Greenpeace interrupts Samsung's MWC event with Galaxy Note 7 complaint

Greenpeace interrupts Samsung's MWC event with Galaxy Note 7 complaint
Environmental activists Greenpeace disrupted Samsung's event at MWC on Sunday. At issue is Samsung's handling of the millions of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 handsets that the company needs to dispose of. While Samsung Europe’s Chief Marketing Officer David Lowes was making his opening statement, a protestor stood on the steps of the stage holding a banner with the recycling logo. The banner read #Galaxy Note 7 and "Rethink, Reuse, Recycle," which prompted the Samsung executive to tell the activist, "You've made your point."

While this was taking place inside, outside of the venue Greenpeace put up a similar banner outside of the building. Greenpeace's Spanish home page revealed that it had asked Samsung numerous times how it was planning to dispose of the 4.3 million phablets that were turned into the manufacturer following two recalls. In addition, Samsung made the decision to destroy all Galaxy Note 7 units instead of retrofitting them with new batteries. In fact, a rumor starting spreading last week that Samsung was about to sell refurbished Galaxy Note 7 units using lower capacity juicers. That rumor was shot down by Samsung.

Greenpeace first got involved in this cause in November when it challenged the Korean manufacturer to recycle the Galaxy Note 7 instead of dumping them in a landfill. Back then, the environmental activists noted that "These phones contain rare and precious resources like gold, cobalt and tungsten that could be recovered instead of being easily thrown away."

We don't expect Samsung to give in on this issue since it would prefer to put the fiasco behind it. Recycling the parts keeps alive the memory of the Galaxy Note 7, a memory that Samsung would rather erase from history (read The Ghost of Flight 401).


source:  Greenpeace (translated), first image courtesy of Android Authority

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26 Comments

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1849; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I thought it was LG realizing they screwed up the G6 and was trying to ask for mercy before the S8 onslaught happens...

5. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

This meme is dead sh!t... And no, I haven't owned a Samsung phone since the S5 Active, or a spare Flip Phone from them. It's just dead and not funny anymore, if it ever was for more than a few seconds.

7. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

A lot of us were hoping the rumour of refurbished Note 7s with lesser capacity batteries were true. Good luck Greenpeace, I doubt Samsung will listen.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung can bribe officials and dump those Note 7 anyway. Samsung can get away with anything coz they got cash.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so what? hundred of million smartphones from various manufacturers goes to junkyard EVERY YEAR.. and only tiny amount of it get properly recycled... and since samsung handle this one, I'm sure it will properly recycled, and leave minimum waste for environment

18. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

add some millions of apple iphones which are bended and hammered on stupid YouTube videos. But greenpeace has no objection to it

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Maybe they can give them all to Greenpeace, then they can give them to all their f**ked up employees/volunteers.

19. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Greenpeace or activist similar to fanatic just like religionist.

23. SailfishOS

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 06, 2016

Lmaoo

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

how many iphones have been sold and ended up in landfills? How many phones total from all manufacturers? The Note 7 is but a drop in the bucket comparatively. Where is greenpeace at on the rest of the phones? Right. Silent. It's just a publicity stunt.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I wish I was there. I would have knocked the dog off the stage. They dont have to give them away to be salvaged. They can get rid of them all the way they choose., They made them. These activist of all kinds are nothign but attention hoarding stupid fools who need to get a real job. if I was there I would have told him, you have 5 secs to get off the stage or I will take your banner and shove it down your throat and make you choke on it. And the one outside? I would have set it on fire. Activist ruin Ringling Brothers Circus talking about we don't need to be caging animals. Then please explain zoos? They are so against things we've all enjoyed for years. They have no basis for their arguments EVER! They just do it for attention. Liek many of the idiots on PA.

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