According to the United Nations, a staggering 8 million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans every year. Even more shocking is that since the 1950s, over 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced – and just 1% of that figure comes from renewable, non-fossil fuel-based resources.
In order to help mitigate this growing crisis, Samsung Electronics is following in the footsteps of governments and organizations the world over and implementing sustainable packaging practices for its products in order to reduce plastic consumption and waste.
Going Green in 2019
Earlier this week, Samsung Electronics announced that 2019 will see it begin to switch to more environmentally-friendly packaging formats across its portfolio.
This is not the first move into sustainable packaging the company has made; Samsung has been introducing environmentally-friendly packaging to its notebook computer line since 2018. Going forward, Samsung looks to expand this ‘eco-conscious packaging’ initiative into its wider product line including its mobile devices, wearables, TVs, refrigerators and other home appliance products.
Reliably Sourced, Sustainably Made
In a nutshell, traditionally understood ‘plastic’ packaging is to be replaced for 2019 by molded pulp (a fusion material that uses no wood fibers and incorporates waste by-products such as sugarcane residue) trays, recycled paper containers and bags made of recycled plastic and bio-based, fossil fuel-free materials like starch.
Additionally, in order to further support full-cycle sustainability, Samsung has committed to only use Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)-certified paper materials in its packaging and manuals by 2020.
The Bigger Picture
This commitment to sustainable practices in product packaging is part of a wider series of mid-term initiatives put in place by Samsung to transform the way the company manages its resources. What does all this mean? Check out the graphics below: