Samsung is improving its environmental footprint and the company has outlined plans to begin replacing plastic packaging with more sustainable materials. From the first half of 2019 on, it’ll stop using regular plastic in boxes for phones, appliances, and other products and replace them with bioplastics, recycled plastics, and paper. Even the product designs are changing to reduce its waste. Phone chargers will have a matte finish that doesn’t need a plastic protection film to remain pristine during shipping for instance.
When Samsung does use paper, it will use sustainable variants certified by environmental organizations. The company expects to finish transitioning to that material by 2020. Samsung has faced criticism for years from environmental groups for its lack of definitive environmental plans. A Greenpeace protester even crashed the company’s 2017 Mobile World Congress presentation. So it could use better publicity.
This move should help the company’s public image and show that they care about the environment. Samsung is one of the largest electronics companies, and a shift to greener packaging could eliminate massive amounts of waste. It might also inspire other companies to do the same. This could be the start of a greener tech movement. We will have to wait and see if that happens.