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Dell to produce computer with closed-loop recycled content

Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 | Author: Paul Sanderson

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Computer manufacturer Dell has said that it will launch a computer next month that will contain 10 per cent closed-loop recycled plastic.

Dell’s new closed-loop supply chain has been developed with Wistron GreenTech and will turn plastics from recycled electronics back into new systems, helping drive a circular economy for IT.

The Dell OptiPlex 3030 All-In-Ones desktop computer will contain 10 per cent closed-loop post-consumer plastic that has been certified by UL Environment and will be available globally.

Following this launch, the company hope to eventually reuse metals and other materials as part of its goal of using 50 million pounds (22,280 tonnes) of recycled content plastics and other sustainable materials by 2020.

Dell will also gradually remove oil-based and bamboo or straw packaging to surround its computers in transit with the carbon-negative AirCarbon material from bio-tech start-up Newlight Technologies.

Under this process, the plastic material is created by pulling carbon from the air and generating a net positive impact on the environment.

The AirCarbon packaging sleeves will begin to surround the Dell Latitude series notebooks from the autumn in the United States with plans for this to be extended globally for use in both packaging and products.

Dell chief executive Michael Dell said: “We have a long-standing commitment to conduct our business responsibly.

“Air Carbon packaging and closed-loop recycled plastic are terrific innovations and big steps forward as we work with our customers and partners toward our 2020 goals.” 

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