What if your next Galaxy phone was created from recycled plastic from the ocean? That’s one vision Samsung has for the future.
Samsung announced on Wednesday at its Samsung Unpacked launch event that it will eliminate all single-use plastic from its smartphone packaging by 2025, making it the most recent Big Tech corporation to make a stronger pro-environmental commitment.
Although the focus was on the new devices that Samsung unveiled at its Unpacked event, the South Korean electronics giant slipped in a small announcement near the end of the show that should warm the cockles of green warriors’ hearts.
Just days after the disturbing UN Climate Panel Policy report was released, Samsung pledged to eliminate single-use plastics from product packaging entirely in four years.
Samsung said it would lessen, remove, and replace unnecessary resources and materials used in device packaging in the past, as well as incorporate environmentally friendly solutions.
On the surface, this may appear to be a typical bleeding-heart spiel that corporations use from time to time. Samsung, on the other hand, is one of the most popular smartphone brands in the world, with millions of units shipped each year. A company that promises to eliminate plastics from its packaging is huge and significant. It has the potential to be a game-changer for the industry.
Galaxy for the Planet
Samsung also announced that by 2025, it would use recycled material in all of its new mobile products, as part of its new sustainable vision for the mobile industry, “Galaxy for the Planet.”
Its first goals are to reduce its environmental impact and resource depletion from the manufacturing to disposal of Galaxy products.
In terms of product technology, Samsung wants to achieve zero power standby consumption for smartphone chargers by 2025, with a target of less than 0.005 watts. So far, the standby power consumption of all of its smartphone chargers has been reduced to 0.02 W.
Among its other green promises is one to eliminate “e-waste” through enhancing product lifecycles, design processes through Galaxy Upcycling, and trade-in programs.
Additionally, the Koran firm stated that it will reduce waste from its mobile work locations, with the goal of diverting all garbage from landfills by 2025.
According to Sophia Kim, Samsung’s vice president of public relations of the mobile communications business, Samsung has been looking for greener products for numerous years. The Galaxy smartphone charger, as well as the Galaxy Buds Pro, Galaxy Buds Live, and the new Galaxy Buds 2, are all manufactured of 20% recycled materials.
Samsung is dedicated to developing solutions that will help our people and the environment have a brighter future. However, we recognize that we cannot do this alone, and the global fight for the planet is not a race,” said Stephanie Choi, SVP and Head of Marketing for Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Communications Business.
The company has also made steps toward more environmentally friendly packaging materials: compared to the Galaxy S7 from 2016, the Galaxy S21’s packaging generates 51% less waste. The protective cover on the Galaxy phone is currently the only plastic in the box, but Samsung is working on more environmentally friendly materials for this as well.