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Dell Recyclable Backpack
Winner - Gold
Designer: Experience Innovation Group
Design Type: Concepts & Prototypes
Company / Organization / School: Dell Technologies
The world’s first full-featured recyclable backpack. To avoid becoming landfill at the end of its useable life the entire bag can be recycled without the need for complex disassembly due to being made from 99.9% of a single material. The backpack is manufactured from 70% recycled materials with 20% being reclaimed Ocean Bound Plastic. The reclaimed ocean plastics help to remove pollution from the environment while also providing fair wages and economic and educational opportunities to workers in emerging communities. The main materials are also colored using a sustainable dyeing process which generates up to 90% less wastewater, 62% less CO2 emissions, and uses up to 29% less energy than traditional polyester dyeing processes. Attached inside the bag are permanent instructions encouraging donation of the bag when no longer wanted, but also attached are directions how to print a pre-paid shipping label for return to recycling facilities when donation is not feasible.