Here at Liquid Technology, we’re passionate about proper e-waste recycling. Every year, approximately 20 million computers are tossed out in the trash and that equipment, most of which contains toxic chemicals and corrosive materials, ends up in our landfills where these materials gradually break down and enter the environment. It’s a cumulative problem with cumulative consequences.
But, as it turns out, Liquid Technology isn’t the only company trying to make a difference. It was recently revealed that the computer giant, Dell, is launching two innovative new programs to help reduce the environmental effects computers have on the environment. More specifically, Dell is using UL-Environment certified closed loop plastics in the manufacturing of its PCs and laptops. In addition, the manufacturer is also packaging their new eco-friendly computers in carbon-negative packaging.
Both of Dell’s eco-friendly initiatives are industry firsts and because the manufacturer is one of the largest in the industry, the impact of these company changes can be quite extensive. The company’s new closed-loop supply chain was developed in partnership with Wistron GreenTech, a company which specializes in turning plastics from recycled electronics into components for brand new systems. This change alone will help cut Dell’s e-waste production and reduce its carbon emissions by 11% compared to manufacturing virgin plastics.
Dell’s new packaging system features carbon-negative AirCarbon material from a new biotech firm, Newlight Technologies. Newlight Technologies uses a revolutionary process to create plastic that cloisters more carbon than it produces because it pulls carbon directly from the air. The company’s AirCarbon process has been independently verified by Trucost to be a carbon-negative material. AirCarbon packaging is less expensive to manufacture than oil-based plastic packaging and it is yet another step in Dell’s plans to use 100% sustainable packaging for all of its products by the year 2020. Previous packaging changes include its use of bamboo and wheat straw, both of which helped to eliminate 20 million pounds of packaging while saving Dell $18 million.
We love it when we hear stories like this one because it means that corporations are not only listening but they are striving to come up with actionable solutions to address the growing global problem that is e-waste. But we want to hear what you have to say. What do you think about Dell’s latest changes in its manufacturing and packaging processes? Do you think it will have a major impact on e-waste recycling? Share your comments below!