Our oceans have been a dumping ground for decades, wastes end up in the Pacific and for plastic that does not biodegrade becomes a death knell for sealife. According to Plastic Ocean Foundation a charity organisation based in US, 8 million tonne of plastic end up in the ocean every year, an alarming number whereby over the years these plastics gets carried by ocean currents and breaks into tiny pieces which now outnumbers plankton 26:1.
Dell in its efforts to remove some of the plastics from the ocean, has initiated a commercial scale pilot program to use recycle ocean plastics for packaging. Recycled plastics collected from waterways and beaches will be used in the new packaging tray for Dell XPS 13 2 in 1 and in 2017, its ocean plastics pilot will keep 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean.
By 30th April this year, including to Malaysia all new models of the XPS willl be using the recycled plastics removed from the ocean, an educational informtion will also be included in the packaging that help raise global awareness and action on ocean ecosystem health solutions.
According to a study done by the Ocean Conservancy in 2015, as much as 60% of ocean plastics come from Asia – China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Indonesia is the biggest contributor of ocean plastics waste in Southeast Asia. Given Asia is where many of Dell’s products are manufactured and where the majority of ocean plastic originates, Dell is exploring sustainable sourcing options across the region.