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Planet Ark World Environment News HP Wins Wal-Mart Challenge to Reduce Packaging

Date: 04-Sep-08
Country: US

HP's Pavilion dv6929, which Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores are selling for US$798, was singled out for a design that reduces packaging by 97 percent and requires a fourth fewer trucks to deliver to stores, given its 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 and reduces the use of toxic materials.

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.
(Reporting by Alexandria Sage; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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