Samsung has introduced six restricted version watch bands for the Galaxy Watch 4 made from recyclable and eco-friendly supplies together with apple peel. The vary was made in collaboration with Sami Miró, a dressmaker whose earlier collections have made use of upcycled supplies. The bands can be found in the present day, 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 made from a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials which Samsung says is recyclable.
Alongside the watch bands Samsung can also be releasing a group of three complementary free watch faces out there for obtain from the Google Play retailer.
Sure, essentially the most sustainable alternative will at all times be to make use of the watch band that got here together with your smartwatch, however in the event you’re going to purchase an aftermarket watchband it’s good to know some effort’s been made to cut back its environmental footprint. Personally I hope that Samsung’s future smartwatches may use these supplies as commonplace, somewhat than solely in non-obligatory 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 variety of work to do to cut back the environmental influence of its gadgets themselves, particularly when it comes to repairability.