Plastic will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper.

Samsung has announced its plans to opt for environmentally-friendly materials such as paper in its packaging, under the company's new sustainability policy. 

The Korean tech giant released a lengthy statement to say that it has set up a special task force to oversee production and to phase out the current substance of choice, plastic.

From the first half of 2019, the plastic used for holder trays for their products – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be replaced with "pulp molds."

It's also changing the design of phone chargers to reduce the use of plastic - the glossy exterior will be replaced with a matte finish, while plastic protection films will be removed.

"The 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, which are respectively made from plastic wastes and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane," the company's statement reads. 

"Regarding paper, Samsung will only use fibre materials certified by global environmental organizations 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 Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes,” said Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Center.

“We are committed to recycling resources and minimizing pollution coming from our products. We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.”

Under the company’s circular economy policy, Samsung Electronics has set a mid-term implementation plan to only use paper packaging materials certified by forestry initiatives by next year.

By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500 thousand tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products (both cumulative from 2009).

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