While many details about the Galaxy S22 have leaked ahead of the official unveiling, it turns out there are some details we do not know yet. One of them is that the phone will help drive environmental sustainability.
Samsung will help the environment in its own way with the upcoming Galaxy S22. The flagship smartphone will have some parts derived from discarded fishing nets. Achieving this goal required the South Korean company to make a new material from plastic waste.
However, it is not just the flagship that will get the discarded fishing net treatment because the new material will end up across Samsung’s product lineup.
Meanwhile, Samsung has not revealed how much of the phone material is made from the repurposed ocean-bound plastic.
Samsung says more than 640,000 tons of fishing nets are disposed of in the sea, causing danger to marine life and coral reefs. We expect Samsung to highlight this environmental conservation effort at its Unpacked event coming up this month.
In a blog post, Samsung said:
“In a move that combines sustainability and innovation, Samsung Electronics developed a new material that gives ocean-bound plastics new life as they’re incorporated into various Galaxy devices. Made with repurposed ocean-bound discarded fishing nets, the use of this material marks another step in our Galaxy for the Planet journey that aims to minimize our environmental footprint and help foster more sustainable lifestyles for the Galaxy community.
“Now and into the future, Samsung will incorporate repurposed ocean-bound plastics throughout our entire product lineup, starting with our new Galaxy devices that will be revealed on February 9th at Unpacked. These devices will reflect our ongoing effort to eliminate single-use plastics and expand the use of other eco-conscious materials, such as recycled post-consumer material (PCM) and recycled paper. With this transformation, the future of Galaxy technology will bring leading product design and deliver better environmental impact.”
Samsung has been waging war against plastics in its operations. For instance, it has committed to replacing plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable elements. Samsung also pledged to alter how it packages its phones by replacing “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.”
The change affected other products too as the “the plastic bags used to protect the surface of home appliances such as TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines as well as other kitchen appliances will also be replaced with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics, which are respectively made from plastic wastes and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane.”
Also, starting from this year, Samsung “will expand the use of recycled materials to include the interior packaging of boxes, incorporating recycled materials into Styrofoam, box holders, and plastic bags.
In addition, Samsung plans to expand its Eco-Packaging programme across the globe.”
Other companies like Microsoft are also pursuing their environmental sustainability goal. The Redmond giant has its Ocean Plastic Mouse, made from 20 percent plastic.