Biodegradable Packing material

April 19, 2007

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Status: Partially Implemented

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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.


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  • Mar 14, 2008     Comment Link

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    I voted for that one, too... and commented there. nboyle might want to consider asking to merge this one....
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  • Mar 14, 2008     Comment Link

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    Duplicate of: http://www.ideastorm.com/article/show/66035
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  • Mar 14, 2008     Comment Link

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    As a consumer, I feel guilty whenever I receive a package with styrofoam packaging. There's nothing I can do with it but throw it away knowing it's going to take up space in a landfill. As part of Dell's GREEN strategy and initiatives, I'd like to see Dell provide at least the option for customers to choose green packaging materials when ordering from Dell. Ideally, I'd like to see Dell move completely away from styrofoam packaging to truly provide an environmental example in Corporate America!!
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  • Nov 16, 2007     Comment Link

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    oh, and of course add 'ease of fabrication'
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  • Nov 16, 2007     Comment Link

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    Does dell have any alternatives to Styrofoam? Most of the Dells I've seen have styrofoam, in them. Are there any alternatives? Nboyle above states about Sonoco, but any other alternatives?
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  • Nov 16, 2007     Comment Link

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    @dell_admin1 - I'd be interested in seeing a discussion on Direct2Dell regarding the viability of such alternatives: * strength (and shock-cushioning/crush-resistance characteristics) * cost Styrofoam (take out boxes, too) surely is a sore spot in recycling. ONE packaging alternative certainly would NOT be good for the take-out boxes (melts in water), but might work for packaging.
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  • Nov 16, 2007     Comment Link

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    A company called Sonoco makes these paperboard posts. They are typically used in packaging for appliances. I think they can be made into a shape more suitable for computers and provide the shock protection and stacking ability necessary to get them to our end users without damage. It would take some R&D on their end to determine if it would work, but I think it might. Paperboard is a greener choice than the Styrofoam Dell currently uses. As a consumer, I would be willing to pay a few extra dollars just to even have the option of choosing Green packing materials. Ideally, however, Dell could lead Corporate America by providing this as a packaging standard.
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  • Aug 1, 2007     Comment Link

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    As it is people eat at their computers, now we can use our computers to eat! Nice one.
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  • Aug 1, 2007     Comment Link

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    Dell should consider making as much of their components and packaging out of (partly) renewable and/or biodegradable parts. Plastics made out of renewable resources, such as Natureworks' Poly Lactic Acid, BASF's Ecoflex or compounds of these materials (FKuR's Bio-Flex) have now comparable physical characteristics as existing petroleum based plastics, such as PS, ABS, PE, etc. They will only start to degrade and compost in industrial composting facilities, so the components made out of these materials will last as long as the computer will last. As for packaging, most bioplastics are antistatic, and will be a perfect replacement for all sorts of plastic films, foils and bags. More information can be obtained from: www.fkur.com.
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  • Aug 1, 2007     Comment Link

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    Changed status to **UNDER REVIEW**.

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