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Greenpeace may just have called on Samsung to release refurbished Galaxy Note 7

It was recently reported that Samsung was thinking about releasing refurbished Galaxy Note 7 in emerging markets like India and Vietnam. Even though a spokesperson for Samsung India denied the claim, the rumor mill appears to be convinced that Samsung is going to follow through with this and release a slightly modified version of the Galaxy Note 7 with a smaller battery.

Samsung’s MWC 2017 press conference is currently underway in Barcelona and while the company hasn’t confirmed anything about the refurbished Galaxy Note 7, a protester from Greenpeace unfurled a flag and took a position on the stage’s steps. The flag bears Samsung’s logo, #GalaxyNote7 and a recycle logo with the words “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle.”

He did that as David Lowes, Chief Marketing Office at Samsung Electronics Europe, was making his opening remarks. This forced the executive to acknowledge the protestors presence and ask him to vacate the stage, even going so far as to say “you’ve made your point.”

For those who are unaware, Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization that has offices in more than 40 countries and is focused on fighting for a greener and healthier world. Much has already been written about the possible environmental impact of more than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units collecting dust in Samsung warehouses. It can either destroy those units and tens of millions of components or do as Greenpeace suggests and Rethink, Reuse, Recycle.

Whether or not Samsung will do this remains to be seen, but it’s not the first time a suggestion like this has been sent its way, and it may not be the last.

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Rayc3d
Rayc3d

The same idiots who were responsible for causing irreparable damage in Peru, organisations like these, greenpeace, peta, etc. for me are nothing more than attention seeking units which more often than not work for fame rather than their supposed ’cause’. On the other hand there are genuine programmes like UNICEF with proper authority and governance which actually work for the right cause without recruiting immature people like the one shown in the article. If you believe in a cause work for it, go to non glamorous places, get the work done and then give it to media. Nothing changes by… Read more »

maccyb
maccyb

All the parts will be recycled anyway and not end up on the landfill. So I’m not sure what this Greenpeace guy means exactly. They’ve said they will recycle the parts. If they sell them in India and even one goes on fire there’ll be huge news made out of it. I really doubt that they sell them as refurbished, ever. Which is a pity, but that’s the reality.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

I think this is a bit ridiculous and casts the party into a worse light. What protest is this?! You really think Samsung will just dump the highest end Note they’ve ever built? of course not, they’re probably already being recycled. It would be great to see protesters show up on Apple’s stage. They have safety nets installed in their Chinese manufacturing sites because they over work their employees to suicide; not to mention they illegally source some of their materials used in their products. There is a whole documentary about it, you could probably find it online.

Hoggington
Hoggington

Bravo!!

Blind faith in any company is a dangerous thing. Holding companies accountable for their environmental impact is absolutely a noble and worthy cause. Kudos GP, for this small yet profound statement in front of the worlds tech press.

Cheers

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I agree 100%