| Green Product Packaging
Lenovo is an industry leader in the use of green, environmentally friendly product packaging. We have implemented the use of recycled and recyclable material, reduced the size of boxes used for our ThinkPad products and have increased the use of bulk packaging. In 2008 Lenovo reduced the volume of packaging used in our products by over 750 tons which equates to approximately 20% of our total packaging volume for the year. In 2009, Lenovo achieved an additional 125 ton reduction in packaging used in our products.
Beginning with the ThinkCentre M58/58p ECO USFF desktop PC, Lenovo is implementing the use of 100% recycled and recyclable packaging material. The new packaging material, made from 100 percent recycled thermoformed cushions, enables PCs to be stacked together and requires less packaging material. This new material also helps minimize shipping costs. In addition, on many Lenovo notebook product lines Lenovo has implemented the use of 100% post-consumer molded fiber (paper pulp) packaging, which can typically be readily recycled in municipal waste streams. Lenovo discourages the use of polystyrene packaging wherever possible, and encourages the use of molded pulp and fiber and LDPE. For more information about the process for making and recycling LDPE thermoformed cushions, click here.
Lenovo continues to drive size reductions in our packaging to minimize the amount of materials used while maintaining adequate protection for our products. Smaller packages also contribute to increase pallet density; in many cases Lenovo has been able to increase pallet density by over 33%.
Lenovo has also eliminated the use of multi-page user manuals shipped with many of our products. For example, with our line of PC options and accessories, Lenovo was able to condense 50 page user manuals into one page posters. This single action has allowed Lenovo to save approximately 350 million printed pages per year.