The true cost of Samsung.

The true cost of Samsung.

This video is sponsored by Curiosity Stream. If you’re anything like me, you probably
start off your day by hitting the snooze button multiple times before finally dragging yourself
over to your smartphone to spend your first waking minutes scrolling through social media. We are conditioned to be drawn to our smartphones,
and it’s hard to not constantly look at them. 95% of people who own smartphones use them
daily. And in 2018, consumers bought 1.4 billion
phones, with Samsung capturing the most smartphones sold at 291.3 million devices. Considering these massive sales numbers, there’s
a surprising lack of conversation about smartphones and the environment. So today, I’m going to answer a simple question:
what kind of impact do Samsung smartphones have on the environment? If we look at the lifespan of a phone, there
are really three distinct areas where the phone creates an environmental impact: manufacturing,
use, and waste. But the environmental impact of the “use”
phase of a Samsung phone can vary widely depending on what type of electricity grid you’re
plugging into. As a result, today we’re only going to focus
on the production and waste aspects of a Samsung phone’s life. So let’s start at the beginning. The birth of a Samsung phone like their flagship
Galaxy line begins with a number of extracted minerals like cobalt for the battery, tungsten
for the vibration module, gold for the processor, and a host of other rare earth metals. Because gold and tungsten are primarily mined
under terrible conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sold and traded by armed
forces within the country, these minerals are currently labeled as conflict minerals. And in the case of Samsung, Cobalt can also
be grouped into this category. The company has confirmed that they get their
cobalt for batteries from mines in Congo but claim that they only work with mining companies
that treat their workers ethically. On the environmental side, rare earth metals
can have a huge impact. Each little bit of metal requires massive
amounts of earth to be removed and sorted through. Both of which requires millions of tons of
wastewater, extensive fossil fuel inputs, and unwanted toxic pollutants. But to be fair, most of Samsung’s competitors
are also using a similar mix of metals in their phones. So it’s also important to look at the sustainability
commitments that Samsung has made in the last couple of years in order to truly understand
how they approach their product’s relationship with the environment. Samsung has made at least some effort to create
environmental initiatives surrounding the production of their phones. For one, they work with a third party carbon
reduction service called Carbon Trust, which helps companies minimize the carbon footprint
of their products like the Galaxy smartphone across its whole lifecycle. As a result, Samsung has made progress in
the realm of phone packaging with the newest Galaxy S10. Samsung claims that it’s sold in a 100%
plastic free recycled paper box, and the phone has also received a Gold rating from the Electronic
Product Environmental Assessment Tool, which looks at various environmental categories
like energy use requirements and the use of sustainable materials. On their website, Samsung has set a number
of targets like reaching a cumulative reduction of 250 million tons of CO2 by 2020. But targets often are missed or can be stretched. According to a report by Greenpeace, in 2016,
only 1% of Samsung’s energy came from renewable sources. This definitely pales in comparison to a company
like Apple, which is now powering a 100% of its global operations with renewable energy. According to a survey of 3,500 phone owners
across the globe, the average use period for a phone is 21 months. And now there are over 7 billion smartphones. Needless to say, smartphone waste will continue
to be a problem long into the future if consumers, and more importantly, tech juggernauts like
Samsung don’t get their act together. And Samsung has definitely had blunders when
it comes to waste. The disastrous recall of Samsung’s Galaxy
Note 7 is a perfect example. Back in 2016, Samsung released the top of
the line Galaxy Note 7 that wowed reviewers until it started inexplicably exploding in
people’s faces. Part of the reason for this malfunction was
that Samsung rushed the phone to market. As a result, Samsung had to recall 4.3 million
recently sold Note 7 phones. Not only was the environmental cost of manufacturing
all these phones massive, but also the possibility of reclaiming all of the rare earth metals
and components from the phones was pretty low. So this explosive debacle left millions of
Samsung phones sitting around, with little transparency from Samsung about the possibility
of their future. At its core, a sustainable phone needs to
be durable and easy to repair, something that Samsung has struggled with. The Galaxy S8 Plus model was deemed the most
breakable phone on the market by the International Business Times, and the recent $2000 Galaxy
Fold phones have been reported to break within days of purchasing. In addition, the DIY repair website iFixit
placed Samsung’s newest Galaxy S10 model in the middle of the back in terms of repairability
citing the difficulty opening the phone because of a glued down screen, which ultimately makes
it harder to replace the battery. In short, Samsung needs to focus on durability
and repairability if they are to seriously consider the environmental cost of their phones. If their phones start breaking only days after
they make it to market like the Galaxy Fold, that could mean tons of squandered resources
and emissions. Ultimately, Samsung runs steadily in the middle
of the pack when it comes to their environmental impact. They don’t offer nearly enough options for
DIY repairs or refurbishing, and they haven’t sought out ambitious emissions targets like
Apple, but they have made strides in other parts of their process like packaging or third
party certifications. As we look toward the future, the smartphone
is here to stay. So as consumers we need to be wary in our
desire for new gadgets. Instead of placing that old phone in a drawer
to collect dust, maybe consider giving it to a friend or someone in need. And when you’re finally ready to get another
phone, think about whether you actually need that brand new edition, because you often
can settle for an equally-good year-old phone. When it comes down to it, though, these are
all ways to navigate an imperfect market. The reality is that smartphone companies like
Samsung need to work hard to change their processes so it’s not only possible but
also very easy to make the most environmentally conscious choice. If you’re exhausted of hearing my voice
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  1. Aviators Dream says:

