Let’s face it. Samsung sells millions of smartphones in a year. Every single smartphone ships with a box, and that took a toll on the environment. Samsung is making things right now by using environment-friendly packaging material like paper and other environmentally sustainable materials.

This is not limited to smartphones alone, actually. Samsung’s shift from plastic to sustainable packaging materials will affect its mobile phones, tablets, and home appliance packaging. Samsung Electronics is committed to make this change in the first half of 2019

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Samsung Galaxy Note9
This might be the last time we are seeing such packaging design from Samsung.

As for the materials used, Samsung Electronics is aiming to use sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper. It is a step further from Samsung’s current use of soy ink printing and Carbon Trust-compliant packaging.

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Look at the bottom row of logos of the box.

Since there is a big shift in packaging materials used for Samsung Electronics’ products, they have “formed a task force involving design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control for innovative packaging ideas” which we presume will have a big shift in the overall packaging experience.

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.

Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes. 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.

– Gyeong-bin Jeon, head of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Center

Samsung Electronics will be replacing protective plastic bags for TVs, refrigerators, monitors, and other appliances with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics. Samsung Electronics aim to eliminate the use of plastic and fossil fuel and replace them with organic materials like starch and sugar cane.

Samsung Galaxy Note9
A change is coming soon.

Any documentation like user manual, guides, and warranty information cards will be printed out of fiber materials that are certified by global environmental organizations like the Forest Stewardship Council, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Scheme and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. This initiative on paper will be completed by 2020.


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