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Samsung Will Cut Device Repair Costs With Recycled Parts

Samsung Galaxy S22 ifixit repairability teardown
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Samsung recently announced a self-repair program for Galaxy device owners in the US. The company would provide customers with tools, genuine parts and components, and guides so they can repair their devices on their own. This would enable them to prolong the lifetime of their devices. This not only saves them money but also contributes to a sustainable world. Doubling down on this sustainability effort, Samsung is now increasing the use of recycled parts for its repair programs.

According to a Business Korea report, Samsung is looking to provide customers with recycled parts that are manufacturer-certified to be functioning as well as factory-new parts. This will significantly reduce the repair costs as recycled components don’t cost as much as new ones. We are looking at half the original cost for certain components.

Of course, this initiative will massively contribute to Samsung’s long-ongoing sustainability efforts as well. Repurposing or recycling used items is one of the key steps toward a sustainable future and the Korean brand has been actively promoting it.

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Samsung first announced the plans to increase the use of recycled materials in its products in August 2021 as part of its Galaxy Project for the Earth initiative. It recently revealed that the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy Book 2 series devices make use of recycled plastic materials from discarded fishing nets for some components. Now, by adding consumers into the fold — who otherwise don’t have access to reliable recycled parts — the Korean brand is further fueling its sustainability efforts.

Samsung to introduce a new repair program with recycled parts

Samsung reportedly plans to launch the new repair program with certified recycled parts in the first half of this year. So we should hear something about it from the company soon. Perhaps it will be an extension of the newly-announced self-repair program that will go live in the US this summer. Samsung has said that customers who perform repairs can send the used parts back to the company for responsible recycling. The Korean behemoth may be looking to use these parts for the new program.

Samsung has teamed up with well-known DIY (do it yourself) repair company iFixit for its self-repair program. This initiative will be initially available in the US only. It will also only cover the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21, and Galaxy Tab S7 series devices at the beginning. But the company may gradually expand the program to other parts of the world and add support for more devices. We will keep you posted.

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