HP: More than 75 Percent of HP Ink and Toner Cartridges Now Made with Recycled Plastic


ink cartridge collectionHewlett-Packard reports that more than 75 percent of its ink cartridges and 24 percent of HP LaserJet toner cartridges are now manufactured with “closed loop” recycled plastic.  Ink cartridges that include recycled plastic contain 50-70 percent recycled plastic; while LaserJet toner cartridges that include recycled plastic contain 10-20 percent recycled plastic

HP says this milestone represents a 50 percent increase in the number of HP ink cartridges manufactured with recycled content in the last year, giving customers more options for purchasing cartridges made with recycled content.

HP’s “closed loop” cartridge-recycling process uses recycled plastic from returned HP cartridges, as well as plastic from other sources, including recycled plastic bottles and plastic apparel hangers to create new HP ink cartridges.

Reusing engineered materials, HP says it’s contributed to the “circular economy” by:

  • Keeping 566 million returned HP cartridges out of landfills since 1991.
  • Using 2.5 billion post-consumer plastic bottles to manufacture new HP ink cartridges since 2005.
  • Incorporating 1.1 million pounds of recycled apparel hangers into the most recent expansion of the recycling process.
  • Manufacturing more than 2 billion HP ink and toner cartridges made with recycled content, as of the first quarter of 2014.
  • Delivering recycled plastic from HP’s “closed loop” recycling process with a 33 percent lower carbon footprint and 54 percent lower fossil-fuel consumption in its production than new plastic.

HP provides customers in 50 countries and territories around the world with free cartridge recycling through the HP Planet Partners program. Customers can return used cartridges through HP’s retail and reseller partners by dropping cartridges off at one of 9,000 drop-off locations around the world, or find out how to return cartridges directly to HP by visiting HP here. The site now offers region- and language-specific information, and is optimized for mobile-device use.

Also according to HP:


  • Consumers can achieve a 70 percent reduction in their carbon footprint related to ink purchase and disposal by participating in HP Instant Ink, an automated supplies replenishment program. This fact takes into account reduced C02 emissions, as customers no longer have to drive to stores, since cartridges are shipped to them, and recycling of empty ink cartridges.
  • Business users can choose products from the HP Officejet Enterprise X series to achieve energy savings and use 50 to 90 percent less cartridge and packaging material than color laser printers under $3,000.
  • Office users can also conserve energy and money by choosing HP LaserJet products that offer an average of 11 to 35 percent energy savings during printing through HP’s energy-efficient toner. Other  features such as Auto-On/Auto-Off and PowerSave mode provide more energy-saving, while HP’s SureSupply program enables streamlined purchase of cartridges with recycled content.
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