Thursday, September 11, 2008

HP And Wal-Mart Partner to Reduce Carbon Footprint With New Eco Packaging!

A Hewlett-Packard notebook computer that's packaged in a recycled bag rather than a box has won a challenge by retailer Wal-Mart for less wasteful packaging.

HP's Pavilion dv6929, which Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores are selling for $798, was singled out for a design that reduces packaging by 97 percent and requires a quarter fewer trucks to deliver the laptops to stores given their smaller size when packaged, Wal-Mart said in a statement.

Wal-Mart's Home Entertainment Design Challenge judged consumer electronics products in three criteria — design, product innovation that reduces environmental impact, and packaging design that reduces waste, toxic materials and emissions of carbon dioxide.

Because of its size as the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart is considered one of the few retailers with enough clout to directly change global energy consumption.

The company has set a long-term goal of using only renewable energy and creating zero waste. It has challenged its suppliers to cut back on packaging and boost energy efficiency in products.

But will small still protect a laptop from being banged up when a buyer walks off with one? Wal-Mart promised it would, stating that the bag delivers "equal, if not better, product protection when compared to conventional packaging."

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