HP "closed loop" ink cartridge recycling

The HP "closed loop" ink cartridge recycling process is the first of its kind. Recycled plastic from HP ink cartridges is combined with recycled plastic bottle materials to create new Original HP ink cartridges. In 2011 alone, we used the plastic of more than 472 million postconsumer recycled plastic bottles, and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we’ve helped reduce is equivalent to taking more than 1,500 cars off the road for a year.1

According to a 2010 life cycle assessment, the recycled plastic in Original HP ink cartridges has an up to 33% smaller carbon footprint than the virgin plastic in Original HP ink cartridges—even when accounting for the environmental impact associated with collecting, transporting, and processing used cartridges and plastic bottles.2

HP has produced more than 1 billion Original HP ink cartridges with recycled plastic from the HP "closed loop" recycling process.3,4

Using recycled materials saves energy, avoids waste, supports the recycling infrastructure, and keeps plastic out of landfills. Although achieving consistent quality and reliability can be difficult with recycled plastics, HP's engineers, chemists, and partners developed recycled resins that meet HP's high performance standards.

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1 Calculated with the EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. For details, see www.epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-resources/calculator.html.

2 For cartridges produced in 2010 and beyond. Based on a 2010 life cycle assessment (LCA) performed by Four Elements Consulting, LLC and commissioned by HP. The study compared the environmental impact of using polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic with the environmental impact of using recycled PET to manufacture new Original HP ink cartridges. For details, see www.hp.com/go/RecycledPlasticsLCA.

3 Many Original HP ink cartridges with recycled content include at least 50% recycled plastic by weight. Exact percentage of recycled plastic varies by model and over time, based on the availability of material.

4 As of October 2011.