    I don't think you did any research for this video.

  2. VanWinkle says:

    Watching on my galaxy s10 😂😂🤣🤣🤣

  3. Myles Schutte says:

    Watching this on my S10e with Samsung Buds… after using my S6 Active for over 3 years.

  4. Yellow Pikachu says:

    Do an apple video please. Those apple users better not act like saints and start trashing Samsung users.

  5. NATE THE GREAT says:

    Who gives a shit

  6. Christian Perez says:


  7. Magnorphieous The Great says:

    This is very informative but seems like you're aiming to demonize Samsung

  8. Christian Perez says:

    I have the s10+ its durability is awesome I dropped it on concrete and it survived THIS KID IS FAKE NEWS

  9. Zaxsas Gaming says:

    Please do true cost of xiaomi phone

  10. Razarox says:

    I dont know why but everything you say in the video looks like its the worst thing ever

  11. Leaf Yu says:

    He acted so surprised when he said 95% of people use there smartphones like they bought it for a reason

  12. Eunhan Choi says:

    What phone doesn't glue down the screen 😂 and then there is the I phone x that litterally makes the back glass unremovable, and charges 500$

  13. xd Mariq says:

    The galaxy fold was breaking because people were peeling off the screen. You were making it sound like it just wasn't durable

  14. Jillian D says:

    Makes me feel a little better about upgrading to a used Galaxy s8 instead of buying a new s10

  15. Elvis Mbozomutima says:

    I think this video is more sponsored by apple than curiosity stream

  16. NoobSenseiYT says:

    I was liking everything until the Samsung Fold like WTF dude do a little bit of research at least. Also 80% of the video applies to all phone manufacturers and we can all agree that the industry that takes the most risks when it comes to bringing new tech it's Samsung so you should be thankful not mocking them like this.
    Also Note 7 was Samsung's attempt to bring bigger batteries no rush Wtf

  17. Andrew Cowing says:

    Ok like I'm not a huge fan of apple because their prices are really wack but I think that it's super respectable of them to use 100% of renewable energy.

  18. YT Dishu says:


  19. Maciej D says:

    Still it's easier for people to repair glued screen than change touchID in apple products XD

  20. Ryzen S E I says:

    An Apple fan Boy is explaining this😂😂

  21. G.S says:

    Apple Is trash there cons out weigh there pros. Unlike Samsung pros out weigh cons simple.

  22. ristyvids says:

    And now Apple Apple x be like 100€

  23. Imen Hashim says:

    that feels a little biased. including the fold which hasnt been released yet is very unfair, and then comparing them to apple like apple is just so amazing at this when they are the #1 offender of throwing away products. they intentionally phase out 1-2 year old phones and making them almost un-useable just to force you to buy the latest product. when it comes to repairability apple is also one of the worst. go to any genius bar with even a small tiny problem with an apple device and they will tell you that you need to either a)replace the whole part (even if its something stupid small and fixable with little effort) or even worse replace the whole device because of something absurd. theres thousands of examples of this happening. they dont care about the environment, they care about making money, and being able to make claims like "100% renewable" to draw in the vegan-millennial crowd then completely disregarding that and doing worse 10 fold just to pocket extra money. its the equivalent of saving 1 baby to get away with murdering 10.

  24. Epic Adrian 3D says:

    The durability and repairability aspects of your argument are muted by the efforts of lobby groups including Samsung and Apple against Right to Repair bills in North America. That's not going to change

  25. D'oh Nuts says:

    With the Galaxy Note 7 they were fixed and resold not just trashed like you implied.

  26. digitalclock says:

    Apple is worse though they use illegally mined metal in their phones and over charge

  27. Genesis Rising says:

    This video is bullshit, the moment he claimed Apple is 100% renewable energy. Foxcon, the Manufacturer that actually makes all of apples products has one of the worse environmental records in the world, not to mention a terrible record of exploitation and mistreatment of its workforce. When a company has routine group suicides, there is a major problem.

