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Samsung Studying Options To Limit The Environmental Impact of Note 7 Disposal

By Luis Fran , Nov 04, 2016 06:31 PM EDT
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South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. said on Thursday that it was weighing many options to limit the environmental impact of discontinuing the Galaxy Note 7, after it was recall when it was known that the mobile devices suddenly burst in flames, which represented an incredible setback for the company.

Enter Greenpeace

According to the International Business Times, environmental group Greenpeace issued a statement earlier this week urging the South Korean company to show its plan of disposing the recalled phones, advising to not burn the devices in order to avoid any environmental impact.

"Greenpeace is calling on Samsung to be transparent and publish its plan to deal with dismantling and disposing these phones. We also urge Samsung not to dump or burn the devices. It would be truly innovative if Samsung avoided the huge waste and environmental impact that comes from dumping and burning these devices!," senior IT campaigner at Greenpeace told.

"The world is watching how Samsung will respond to this crisis. Now is the perfect opportunity for the brand to show leadership and vision, breaking with the old ways and opening the door to rethinking how it designs, sells and reuses its electronics," he added

Samsung Hasn't Revealed Its Plans

Giving this statement, Samsung assured that the company will dispose every single Note 7 without making any environmental impact. However, the world´s largest smartphone maker in the world didn't explain which plan they will use, and didn't refer to Greenpeace in its statement.

 "We recognize the concerns around the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 and are currently reviewing possible options that can minimize the environmental impact of the recall in full compliance with relevant local environmental regulations," Samsung told Reuters.

Samsung permanently ended sales of the Note 7 in October, after selling 3.06 million of these mobile devices in the world. This situation represented one of the biggest crisis in the company´s history, to the point where even the South Korean economy was affected. Although Samsung has to dispose these smartphones, it is necessary that this action doesn't represent any environmental impact.

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