Dell has announced plans that will turn it into an unlikely protector of the oceans. Known for making millions of personal computers every year, the Texas-based tech giant now plans to used recycled ocean waste for its laptop packaging.
Plastic now makes up about 40% of the world’s ocean surfaces, with eight million tonnes of this stuff ending up in the sea every year. Among other problems, plastic is a huge threat to animals. Only last year several sperm whales were found dead on a beach in Germany with stomachs full of plastic.
But Dell is attempting to help solve this problem with its new laptop packaging. The company is testing a supply chain that sees litter picked up from Haiti’s beaches and worked into recycled packaging. It’s part of Dell’s commitment to 100% sustainable packaging by 2020.
The problem is, ocean plastic is not easy to harvest. Once at sea, exposure to sunlight, temperature …