Are laptops recyclable?
Dell: Packaging made from recycled plastic waste
Dell is once again leading the way with packaging made from recyclable materials. As part of a sustainable supply chain strategy, Dell uses plastics collected from the ocean and beaches to package the new Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. The beginning has been made: In 2017, a total of around 8 tons of plastic waste is to be reused in this pilot project. Here are the further details of Dell's recycling initiative:
Dell XPS 13 with new recycling packaging from the end of April
Dell will be shipping its XPS 13 2-in-1 with the new plastic packaging from April 30, 2017. Dell will also provide detailed information on this new type of packaging and the importance of solutions for protecting the ocean ecosystem. To ensure that the new packaging does not end up in the oceans again, Dell marks each packaging tray with the No. 2 recycling symbol for HDPE (high density polyethylene), which is recyclable in many locations. Dell's packaging team designs and sources product packaging that is more than 93 percent of its weight reusable.
The supply chain for plastic from the ocean
The ocean plastic supply chain consists of several stages: Dell partners collect the plastic on rivers, waterways, coasts and beaches. The plastics are then processed and mixed with other recycled HDPE plastic parts that come from bottles and containers, for example. Finally, new packaging trays are pressed from the resulting plastic flakes, which are used for final packaging and delivery to the customers. The pilot program is based on a feasibility study that was started in Haiti in March 2016.
Dell is pioneering the use of recycled materials
Dell has long used sustainable and recycled materials in its products and packaging. Recycled plastics have been used in desktops since 2008, and in January 2017 the company achieved its 2020 goal of using 25 million kilograms of recycled materials in products. Dell was the first and is so far the only manufacturer to offer computers and monitors that are made partly from waste plastics and recycled carbon fibers.
In partnership with actor Adrian Grenier, Dell Social Good Advocate, and the Lonely Whale Foundation, Dell is improving understanding of the issue of ocean pollution. A study indicates that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastic waste ended up in the oceans in 2010 alone - with devastating consequences for nature. Dell has published a white paper on sourcing strategies and plans to initiate a cross-industry working group to address the problem of plastic litter in the ocean on a global basis.
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