Bamboo is not just for pandas anymore. The renewable material is being utilized in ASUS laptops as an alternative to plastic casing, and it also serves as the packaging for Dell Inspiron notebook computers.
A primary reason for using bamboo as the outer protection of these computers is that it has the strength of many metals, but it is also easy and quick to grow.
Bamboo also has a lifespan of about 20 years, which means it won’t biodegrade while you still own the computer.
One reason that Dell chose bamboo for its packaging is that it can be placed in compost systems, and the company used the resulting soil from its tests to grow cucumber and sunflower plants.
It is used as a substitute for foam plastics and plastic bags that would otherwise be protecting the laptops during shipping.
The reality is that computers can be packaged in many different materials, including cardboard. During the electronics recycling process, the packaging is separated from the circuit boards and metal components, so recyclability of the packaging does come into play.
Oftentimes, hard plastic casing is reprocessed for use on other electronics, but if not recycled it can take many years to break down in a landfill.
Bamboo use is growing in popularity as a renewable option for disposable products. This includes bamboo tableware, dish towels and reusable bags.