• Waste as a resource

    Finding raw materials in the most unlikely places.

    • A key part of our circular design approach is to engineer waste out of our product lifecycles and to recycle materials back in. But we also look further afield to find ways to transform waste back into valuable raw materials.


      Helping turn the tide on ocean plastics

      Did you know that 8 million tons of plastics end up in our oceans every year and that by 2050, plastics may outnumber fish in the sea?

    • How is Dell Technologies fighting ocean-bound plastics?

      Dell Technologies has created a new supply chain that recovers ocean-bound plastics, putting them back into our packaging instead of letting them wash out to sea.

      We work with suppliers to collect, process and mix plastics with other recycled material to create molded trays used for packaging select products. The trays are made from 50% ocean-bound plastic and 50% recycled HDPE plastic, using no virgin materials.

    • Partnering up and creating initiatives

      After realizing the seriousness of the problem of ocean plastics, we looked at ways of making a difference. Together with Lonely Whale, we created the Next Wave initiative, an open-source initiative that brings the world’s largest companies together in a combined effort to solve this crisis.

    • Together, we can keep our oceans clean

      The group aims to save over three million pounds of plastic from entering the oceans within the next five years by using it in manufacturing of products and packaging.

      Join our cause by visiting NextWavePlastics.org and learn more about ocean-bound plastics here.

    • Reclaimed Carbon Fiber

      Reclaimed carbon fiber takes laptops to new heights

      Carbon fiber’s strength, rigidity and low weight make it ideal for the aerospace industry. But their processes create waste that normally cannot be reused, leaving material that would be thrown away. Working with our suppliers, we identified an opportunity to reclaim this carbon fiber as a raw material and recycle it into our laptops.

      We work with aerospace manufacturers to take off-spec, excess or scrap carbon fiber, chop and pelletize it, then compound it with plastic resin and mold it into components that make laptops stronger, lighter and thinner. The material is also very recyclable.

    • Bio-based resources

      We’ve pioneered bio-based technologies to package our products and reduce their environmental impact still further.

    • Recycled materials

      We run the planet's largest technology recycling program. See how it works.