Samsung ditches plastic packaging for 'sustainable materials'

Samsung Electronics vows to use more environmentally sustainable packaging, including bioplastics and paper

For larger home appliances, Samsung said the plastic bags used to protect the surface of TVs, refrigerators and washing machines will be replaced with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics, which it says will be made from plastic wastes and non-fossil fuel materials such as starch and sugar cane.

The plastic wrapping inside not so much, with South Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung opting to ditch the harmful packaging in favour of something more environmentally friendly.

Samsung Electronics, though, has announced it is 'taking steps' to address this with a programme that will see it phasing out plastic-based packaging, where possible, across its products by 2020. Instead of plastic, Samsung will start using paper and and other environmentally sustainable elements.

In order to get this task rolling, the company has a task force which oversees the design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas.

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The company mentioned the use of pulp moulds for holder trays that are used for mobile phones, tablets, and wearables.

Smartphone brand Samsung has announced that it will alter the phone charger design this year. The plastic protection films on chargers are going to be dropped as well. Big companies like Apple and Adidas have launched their own sustainability initiatives, while sports brand Nike has already started using recycled materials in its shoes. 'We are committed to recycling resources and minimising pollution coming from our products.

Samsung's new paper strategy means using environmentally friendly materials for its packaging and manuals.

Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung's global customer satisfaction centre, said: "Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society's environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes". 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.

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