Planet July 5, 2017 | 1:56 pm

Samsung starts selling refurbished Galaxy Note 7s – Greenpeace statement

Seoul, 5 July 2017 – Samsung announced on 3 July that it will start selling
400,000 refurbished Galaxy Note 7 devices in South Korea under the name of
Galaxy Note FE. The announcement follows the company’s commitment in March
to deal with the 4.3 million Galaxy Note 7 produced and recalled worldwide
following battery faults and a global Greenpeace campaign.

“We welcome the news that Samsung is following up with its commitment to
refurbish the Note 7, instead of wasting tonnes of precious resources,”
said Jude Lee, Global Senior Campaigner at Greenpeace East Asia. “Samsung
must communicate as soon as possible how the remaining phones will be
recycled and what components will be reused, along with more detailed
timelines on when it will implement all its promises.”

“Samsung needs to clarify how it will not repeat the mistakes it made with
the Galaxy Note 7, maximise resource efficiency and ultimately make longer
lasting products.”

“The latest Galaxy S8 still fails on repairability compared to other
brands. With its edge to edge glass on the front and back, the phone is
prone to breaking, and its battery is glued to the device, making it
difficult to replace.”

“We know that the recall of 4.3 million Note 7 could have been avoided if
the phone’s design allowed the battery to be more easily removed. We urge
Samsung to design phones that are easier to repair, refurbish, and upgrade.”

In November Greenpeace launched a global petition which gathered thousands
of signatures worldwide, asking Samsung not to dump the phones and instead
transparently implement a sustainable recycling system. In February
Greenpeace Spain activists crashed Samsung press conference at the Mobile
World Congress in Barcelona, asking the company to reuse, recycle and
rethink the way the phones are produced.

Greenpeace East Asia has been urging the tech sector to rethink its impact
on the planet. Last month, Greenpeace and US-based iFixit conducted an
assessment of over 40 best selling smartphones, tablets and laptops from
seventeen top IT companies, including the Galaxy S8, to inform customers on
the repairability of the devices.