Research has shown that the use of ocean-derived recycled plastic used by Samsung in its Galaxy mobile devices reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 25% compared to the use of ordinary plastic.
The new Galaxy S22 series, Galaxy Tab S8 series and Galaxy Book2 Pro series devices, which Samsung launched earlier this year, use materials made from fishing nets, also called ‘ghost nets’, thrown into the ocean and recycled and repurposed.
Great success, significantly reducing carbon emissions
According to the results of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), conducted by the safety certification body Underwriters Laboratories (UL), 4.4 tons of carbon emissions are generated for the production of 1 ton of ordinary plastic. Using the same amount of ocean-derived recycled plastic results in 3.3 tons of carbon emissions. For the production of 1 ton of plastic; With the recycling of waste fishing nets instead of traditional methods, carbon emissions are reduced by 1.1 tons. This 1.1-ton reduction in carbon emissions is equivalent to the amount of carbon absorbed by 120 30-year-old pine trees.
Samsung will use recycled ocean-sourced materials in all of its products
Including recycled plastic materials made from waste fishing nets in the key bracket of the Galaxy S22 series, the inner cover of the S Pen, as well as the touchpad holder and inner bracket of the Galaxy Book2 Pro series, Samsung sees this as just the beginning. Samsung continues its efforts to develop and expand the use of ocean-sourced recycled materials to use it in all of its products.
As part of its ‘Galaxy for the Planet’ sustainability vision, Samsung aims to use recycled materials in all new Galaxy products by 2025. The company also aims to end the use of single-use plastic in product packaging, reduce standby power consumption of smartphone chargers, and completely prevent waste from going to landfills.
Since 2015, Samsung has collected 56 thousand used phones and turned them into raw materials.
As part of Earth Day on April 22, Samsung and its 11 subsidiaries are running a campaign to transform used phones, with the participation of all their employees in Korea. Employees can participate in this campaign by donating their old phones, batteries and chargers, regardless of brand. The collected products are separated by shredding and thus raw materials such as gold, silver and bronze that can be reused in production are obtained.
Running this campaign since 2015, Samsung has collected approximately 56 thousand used phones until last year. Samsung also continues its efforts to minimize the environmental impact in all processes, from product development to waste disposal.