Recycling Ocean Plastics into the Supply Chain

As part of their commitment to ocean health outlined at the 2017 United Nations Oceans Conference, Dell pledged to source and incorporate 10 times their current ocean plastic usage into their packaging (up to 160K pounds cumulatively) by 2025. In 2016, Dell conducted a pilot in Haiti to source and incorporate 16K pounds of ocean plastic into a packaging tray for Dell’s XPS-13” notebook; this Tauber project adapted the Haiti pilot to South Asia to capitalize on regional economic advantages and target the world’s leading source of ocean plastic.

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Student Team:

Dan Partin–MBA & Master of Environment and Sustainability

Allison Ward–EGL (BSE Materials Science Engineering & MSE Industrial & Operations Engineering)


Project Sponsors:

Piyush Bhargava–VP Global Operations

Adam Bushong–Project Manager, Ocean Plastics Initiative

Oliver Campbell –Director of Procurement and Packaging


Faculty Advisors:

Ravi Anupindi –Ross School of Business

Steve Skerlos –College of Engineering

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