Who said you have to choose between progress and innovation? Samsung has just proven that we can adopt both through sustainable innovation. Samsung is committed to reducing the environment and depleting resources through the Galaxy for the Planet, which is a platform for sustainable mobile business.
The company recognizes that along with all others it plays a role in offering innovative solutions for present and future generations. Sustainable goals it seeks to achieve by 2025 include investing in environmentally friendly materials for its new mobile products, complete elimination of plastic in product packaging, reduced standby capacity and landfill disposal. Samsung is committed to achieving this sustainable future through its scale, innovation and open cooperation.
The first leap: redesigning discarded networks for new Galaxy products
What comes to mind when you hear plastics related to the ocean? Typically, these were images of empty water bottles and plastic bags thrown away and thrown into the water. Yes, they are part of the problem. But one aspect we don’t normally expect to be a threat to the environment is discarded fishing nets, which are estimated to reach alarming weights of 640,000 tonnes a year.
Without realizing it, these tons of networks pose a risk to balance in the marine ecosystem. It can capture and delay marine life and destroy coral reefs and natural habitats. It may even end up in our own sources of food and water. The good news is that Samsung has found a way to turn these discarded networks from threats into something targeted by incorporating them into various Galaxy products.
Achieve more with smaller ways of working together
Samsung is looking to come up with a product design that would allow them to do more with less natural resource costs. And they just did it by turning this ocean debris into key brackets for the Galaxy S22 series and an inner cover for the S handle.
This phase is the result of collaboration with other organizations that recognize that such a partnership is crucial to address the complex nature of World Ocean pollution and the emergence of innovative opportunities.
For example, nets are difficult to recycle because they have become fragile due to their long-term exposure to seawater and UV rays. So Samsung has partnered with leading science-based company Royal DSM to assemble fishing nets from fishermen along the Indian Ocean coastline. The company then developed an environmentally friendly material consisting of at least 80% recycled polyamide by separating, cutting and extruding the assembled fishing nets. Samsung is then working with polymer company Hanwha Compound to ensure that the material is converted into high-quality polyamide resins that meet the company’s standards for smart technology. Only then will the material be included in the key components of the key holder for the Galaxy S22 series and the inner cover of the S handle.
This is just the beginning
Incorporating recycled ocean-related plastic into the new Galaxy device is just the beginning, as Samsung plans to do the same for the entire product line. This significant milestone could prevent about 50 tons of “ghost nets” (by the end of 2022) from haunting the fragile marine ecosystem. All this and more to ensure quality product design while contributing to sustainable development for present and future generations.