HP Creates Innovative Recycling Process, Makes New HP Inkjet Cartridges from Plastic Water Bottles

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HP's use of recycled plastic in an application as technically demanding as their inkjet cartridges represents an unprecedented engineering breakthrough. This remarkable achievement comes after many years of perseverance and ingenuity by HP and their partners.

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     -- HP has created an innovative way to produce new HP inkjet cartridges using recycled plastic from empty water bottles and used HP inkjet cartridges.

     -- HP used more than 5 million pounds of recycled plastic in HP inkjet cartridges last year, and is committed to using twice as much in 2008.

     -- With this first-of-its-kind green technology, HP has already incorporated recycled plastic in more than 200 million HP inkjet cartridges.

     -- Using recycled plastic saves energy and keeps plastic out of landfills. HP has already used enough recycled plastic to fill more than 200 tractor trailers.

     -- HP combined inkjet cartridges returned through HP's Planet Partners recycling program with water bottles and additives in a way that ensures all materials meet HP's high performance standards.

     -- It's a significant achievement to take recycled materials from something as common as a plastic water bottle, and then incorporate those materials along with plastics from recycled inkjet cartridges, and create a highly engineered Original HP inkjet cartridge.

     -- HP inkjet cartridges containing recycled plastic perform just as well under the same rigorous quality tests and reliability standards as HP inkjet cartridges without recycled plastic.

     -- HP's comprehensive environmental program considers every facet of the cartridge lifecycle -- from design to manufacture to recycling. Customers can be confident in HP's environmental commitment because HP inkjet cartridges returned through HP Planet Partners are never refilled, resold or sent to a landfill.

     -- Did you know plastics and metals taken from recycled HP print cartridges have been used to make a range of everyday new products such auto body parts, clothes hangers, fence posts, microchip processing trays, roof tiles and shoe soles?

     -- HP is proud to be an industry leader in green technology. Using recycled plastic in new HP inkjet cartridges creates a "closed loop" system, the result of HP's commitment to both engineering innovation and the environment.

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     -- Michael Hoffmann, SVP, Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group, HP: "By developing the technology to use recycled plastics in Original HP inkjet print cartridges, we have the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact HP products have on the planet."

     -- Michael Hoffmann, SVP, Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group, HP: "HP has made considerable investments in building a recycling infrastructure that made this achievement possible. This is just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish."

     -- Larry Koester, VP of Communications, Environmental Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers: "HP's use of recycled plastic in an application as technically demanding as their inkjet cartridges represents an unprecedented engineering breakthrough. This remarkable achievement comes after many years of perseverance and ingenuity by HP and their partners."

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http://www.hp.com/go/recycle

http://www.hp.com/go/recycledplastic

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