Humanity is at a crossroads. Every year, we use more resources than the earth can regenerate. What’s more, the pressure on natural resources can only intensify. By 2030, global population is projected to grow by 1 billion and the world’s middle class is expected to swell by an additional 3 billion.
And yet there’s a solution in clear sight. The way we consume resources in the traditional economy has waste as its ultimate end product. But the stuff we throw away is immensely valuable. A ton of discarded electronics, for example, contains up to 800 times more gold than a tonne of gold ore.
Our circular design approach aims to eliminate the concept of waste, so resources continually circulate within the economy. We do this by making it easier for materials to be repaired, remanufactured or recycled. We return the materials in end-of-life products to the start of our production processes. And we also pass on reclaimed materials to other companies for use in their products. We’re working to eliminate the “physical” nature of value creation altogether with technologies like virtualisation.
This makes environmental sense, and it also has a compelling commercial logic. In the EU alone, the circular
economy represents a $4.5tn opportunity that could create 400,000 new jobs by 2025.
Dell Technologies is a global leader in transforming circular design thinking into full-scale commercial practice.
Our mobile technology, cloud computing, IoT-enabled devices and big data analytics help customers improve processes and create more value without using more resources.
At the same time, we’re working across our products’ lifecycles, emphasising reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recyclability; sustainable material choices; energy efficiency; and software-defined devices.
We operate the world’s largest product takeback services, with operations in more than 75 countries and territories. We’ve created a growing closed-loop supply chain network for plastics and other materials. And we’re getting closer and closer to truly waste-free processes.
As a result of this, we were proud to receive the inaugural Accenture Award for Circular Economy Pioneers at the World Economic Forum in 2015. And we’re honoured to have received many more awards since then.
Circular design embraces innovative thinking on sustainability at every stage of a product’s lifecycle – from initial concept to use and eventual recycling. See how we create products that help you do more while minimising your impact.