Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling program recently earned ‘Project of the Year’ honors at the Environmental Leader 2018 Product and Project Awards, which recognize companies that provide innovative solutions to issues regarding sustainability and the environment.
What is Upcycling?
Upcycling is the process of finding new and useful applications for old items or devices.
Why is it Important?
According to the 2017 Global E-waste Monitor, nearly 45 million metric tons of e-waste is discarded annually. Finding innovative ways to repurpose older devices will save more tech from ending up in landfills, conserve considerable amounts of resources, and ultimately create a more sustainable future.
What Does Samsung’s Program Do?
Headquartered in Seoul, the Galaxy Upcycling team explores simple, ‘do-it-yourself’ ways for people to repurpose older Galaxy devices. Over the past year, the team has taken the show on the road, helping others learn how to conveniently connect their old devices to everyday household objects via the Internet of Things (IoT).
What are Some of Their Solutions?
One fun example of the team’s solutions is their Smart Fish Tank Monitor, which enables you to instantly feed your fish and turn on the aquarium light via text message. Another, the Smart Pet Bowl, helps on-the-go pet owners feed their furry little friend, and even snaps a photo of the pet eating that owners can view on their phone.