Initially, only the PowerEdge R710 will come with mushroom-based packaging, other servers and desktops are expected to follow soon.
Dell said that the cushions take about 5 - 10 days to grow. All energy that is necessary to form the cushion is delivered by carbohydrates and sugars. In fact, there are no greenhouse gas emissions tied to the production of this packaging in any way. Dell believes that the mushroom packaging will complement its bamboo packaging the company uses for lighter products such as netbooks, tablets and smartphones.
According to the company, the mushroom packaging has been tested in Dell's labs and passed the tests like a "champ." Dell can fit four R710 servers in one multi-pack box using mushroom packaging, which also reduces the need for shipping material.