  28. Christian Carswell says:

    Bruh. I simply do not care.

  29. Rubii says:

    5:48 where is apple on that list? oh yeah, at the bottom since you cant replace the back glass without buying a hole fucking phone. shut the fuck up

  30. Rubii says:

    mentions that samsung should make it easy to repair
    2 lines later: like apple
    what the fuck… apple uses proprietary screws, breaking switches, breaking screens, and says its the users fault.

    also, apple uses SAMSUNG SCREENS in your iphone, and apple already uses the exact same minerals as samsung.
    also also, any bets on how much he was paid to make this video?

  31. CrabbierBull 391 says:

    goddam that was a cutting edge flagship in the thumbnail it's going to destroy the competition

  32. P.I Pross says:

    I buy outdated models, so does that really affect the environment as they would be scrapped otherwise?

  33. Mark William Jackson says:

    Did apple pay for this ad lol, samsung hard to repair and apple is easy?

  34. dark side says:

    Samsung ❤❤❤❤

  35. Ara J says:

    apple operates 100% from renewable energy ? give me one evidence (that is not from apple ) and I will buy iPhone tomorrow ….mr.sheep

  36. kuki sensei says:

    I have the phone on the thumbnail
    (galaxy a2 I think..)

  37. Joe Ridgley says:

    This is the most retarded video ever

  38. ivan faiz says:

    I think this video is just rant about Samsung. We never really realize the true cost :v LOL

  39. BigSmokeVEVO says:

    "flagship galaxy line"
    Samsung's S line: am i a joke to you?

  40. Axel Alexander says:

    tell apple about durability

  41. Marshmello JR. says:

    This is actually very interesting!

  42. Hunter Adkins says:

    I'm watching on a Samsung s10+

  43. Eleazar Sotomayor says:

    Sounds like an apple fanboy talking..waaah..! Sleepy..

  44. Tonic Yeen says:


  45. ThePhantomSlayer says:

    Not like apple phones are easy to repair.

  46. LucTheCookie says:

    21 months!? Why would people stay eith a phone for less than 2 years?

  47. bottige piemels says:

    Today on recommanded

  48. Danielle Bunny says:

    what things in this world doesn't cost environment?

  49. Anatanawasan says:

    Fucking Apple Propaganda

  50. Sub 2 me for No reason says:

    Which Apple fanboy made this video?

  51. digi stream ltu says:

    I want to buy note 9 or s10 but im gonna buy iphone 8

  52. Mysteromastergameplay says:

    Did this idiot day there is not that much in diy repairs
    Have u seen the iPhone that has non. Must bullshit video ever watched

  53. Abdull Mohsen Qassem says:

    i think whats he trying to say is " Samsung bad, Apple good " LOL

  54. peet777 says:

    Apple sponsored this video

  55. Cala Content says:

    I know this video is not really about money but…

    Samsung benefits = Samsung's smartphone $$$ – (Xiaomi's Smartphone $$$ – 5%)

  56. Matt Sniping says:

    I am Samsung User 🙂

  57. Minecraftranger 6 says:

    ok um no literally durability is one of the key features of Samsung apple is shit you cant repair their phones without tearing them apart also where's the headphone Jack and home button Samsung has been such a better phone company

  58. Mabin Panday says:

    My phone S7 edge is 3 years old and still kicking would stick with it for at least 3 years.
    Its least i could do from my side 🙂

  59. silva-gaming player says:

    I use my Samsungs for 3 to 5yrs

  60. Mihai Sola says:

    Repairability and durability?what about apple and their lame phones that cost 300 dollars to fix…..?

  61. Dursun Sahin says:

    watching this on a Samsung… but can easily go back to a little Nokia flip.
    just a fone is all i NEED

  62. Mufasa #TeamNesquik says:

    But …. Whas this made by an Apple Sheep ?? And , why Samsung , and not iPhone , Xiaomi ir any other brand ?

  63. sangram malik says:

    Ifixit always rated repairbility of Samsung phones way higher than the Apple's, who deliberately make phones almost impossible to repair, sabotaging customers to get the upgrade.

