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Dell Joins Drive Against Marine Plastic Trash

Dell and an environmental group have joined with a number of other large companies to reduce the amount of plastic in the supply chain that can end up in the world’s oceans.

Other companies initially joining in the initiative, which is called NextWave, include General Motors, Trek Bicycle, carpet maker Interface Inc., furniture companies Van de Sant and Humanscale and Herman Miller, and skateboard maker Bureo.

The environmental organization is Lonely Whale, which works to engage corporations, policymakers, non-governmental organization and others to support business and policy changes that protection the oceans.

Additional supporting members of the group include UN Environment, 5Gyres Institute, the Zoological Society of London and the New Materials Institute.

Lonely Whale will work with NextWave and its member organizations to create a global, scalable and operational supply chain that reduces the amount of plastic entering ocean waters.

An estimated eight million tons of plastic waste entered the ocean in 2010. At current levels, more than 150 million ton of plastic waste will have entered the ocean by 2025.

This threatens vital ocean ecosystems, including critical fish nurseries and coral reefs, and adversely affects the health and longevity of marine species and humans.

NextWave will engage scientists and advocates working with marine litter and ocean health to advise on a sustainable model that supports the needs of coastal communities and environments.

NextWave anticipates its members will divert more than 3 million pounds of plastics from entering the ocean within five years.

Member companies have also agreed to reduce plastic usage across their operations and supply chains, to eliminate or significantly reduce its own use of single-use and non-recyclable plastics.

The initiative is supported by UN Environment, with donations from private companies.


“Collaboration is critical to addressing the issue of ocean plastic at scale,” said Kevin Brown, Dell’s Chief Supply Chain Officer. “I’m thrilled to partner closely with leaders across industries to advance our collective interest in creating solutions that create value from waste.”

Erik Solheim, Executive Director of United Nations Environment, said, “The oceans are facing a plastic pandemic and it is critical for companies to take ownership of their supply chains.”

Solheim added, “We welcome Dell and Lonely Whale for organizing this working group and spearheading what we hope will be a catalyst to innovation.”

Dell Inc. is part of Dell Technologies.

Information about Lonely Whale is at

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