bamboo used in Dell’s cushion packaging
Dell’s bamboo packaging has been certified
“compostable,” making responsible disposal of the packaging easier
and more sustainable for customers.
The packaging recently received American Society for Testing
and Materials (ASTM) D-6400 certification. This certification
confirms the packaging, made from mechanically pulped bamboo
from a Forest Stewardship Council-certified bamboo forest in
China, will compost and biodegrade at a rate comparable to known
compostable materials when added to a hot, active compost pile.
The certification also assures that the compost resulting from
the packaging’s degradation process is of good quality and can
sustain plant growth.
Streak, Dell’s five inch tablet, is packaged in cushions made
from sustainable, compostable bamboo.
Dell began using bamboo cushions to package its Mini 10 and Mini
10v netbooks in November 2009. Dell recently extended its use
of bamboo packaging to include a number of Dell Inspiron laptops,
building on its commitment to make being green easy and cost-effective
Dell works 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. The bamboo forest is located in China’s Jiangxi
Province – far away from pandas’ known habitats. Dell worked
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.
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 percent.