The Galaxy S22 has been leaked extensively, but there’s only so much you can tell from the renders. For example, it turns out that Samsung has created a “new material” to use in the product – a material made from the plastic in discarded fishing nets.
Samsung says it will soon “incorporate recycled ocean-bound plastic” across its entire product lineup, and the first example will be the Galaxy devices that will be introduced at the Unpacked event on Wednesday, February 9. It is not yet clear to what extent the material will be used or in which parts of the products; Samsung isn’t explicit about how it fits into the construction of the devices.
Citing a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that says 640,000 tons of fishing nets are thrown into the oceans every year, Samsung says these “ghost nets” pose a threat to marine life and coral reefs. “These discarded fishing nets are disrupting the delicate balance of our environment at an alarming rate,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Collecting and reusing these nets are essential first steps to keep our oceans clean and preserve the planet and our collective future.”
It’s a small first step, but one that Samsung will undoubtedly highlight on Wednesday when it launches the new Galaxy devices. The event kicks off at 10 a.m. ET.