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One of the most important issues our world is facing today is climate change. To protect our planet, we must strive toward more sustainable practices and processes. HP is hard at work on this goal: helping our people, planet, and communities thrive. Beyond recycling, HP’s sustainability efforts include creating fair labor conditions, human rights activism, and building better environmental performance in each step of their supply chain. Read on for more information on HP’s goals and progress:
Increase Recycling and Reuse Recycled Content
Recycled HP cartridge plastic is used as raw material in the manufacturing of new Original HP cartridges – 100% of Original HP toner cartridges and 80% of Original HP Ink cartridges contain recycled content.1 The HP Planet Partners recycling program makes it free and easy to return your used Original HP cartridges for recycling.2 HP cartridges returned through the HP Planet Partners program are never refilled, resold, or sent to a landfill. Here’s the difference HP made in 2018 by using recycled plastic in ink cartridges instead of new plastic:
- 30% carbon footprint reduction3
- 39% less water used3, enough to supply 7.9 million Americans for one day4
- 60% reduction in fossil fuel consumption3 – more than 705 barrels of oil5
Lead a Variety of Sustainability Efforts6
From operations and supply chain, to social impact and reporting practices, HP strives to be a global leader in all aspects of sustainability.
- They create operational plans with efforts to reduce energy use, lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and minimize water use in mind.
- HP designs, manufactures, and tests their supplies with air quality in mind to make sure their products meet the most stringent emissions standards. Read more about their indoor air quality efforts in our recent post.
- Within their supplier production facilities, HP empowers and motivates these partners to enhance labor conditions, support human rights, and improve environmental performance.
- HP believes in equal opportunities for everyone, everywhere to succeed and create better lives for themselves and their families – they are working to improve access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities for all, including disadvantaged populations and displaced people.
- HP’s annual report delves further into their sustainability impact goals and progress against said goals. Access this report here.
Sources and References
1100% of Original HP toner cartridges contain between 5 – 45% post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content. Does not include toner bottles. 80% of Original HP Ink cartridges contain between 45 – 73% recycled content. See https://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/sustainable-impact/document-reports.html for list.
2Program availability varies. See https://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/sustainable-impact/planet-product-recycling.html.
3Feb 2018 RPET and RPP Four Elements Consulting Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), commissioned by HP. See https://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetDocument.aspx?docname=4AA7-3572ENW.
4Assumes consumption of 90 gallons of water a day per person. See https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/water-science-school/science/water-qa-how-much-water-do-i-use-home-each-day?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects.
5Assumes 1 MJ = 0.00016 barrel of oil equivalent.
6The Global 100 Index is a ranking of the world’s most sustainable corporations. The list is compiled by Toronto-based media and investment advisory firm, Corporate Knights (CK). Each year, the latest iteration of the index is announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
HP Development Company, L.P. “Help drive positive sustainability changes by choosing Original HP cartridges”. July 2019. PDF File.
HP Development Company, L.P. “HP Indoor Air Quality”. 2020. PDF File.