South Korean firm Samsung Electronics has revealed plans to replace plastic packaging with paper and other environmentally sustainable alternative materials.

The technology company will substitute the packaging used for its products and accessories such as mobile phones, tablets and home appliances with recycled / bio-based plastics and paper from the first half of this year.

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To implement this initiative, the company has formed a task force to focus on design and development, purchasing, marketing and quality control to produce innovative packaging ideas.

Samsung plans to use pulp moulds to replace plastic holder trays for its mobile phone, tablet and wearable products. Eco-friendly materials will replace bags used to wrap products.

The electronics firm will change the design of its phone charger to eliminate the use of plastic protection films.

The company will use bags containing recycled materials and bioplastics to replace plastic bags to pack home appliances such as televisions, refrigerators, air conditioners and washing machines.

“We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.”

Samsung Global Customer Satisfaction Centre head Gyeong-bin Jeon said: “Samsung Electronics is stepping up in addressing society’s environmental issues such as resource depletion and plastic wastes.

“We are committed to recycling resources and minimising pollution coming from our products. We will adopt more environmentally sustainable materials even if it means an increase in cost.”

The company is committed to using fibre materials certified by global environmental organisations such as Forest Stewardship Council to produce paper-based packaging and manuals by 2020.