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UL Environment Awards First Closed Loop Validation to Dell

May 20, 2014

Dell's Innovative Closed Loop Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic Content Claim backed by UL's Environmental Claim Validation (UL ECVP 2809)

Marietta, GA May 20, 2014 - UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Supply Chain & Sustainability, today announces that it has issued its first ever closed loop Environmental Claim Validation to Dell.  Dell's OptiPlex 3030 All-In-One computers are verified to contain a minimum of 10% post-consumer closed loop recycled content. This claim goes beyond a recycled content claim because it involves a closed loop, meaning that plastic from old electronics is being reused to create parts for new computers. By reusing plastics already in circulation, Dell is cutting down on e-waste, saving resources and reducing carbon emissions by 11 percent compared with virgin plastics.

"Creating this closed loop content claim validation procedure was a natural step for UL Environment in fostering more sustainable supply chains," said Sara Greenstein, President, UL Supply Chain & Sustainability. "Reclaiming and reusing post-consumer plastics to manufacture new computers allows Dell to reduce the environmental impact of its materials sourcing and manufacturing processes, which benefits everyone."

"We value Dell's engagement in supporting the circular economy," added Lisa Meier, VP and GM of UL Environment, "and our innovative claim validation procedure enables manufacturers to substantiate their closed loop recycled content claims with UL's trusted third-party validation."

The challenges we face today require our industry to find new, more sustainable ways to do business," said Michael Murphy, Dell's Executive Director of Global Product Compliance & Environmental Affairs. "By putting plastics recovered through our take-back programs back to work inside new Dell products, we are able to help reduce electronic waste and provide the greener products that customers have come to expect from Dell. We hope the new standard outlined by UL Environment will encourage companies to rethink processes and help drive a circular economy for IT."

UL Environment's new Environmental Claim Validation Procedure, ECVP 2809, outlines the framework and process by which any recycled content and closed loop recycled content claims are investigated and validated before a validation badge is issued. Achieving an ECV lends third-party credibility to manufacturers' claims, while providing peace of mind to purchasers who are working to comply with green purchasing requirements.

About UL Environment
UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals-and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit, and connect with us via LinkedIn. UL Environment is a division of UL Supply Chain and Sustainability, which is a business unit of UL


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