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Samsung’s new Solar Cell TV Remote lasts 2 years on a charge

Samsung Eco Remote
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Along with a new line of 2021 4K and 8K Neo QLED and MicroLED televisions, Samsung has introduced what it calls the Solar Cell Remote Control, a solar-powered TV remote that will, "prevent waste from a projected 99 million AAA batteries over seven years" and last two years on a single charge. 

The Eco Remote, which follows a design similar to past Samsung remotes, is made from 31 grams of plastic, 24% of which comes "from recycled polyethylene terephthalate."

The remote can be charged by indoor light, outdoor light or USB in what Samsung touts as a "first-of-its-kind innovation for the brand."

Samsung will also introducing more eco-friendly packaging in 2021. The Seoul-based company has committed to upcycling up to 200,000 tons of corrugated boxes each year, and will not used oil-based ink moving forward.

The move to more environmentally friendly follows a recent trend in tech. The most notable move was by Apple when it announced that chargers would not be included with the iPhone 12 in a bid to reduce tech waste. Whether that was done in good faith remains a debate, but its rumored that the upcoming Galaxy S21 by Samsung will follow suit

Imad is currently Senior Google and Internet Culture reporter for CNET, but until recently was News Editor at Tom's Guide. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has amassed bylines with the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, Wired and Men's Health Magazine, among others. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.