Samsung has introduced six restricted version watch bands for the Galaxy Watch 4 manufactured from recyclable and eco-friendly supplies together with apple peel. The vary was made in collaboration with Sami Miró, a designer whose earlier collections have made use of upcycled supplies. The bands can be found as we speak, with costs beginning at $39.99.
There are six designs included within the assortment. The “Midnight Black” and “Stratus Sky” bands are made out of 100 % apple peel pores and skin “recovered from the fruit trade.” Samsung claims the fabric has the “premium look of leather-based” whereas clearly not being sourced from animals. The opposite 4 designs (“Aurora Evening,” “Cloud Navy,” “Earth Dawn,” and “Daybreak Atlas”) are manufactured from a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials which Samsung says is recyclable.
Alongside the watch bands Samsung can also be releasing a set of three complementary free watch faces obtainable for obtain from the Google Play retailer.
Sure, probably the most sustainable selection will all the time be to make use of the watch band that got here together with your smartwatch, however for those who’re going to purchase an aftermarket watchband it’s good to know some effort’s been made to scale back its environmental footprint. Personally I hope that Samsung’s future smartwatches may use these supplies as commonplace, reasonably than solely in non-compulsory equipment.
Samsung already makes use of sustainable supplies in its packaging, and as of final yr its websites throughout the US, China, and Europe had been powered by 100 percent renewable energy (that’s not the case for all areas, like Korea, however Samsung says it’s engaged on it). However, it nonetheless has a number of work to do to scale back the environmental impression of its units themselves, particularly when it comes to repairability.