  64. oriel151 says:

    The video was interesting and well made but the narration was so slow and robotic that I almost fell asleep 😴

  65. Aqua Freeze says:

    Another apple fanboy in disguise woopty doo!
    You can show all the I fux-it scores you want, but it isn't gonna cover up apple + foxcon manufacturing secrets.
    It was a bad idea for you to ask siri these questions…

  66. Alex Gamez says:


  67. Captain Cookie says:

    I repaired my Galaxy Note 8 3 Times and its very easy. I fixed the s8 too from my Friend 2 times and its easy too. So i think ifixit is bullshit

  68. blyat says:

    and apple and huawei have the most repairable phones ever cough cough impossible back glass repair

  69. jake payne says:

    Why did you just talk about only Samsung phones. Welp your being bias so you get a 👎

  70. jake payne says:

    As well as you compared apple and Samsung in there energy use but samsung make WAY more then smart phones so 👎

  71. Sam Wendel says:

    This is the worst kind of clickbait.

  72. myra961 says:

    calm your samsung tits i thought samsung is the highest phone sold so of course samsung it is the fuck

  73. Eric Bermudez says:

    Do apple 🍎

  74. wiiboxing master says:

    Yeha well shut up

  75. annonnymus013 says:

    FUCK samsung, FUCK CAPITALISM! Yep, Im against all systems of power.

  76. LobarRobotic says:

    Apple fanboy detected 😛

  77. LobarRobotic says:

    Samsung's reparability is far superior to Apple, which really is making a throw away product, with almost zero reparability and actively stopping 3rd party repairers from doing what they won't do. I think Apple should be looked at next 😉

  78. Esauce says:

    Possibly do another video offering suggestions on how to purchase our next smartphone more ethically and environmentally minded. I know you made a small suggestion, but maybe focusing a video just on that?

  79. jaycelegends says:

    well damn.

  80. some one says:

    do more research plz

  81. Peachy Pie says:

    It would be good to hear about more environmentally friendly phones that are easily repairable

  82. Ulysse Ducamp says:

    very interesting, thank you !

  83. ebony barton says:

    I’m still using my Galaxy Note II to this day. Only ever had to replace the battery once. That goes to show.

  84. No other Like my own skin says:

    What are the steps as a person to produce so much garbage? What websites can help reduce the amount of garbage we're consuming so much of? At high demand.

  85. FLux says:

    I feel like this is a apple ad.

  86. The Creator says:

    What about apples repairability

  87. Rioforever Plays says:

    Why are my samsung phones so durable? My mom had the S8 and it never broke she actually exchanged her phone to get a S10. I have,my Mom's old phone (S7) that she owned for a year that went into storage after that. so from that dropped like 20 times, and from me i have dropped it like 100 no cracks or anything.

  88. Tchd Yeah17 says:

    Samsung and other Android companies are also releasing way too many phones in less than a year and they’re mostly slightly different from one another. At least Apple only releases their phones once a year…

  89. Nam Khanh Ng says:

    Same problem talks about Apple: Video with lots of likes, comment section is not toxic, small dislike rates.
    Same problem talks about Samsung: High dislike rate, a bit toxic comment section

    Ah, yes, Android fanboys are significantly more toxic.

  90. Nikolay Essani says:

    This channel usually has videos that are well researched and informative. This video is very one-sided, with a blind bias for Apple. Several misleading comments include:
    1) "Apple uses renewable energy" Apple purchases renewable "credits" to offset their use of regular grid electricity. Even this is ONLY for their HQ in the U.S., and none of the rest of manufacturing uses renewable energy. While they have far-off targets for their suppliers to become renewable, it's hardly the "100% renewable" they might claim.
    2) Samsung never actually released the folding phone to market. The author didn't read the articles he tried to cite. Them breaking might have rendered a few dozen units unusable, but overall leads to an insignificant environmental impact.
    3) The Note 7 units that had to be recalled could still be processed. In fact, a lot of them had their batteries removed and the units were re-purposed to be used in their manufacturing lines. Even more were repaired and sold under the "Note FE" name.
    4) While some Samsung phones have had durability issues, they are generally more durable than competitors (iPhone 6 Plus?)

  91. F1R says:

    Only apple's offices are powered by renewable not their manufacturing

  92. Titanic Big boat says:


  93. Danielle Bunny says:

    I need to use electronic device to watch this video, what a waste of environment.

    What doesn't cost the environment by the way? Even mineral water bottle cost the environment.

  94. Lex Reyes says:

    Can you make a video on Fairphone?

  95. Emma Cat says:

    I feel like all tech companies have issues of environmental deprivation and abuse of workers.

  96. Franz Kafka says:

    I like most of your vids but the research done here was lazy at best and straight up manipulative at worst. Dont disappoint us man!

  97. AiiCii says:

    Lmao as if apple or any company for that matter would care about the environment more than money

  98. Skrik Carnivora says:

    Do Fairphone! In comparison with other alternatives. I am seriously considering getting it.

  99. Алина Шакирова says:

    Thank you so much for te video❤ You have such a great voice! And such a great way to introduce the information to us🤗

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