While we’ve all been preoccupied with pandemic concerns of the past year, it is important to remember that there are still some pressing environmental issues around us that require our attention as well. World Environment Day is commemorated every 5 June as a reminder that all of us have a part to play in assuring a sustainable environment for the future generation.
Leaving a positive impact on the environment is not a difficult task. In fact, it can start from small actions, such as using things we may have laying around at home, especially cardboard or paper packaging left over from our online purchases.
Here are three simple ways you can do your part for the environment.
1. Turn Product Packaging Into Home Furniture
Besides reusing packaging materials as mere cardboard boxes for storage, these materials also have the potential to be redesigned and turned into proper home furniture. With some creativity and the right tools, the packaging that your television came in can now be converted into one-of-a-kind furniture such as chairs, tables, and even playhouses for the kids!
In spearheading this idea, Samsung has introduced the Eco-Package with their products, which has been specially designed to be upcycled featuring easy instructions to assemble and create your very own functional furniture.
You can also find more design inspiration from their website here with designs for various sizes of packaging including computer monitors, home audio, and vacuums.
2. Upcycle Your Old Electronic Devices
We’ve all probably had our moments where we ditched our old device for the next new one available, and though there is nothing wrong with wanting to own the latest gadget to better support our lifestyle, we are all probably guilty of disposing of our functioning existing devices without thinking twice.
Instead of disposing of our old devices, we can actually give them a new lease of life through upcycling. Using a little bit of creativity, we can find new purposes for our devices that will also be cost-effective in the long run.
In fact, aside from being a second-hand smartphone for someone else, your old handy device also has the potential to turn into:
📱 Permanent in-car GPS
📱 Security camera for your home to help monitor your children, pets, or elderly parents through a compatible app
📱 Standalone music player that connects to your speakers
📱 Bedside e-book reader
📱 Childcare tool with sound sensor
3. Look Out For Innovative Technology Built on Sustainability
When making your next purchase, you can do your part in protecting the environment by looking out for sustainability practices and green features in the products or devices available. Using a device with built-in sustainability features not only helps the environment but also becomes a cost-saving option in the long run.
Samsung’s sustainability-based approach to innovation has helped them to creatively develop a line of new devices that uses the best-in-class sustainability features, such as:
🌎 The Solar cell-powered remote control for televisions, which can be recharged through indoor or outdoor lighting, or USB. This helps to prevent the wastage of around 99 million AA batteries collectively, over the course of seven years.
🌎 The flagship QuickDrive washing machines that leverage AI to help optimise water, detergent, and wash cycles by cutting wash time of up to 50% and energy usage by 20%.
All images courtesy of Samsung.