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Samsung to recycle waste fishing nets, plastics from ocean to use in its Galaxy devices

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Quite lately, tech giants are betting huge on circular economy to tap into a sustainable supply of finite materials with a lower impact on the planet. It has led prominent technology companies to redesign and reuse materials. 

Notably, the Cupertino tech giant Apple used recycled rare earth elements in Taptic Engine for its iPhone 11 series and aluminum enclosures for its iPad, iPhone, Mac products, and Apple Watch. 

Further, numerous smartphone makers, including Apple, Samsung, and other Chinese companies, have avoided giving the charger in the box, citing the very same reason. 

Sustainability and innovation

In another move to combine sustainability and innovation, the South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics developed a new material that gives ocean-bound plastics new life as they’re incorporated into various Galaxy devices.

To clear the air, Ocean-bound plastic is abandoned plastic waste of all sizes (micro-plastics, mezzo-plastics, and macro-plastics) that are located within 50km of shores in communities or areas where the waste management is inexistent or very inefficient.

“Made with repurposed ocean-bound discarded fishing nets, the use of this material marks another step in our Galaxy for the Planet journey that aims to minimize our environmental footprint and help foster more sustainable lifestyles for the Galaxy community,” mentions Samsung. 

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Repurposed ocean-bound plastics

The repurposed ocean-bound plastics will be incorporated throughout the product lineup, starting with new Galaxy devices scheduled for tomorrow’s launch at the Unpacked event. 

Samsung says the devices will reflect the ongoing effort to eliminate single-use plastics and expand the use of other eco-conscious materials, such as recycled post-consumer material (PCM) and recycled paper. 

According to Samsung, 640,000 tons of fishing nets are abandoned and discarded every year.

“Lingering in our oceans for centuries, these ‘ghost nets’ are responsible for trapping and entangling marine life, damaging coral reefs, and natural habitats, and even ending up in our food and water sources,” mentions Samsung.  

The company is committed to addressing ocean plastic pollution in a way that will positively impact not only the environment but also the lives of all Galaxy users. 

Samsung is set to launch Galaxy S22 series on February 9th at an Unpacked event. 

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