New Materials: Mushroom Packaging
|We’ve gone one step further by growing a new heavy packaging material that is sustainable and compostable. Yes, growing.|
Our pilot program is laying the groundwork for what we hope will be a new cushioning biotechnology that can serve as a new standard for the technology industry.
|Find a green alternative for |
packaging and cushioning
for heavy products.
|Grow it. Use recently|
biotechnology to grow the
protective cushions needed
for the shipment of high-tech
products instead of using
|A sustainable, green|
alternative that is also
The mushroom bioscience is based in using common agricultural waste products. Cotton hulls, rice hulls or wheat chaff are placed in a mold and injected with mushroom spawn. Five to ten days later, the mushroom root structure completes its growth, having utilized the energy inherent in the agricultural waste instead of external energy sources like petroleum. The final product looks and acts like Styrofoam — only this is organic, biodegradable and can be used as compost or mulch, which makes for easier and more environmental-friendly disposal.
This remains a pilot program.
Mushroom and bamboo packaging is an extension of our Three C’s philosophy:
- Cube — Reduce the size of our boxes.
- Content — Make the materials we use in packaging eco-friendly.
- Curb — Make our packaging materials curbside recyclable.
Sometimes, a business idea can have a major social impact. Here, Dell is furthering our progress finding a new, sustainable packaging material that leaves an environment-friendly legacy.
|FY14 Progress Points|
|Increased the percentage of packaging using sustainable materials to 58 percent, up from 57 percent in FY13|
|Introduced wheat straw packaging, avoiding 180 tons of CO2 emissions|
|Awarded the first Visionary Award for The Global Packaging Industry by Packaging Digest|
|FY14 Corporate Responsibility Report|