HP hits one billion cartridges milestone

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HP announced that they have successfully manufactured one billion ink cartridges with recycled plastic supplied from their closed loop cartridge recycling program and recycled water bottles.

Along with hitting the big one billion milestone, HP also announced plans to continue to decrease their environmental impact by achieving new goals, implementing more efficient programs and creating ways for the customer to continue to be involved.

Having already collected approximately 160 million HP ink cartridges and 1.3 billion plastic bottles, the next goal for HP to hit seems just as lofty: the company has pledged to use a total of 100 million pounds of recycled plastic in printing products by 2011 (over a four year span starting n 2007).

Between all the efforts, HP has managed to reduce their carbon footprint by an estimated 22 percent, the fossil fuel consumption by 50 percent and their total water use by 69 percent when compared to using virgin (new) plastics.

But what exactly does that mean? Well, a 69 percent total water reduction adds up to 270 million gallons, or 169 million toilet flushes. A 22 percent carbon footprint reduction is like taking more than 3,000 motor vehicles off the road for a full year. And HP avoided using more than 147,000 barrels of oil through their fossil fuel reduction.

And those numbers are based on HP’s previous system that started in 2005. According to the company, based on a new streamlined recycling procedure started this year, the reduction in total water use and carbon footprint is an estimated 89 percent and 33 percent, respectively.

As HP has pointed out on several occasions, none of this could be accomplished without the consumer returning used cartridges and plastic bottles as well as purchasing products made with recycled materials and that sport the Energy Star logo.

HP recently introduced the HP Envy e-All-in-One, it’s first PVC-free printer, and the HP Deskjet 3050 All-in-One, made from 35 percent recycled plastic, the most in the AIO class as of this writing.

HP has also made strides in packaging its consumer products by introducing reusable bags and recyclable pulp cushioning in lieu of plastic bags and Styrofoam supports. Through these efforts, HP estimates they have avoided using enough of the former packaging materials to create more than 300 million 6-once Styrofoam cups.

Want to know more about HP’s efforts and closed loop recycling program? Watch the HP video from their Montreal recycling facility or check out the PrinterComparison behind the scenes tour of the HP recycling plant in Nashville.

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