HP Launches ‘World’s Most Sustainable Home Printer’

With environmental friendliness becoming more and more important for consumers, on October 24th, HP Inc. launched what it’s calling the “world’s most sustainable home printing system” (compared to the majority of in-class A4 home color and mono inkjet cartridge and ink-tank printers and All-in-Ones under $430).

The Tango Terra is based on HP’s Tango home printer and All-in-One, both with available voice activation, but also features:

  • Net carbon neutral printing: Tango Terra is the first HP product certified as CarbonNeutral in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol by providing financing to support the conservation of an area of the Amazon rain forest in Peru.
  • The Tango Terra and HP Instant Ink cartridges are made with recycled content, including ocean-bound plastics: the Tango Terra is made with more than 30-percent recycled content by weight of plastic, while HP XL64 ink cartridges are made with 48 to 73 percent recycled plastic.
  • HP provides recycling of old printers and HP cartridges through HP Planet Partners, to keep these items from landfills
  • HP EcoFFICIENT FSC-certified paper is said to help stop deforestation and protect wildlife.

HP Tango Terra packaging

Instant Ink Program

HP also says customers can reduce plastic waste and save up to 50 percent on ink costs with the HP Instant Ink subscription-based service, under which enrolled customers automatically receive lower-priced ink cartridges when their printer’s ink supply is running low. And, when customers enroll in HP Instant Ink, HP provides a recycling envelope for returning depleted  cartridges to HP for recycling.

Same Features as the Original HP Tango

As noted, the Terra Tango is based on HP’s Tango printer and All-in-One, which feature available voice activation, the HP Smart App for mobile printing and scanning, and more. See a full list of Tango features here.

Pricing and Availability

The HP Tango Terra will have limited purchasing availability starting November 1st for $159.99, and will be available on Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, and HP.com.

For more information about Tango Terra and HP’s environmental programs, visit HP here.

Our Take

With climate change and its effects taking up more newsprint and online pixels every day, it’s not unexpected that HP would gear a home printer for a significant portion of the United States that is concerned with protecting the environment.

Several years ago, Xerox also went on a campaign to emphasize how its solid-ink Phaser printers are more environmentally friendly than comparable toner-based printers (Phaser printers, like inkjet printers, consume less energy, and in particular, Xerox demonstrated how there was significantly less  packaging for Phaser printers’ solid ink than packaging for toner supplies.)  At that time however climate change wasn’t the hot-button topic it is today.

While we can’t expect the Terra to make any significant contribution to reversing HP’s supplies woes (largely a result of third-party supplies taking a huge bite out of HP supplies’ revenue),  a more eco-friendly printer with eco-friendly supplies will likely appeal to many customers.

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