Petition Closed
Petitioning Samsung

Let customers opt out from purchasing another charger with their new phone.

A significant proportion of electronic waste production can be avoided and consumers can save a little money on new phone purchases.

Letter to
Samsung
Let customers opt out from purchasing another charger with their new phone.

As the largest cell phone manufacturer in the world, with a nearly a quarter of the market, Samsung policy decisions promise to make a large impact on the industry. In a recent experiment, Telefonica Europe and HTC determined that 4 out of 5 consumers do not need to purchase a charger with their new phone. This is because compatibility mandates have led most manufacturers to utilize micro-usb chargers, which work in most all of today's devices. (http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/save-the-world-by-not-giving-out-unwanted-free-phone-chargers/)

Were consumers allowed to opt out from purchasing a new charger, they could stand to save a nominal amount of money, say around $5. More importantly, a significant amount of electronic waste production would be avoided. In the past couple decades, electronic waste volume has grown faster than almost any other category. Every little reduction makes a difference, especially when consumers may not need a new charger to start with.