Dell announced yesterday that it will now be shipping its Inspiron Mini 10 and 10v netbooks in sustainable bamboo packaging, making it the first computer manufacturer to utilize bamboo in this context. Part of the computer manufacturer’s overall plan to significantly reduce the environmental impact of its packaging in the next three years, Dell plans to extend use of bamboo packaging materials to other products starting in early 2010.
According to the company, Dell is working with its supplier to ensure that all bamboo used in packaging comes from Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) forests, with the goal of certifying their entire supply chain, from harvest to manufacture. The bamboo currently being used to cushion the Inspiron Mini netbooks is from Jiangxi Province, according to a statement, which is not located near any known panda habitat.
“The use of bamboo for electronics packaging is pretty new, but its viability as a great packaging material can’t be ignored,” said Oliver Campbell, Dell’s senior manager of packaging worldwide. He adds that bamboo has proven a strong, sustainable, cost-effective solution for packaging mobile products.