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 made from 50% ocean-bound plastic and 50% recycled HDPE plastic, using no virgin materials.
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.
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.