A STAGGERING eight million tons of plastic end up in the world’s oceans each year, according to information out of the United Nations. Even more shocking is that since the 1950s, over 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced and just one per cent of that figure comes from renewable, non-fossil fuel-based resources.

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Samsung Electronics is following in the footsteps of governments and organisations the world over, by implementing sustainable packaging practices for its products to reduce plastic consumption and waste, thus helping to mitigate this growing crisis.

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Samsung Electronics recently announced that 2019 will see it begin to switch to more environmentally friendly packaging formats across its portfolio.

“This is not the first move into sustainable packaging the company has made; Samsung has been introducing environmentally friendly packaging to its notebook computer line since 2018. Going forward, Samsung looks to expand this ‘eco-conscious packaging’ initiative into its wider product lines, including its mobile devices, wearables, TVs, refrigerators and other home appliance products,” the company said in a news release.

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In a nutshell, traditionally understood ‘plastic’ packaging is to be replaced in 2019 by moulded pulp (a fusion material that uses no wood fibres and incorporates waste by-products such as sugar cane residue) trays, recycled paper containers, and bags made of recycled plastic and bio-based, fossil fuel-free materials like starch.

“Additionally, in order to further support full-cycle sustainability, Samsung has committed to only use sustainable forest management-certified paper materials in its packaging and manuals by 2020,” the release said.

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“This commitment to sustainable practices in product packaging is part of a wider series of midterm initiatives put in place by Samsung to transform the way the company manages its resources,” it added

In a nutshell, traditionally understood ‘plastic’ packaging is to be replaced in 2019 by moulded pulp (a fusion material that uses no wood fibres and incorporates waste by-products such as sugar cane residue) trays, recycled paper containers, and bags made of recycled plastic and bio-based, fossil fuel-free materials like starch.