Leading up to Wednesday’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung has revealed that the company is introducing new ways to provide positive impacts to the environment with its upcoming devices. According to the press release, Samsung states that there are 640,000 tons of fishing nets “that are abandoned and discarded every year”. Presumably, with the upcoming Galaxy S22 lineup, the company is going to be recycling these discarded nets by repurposing them to be used in the manufacturing process.
Samsung 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. This new technological advancement marks a notable achievement in the company’s journey to deliver tangible environmental actions and protect the planet for generations to come.
Outside of the tons of fishing nets that can be found at the bottom of pretty much any water source, these can cause real harm to aquatic life. Fish and wildlife can get caught in the fishing nets, making it impossible for the animals to live lives as nature intends. But the pollution also affects coral reefs and other natural habitats, so Samsung is attempting to do its part with its “Repurpose Ocean-Bound Plastics” initiative.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen different tech companies make changes that will supposedly help the planet in one way or another. This includes the decision to remove chargers from the box, in an attempt to cut back on the ever-growing problem of e-waste. Of course, if you look through those claims it just feels like another way for companies to make money as the boxes come in a smaller footprint, which means that more can be put on a pallet before being shipped around the world.
But for Samsung to go to these lengths to actually use discarded fishing nets from the ocean in their upcoming devices adds a new layer of sustainability that we haven’t seen much of from other tech companies, let alone, those the size of Samsung.