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.
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?
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 25% ocean-bound plastic and 75% recycled PET, using no virgin materials. It’s also fully recyclable itself.
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.
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.