No more plastic wrap, please

May 22, 2008

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In the last shipment of computers I received I was shocked by the amount of plastic wrap used for items like power cords, USB cables, VGA/DVI cables. Do these items really need to be individually wrapped in a plastic bag. I can just imagine the tons of plastic used by Dell annually...

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  • Nov 17, 2009     Comment Link

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    I found that DELL is now shipping PCs with bamboo packaging.  http://www.manufacturing.net/article.aspx?id=228200
    Can we now change the status to Implemented?
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  • Apr 6, 2009     Comment Link

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    The interesting thing when I got my Inspiron XPS Generation 2 notebook PC a few years ago, is that I remember that there was actually a rather small amount of plastic wrap.
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  • Apr 6, 2009     Comment Link

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    Well, the idea "No more plastic wrap" is somewhat impossible, I mean, Dell cannot eliminate plastic wrap completely. Though I do agree that the amount used can probably be decreased.
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  • Apr 6, 2009     Comment Link

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    When I unpacked up my new XPS M1330n the other day, I was gratified to find there were only two plastic bags.  I agreed the padded one which protected the computer was needed, but not the one for the power cord.  A twist tie held the cord together.  That smaller plastic bag had the part label which is only the reason I could divine for using it.  I would say this idea is at least Partially Implemented.

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  • Oct 28, 2008     Comment Link

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    Of course, an idea like "No more plastic wrap" can not be FULLY implemented; plastic wrap is not going away any time soon. But, I agree that we could try to REDUCE how much plastic wrap is used.
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  • Oct 22, 2008     Comment Link

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    Yes, part of the issue is simply this: no COMPANY can be rationally be held 100% accountable for the environmental impact of everything they produce. Reason: they TRANSFER the OWNERSHIP of those products to their CUSTOMERS. Meaning: each of US needs to hold OURSELVES accountable for such things as wise use, reuse and recycling. Neither Dell nor any other corporation can ensure that its customers are environmentally responsible. So, let's assign responsibility where it rightfully belongs: to each and every one of us. ONE area where I think Dell could help would be to find some way to include only ONE install manual when you have ordered 16 KVM cables/adapters (for example) for the KVM switch you've also ordered. That sort of thing would reduce the total output of material considerably.
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  • Oct 22, 2008     Comment Link

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    To those who are asking for paper packaging, understand that manufacturing paper bags/products is actually more harmful and energy hungry than plastic. The best solution is twisties or zip ties and all cables in one bag. Only problem is Dell likely buys cables from different suppliers based on price (XYZ has the best price on VGA cables this week so Dell buys 1000s of them at a time and they are individually wrapped) so it may not be reasonable to make this change. Also consider how frequently when you put cables with zip ties in a box that they get tangled. This is a problem for Dell when trying to expedite boxing they need parts to be easy to grab so plastic helps.
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  • Sep 22, 2008     Comment Link

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    Guys I think going green is good, paper bags too, as for the cables it won't be fair to make shorter power cords and say WE ARE DOING GREEN business, and so you'll need to buy another one cable (another one product that uses oil in its production!!! pollution again.) Why not use paper based or cotton based bags for laptops.
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  • Sep 19, 2008     Comment Link

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    Changed status to **UNDER REVIEW**.
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  • Sep 19, 2008     Comment Link

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    Hi All, I manage consumer packaging design here at Dell and have been following your comments. This is an issue Dell takes very seriously. We are taking a holistic approach to our packaging efforts by reducing overall packaging and making smarter choices of materials. We have a number of initiative underway to minimize our packagingGÇÖs impact to the environment. For example, the new Studio Hybrid packaging is made from recycled milk jugs (HDPE) and cardboard, and can be curbside recycled. The new Studio Mini comes in a molded pulp tray and can be curbside recycled as well. There is no silver bullet to solving the planetGÇÖs environmental situation, but at Dell, we are taking steps to make a difference. Look for more exciting packaging innovation in the near future. Brooks

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