Dell Reduces Packaging, Not People
Computer company Dell has launched a plan to save about $8.1 million in the next four years by changing the way their computer and parts are packaged and shipped - the new packaging will be made from recycled milk and detergent containter, as well as other materials.
By cutting costs this way, they are hoping to keep their employees and not have to lay them off; of course, this is no guarantee.
Green packaging is starting to appeal to consumers as an incentive to buy from that company, so Dell could be way ahead of the game here.
Now claiming to be the only major computer maker with a "global packaging reduction target" for desktops and laptops, Dell expects to reduce packaging materials by 10% worldwide, increase "sustainable content" in cushioning and corrugate packaging by 40%, and make 75% of its packaging components "curbside recyclable" by 2012.
Dell's new packing materials will include High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) "thermo-foamed cushions." HDPE is produced from recycled milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles, for example, the company said in a statement.
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