You know that compost pile in your backyard? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could toss packaging into it when you get something via UPS? Apparently now you can if you happen to be a recipient of computer manufacturer Dell’s bamboo packaging, which the company just announced has been certified compostable by an outfit called the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

Dell said the ASTM D-6400 certification its bamboo packaging received confirms that it will “compost and biodegrade at a rate comparable to known compostable materials when added to a hot, active compost pile” and that its “degradation process is of good quality and can sustain plant growth.” The bamboo, produced from mechanically pulped bamboo from a Forest Stewardship Council-certified bamboo forest in China, is said to be lightweight and strong enough to protect Dell’s products in transit.

Dell Bamboo
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Dell’s bamboo packaging was originally used to cushion in transit its Mini 10 and Mini 10v netbooks and was recently expanded to be used with a number of Dell Inspiron laptops. And, as the computer company more or less said in its news about this certification, no pandas were hurt in the production of the packaging.

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