Samsung-led initiative to accelerate energy efficiency

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Samsung-led initiative to accelerate energy efficiency

Samsung Electronics is taking steps to accelerate the development of eco-conscious home appliances. With these measures, they are acting against environmental issues through innovative products and services that can be used in everyday life.

They are working on a method to recycle used plastic into new packaging material for their products. Through their efforts thus far, the total amount of recycled plastic will increase by 10% by 2022.

They are working with partners in 11 countries to reduce the amount of microplastic pollution—tiny plastic beads used in various cosmetic and personal care products—in waterways. They are also developing technology that can detect microplastic within water sources, so consumers can know if microplastic has been detected in the supply they use for drinking and cooking purposes.

As many of you remember, Samsung and Patagonia announced a partnership at CES 2022. The collaboration was made to promote environmental sustainability by addressing the issue of microplastics and its impact on the ocean environment. Vincent Stanley, Patagonia’s Chief Product Officer (CPO), attended Samsung’s keynote speech at CES 2022 and shared his thoughts during the keynote. Stanley called it an example of how companies can “help turn the tide of climate change and restore nature to health.” Patagonia is well-known for its commitment to innovative materials that lessen harm to the planet. The clothing company continues to help Samsung in multiple ways, including product testing, sharing its research and facilitating an introduction to the NGO Ocean Wise. Samsung has been researching features designed to help overcome the negative impacts of microplastics.

Samsung believes that the energy ecosystem we live in is ripe for disruption. SmartThings Energy is the company’s commitment to providing a platform that connects users to the power sources they use, tracks the data, and makes it actionable. SmartThings Energy monitors power usage of consumers’ connected devices and recommends energy-saving methods based on their usage patterns.

Partnering with Wattbuy in the U.S. and Uswitch in the U.K., SmartThings Energy allows users to switch over to the most cost-efficient energy provider in their area. Samsung has partnered with Q CELLS to establish a new Zero Energy Home Integration feature for SmartThings Energy. This feature provides production and storage data from solar panels and energy storage systems to help users establish energy self-sufficiency.

In an effort to increase the amount of recycled plastic used in its home appliances, Samsung Electronics has announced that it will raise its goal for recycled plastic utilization in its home appliances from five percent in 2021 to 30 percent in 2024. Instead of focusing solely on the interior parts of its home appliances such as washing machines, Samsung will also increase the amount of recycled plastic it uses on things such as the exterior elements of refrigerators.

The South Korean technology giant also revealed that it has developed a new type of polypropylene recycled plastic for its washing machine tubs. Using discarded polypropylene and polyethylene from items such as used lunchboxes and facial mask straps, the company has created a new type of recycled resin that is more resistant to external shocks.

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