Samsung has confirmed that they will begin packaging their electronic items in "environmentally sustainable materials" instead of plastic within the first half of this year.
The electronics company made the announcement via their website on Sunday, revealing plans to replace the plastic used for the packaging of phones, tablets and home appliances with materials such as recycled or bio-based plastics that come from non-fossil fuel sources and paper.
They will also use paper certified by "global environmental organizations" for their manuals.
Starting in the first half of this year, Samsung phones, tablets and wearable devices will be packaged in paper, pulp molds and bio-based or recycled plastics https://t.co/NiXM50GqDc— CNN (@CNN) January 28, 2019
"Samsung Electronics announced today that the company will start taking steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements," a statement on said website reads.
"From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper.
"To revamp product packaging, Samsung Electronics has formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas.
"For mobile phone, tablet and wearable products, Samsung will replace the plastic used for holder trays with pulp molds, and bags wrapping accessories with eco-friendly materials. Samsung will also alter the phone charger design, swapping the glossy exterior with a matte finish and eliminating plastic protection films, reducing the use of plastics."
Head of Samsung's Global Customer Satisfaction Center Gyeong-bin Jeon said that the company is keen on addressing society's environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes, as well as minimizing their own waste.
I'm sorry my nose was a little stuffed up this morning but I really love that Samsung is reducing plastic use in packaging, and Ben and Jerry's banning single-use plastic. In my own life I'm starting to give back unused utensils to delivery drivers, keep bag of them by my door pic.twitter.com/vziU3Jld54— Hope King (@lisahopeking) January 28, 2019
As part of their shift in strategy where the packaging of items is concerned, Samsung is aiming to use 500 tons of recycled plastics and to collect 7.5 tons of discarded products by the year 2030.
The electronics giants are trying to play their part in making the planet safer. But while their plans are unlikely to cause a significant steer in the right direction, their efforts could possibly lead to a similar change within multiple entities worldwide.