Polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene is largely used in the manufacture of plastics. Synthetic polymers are easily molded into complex shapes, have high chemical resistance, and are more or less elastic 500,000,000,000 plastic bags used per year. In other words, that’s almost 1 million plastic bags used per minute.
Demand for green packaging—defined here as packaging that comprises recycled content, or reusable or degradable packaging
Demand for Green Packaging projected to increase 3.9% yearly to $41.7 billion in 2014 58 billion lb of material to be consumed
Cost savings (storage, transportation, …) Attracting customers Increased space Maintaining business
Dell has made many goals in becoming a sustainable company. They plan on reducing waste and making their packaging recyclable. They are constantly looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.
In recent years Dell has made great progress on the sustainable packaging front. It has adopted a policy 'the three C's' where focus is placed on the cube (reducing the size of it boxes}, the content (which consists of what materials are used inside the box) and curb (using materials convenient and acceptable for local recycling services). http://content.dell.com/us/en/corp/d/corp-comm/earth-products-packaging
http://2sustain.com/2010/05/dell-uses-sustainable-packaging-made-from-bamboo.html 70% of their packaging
Dell uses bamboo-based packaging in its netbooks packages. Their supply of bamboo is coming from a forest inChinathat holds Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The environmental benefits bamboo provides is outstanding. Bamboo grows fast, does not need a lot of water, no need for pesticides, pulls more carbon dioxide out of the air than trees and releases more oxygen.
specialty developed packaging material is derived from mushrooms that cushions the product. This packaging material is called EcoCradle. The material begins as agricultural waste which cannot be used for food, seed, or feed. After the waste is cleaned and processed, mycelium is injected into it. This is a proto-mushroom fibers that eat the waste and grow into the fruiting bodies. This mixture is placed into molds where they grow and form into shape. No chemicals, water, or light is needed for this growth process. It is also compared to Styrofoam but only uses one-fortieth of the energy.“The final product looks and acts like Styrofoam- only this is organic, biodegradable and can be used as compost or mulch, which makes for easier and more environmental-friendly disposal,”
Over five trillion plastics bags used every year = almost one
million consumed every minute
Non-biodegradable eg. Plastics, Styrofoam
Landscape litter = emission of toxic gases
Go into soil and water killing 100,000 animals every year
Green Packaging– The New Trend?
Demand for Green Packaging projected to increase 5.7%
yearly to $211.8 billion in 2015
58 billion lb of material to be consumed from the
Strong growth in Asia, but U.S. remains leading market
Increasingly affecting consumer’s choice of product
Green Packaging-The New Trend?
2005 2010 2015
World Green Packaging Demand
Pack it Green!
Optimises environmental performance
- responsibly sourced materials
Meet market criteria
- performance, cost, reliability
Meet consumer choice and expectations
Be recovered efficiently after use
COMPASS (Comparative Packaging Assessment)
– Emission & consumption metrics, etc.
SPC (Sustainable Packaging Council)
– NPO for the USA, Canada & Europe regions
– 200+ member organizations
Started Green Packaging initiative in 2008
Ranked among top 5 most green companies in 2012
Eliminated about 20 million pounds of packaging for its laptop
and desktop computers across the world
Savings of $8.1 million by 2012 end.
The 3 C’s – Innovationin PackagingDesign
• Package size decrease by 10% by MultiPack Packaging
• Package volume down by 12.1%
• Use recyclable/ sustainable materials-up by 40%
• Bamboo and Mushroom packaging
• Cushioning made from recycled materials
• Provide more recyclable packaging for customers
• Use 75% recyclable contents
Sourced in China (75% of
manufacturing operations )
FSC certified bamboo used
Very durable- more than
Grows very fast – no
Promotes healthy soil
Environment waste compressed to
Mushroom grown on it
Reaction produces material similar to
Less energy used to produce package
Danger of food depletion of
the Panda - bamboo
What they did:
FSC standards ensure that
sourced bamboo is far from
Type of harvested bamboo
not eaten by Pandas
Satisfying the needs of a growing population
Competitive edge only temporary?
Possibilities of alternate environment depletion
• Should “sustainable” companies change
products to suit packaging materials?
• What are some intangible disadvantages to
Think beyond the sale
A fine balance between raw material
sourcing and waste reduction
Packaging only a section of the inter-
connected sustainability life cycle
• The Freedonia Group Inc., August 18, 2011. World "green"
packaging demand to reach $212B in 2015.
• Terry, L., April 2012. Packaging Goes Green. Inbound Logistics.
• Atkinson, W., July 2008. Green Packaging: Waste Not, Want
Not. Inbound Logistics.