Sony will start phasing out plastic packaging next year

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TOKYO — Sony will begin phasing out plastic packaging from small electronic gadgets such as smartphones, cameras and audio accessories starting next year, a company spokesperson said Tuesday.

From April, plastic packaging will no longer be used for some new products weighing one kilogram (2.2 pounds) or less.

The Japanese conglomerate wants to eliminate the material from all containers for newly designed small products by 2025, the spokesperson told AFP.

“Instead of plastics, we will mainly use paper and a so-called ‘original blend material’ made from bamboo, waste paper and pressed sugar cane fiber,” she said.

Sony eventually wants to phase out plastic packaging for larger products like TVs, but a specific timeline hasn’t been decided yet, she said.

Most plastics, including those in packaging and single-use products, do not break down easily in nature.

The material can break down into polluting microplastics, which have been found all over the world and even in some human organs.

Sony has announced a long-term global plan aimed at “zero environmental footprint” throughout the life cycle of its products and business operations by 2050. – France Media Agency


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