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Dell develops recycled ocean plastics packaging solution

PKBR Staff Writer Published 23 February 2017

US-based Dell has developed what is claimed to be technology industry's first packaging solution by recycling ocean plastics.

The company made the first shipment of ocean plastics packaging trays comprising 25% of recycled ocean plastic content as part of its pilot program.

Dell said that the program supports its goal using 100% sustainable packaging by the end of the decade.

The new packaging tray, which has been designed for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 computer, will also feature educational information to raise awareness and action on ocean ecosystem health solutions.

Dell said it plans to transition its XPS 13 2-in-1 to ocean plastics packaging starting from 30 April 2017.

Initially, the littered plastic is collected before reaches the ocean. It is then processed and mixed with other post-consumer HDPE from sources like bottles and food storage containers to create the packaging trays.

Dell chief supply chain officer Kevin Brown said: "This new packaging initiative demonstrates that there are real global business applications for ocean plastics that deliver positive results for our business and planet. We look forward to working across industries for broader impact."

Each of the tray is stamped with the No. 2 recycling symbol, designating it as HDPE, ensuring that the packaging does not end up in the oceans again.

Dell social good advocate Adrian Grenier said: "Not only are we keeping plastics from entering our ocean, but we are also educating consumers and leading by example through developing new and innovative business systems.”

Image: Dell develops new packaging solution using ocean plastic. Photo: courtesy of anankkml/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.