Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy devices will be made partially from recycled fishing nets

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta February 7, 2022
Updated 2022/02/07 at 12:32 AM

When Samsung announces its Galaxy S 2022 lineup in , the phones revealed will be partially made from a new, more sustainable material. On Sunday, the company he said she’s started using ocean plastic made from discarded fishing nets in her latest devices. Samsung said it would first incorporate the material into products it announces next week, before starting to use it across its entire lineup of devices.

As Samsung notes, we tend to think of plastic bottles and grocery bags as the main culprits of ocean debris such as , but its microplastics and discarded nets are what marine biologists are most concerned about. Abandoned fishing equipment leads to a phenomenon where these tools continue to trap and kill marine life, including endangered species such as the . Over of discarded fishing nets every year, is a problem that only gets worse.

Samsung isn’t the first company to incorporate discarded waste into its devices. Last year, Microsoft announced the . It features a shell made of 20% reclaimed plastic. Like Microsoft, Samsung is positioning the use of ocean plastics as part of its larger sustainability effort. In 2019, under pressure from consumers and environmentalists, the company said it would use more in the packaging of its devices.

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