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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  • Jul 31, 2007     Comment Link

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    I would propose that, instead of using styofoam or even MORE cardboard, Dell shold take the lead by using ONLY packing materials made from 100% recycled newspaper or pulp. A simple Google search yielded as least ONE US supplier providing such materials.

    An added touch would be to include an envelope of seeds in every package sent.

    Hope this helps the cause, Larry
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  • Jul 31, 2007     Comment Link

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    Please consider dropping the foam entirely and just use recyclable formed cardboard to protect the PC and monitor. It really disturbs me to throw many cubic yards of styrofoam into the landfill.
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  • Jul 31, 2007     Comment Link

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    Here it is:
    http://www.geami.com/
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  • Jul 31, 2007     Comment Link

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    Digi-key uses brown recycled paper stuff instead of styrofoam peanuts.
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  • Jul 31, 2007     Comment Link

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    It is wonderful that you have reduced the amount of packaging you use. The next step is to find biodegradable or recycle-able replacements. Find alternatives. For example, there are companies who use real popcorn instead of styrofoam peanuts. Dell could use GreenCell foam or something like it--GreenCell is naturally biodegradable foam and is anti-static. See http://www.ktmindustries.com/greencell/info.html for more info. (This sounds like a great product, but there may be others like it.) (It's also interesting that if you google these words: recyclable product packaging, you see many of your competitors on the very first page of results.)
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  • Apr 23, 2007     Comment Link

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    Great idea but I'm not sure if there is a biodegradable material that will provide the protection that the styrofoam has at a reasonable price.
    EarthShell sold biodegradable packing peanuts but I think they eventually went out of business.

    There is still hope: http://seedmagazine.com/news/2006/03/solving_the_styrofoam_situatio.php

    However, people tend to forget how much time, money and research went into products like plastics, styrofoam, etc. because they have been around for so long, but that same amount of time, research and money, if not more will be required to come up with biodegradable substitutes.
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  • Apr 19, 2007     Comment Link

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    Hmm... sensible idea! And I thought they coudl fit into those large trash cans!
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  • Apr 19, 2007     Comment Link

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    Something that would fit in my trash can at least

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