging for its products

2019-01-28 17:11 by
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Samsung Electronics has decided to start replacing plastic in its packaging with more sustainable materials. Starting in the first half of this year, Samsung phones, tablets and wearable devices will be packaged in paper, pulp molds and bio-based or recycled plastics, the company said in a statement Sunday. It will also alter the design of its phone charger, replacing the glossy exterior with a matte finish and ditching plastic protection films.

More specific plans include replacing plastic bags protecting appliances and TVs with bags based on recycled and bioplastic materials, and switching to only using paper fiber materials certified by select forestry sustainability groups by 2020.

"We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing pollution coming from our products," Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center, said in a statement. "We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost."

The company consumed nearly 590,000 tons of plastic in 2017, according to its latest sustainability report. Recycled plastics accounted for just over 6% of Samsung's total plastic consumption. By 2030, Samsung said it plans to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products, cumulative from 2009.

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