South Korean electronics company Samsung has provided an update on its push for circularity to mark Earth Day 2024.

Within its Galaxy product line series, which is in its 24th edition, Samsung is aiming to re-imagine how technology is designed and packaged to do more with fewer natural resources.

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In 2022, the company incorporated recycled discarded fishing nets, also known as ghost nets, in the Galaxy S22 series. Recycled materials can now be found in all Galaxy mobile products, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and wearables.

Samsung has also expanded its use of a greater variety of materials, from several different types of plastics to metals and glass.

The Galaxy S24 series maintains the use of recycled plastic materials sourced from discarded fishing nets, water barrels and PET [polyethylene terephthalate] bottles.

The recycled ocean-bound plastic material was created in partnership with global organisations that collected discarded fishing nets abandoned near the oceans. The nets’ properties were separated, cleaned and extruded before being optimised into high-performance, recycled polyamide pellets.

Recycled polycarbonate and PET materials were similarly sourced from discarded water barrels and PET bottles that were then ground, filtered and melted down.

Samsung has also teamed up with other organisations to upcycle discarded thermoplastic polyurethane generated from shoe manufacturing.

With the Galaxy S24 series, Samsung’s goal by the end of 2024 is to help recover nearly 100 metric tons of recycled plastic materials, equivalent to 10m empty plastic bottles.

The series also incorporates recycled aluminum that originates from scrap metal generated during manufacturing. Samsung aims to recover 110 metric tons of recycled aluminum – the equivalent of 9m soda cans – by the end of 2024.

The packaging used for the Galaxy S24 series comes in a box made using 100% recycled paper materials. By the end of 2024, Samsung hopes to recover nearly 2,760 metric tons of recycled paper, which is equivalent to 552m pieces of A4 paper. The company began using recycled materials in all its TV boxes in 2021.