Samsung Electronics said Sunday it will replace plastic packaging used for its products from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances and wearables with paper and other [environmentallysustainablematerialslikerecycled/bio-basedplastics19659002] Samsung will start making the switch in the first half of the year. The company aims to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiatives next year. By 2030, Samsung says plans to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products (both cumulative from 2009).
The company said it's formed and internal task force to come up with innovative packaging ideas that avoid plastic
For instance, the plastic trays used to hold mobile phones and tablets will be replaced with one made from pulp. Samsung said it would also be the phone charger design, swapping the glossy exterior with a matte finish and eliminating plastic protection films, reducing the use of plastics.
Plastic bags used to protect the surface of home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, Air conditioners and washing machines as well as other kitchen appliances will also be replaced with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics. Bioplastics are made from plastic waxes and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane.
The company also committed to using fiber materials certified by global environmental organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council, the program for the endorsement of forest certification scheme and The Sustainable Forestry Initiative for packaging and manuals by 2020.
The company will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials including the increase in cost, "Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center, said in a statement.