Dell ships netbooks in panda friendly bamboo

Dell is to start shipping PC products with packaging made from bamboo rather than molded paper pulp, foams and corrugate – the firm announced yesterday.

The first two models to be shipped using the sustainable and renewable material is the new Dell Inspirion Mini 10 and 10v netbooks.

“We’re introducing it with mobile products, as it’s proven a strong, sustainable and cost-effective solution for packaging those. We’re actively working to integrate this and other innovative, agricultural materials into packaging for products across our portfolio,” said Oliver Campbell, Dell’s senior manager of packaging worldwide.

Dell is using the material for the product cushions cradling the Mini inside an outer box made from 25 percent post-consumer materials. The company plans to expand its use of bamboo packaging to more products in early 2010.

Bamboo is one of the fastest growing woody plants in the world. It can grow up to 24 inches per day and reaches full harvesting maturity in three to seven years, significantly faster than hardwoods.

Additionally its tensile strength is similar to that of steel, making it a reliable material for protecting technology equipment in transit.

It grows fast. Bamboo, a member of the grass family, is among the fastest growing woody plants in the world. It can grow up to 24 inches per day and reaches full harvesting maturity in three to seven years, significantly faster than hardwoods.

It’s strong. Remarkably, bamboo’s tensile strength is similar to that of steel, making it a reliable material for protecting technology equipment in transit.

The company sources its bamboo from China’s Jiangxi Province –away from pandas’ known habitats.

Dell says it is also in the process of getting the material certified for recycling.

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