Rethinking the life cycle of discarded fishing nets
Over the past decade, Samsung Electronics has worked to rethink product design and development to do more with smaller quantities when it comes to the planet’s natural resources. Samsung’s latest step in this mission was the recent creation of Galaxy technology, which redesigns one of the world’s major sources of plastic waste – discarded fishing nets.
Discarded fishing nets pose a serious threat to marine life and natural ecosystems, often falling into food and water sources. Due to prolonged exposure to seawater and ultraviolet rays, the material of the fishing net is fragile, making the nets difficult to process directly. To find a solution, Samsung has created a material that preserves the quality of its smartphones while maintaining the health of the oceans.
How it works
Samsung believes that collaboration is critical to removing barriers and creating innovations that deliver performance and sustainability. As such, Samsung has joined forces with like-minded organizations to develop new capabilities and address the complex problem of ocean plastic pollution.
Samsung has for the first time partnered with Royal DSM, a leading science-based company, to assemble fishing nets from fishermen who collect them along the shores of the Indian Ocean. Having collected the nets, the company separates, cuts, cleans and extrudes them to develop an environmentally friendly material that is at least 80% composed of recycled polyamide or nylon.
Samsung then works with Hanwha Compound, a polymer company, to optimize the performance of the material to meet the company’s high quality standards for smartphone technology. The material is converted into high-performance polyamide resins, which are produced using at least 20% of recycled fishing nets.
Now ready for use in mobile technology, Samsung has incorporated these recycled polyamide resins into the key components of the Galaxy S22 series key holder and S Pen inner cover.
What this means for the future of Samsung
This is just the beginning. Samsung is committed to developing and expanding the use of plastic with the ocean in all of its products. By the end of 2022, Samsung’s use of recycled ocean material could prevent more than 50 tons of discarded fishing nets1 from getting into the oceans.
The Galaxy S22 series marks another step towards Samsung’s sustainable development within the Galaxy for the Planet, which aims to unleash the scale, innovation and spirit of open cooperation of the company to provide sensitive climate action in MX Business and enable Galaxy users to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle . This includes increasing the use of recycled materials, reducing standby power, eliminating disposable plastic from packaging and disposing of all waste from landfills by 2025.
1 Based on internal research