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Dell Boxes Are Outside the Box


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Dell Boxes Are Outside the Box

Dell has reduced its packaging volume by more than 12 percent in the last four years, while improving  the recyclable or renewable content by 40 percent during the same period, GreenBiz reported. That not only benefits the environment, but it also cut the company's transportation costs, increases its local sourcing and reduces waste in delivery; multiple items can now be shipped in a single box rather than multiple containers.

The packaging news was made possible from Dells experiments with alternative materials that include compostable bamboo and mushrooms. The bamboo will be used in place of plastic packaging and molded paper pulp when shipping their tablet and notebook computers. The compostable mushrooms will replace the foam Dell uses to ship certain server software.

"The final product looks and acts like Styrofoam - only this is organic, biodegradable and can be used as compost or mulch, which makes for easier and more environmental-friendly disposal," Dell's sustainability team wrote in its latest report, GreenBiz reported.

Bamboo is eco-friendly and rapidly renewable. Dell first used the packaging in 2009 and has since reduced its carbon footprint by implementing it further. Dell was also the first major company in the technology industry to use the mushroom-enhanced packaging.