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Design for Environment

Designing products with the environment in mind

We consider the environment at every stage of the product lifecycle starting with how a product is designed. Instead of one eco-friendly product, we consider the following when designing all of our products.
  • Smarter material choices: We meet and often exceed local legal requirements when it comes to providing safe materials in our products and many of our products are designed with environmentally preferable materials like recycled plastics.
  • Energy efficiency: Nearly every eligible Dell product can be configured to meet the requirements for ENERGY STAR® qualification and we’ve reduced notebook- and desktop- related energy costs by 25 percent since 2008.
  • End of life and reuse: Glues and adhesives can create processing challenges for recyclers, so we have come up with other methods, such as innovative snap-fits, to accomplish the same design goals.
  • Environmental standards: When searching for technology that meets tough environmental standards, look for reputable third-party eco-labels of ENERGY STAR, EPEAT and the 80 PLUS Program.
  • Closed loop recycled content: Dell is using a closed-loop plastics supply chain that can recycle and reuse materials over and over.

Smarter material choices

We are committed to making smarter choices about the materials that go into our products by using environmentally preferable materials and avoiding those that are not.

We hold ourselves to the world’s toughest environmental standards such as Europe’s RoHS and REACH. And we go beyond these standards with our chemical use policy by reducing or eliminating other substances even if they are not restricted.
Smarter Material Choices
We also use recycled-content plastics in many of our products, helping close the recycling loop.

For example, in FY13, we used 7.8 million pounds of recycled-content plastics in Dell OptiPlex desktops and flat-panel monitors. Learn More

Energy efficiency

To lower your power bills and our collective carbon footprint, Dell’s engineers are focused on making our products as energy efficient as possible.

Dell products use less and less power with each generation saving you an additional 25 percent or more in desktop- and notebook-related energy costs since 2008, and Dell servers are warrantied to run for extended periods at up to 113°F/45°C, allowing for an extensive geographic range of potential chillerless operation. We even designed a modular data center for eBay (pictured below) that uses outside air even in the hot summer months of Arizona. Learn More

eBay Data Center

End of life and reuse

We make upgrading your technology easy to make your life easier. This also means products can last longer benefiting you and our planet.
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We also design for recyclability, so that when your products finally reach the end of their life, it's easy for our recycling partners to disassemble and process.

To do this, we collaborate with those same partners to determine which design features are best for recyclability. This takes into consideration easy disassembly, minimal glues and adhesives, restrictions on paints and coatings, and labeling recyclable materials so our environmental partners can identify and put them toward the best possible reuse.

For example, the exterior of our XPS 13 Ultrabook™ uses polymer-reinforced carbon fibers, which make the computer lightweight and cool to the touch. But that material had to also conform to EPEAT®'s criteria for recyclability, ensuring our recycling partners could return the material to usefulness. Learn More

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Environmental standards

We find ourselves surrounded by products claiming to green, but how do we know for sure? When searching for technology that meets today’s environmental standards, look for reputable third-party eco-labels of ENERGY STAR, EPEAT and the 80 PLUS Program.

Dell has a long commitment to these eco-labels. We stood with the U.S. EPA to launch their energy-efficiency mark known as ENERGY STAR and many of our products are registered across multiple countries for EPEAT — the highest bar for sustainably made electronics. Dell is also the first in the industry to offer an 80 PLUS® Gold certification for server power supplies and then the first to offer 80 PLUS Titanium-certified power supplies. Learn More

EPEAT

Dell and EPEAT Help Your Business Choose Environmentally Responsible Products.

Dell uses EPEAT registration so you can be confident your Dell product is environmentally responsible.

FY14 Progress Points 
BulletReduced the average energy intensity of our product portfolio by 11.3 percent 
BulletUsed 10 million pounds of recycled-content plastic in our products, up from 7.8 million in FY13 
BulletFY14 Corporate Responsbility Report