Samsung Electronics will stop using plastic packaging for its products and accessories as part of its sustainability policy.
When it comes to paper manuals and packaging, Samsung pledges to use only fibre materials that are certified by global environmental organisations such as Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. The company has already established a task force to revamp product packaging. In a 2017 report about consumer electrics companies and their sustainability effects (or lack thereof), Samsung ranked pretty poorly when stacked against other companies like Apple, HP, and Microsoft, particularly with respect to renewable energy. The design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control departments will put their heads together to come up with innovative packaging ideas. Additionally, Samsung will replace the plastic used for holder trays for mobiles and tablets with pulp molds. The glossy exterior is out and a matte finish is in. This makes it possible to pack the item without using a plastic film. The company aims to switch to fiber materials like paper, certified by global environmental organizations by 2020.
For home appliances such as television sets, refrigerators, air conditioners, washing machines and kitchen appliances, Samsung will start using bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics. By 2030 Samsung hopes to have used 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products. "We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing pollution coming from our products". They also added that Samsung will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.