Dell recently announced it will ship its Inspiron Mini 10 and 10v netbooks in packaging made from bamboo, a highly renewable material that serves as a great alternative to molded paper pulp, foams and corrugate often used in packaging.
Dell, who are headquartered in Round Rock, TX, are using the material for the product cushions cradling the Mini inside an outer box made from 25 per cent post-consumer materials. The company plans to expand its use of bamboo packaging to more products in early 2010.
According to Dell, it choose to utilize bamboo because:
The computer manufacturer is working with bamboo packaging supplier Unisource Global Solutions (UGS) to ensure all processes associated with the bamboo’s production meet the highest standards. The company sources its raw bamboo from a forest that follows Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) principles and criteria. Dell is also working with UGS to secure FSC-certification for the bamboo’s full chain of custody, from the forest to the manufacturing facilities.
Dell, Georgia Pacific, UGS and Environmental Packaging International are also in the process of certifying the packaging for recycling.
The Three C’s of Smarter Packaging
In December 2008, Dell announced a plan to revolutionize computer packaging. By 2012, Dell aims to reduce packaging volume by 10 percent; increase the amount of recycled content in packaging by 40 percent; and increase the amount of materials in packaging that’s curbside recyclable to 75 per cent.
To achieve these goals, the company is implementing a strategy based on the three C’s:
"The use of bamboo for electronics packaging is pretty new, but its viability as a great packaging material can’t be ignored,” notes Oliver Campbell, Dell’s senior manager of packaging worldwide. “We’re introducing it with mobile products, as it’s proven a strong, sustainable and cost-effective solution for packaging those. We’re actively working to integrate this and other innovative, agricultural materials into packaging for products across our portfolio."
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