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Electronics maker Samsung will begin replacing its plastic packaging with sustainable materials.
“From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper,” the company announced in a press release.
The company has formed a task force to design and implement the new materials for each of its products.
Phones, tablets and wearables
Samsung will now use pulp to make plastic holder trays for its smartphones, tablet and wearables.
“Samsung will also alter the phone charger design, swapping the glossy exterior with a matte finish and eliminating plastic protection films, reducing the use of plastics,” the company noted further.
The plastic that usually covers Samsung’s appliances will be made from bioplastics and other recyclable materials.
The Korean company also revealed its goal to use 500 000 tons of recycled material by 2030, and paper-only packaging by 2020.
“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,” said Gyeong-bin Jeon , the company’s head of Global Customer Satisfaction Center.
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