Well-known technology company, Dell, has signed a partnership deal with Newlight Technologies who has invented a plastic material derived from air and greenhouse gases. With this partnership, the computer company will be able to provide carbon-negative packaging.
As the fastest growing segment in the waste stream, e-waste is primarily known for being made up of electronics and electronics parts. But, what about the plastic case that houses your precious iPad and smartphones? After all, packaging is often the initial material customers see and touch.
The prediction is by 2016 to 2018 we’ll see a dramatic reduction in packaging waste, but we’re dealing with people hoarding material in closets and basements. Community involvement is key in developing sustainability.
Head honchos at Dell want customers to associate Dell with being dedicated to operating in an environmentally responsible manner every step of the way.
Last year Dell pushed for completely waste-free packaging with a goal that by 2020 100% of its packaging will either be recyclable or compostable at end-of-life. Looks like the Dell team is staying true to the cause not only in packaging but their electronics too!
Dell also signed a partnership arrangement with Wistron GreenTech, the recycling subsidiary of Wistron Corp., a Taiwan-based global original design manufacturer, to provide for its computers a closed-loop recycled plastic certified by UL Environment.
Just last week, Dell introduced a new All-in-One desktop, with a chassis that uses a minimum of 10 percent closed-loop, post-consumer recycled plastics. That might not seem like a lot, but that achievement just earned UL Environment’s first certification for manufacturing with closed-loop recycled plastics.
Through the closed loop program, Wistron GreenTech says it will turn plastics from recycled electronics back into new computer equipment. Dell says it will be the first company in the IT industry to use UL Environment-certified closed-loop recycled plastic in a computer with the launch of the Dell OptiPlex 3030 All-in-One desktop, which will be commercially available in June.
“This initiative is designed to reduce the dependence on natural resources, as well as extending the value of end-of-life electronics,” says Simon Lin, chairman and CEO of Wistron Corp.
Organizations who have implemented responsible recycling practices strive for environmental sustainability. With Dell’s new packaging efforts, IT asset management vendors and electronics recyclers can minimize the amount of waste sent to the landfill significantly more!
For many manufacturers, increasing usage of recycled e-plastic will involve changing the mind-sets of product designers and engineers.
IT asset management and electronics recycler, HOBI International, has taken a leadership role in a design process that goes beyond compliance and seeks best practices in the processing of hazardous and non-hazardous materials found in electronic products and their packaging. Our goal is to educate and encourage OEMs to incorporate best practices in all around electronics recycling through design for disassembly workshops.
Moral of the story: Way to go, Dell!