New Delhi: The world’s largest smartphone maker Samsung Electronics has decided to use recycled plastic materials in all its new flagship Galaxy smartphones and stop using plastic in packaging by 2025.
In a statement the company said, “It aims to use 100 percent recycled plastic parts in all its smartphone products by 2050”
“You can question the impact our campaign can have on the Earth’s environment, but it’s a significant amount considering Samsung’s vast product portfolio,” said Park Sung-sun, executive vice president and CEO of Samsung’s Mobile Experience Division.
“We think this can be a small but meaningful resonance for each customer,” he said. In early February, Samsung launched the new Galaxy S flagship smartphones in three models – Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and the luxury model Galaxy S23 Ultra.
To further its sustainability efforts, Samsung’s Galaxy S23 Ultra uses 12 internal and external components made from environmentally conscious materials, up from six in its predecessor. There are 11 such components used in each of the Galaxy S23 and Plus models.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra uses recycled plastic from recycled PET bottles for the back glass and front case, and recycled aluminum for the side keys, volume keys and SIM tray. Front and back glass used in the luxury model also contain an average of 22 percent recycled content, according to the tech giant.
Samsung said that the use of recycled ocean plastics in the new flagship series could prevent more than 15 tonnes of discarded fishing nets from polluting the oceans by 2023. Cobalt, Park said.
“As we believe that (sustainability) efforts are part of corporate social responsibility, we try to minimize any impact on prices and not pass the cost burden on to consumers,” he added.