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14 Feb 2022

Latest Samsung Phones with Parts Made from Fishing Nets

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Samsung has recently unveiled a range of new Galaxy smartphones, offering improved cameras and the option of a stylus. The tech giant also mentioned the use of recycled materials such as repurposed fishing nets and used water bottles.

Experts welcomed the green initiative. As Samsung’s "Galaxy for the Planet" is a five-year plan to eliminate plastics in packaging and stop manufacturing waste going to landfill.

The nylon fishing nets are turned into polyamide resin pellets used in the production of brackets which hold the volume and power keys in place. Discarded water bottles and CD cases are also being used to create components.

Of its green initiative, Forrester analyst Thomas Husson said there was still "much to do".

"Today, most consumers have no clue how damaging it is for the planet to regularly renew their smartphone hardware. Once they realise, sustainability will become a key way to differentiate between premium smartphone brands."

Ben Wood, chief analyst with research firm CCS Insight, said it was encouraging to see Samsung talking about its efforts to improve the sustainability of its products, but pointed out that the most important thing phone manufacturers can do for the environment is to make long-lasting devices.

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