Maria Montero

Samsung is ditching plastic packaging.

Samsung Electronics said on Sunday it will replace the plastic packaging used for its plethora of products, from mobile phones and tablets to home appliances and wearable devices with paper and other Environmentally sustainable materials like recycled / bio-based plastics.

Samsung will start to make the switch in the first half of the year. The company intends to use only forestry-certified paper packaging materials by next year. By 2030, Samsung says it plans to use 500,000 tons of recycled plastics and collect 7.5 million tons of discarded products (both accumulated since 2009).

The company said it has formed an internal working group to create innovative packaging ideas that avoid plastic.

For example, plastic trays that are used to hold mobile phones and tablets will be replaced with pulp trays. Samsung said it will also alter the design of the phone’s charger, swapping the glossy exterior with a matte finish and eliminating plastic protective films, reducing the use of plastics.

Plastic bags used to protect the surface of household appliances, such as televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners, and washing machines, as well as other kitchen appliances, will also be replaced with bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics. Bioplastics are made from plastic waste and non-fossil fuel materials like starch or sugar cane.

The company also pledged to only use fiber materials certified by global environmental organizations such as the Forest Stewardship Council, the Forest Certification Plan Endorsement Program, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative for packaging and manuals by 2020.

“The company will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials, even if that means an increase in cost,” Gyeong-bin Jeon, director of Samsung’s Global Customer Satisfaction Center, said in a statement.