When I received my 32" lcd screen it had an extremely large amount of Styrofoam. Dell is working to be environmentally friendly, maybe they should consider a better packing material at least one that will biodegrade. Status Update: Dell's latest strategy on better packaging for the environment can be found here and here.
I would like to present to you interesting idea to make the cases for desktops better home and office equipment. Every desktop collects inside the dust. At the same time, it moves more than 1.000 CF of the air every hour, 2-4 times the volume of the air in small room or individual office space. When the interior of the desktop is coated with FNNANO and illuminated by UVA LED, the desktop will efficiently purify all the passing air, it will eliminate the contamination in the room and it will reduce the inside dust, keeping the fast rate of processing data. We can achieve three concepts at once: help clean the environment, share the pure room concept and make the PC run faster. If you are interested to develop this option with us we would be happy to provide more details.
Augmented reality is current in "beta" phase as far as technology and application goes. A lot of groundwork has been done by Microsoft and Google with the Holo-lens and Glass respectively. I propose that dell takes advantage of the existing interest of AR technologies, and expands them into large scale environments. Some of the environments that would be good to see are Zoos, Aquariums and Planetariums where instead of just seeing a docile elephant in a pen, or a limited number of small fish in bowls, and immersive experience where one can stand inches away from a life size Gorilla or Lion. Or enter into a massive water tank and "swim" with life size whales, sharks, and creatures iof the deep that cannot be housed in current aquariums due to varius circumstances (enviornmental/habitat restrictions etc.) The educational applications are limitless, and if the technologies are implimented into a self contained environment, can lead to an ever changing experience for end users. Every week/month a new "exhibit" could be launched to bring back patrons, leading to a year round income source with drastically reduced overhead expenses vs traditional zoos/aquariums. Other applications include, but are not limited to: AR-Gaming, AR-Educational programs, AR-Enterprise support applications, AR-client support applications.
Intel and AMD have both been developing Ultra Low Voltage CPUs, computer chips that run on 1/5 of the power of traditional computer chips. The CPU is a good start, now Dell can work with Intel and / or AMD to develop a FULLY ULV Notebook - ALL the subcomponents using significantly less power than standard notebook systems. [Gateway's ULV CPU powered notebook.] Another big component to change is the display, static 'ePaper' notebook screens that can maintain the image even when powered off. Electricity is only used when changing the display, and even then - power only used down to the pixel level, while non-changing pixels consume little or no power at all. Back-Lit by new ULV LEDs, that adjust their intensity based off of a ambient light sensor - using even less power when in a darker room, vs. a sunny patio. The screen size can be 12" widescreen, and still be able to provide a good movie viewing experience. No Hard Drive, No CD Drive - those power hungry components can be put into the ULV notebook docking station. Use Flash drives and USB memory sticks only. I would imagine a SSD Flash drive equipped notebook that could run for hours off of a single 9 volt battery (rechargeable of course!) The New ULV Dell Notebook With an ULV notebook, you can replace the battery with a water powered fuel cell, and cover the notebook screen lid with the new 40%+ efficient solar cells, and have the FIRST 'free power' ULV notebook on the market. Samsung has been a leader in ULV technology in Korea: Status Update
Make it an option to not get things people may already have when upgrading a PC such as monitors, mouse, keyboard. This would be good environmentally and save people some money if they already have theae things and will not be keeping the old PC. Status Update Please see chris_m's comment
There are many suggestions here for various changes that could make a PC "greener". As part of the companies green credentials, I believe that not only should as many of these as possible be a "default" option, but there should be specific "greener" models of desktops and laptops. These would have lower power usage and should be created and shipped in a more environmentally friendly way. Components, too, could be kept to a minimum - onboard graphics and sound and a removal in "legacy" ports. The desktop version of this could use laptop components to better embrace this idea. The vast majority of PC users require one for emails, internet browsing and office applications - a low powered (but not under-powered) PC and laptop that are more than sufficient for this should be easy to produce. Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below
As an environmentally aware company that makes long shelf-life products (not food or toys) you should be aware that the biggest environmental impact your products have are the results of their use, not their manufacture. Towards this end all your printers should duplex as standard, and if taken to the extreme the drivers should be set to duplex by default. They should also go into a very low power state shortly after going idle. Cheers, Luke Status Update We offer this capability in some printer products. We constantly seek improvements printers. Thanks for your great suggestions.
People are sick and tired of getting ripped off by expensive H.P. Laser Toner Cartridges. Samsung makes the TONER packs separate from the DRUM, making it very inexpensive to use: Make a DELL Laser Printer with separate Toner and separate Drum kits, it is cleaner, better for the environment, and much more affordable for the home laser printer user. DELL should partner with Samsung to make DELL Laser printers - they have demonstrated a very good design, and DELL can 'bring it to everybody' - and get 1 up on H.P.'s Toner EMPIRE. Status Update Please see paul_n's comment
Offer "green" desktops by doing away with all Optiplex and Dimension case designs, revamp a laptop chassis into a smaller footprint desktop ... replace 3.5" drives with laptop 2.5" drives, and scale down 300+ watt power supplies to the Optiplex 65w capacities of yester-year. Take an existing laptop design ... remove the LCD and keyboard to reduce the cost. Now you've got something more like the Mac Mini. You'll have something much smaller so that you can place under a desktop telephone ... you'll have something smaller so you won't be able to hear it ... and you'll have something more energy efficient that will help the environment. Status Update: Please see bill_b's comment for further details. Thanks for posting!
To become the "greenest" IT company, 1. Reduce vehicle miles traveled by employees by encouraging carpooling; having commuter shuttle buses (or working with Capital Metro) from places throughout Austin, Pflugerville, etc. Have bike-friendly facilities, such as bike trails, showers, bike racks. 2. Look at energy and water conservation in your buildings. You can do an audit through TCEQ and get advice to reduce water and energy use and use materials that improve indoor air quality for workers. 3. Look at the whole product "cradle to cradle" life cycle: there should be no waste. The products should be designed so that all by-products can be used for something. 4. Take back old computers and recycle them so that no toxic chemicals are thrown in landfills and the materials can be reused. Good luck! Status Update Dell looks for ways to improve how they conserve product energy consumption, reduce or eliminate materials for disposal, prolong product life span and provide effective and convenient equipment recovery solutions. For products, we do follow the product-life-cycle to identify and address environmental impacts associated with design, manufacture, use, and end-of-life activities. Details on our energy and water conservation programs as well as our recycling efforts, on site and for consumers, can be found here.