Dell has just announced that they will be going green by shipping their products in environmental-friendly packaging made from mushrooms. Apparently it would reduce the amount of energy to manufacture such a material by about 98% (currently, Dell makes use of Styrofoam). The new mushroom packaging has been tested for product safety concerns and passed. The first product to use the new mushroom packaging will be the PowerEdge R710 server in a four-unit multipack box. In addition to requiring less energy to produce, the mushroom packaging can also be easily disposed and used as compost heap. Dell plans to eliminate 20 million pounds of packaging material from its shipments and make 75% of packaging curbside-recyclable by the end of 2012. Good on them, hopefully other companies will follow suit.
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