Samsung Electronics aims for greener home appliances by 2022

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced the sustainability initiatives for 2022 that will accelerate the development of ecological home appliances. Based on these measures, Samsung is taking action against environmental issues by creating innovative products and services that can be used in everyday life.

“At CES 2022, we outlined ways for Samsung to address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainability issues,” said Hyesoon Yang, President and Chief Customer Experience at Samsung Electronics Digital Appliances Business. “Some of the activities we are considering are partnerships to fight microplastic pollution, help consumers reduce energy consumption, reduce waste using recycled plastic and adopt eco-packaging to develop effective solutions for environmental problems and for a sustainable future “.

Pollution reduction technology

Samsung has recently announced a partnership with US clothing company Patagonia. The collaboration, as presented at CES 2022, will promote environmental sustainability by addressing the issue of microplastics and their impact on the ocean environment. Patagonia CPO Vincent Stanley, during Samsung’s keynote address, emphasized the importance of this partnership and the direction it will take, citing Samsung as an example of how companies can ‘help reverse it’. climate change and the restoration of natural health “.

Patagonia is known for its commitment to innovative materials, less harmful to the planet. The clothing company continues to help Samsung in many ways, such as testing products, sharing its research and getting to know the NGO Ocean Wise. Samsung is studying the development of features designed to help address the negative effects of microplastics.

In addition, Samsung’s Bespoke Water Purifier was recently certified by NSF International in the United States for its ability to filter particles as small as 0.5 to 1 micrometer in size, which include microplastics. Samsung is one of the first manufacturers of water purifiers to receive this certification.

The importance of saving and ecological use of energy

In order to contribute to the best use of energy and to support sustainable life, Samsung has partnered with Q CELLS to create the new Zero Energy Home Integration function[1] for SmartThings Energy. This feature provides production and storage data from solar panels and energy storage systems and helps users achieve energy self-sufficiency.

SmartThings Energy monitors the energy usage of connected devices and suggests saving methods based on their usage patterns. In partnership with Wattbuy in the US and Uswitch in the UK, SmartThings Energy helps users switch to the most economical energy provider in their area.

Increasing the use of recycled plastic

Samsung also aims to increase the amount of recycled plastic it uses in its home appliances. To this end, it will expand the use of recycled plastic from internal components to external devices.

In addition, the company is going to increase its target for the use of recycled plastic in its home appliances from 5% in 2021 to 30% in 2024, which means that from 25,000 tons of recycled plastic in 2021 it will increase to 158,000 tons in 2024[2].

Samsung has also developed a new type of recycled polypropylene plastic for its washing machine bins. Using recycled polypropylene and polyethylene from items such as used lunch boxes and face mask straps, Samsung has created a new type of recycled resin that is more resistant to external shocks.

Even more sustainable packaging

Samsung is expanding its use of eco-packaging with the aim of including a wider range of products, such as home appliances, vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, air purifiers and more. This will allow consumers to reuse the boxes that contained their products.

The new sustainable packaging was first released in Korea in 2021 and will be introduced to world markets in 2022.

For more information on Samsung eco-initiatives, visit https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-electronics-announces-2022-initiatives-to-make-home-appliances-more-eco-conscious.

[1] Available from the first half of 2022 in the UK, the second half of 2022 in Germany and 2023 in the USA.

[2] Based on the weight of the final ingredients.


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