Samsung Recycles Ocean-Bound Discarded Fishing Nets for Galaxy Devices

Ocean plastic conjures up the perceived image of single-use plastic bottles and bags, however, discarded fishing nets contribute to a huge proportion of ocean plastic. An estimated 640,000 tons of fishing nets are discarded annually. In a bid to reduce that number, Samsung Electronics has recycled discarded fishing nets to use in its upcoming Galaxy S22.

The South Korean electronics giant announced that it has developed a new material with repurposed ocean-bound discarded fishing nets that’ll be used to fabricate future Galaxy devices. As part of its Galaxy for the Planet sustainability initiative, the brand has given discarded fishing nets a new lease of life as fresh material for its upcoming devices.

Samsung Recycles Ocean-Bound Fishing Nets for New Galaxy Devices

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The move combines sustainability and innovation as part of the brand’s sustainability enterprise, which aims to reduce its carbon footprint and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle. The initiative targets to eliminate all plastics in mobile packaging, acquire zero-waste to landfill goal, and include recycled materials in all mobile products by 2025. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics, said;

We believe that everyone has a role to play in providing innovative solutions that protect the planet for generations to come. Samsung understands our efforts need to match our scale, our influence, and the magnitude of the entire Galaxy ecosystem around the world.

Samsung Recycles Ocean-Bound Fishing Nets for New Galaxy Devices

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Turning a sustainable leaf, Samsung will include repurposed ocean plastic throughout its entire product lineup, beginning with its new Galaxy devices. These mobile devices will reflect the brand’s current effort to eliminate single-use plastics and increase the use of other eco-friendly materials, such as recycled post-consumer material and recycled paper.

According to the brand, recycling ocean-bound plastic is just the first step in its collective mission to address and tackle the climate crisis. Samsung will unveil its line-up of mobile devices and more about its forthcoming sustainability venture at the Galaxy Unpacked 2022 event on February 9.

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