MANILA - Samsung Electronics will stop using plastic packaging for its products and accessories as part of its sustainability policy.
In a statement released Sunday, Samsung said the company will replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements.
The company said it will start using sustainable materials for packaging starting this year.
"From the first half of 2019, the packaging used currently for Samsung’s products and accessories – ranging from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances – will be substituted with environmentally sustainable materials like recycled/bio-based plastics and paper," the statement said.
Samsung will replace the plastic trays for mobile phones 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," the company added.
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.
The company will also use only fiber materials certified by environmental organizations for its paper 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."
By 2030, Samsung aims to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products.