Tree-hugging Dell goes green

We tend to think of our gas-guzzling American friends as being a little behind on the whole environmental thing, but Dell's been making plenty of nois

We tend to think of our gas-guzzling American friends as being a little behind on the whole environmental thing, but Dell's been making plenty of noise lately about wanting to be the greenest technology company on the planet.So it's importing its US-based 'Plant a Tree For Me' scheme to us here in Europe. By matching donations, Dell reckons a single shiny pound is all that's needed from customers for it to suck enough CO2 out of the atmosphere to offset a laptop. Desktops need £3 while an inkjet printer is a measly 50p.The saplings get planted in Hungary on the banks of the Tisa River, which sounds like a thoroughly pleasant place to set down roots. Sadly your tree won't write you letters or send photos.To get its green halo shining extra sparkly, Dell's also announced that it will be giving away $1000 a piece to the top five green ideas submitted to its IdeaStorm site between today and 26 June. Here's one: stop sending us those leaflets through our door. The pile's almost as high as our antique collection of AOL free trial CDs.EssentialsContact: DellRelated links: Dell Plant a Tree For Me donations page IdeaStorm environment page Related stories: Standby for a greener Sky PC World's tree hugging green machine Go green with FreeLoading charger