Wednesday, June 12

HP Boosts Ink Cartridge Recyclability

Many businesses are jumping on the “Go Green” band wagon these days — and for good reason. Having products made out of more recyclable materials doesn’t just safe the company time, energy, and money, but it also saves the customer some serious cash as well.

Hewlett Packard (HP) recently announced late last month that now more than 75% of its ink cartridges and 24% of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are made with recycled plastic. Since 1991, HP has recycled more than 250 million of their print cartridges since the implementation of the HP Planet Partners program. This increased recyclable percentage marks a 50% increase in the use of recyclable plastic for the products, ultimately cutting down on manufacturing waste.

There are already a number of different printing technologies out there that curb energy costs while at the same time offering better quality products with a higher performance letter. For example, Enhanced Monochrome Toner require 15% less power to reach fusing temperature (when the ink is heated to the paper), which ultimately leads to a 10% to 15% improvement in energy consumption per page.

“Our customers want high-quality printed content — without breaking their budget or compromising their commitment to environmental responsibility,” HP senior VP Stephen Nigro said, “From cartridges with recycled plastic to energy-efficient printing products and waste-reducing packaging design, we are offering customers solutions that make it easy for them to enjoy cost and resource savings in their everyday lives.”

As opposed to standard cartridges, products such as HP’s LaserJet Dual packs allow customers to save up to 37% more ink while benefiting from three times the print volume. HP’s “closed loop” printer cartridge recycling process uses the plastic from returned HP cartridges, as well as other recycled plastics (clothing hangers, water bottles, etc.). Using this recycling process, HP was able to decrease their carbon footprint by 33%, while decreasing their fossil fuel consumption by 54%.

“As a seller of compatible and remanufactured ink and toner cartridges, we have been recycling and reusing cartridges since our founding,” says Chris Kovacs, Head of Marketing for TriggerXpress. “It is very important in this day and age to reduce the waste of materials like the ones used in ink and toner cartridges as much as we can.”

Original HP ink and toner cartridges can help a company reduce reprints, preventing the waste of paper, toner, and energy. With more than 2 billion Original HP toner ink cartridges produced with recycled materials, we hope to see the rest of the industry following suit.

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