New measures range from product innovations that provide more environmentally friendly features to sustainable packaging that reduces waste
Samsung Electronics today announced its 2022 sustainability initiatives that will accelerate the development of eco-friendly home appliances. Through these actions, Samsung works against environmental issues with innovative products and services that can be used in everyday life.
“At CES 2022, we demonstrated how Samsung will contribute to addressing some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability issues,” said Hyesoon Yang, Executive Vice President and Head of Customer Experience in Samsung Electronics’ digital device business. “Cooperating to combat pollution with microplastics; helping consumers reduce their energy consumption; reducing waste by using recycled plastics; and adapting eco-friendly packaging, these are some of the activities we are working on to develop various tangible solutions to environmental problems and a sustainable future.”
technology to reduce pollution
In a recently announced collaboration, Samsung is teaming up with American apparel company Patagonia. As revealed at CES 2022, this collaboration will advance environmental sustainability by addressing the issue of microplastics and their impact on the ocean environment. Patagonia Procurement Director Vincent Stanley shared his thoughts during Samsung’s keynote address on the importance and direction of this collaboration, calling it an example of how companies can “help turn the tide of climate change and restore nature to health.”
Patagonia is known for its commitment to innovative materials that reduce harm to the planet. The apparel company continues to help Samsung in multiple ways, including product testing, sharing its research, and facilitating an introduction to the NGO Ocean Wise. Samsung is looking for features designed to help counter the negative effects of microplastics.
Also, the Bespoke Water Purifier was recently certified by NSF International in the US for its ability to filter particles as small as 0.5 to 1 µm, which includes microplastics. This makes Samsung one of the first manufacturers of water purifiers to achieve this certification.
Save more energy and EEncouraging more environmentally conscious use of energy
To contribute to better use of energy and support sustainable living, Samsung has also partnered with Q CELLS to create a new integration for the home without energy.1 Feature for SmartThings Energy. This feature provides production and storage data from solar panels and energy storage systems to help users achieve energy self-sufficiency.
SmartThings Energy monitors the energy use of consumers’ connected devices and recommends energy-saving methods based on their usage patterns. In partnership with Wattbuy in the US and Uswitch in the UK, SmartThings Energy allows users to transition to the most cost-efficient power provider in their area.
Intensifying the use of recycled plastic
Samsung will also increase the amount of recycled plastic used in its home appliances. To that end, it will expand the use of recycled plastic from the internal components of its devices to the external ones as well.
Samsung is set to raise its target for using recycled plastic in its home appliances from five percent in 2021 to 30 percent in 2024. This represents 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 washing machine tubs. Using discarded polypropylene and polyethylene from items such as used food cans and face mask tapes, the company has created a new type of recycled resin that is more resistant to external shocks.
More sustainable packaging
Samsung is also expanding its use of eco-packaging to a wider range of products, including household appliances like vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, air purifiers, and more. This will enable consumers to repurpose the boxes their products come in.
The expansion was first launched in Korea in 2021 and will be launched in global markets in 2022.
For more information on Samsung’s green 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