Samsung innovation leads to reuse of ocean plastics

Samsung Electronics continues to drive innovation forward in its industry, this time creating a new material that will recycle ocean-related plastics in its full line of Galaxy phones, as announced in a press release on Samsung’s website.

The South Korean company will transform discarded ocean-bound fishing nets into plastics that will debut in their new Galaxy products and eventually make their way into the full range of phones.

“These devices will reflect our continued efforts to eliminate single-use plastics and expand the use of other environmentally friendly materials, such as post-consumer recycled materials (PCM) and recycled paper. With this transformation, the “Future of Galaxy technology will bring cutting-edge product design and better environmental impact,” the company writes.

There are currently over 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets that are thrown or left in the ocean each year, which can trap marine life, damage coral reefs and ultimately cross our sources of water and food. By collecting and repurposing fishing nets, Samsung is able to make a visible contribution to improving the environment while creating sustainable products.

“Reusing ocean-bound plastics is just the first step in our collective mission to tackle the climate crisis, and Samsung looks forward to using our scale, innovation and open collaboration to discover additional solutions,” writes Samsung.

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