Lenovo is committed to offering environmentally preferable packaging for its products. Since 2008, Lenovo has eliminated over 2,500 tons of packaging consumption by weight. In FY 2016/17 alone we reduced packaging consumption by 500 tons.
Lenovo began using 100% recycled and recyclable packaging material in 2008. The new packaging material, made from 100 percent recycled
cushions, enables PCs to be stacked together and requires less packaging material. This new material also
shipping costs. In addition, on many Lenovo notebook product lines Lenovo has implemented the use of 100%
molded fiber (paper pulp) packaging, which can typically be readily recycled in municipal waste streams.
the use of polystyrene packaging wherever possible, and encourages the use of molded pulp, fiber and LDPE . For more
information about the process for making and recycling LDPE thermoformed cushions, click
Lenovo continues to drive increases in the use of recycled content materials in product packaging. For
example, all Think
product primary carton boxes are certified to contain a minimum of 50% post-consumer fiber content and
required to use
the maximum available post-consumer material where adequate supplies exist (without compromising required
characteristics). For overall corrugated box packaging, the recycled content averages more than 70%. Lenovo has also transitioned 95% of ThinkPad products to recycled cushioning materials, with the ThinkPad Edge using 100% recycled cushioning materials. Printing on boxes is done via flexography with water-based, non-toxic, RoHS compliant
Lenovo has a strong focus on size reductions in our packaging to minimize the amount of materials used while
adequate protection for our products. Smaller packages also contribute to increase pallet density; in many
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,
line of PC options and accessories, Lenovo was able to condense 50 page user manuals into one page posters.
action has allowed Lenovo to save approximately 350 million printed pages per year.
Packaging Objectives and Targets
Packaging has been identified as a significant environmental aspect of Lenovo's operations, and as a result remains a focus item under Lenovo's environmental management system (EMS). For FY17/18, Lenovo's primary packaging objective is to "minimize the consumption of packaging material while driving the use of environmentally sustainable materials.” Targets in support of this objective are as follows:
Increase the use of 100% post-consumer content in packaging by 10% based on shipping volumes relative to FY16/17
Achieve a 5% reduction in packaging weight or volume for at least one product
Support bulk packaging for server products and options
Support the development of reusable rack crate packaging for servers
Lenovo communicates packaging environmental requirements to suppliers via a series of packaging
specifications. These specifications
include requirements for minimum amounts of recycled content, marking for proper recycling, banned
materials, etc. All
corrugated container (box) packaging should use a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled fiber and all
should contain a minimum of 45% post-consumer recycled fiber and 100% recovered fiber. In addition to
meeting these specifications,
many Lenovo packaging suppliers provide FSC certified products for Lenovo packaging. Lenovo is currently in
of assessing the global availability of FSC certified packaging to support manufacturing facilities in all
Bulk packaging and reusable bulk packaging may be available for many of Lenovo's products. Contact your
sales rep or
email@example.com for more information.