Samsung rethinks its product packaging, says no to plastic

Samsung says no to plastic

By 2030, the electronics giant aims to use 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has recently said that it will take efforts in 2019 to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements. According to the firm, from the first half of 2019, it will replace the packaging material presently it is using for products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper.

To achieve its motto of reconditioning the packaging of deliverables, the South Korean MNC  has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing, and quality control that would innovative packaging ideas.

What will be replaced in Samsung’s mobile phone, tablet, wearable, and home appliances?

As elaborated in detail, the company will replace the plastic used for holder trays with pulp molds, and bags wrapping accessories with eco-friendly materials for mobile phone, tablet, and wearable products. Moreover, it will also revise the design of phone charger, recasting the glossy exterior with a matte finish, eliminating plastic protection films use.

Apart from that, Samsung will also put back the plastic material used to protect the surface of home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines as well as other kitchen appliances. They will be replaced with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics, which are respectively made from plastic wastes and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane.

What would replace paper?

Concerning paper, the brand said will deploy only fiber materials certified by global environmental organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council, Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for packaging and manuals by 2020.

A commitment to recycling resources

Gyeong-bin Jeon, Head, Global Customer Satisfaction Center, Samsung, said, “Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes,” she added, “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.”

Under its circular economy policy, Samsung Electronics has set a mid-term implementation plan to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiatives by 2020. By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products.In a deal signed with Apple, Samsung has said to be adding Apple’s AirPlay 2 software on its televisions.