A Hewlett-Packard laptop computer that’s packaged in a recycled bag rather than a box has won a contest for less wasteful packaging. The winner of Walmart’s Home Entertainment Design Challenge is the Pavilion dv6929 Entertainment Notebook that cuts product packaging by 97 percen, which not only conserves fuel but also reduces CO2 emissions by removing the equivalent of one out of every four trucks previously needed to deliver the notebooks to Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations around the country.
HP radically redesigned the packaging of the HP Pavilion dv6929 by replacing conventional protective shipping materials and boxes with the HP Protect Messenger Bag, a stylish and protective accessory with fabric made from 100 percent recycled materials. They claim it delivers equal, if not better, product protection when compared to conventional packaging.
Now exclusively available in nearly 1,700 Walmart stores and 594 Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. for $798*, the winning HP notebook will be displayed on shelves wearing only the HP Protect Messenger Bag. Customers who purchase the HP notebook will leave the store with the computer and its accessories cushioned safely in the notebook bag. This makes it easier for consumers to make a more environmentally responsible choice by removing the burden of disposing of the cardboard, foam or plastic typically found in consumer electronics packaging.
Consumers who purchase the HP Pavilion dv6929 from Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations can also take advantage of free recycling of their old PC, and also benefit from the variety of energy-efficient features that qualify the notebook for the ENERGY STAR rating.
Like most HP products, the HP Pavilion dv6929 is also transported exclusively by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified SmartWay surface transport carriers to Walmart stores. The SmartWay program aims to reduce the fuel consumption, greenhouse gases and other air emissions of surface transportation carriers.
Walmart’s Home Entertainment Design Challenge was open to all suppliers of consumer electronics products and three criteria were used to evaluate the submissions:
1. Great design that attracts consumers. 2. Product innovation that reduces the environmental impact for its product category. 3. Packaging design that facilitates reuse and recycling, reduces waste, and reduces or eliminates the use of toxic materials.