SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co.’s “upcycling” efforts to utilize outdated smartphones’ parts to create new products and save materials was acknowledged as one of the major environmental movements in the United States, industry sources said Friday.
U.S. industry tracker Environmental Leader recognized the Samsung Electronics’ program as the “Judges’ Choice” for “the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards.”
“Samsung Electronics America’s Galaxy Upcycling (GU) is a service that enables Galaxy users to identify new opportunities for used, broken, or obsolete phones that may be unsuitable as communication devices but still functional and adaptable for other purposes,” Environmental Leader said.
“Through GU, a user can turn a cell phone into new products such as an Internet of Things hub, a smart pet feeder, an arcade game console, a closed circuit television, an LED billboard, a camping beam projector, and a development laptop,” it added.
Samsung Electronics said the project “provides an environmentally responsible way for old Galaxy mobile devices to breathe new life.”