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New Delhi: Samsung Electronics said on Monday that it aims to expand the use of environmentally conscious materials for all of its smartphone products in the coming years. The world’s largest smartphone maker said it plans to use recycled plastic materials in all its new flagship Galaxy smartphones and stop using plastic in packaging by 2025, Yonhap news agency reports. It also aims to use 100 percent recycled plastic parts in all of its smartphone products by 2050.
“You might question the impact our campaign can have on the Earth’s environment, but it’s quite a significant amount considering Samsung’s huge product portfolio,” Park Sung-sun, executive vice president and head of the mechanical R&D team at Samsung’s Mobile eXperience division, said during a press briefing in Seoul. (Also Read: Residents of THIS Indian state do not pay income tax! Why are natives exempt? – Check)
“We think it can have small but meaningful resonances for each customer,” he added. At the beginning of February, Samsung launched new Galaxy S flagship smartphones in three models – Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus and the luxury model Galaxy S23 Ultra. (Also Read: SBI vs ICICI vs HDFC vs PPF FD Rates 2023: Here is Comparison of Latest Fixed Deposit Rate)
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. The Galaxy S23 and Plus model use 11 such components each.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra uses recycled plastic from discarded PET bottles in the back glass and front case, and recycled aluminum in the side key, volume key and SIM tray. The luxury model also uses front and rear glass that, according to the technology giant, contains an average of 22 percent recycled content.
Samsung said the use of recycled ocean-bound plastic in the new flagship range could prevent more than 15 tonnes of discarded fishing nets from polluting the oceans by 2023. Samsung has been working with partners to increase the recycling of rare materials such as gold and cobalt, Park said.
“Since we believe that (sustainability) efforts are part of corporate social responsibility, we try to minimize any impact on prices and not pass the price burden on to consumers,” he added.
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