New measures range from innovations in products that provide more environmentally friendly features, to sustainable packaging that reduces waste
Today, Samsung Electronics announced sustainable development initiatives until 2022 that will accelerate the development of environmentally conscious home appliances. Through these measures, Samsung acts against environmental issues with innovative products and services that can be used in everyday life.
“At CES 2022, we outlined how Samsung will help address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability issues,” said Hesun Yang, Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Electronics, Samsung Electronics. “Cooperation to combat microplastic pollution; helping consumers reduce energy consumption; waste reduction through the use of recycled plastic; and adapting environmentally conscious packaging, these are some of the activities we are working on to develop a variety of material solutions for environmental issues and a sustainable future. ”
Technology to reduce pollution
In a recently announced partnership, Samsung is teaming up with US clothing company Patagonia. As announced at CES 2022, this collaboration will contribute to environmental sustainability by addressing the problem of microplastics and its impact on the ocean environment. CPO Patagonia Vincent Stanley shared his thoughts during Samsung’s keynote speech on the importance of this collaboration and the direction of its development, calling it an example of how companies can “help reverse climate change and restore nature’s health.”
Patagonia is well known for its commitment to innovative materials that reduce harm to the planet. The apparel company continues to assist Samsung in a variety of ways, including in product testing, sharing its research and promoting familiarity with the NGO Ocean Wise. Samsung is exploring features designed to overcome the negative effects of microplastics.
In addition, Bespoke Water Purifier was recently certified by NSF International in the US for its ability to filter particles ranging in size from 0.5 to 1 micrometer, including microplastics. This makes Samsung one of the first manufacturers of water purifiers to receive this certification.
Save more energy and epromoting more environmentally conscious energy use
To contribute to better energy use and support sustainable living, Samsung is also working with Q CELLS to create a new Zero Energy home integration1 feature for SmartThings Energy. This feature provides production and storage of data from solar panels and energy storage systems to help users adjust the power supply.
SmartThings Energy monitors the energy consumption of connected consumer devices and recommends energy saving techniques based on their usage patterns. In partnership with Wattbuy in the US and Uswitch in the UK, SmartThings Energy allows users to switch to the most cost-effective energy supplier in their region.
Increasing the use of recycled plastic
Samsung will also increase the amount of recycled plastic used in its home appliances. To this end, it will expand the use of recycled plastic from the internal components of its technology to external elements.
Samsung is set to raise its target for recycled plastic in its home appliances from five percent in 2021 to 30 percent in 2024. This is an increase from 25,000 tons of recycled plastic in 2021 to 158,000 tons in 2024.2
In addition, Samsung has also developed a new type of recycled polypropylene plastic for its bathtub washing machines. Using discarded polypropylene and polyethylene from items such as used lunch boxes and face mask straps, the company has created a new type of recycled resin that is more resistant to external shocks.
More durable packaging
Samsung is also expanding the use of environmentally friendly packaging to cover a large line of products, including home appliances such as vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, air purifiers and more. This will allow consumers to repurpose the boxes in which their products arrived.
The expansion was first launched in Korea in 2021 and will be introduced to global markets in 2022.
For more information on Samsung’s environmentally conscious initiatives, please visit Samsung.com.
1 Available from the first half of 2022 in the UK, the second half of 2022 in Germany and 2023 in the US
2 Based on the weight of the final components