Dell shuns paper for bamboo in some packaging

Dell shuns paper for bamboo in some packaging

Summary: Dell swaps paper pulp and corrugated cardboard for bamboo in certain netbook packaging.


So, if you decide to invest in a Dell Inspiron Mini 10 or a Mini 10v netbook, you'll get to check out its latest nod toward more environmentally friendly packaging: the company is using bamboo as the inner product cushion in the boxes. The outer box will be made out of 25 percent post-consumer materials.

Dell has pledged to reduce its packaging volume by 10 percent before 2012. Bamboo, which is strong and grow faster than hardwoods, will make up a bigger part of the company's packaging mix starting early in 2010. The only snag could be the fact that most cities and towns aren't exactly dealing with bamboo much in their recycling mix, so Dell say it is working with Georgia Pacific, UGS and Environmental Packaging International to ensure that its packaging can be easily handled.

Topics: Laptops, Dell, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Bamboo, wood, paper ....

    I dun't see the problem, but then again, us simpletons will do stuff we don't know cannot be done.
  • RE: Dell shuns paper for bamboo in some packaging

    poor panda bears are going to starve... ;)
    • bamboo grows plenty fast to feed the pandas too, dummy (nt)

      • WOW!!

        I could see the humor in the starving Panda post, Don't know why you can't. I guess name calling is easier. Consider this, though. I don't know what the density of bamboo coverage is in China, and other geographies. I could guess that you don't either. Once a source of production has been established, the pressure is on. Bamboo does grow fast, that is true, but the peoples of the World will eventually step up and consume what is made available.

        Hardwoods do grow slower, but the industries are developing hybrids that grow faster, and they are planted just like any other crop. So, the real bottom line isn't saving the Planet, it's saving a buck. The Chinese, and other Asians will make this available with real labor, and low pay. I made paper for 38 years, and I am slightly familiar with the situation. You can not re-cycle bamboo fiber with hardwood, or pine fiber. This means the machinery has to be re-designed to handle this product. It also means that the same mills will be handling it..So, where is the environmentally friendly part??.. That's ok..You can hop up, and call me names as well. It makes some egos feel larger.
      • All kinds of trees grow plenty fast in the Brazilian rain forests

        if they weren't cutting them down so fast. Same is/will happen in Asia with their forests.
        • Nope

          rainforest megavegetation is slow growing with shallow root systems. They don't quickly replenesh themmselves.

          Also, rainforest soil is nutrient poor and makes terrible farmland for most crops.
  • RE: Dell shuns paper for bamboo in some packaging

    ol'ericesque can't help himself. both of his parents are
    siblings.... ;0 P.S. don't bother writing a response,you are
    not worth the gunpowder to blast you to is
  • RE: Dell shuns paper for bamboo in some packaging

    This is a rubbish headline from Dell - I'd be hugely more content if they would dump all the expanded polystyrene or packing plastic foam they are **still** using.

    Both are un-recyclable, and nothing you can do with them but burn or put in a landfill.

    Moulded cardboard serves the same purpose.
  • Bio-degradable NOT

    Its been proven that what ever you put in a landfill
    does not degrade: paper, plastic, bamboo... doesnt
    matter, its a environmental nightmare!
    The government must setup a workable recycling solution
    that each and everyone of us must follow. Its not on the
    shoulders of corporations but on individuals like me and
    • Do the snozberries taste like snozberries?

      If, as you claim, nothing you put into a landfill degrades, then landfills would not generate methane (a product of the decay/degradation of organic components withing the landfill).

      Too bad.