Environmental Product Design
for Printing Supplies

HP designs printer supplies to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing or eliminating hazardous materials, using fewer resources, and designing for recyclability.

Original HP LaserJet toner cartridges
Inkjet printers supplies
Print media

Original HP LaserJet toner cartridges

Reduction of hazardous materials
  • Manufacturing processes for supplies and packaging do not use ozone depleting substances
  • Use of hazardous materials in HP LaserJet supplies is minimized to the extent practicable. Through supplier agreements, HP ensures that hazardous materials are not present above applicable regulatory threshold limit values.
  • External packaging is manufactured using elemental chlorine-free processes
Resource conservation
  • Use of recycled content in Original HP LaserJet toner cartridges
  • Recently the installation guide inserts for monochrome cartridges were replaced with installation instructions printed on the external cartridge packaging. This action will save approximately 350 tons of paper per year.
  • External packaging uses up to 30% post consumer recycled content.
  • HP has replaced polystyrene cartridge end-caps with pulp-molded 100% post consumer recycled content end-caps.
Design for recycling
  • Parts greater than 25 grams in weight are marked with internationally recognized ISO symbols for ease of material identification
  • The average number of parts in monochrome HP LaserJet print cartridges has been reduced by more than half and the average number of plastic resins by more than two-thirds. These improvements simplify the recycling process and enhance recyclability.
Environmental impact of Original HP LaserJet cartridges versus remanufactured alternatives

Original HP monochrome LaserJet cartridges may be a better overall choice for the environment when compared with remanufactured cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges may seem to have a lower environmental impact because they are produced with reused materials. But, for an accurate analysis of a cartridge's environmental impact, it's important to consider all phases of the cartridge's life. A Life Cycle Assessment Study by Four Elements Consulting LLC, commissioned by HP, found that remanufactured cartridges can be harder on the environment than you would think. Across all areas studied, remanufactured toner cartridges had an equal or higher environmental impact compared with Original HP toner cartridges.1
The consistent reliability and superior print quality of Original HP toner cartridges deliver great results which means fewer reprints and less paper waste compared with remanufactured cartridges.1

HP commissioned InfoTrends to gather information on the cartridge collection, reuse, and recycling practices of remanufacturers and brokers. The 2014 Supplies Recycling Study found that even if you return an empty cartridge to a remanufacturer, there’s no guarantee it will be kept out of a landfill. In fact, 35% of ink and 23% of toner cartridges collected by remanufacturers were unusable for remanufacturing. Of those, 30% of ink and 50% of toner cartridges go to landfill because many remanufactures don’t have a recycling process.2

Inkjet printer supplies

Reduction of hazardous materials
  • Multipack inkjet cartridge packages are made of #5 plastic, Durafold, easy to open, made of 30% recycled materials and recyclable. Since July 2004, this innovation has resulted in 10,000 fewer tonnes of materials used in our inkjet packages.
  • Manufacturing processes for supplies and packaging do not use ozone-depleting substances
  • Use of hazardous materials in HP Inkjet supplies is minimized to the extent practical. Through supplier agreements, HP ensures that hazardous materials are not present above applicable regulatory threshold limit values.
Resource conservation
  • Use of recycled content in Original HP ink cartridges
  • All paperboard used for inkjet supplies in North America is made with 100% recycled content, minimum 50% post-consumer waste.
  • Modifications to the printer shipping box has allowed for the reduction of packaging for supplies shipped with the printer, resulting in a annual reduction of 1,000 tons of paperboard use.
Design for recycling
  • Parts greater than 25 grams in weight are marked with internationally recognized ISO symbols for ease of material identification
  • Packaging is designed to be fully recyclable in areas where cardboard, newspaper and plastics collection and recycling programs are available.

Print media

Reduction of hazardous materials
  • HP paper is manufactured using ECF (elemental chlorine free) processes and in accordance with HP environmentally preferred paper policy and with all applicable local laws and regulations.
  • No ozone-depleting substances are used in manufacturing HP print media.
  • All HP paper and print media and their packaging comply with chemical registration and pre-manufacture notification requirements in countries where the products are sold.
  • All HP paper and their packaging do not contain heavy metals.
  • HP print media is manufactured in full compliance with HP General Specification for the Environment (GSE) that limits the use of hazardous materials.
Resource conservation

In May 2008, HP adopted an Environmentally Preferable Paper Policy. The policy stipulates efficient use of raw materials, sustainable forestry practices, and waste minimization among other requirements. In August 2009, HP joined SGP (Sustainable Green Printing) partnership as its Platinum patron. SGP aims to promote environmental responsibility in printing community.

  • HP Everyday Photo Paper is FSC chain of custody certified.
  • All of HP uncoated bond office paper sold in North America is chain of custody certified.
  • HP is on track to ensure that all of its consumer photo paper is procured from suppliers that obtain pulp from sustainable forestry practices.
  • HP Office Recycled Multipurpose paper contains 30%-post consumer recycled fiber.
  • HP Uncoated Bond paper for large format printing sold in Europe and North America contains 100% recycled fibers.
  • Consumer photo paper retail packaging consists of 100% recycled fiber with a minimum of 35% post-consumer recycled fiber.
Design for recycling

In accordance with HP's Design for the Environment guidelines, HP print media is developed with the entire life cycle of the product in mind. Emphasis is put not only on manufacturing and service stages but also on what happens with the product when it reaches the end of its useful life.

  • All uncoated office paper, greeting cards, and glossy paper are recyclable with mixed office paper in the areas where such facilities or services exist.
  • HP everyday photo paper is recyclable in mixed paper stream through most municipal curbside recycling programs.
  • Several HP commercial print media have been developed to be easily recyclable. They are eligible for a free-of-charge return to HP via Planet Partners. To view the list of eligible products and to participate in Planet Partners, go to: http://www.hp.com/recycle.

12014 Four Elements Consulting LCA study, commissioned by HP, compared Original HP 05A and 85A monochrome toner cartridges with a sample of remanufactured alternatives across eight environmental impact categories. For more, visit www.hp.com/go/NA-LJLCA. The LCA leverages a SpencerLab 2013 Reliability study, commissioned by HP, where Original HP toner cartridges were compared to 9 remanufactured brands sold in North America. For details, see www.spencerlab.com/reports/HP-Reliability-NA-RM-2013.pdf.

2 InfoTrends, 2014 U.S. Supplies Recycling Study, commissioned by HP. Findings are based on average results of interviews with 13 remanufacturers and brokers. For details, see www.hp.com/go/NA-2014InfoTrends.