HP Used Eight Million 'Ocean-Bound' Plastic Bottles in Products Last Year
HP has revealed that it has diverted 170 tonnes of plastic from the oceans over the past 12 months, after pledging to recycle "ocean-bound" plastic bottles for use in its range of ink cartridges.
by Sarah George
The technology firm’s latest sustainability report, published on Friday (June 22), revealed that HP used more than 18,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics in its products in 2017, including 8.3 million plastic bottles sourced from Haiti and used for ink cartridges as part of its partnership with Thread International and the First Mile Coalition.
The move means that 80% of HP ink cartridges now contain 45-70% recycled content and all toner cartridges contain at least 10% recycled content. In total, more than 8.3 million "ocean-bound" plastic bottles were used for HP products in 2017.
The report also notes the progress of HP’s Planet Partners e-waste recycling scheme, which last year recovered 3,200 tonnes of plastic resin from recycled electronics for use in new printers. It highlights the fact that the initiative enabled the company to produce three of its HP ENVY photo printer models with more than 20% recycled plastics for the first time last year, adding that HP has used more than 99,000 tonnes of recycled plastics in its products since it was founded.