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Every printer should duplex! (two sided printing)

Jul 2, 2007

52 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

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.

Categories: Environment, Printers and Ink,

Less waste from toner cartridges

Jul 1, 2007

26 Votes

Status: Implemented

This is probably the BIGGEST polution issue with computers in general. The printer cartdriges CANT be re-used, CANT be re-filled, and for some reason, i CANT just buy 1 colour, for my colour printer.... like BLACK (word docs...). Instead, dell could have the cartridges sent BACK to Dell, to be cleaned re-filled. etc.... Just a thought. Although i dont go through that many cartridges (so far, 1 re-load in.... 5 years), comapnies, printer places (kinko's or whatever) school's, they all use a horendus amount of ink. Status Update Please see todd_d's comment

Categories: Environment, Printers and Ink,

decrease packaging, and or make it easier to deal with...

Jun 30, 2007

3 Votes

Status: Implemented

The easiest way to solve this problem would be to lock your top executives in a room without the scissors, razor blades, hammers and flamethrowers that are needed to unpack computers, speakers etc and not let them out till it is done or they pass out from hypertension. Excessive, overly secure packaging can be attacked from an environmental point of view, but right now, I just want to be able to get my stuff without cursing in front of small children..... stop the madness! Status Update: See our latest blog post on our reduced packaging strategy here.

Categories: Environment,

Make DELL Laser Printers with Separate DRUM and TONER kits - Cleaner, Greener, and Cheaper!

Jun 13, 2007

28 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

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

Categories: Environment, New Product Ideas, Printers and Ink,

ULV - Ultra Low Voltage Notebook Computer

Jun 6, 2007

82 Votes

Status: Under Review

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

Categories: Environment, Laptop Power,

Sell the first anti-microbial keyboard

Jun 6, 2007

0 Vote

Status: Implemented

Dell! Look you can not only get on the Green bandwagon but the anti-microbial health conscious bandwagon with the first Anti-Microbial Keyboard! Buy out InduMedical's Anti-Microbial keyboard with Microban® protection and rebrand it with a similarly light blue Dell Logo. This is great for Healthcare, Business, Schools, and even Home use! These can be used at any kiosk computer as well to prevent the spreading of any cooties. This will get Dell in the medical journals as being cutting edge in health well being! Reference Material: http://www.indumedical.com (site currently down unfortunately) Sample Photo for the product: Status Update Check out the Latitude 2100

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Environment,

Environment

Jun 5, 2007

20 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

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.

Categories: Dell, Environment,

Ban from products

Jun 5, 2007

101 Votes

Status: Implemented

Ban from products * Asbestos * Cadmium (Cd) * Hexavalent Chromium (CrVI) * Mercury (Hg), except for backlight lamps * Lead (Pb), above and beyond RoHS requirements * Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs) * Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) * Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) * Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs) * Polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) * Polychlorinated terphenyls (PCTs) * Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) Status Update The substances noted are among our banned and restricted materials and are prohibited from use in products. A good place to see this is in the product data sheets we provide on the environmental attributes of every product we sell.

Categories: Environment,

Offer "green" desktop systems

May 18, 2007

51 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

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!

Categories: Desktops, Environment,

Better Image

May 4, 2007

14 Votes

Status: Implemented

I think Dell should become THE "green" hightech-company. As far as I know until now there is no hightech company which claims to be the most ecological responsible one.

Categories: Environment,

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