HP is getting serious about helping the earth’s environment. The company has set several ambitious goals for itself, including:
> Increase the percentage of recycled plastic in its print and PC products to 30% by 2025.
> Recycle 1.2 million tons of hardware and supplies by 2025.
> Achieve zero deforestation associated with its paper and packaging by 2020.
These and other related goal were detailed in HP’s recently released Sustainable Impact Report, which covers HP’s most recent fiscal year, ending Oct. 31, 2018.
‘A world without waste’
In the report, HP CEO Dion Weisler writes, “At HP, we aspire to create a world without waste.”
The company is on its way. HP says that during its fiscal ’18, the company’s sustainable impact programs drove more than $972 million in new revenue. That marked a year-on-year increase of 35%.
During the same year, HP also used some 21,250 tons of recycled plastic in its PCs, printers and ink/toner cartridges.
Cleaning the oceans
Another area where HP is focusing its efforts is plastic pollution in the oceans. To help reduce this pollution, the company sourced roughly 700,000 pounds of ocean-bound plastic materials, some 25 million plastic bottles. It then “upcycled” that material into HP cartridges and hardware.
HP has also developed what it says is the industry’s first computer display manufactured with ocean plastic. The device, the HP EliteDisplay E273d, is a 27-inch, full HD docking monitor that also features arsenic-free display glass and mercury-free display backlights.
Further, HP is sponsoring researched aimed at eliminating ocean plastics. The research, being conducted at the University of Georgia, focuses on the role of women in recycling plastic. The researchers’ report is expected early next year.
To help clean the environment, HP is also partnering with some unusual bedfellows.
For one, it’s working with Elle magazine. The partners aim to deliver a sustainable fashion magazine made from 100% recycled materials.
Another HP partner, SmileDirectClub, is using HP 3D printers to make plastic mouth molds. It’s also recycling excess printing material into pellets used for traditional injection molding.
(Fun fact from the company’s report: HP has more than 250,000 channel partners worldwide.)
Wondering what the IT industry can do to help clean up the environment? Wonder no more. Read the full HP Sustainable Impact Report and find out.