Samsung Electronics has announced that it will take steps to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other alternatives this year.
The packaging used in the firm’s products and accessories, ranging from mobile phones to home appliances, will be replaced with sustainable materials such as recycled/bio-based plastics and paper.
To change product packaging, it has formed a task force including design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative ideas.
For mobile phones, tablets and wearable items, Samsung will replace the plastic used for holder trays with pulp moulds, and bag wrapping accessories with eco-friendly materials.
It will also alter the phone charger design, switching the glossy exterior with a matte finish, and phasing out plastic protection films.
The plastic bags used to protect the surface of home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines, will also be swapped with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics.
It will only use fibre materials certified by global environmental organisations like the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for packaging and manuals by 2020.
Samsung head of global customer satisfaction centre Gyeong-bin Jeon said: “Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic waste. We are committed to recycling resources and minimising pollution coming from our products. We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.”
Under the firm’s circular economy policy, it has set a mid-term implementation plan to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiatives by next year.
By 2030, it aims to use 500,000 tonnes of recycled plastics, and collect 7.5 million tonnes of discarded products.