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New Samsung Devices to Use Recycled Plastic

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The plastic is being sourced from ocean waste.

Samsung’s first Unpacked event of 2022 is scheduled for this Wednesday, February 9, where they’re expected to reveal the full details of the upcoming Galaxy S22 phone. Ahead of that, though, Samsung has released some new information regarding the composition of its next generation of devices. Specifically, where the plastic they’re made of will be coming from.

In a report on their official website, Samsung revealed that the Galaxy S22’s plastic components will be made of 100% recycled plastic sourced from plastic waste recovered from the world’s oceans. The primary component will be discarded fishing nets left floating in the water. This is all part of the company’s “Galaxy for the Planet” initiative, which is intended to minimize Samsung’s overall carbon footprint and encourage sustainability among Samsung’s userbase.

“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,” Samsung explained. “These discarded fishing nets are disrupting the delicate balance of our environment at an alarming rate. Collecting and repurposing these nets are vital first steps in keeping our oceans clean as well as preserving the planet and our collective future.”

The S22 will be the first device to use this framework, and Samsung plans to make it a regular part of all future devices. Additionally, packing materials and instructional booklets will be constructed of post-consumer recycled cardboard and paper.