Wednesday, January 30, 2008

HP Recycling Bottled Water Bottles to Produce Ink Cartridges

HP HQ (TGW) – Hewlett-Packard (HP) announced today that it has developed a system to use recycled plastic to manufacture its ink cartridges.

More than 200 million cartridges have already been produced using 5 million pounds of recycled plastic already.

5 million pounds of plastic would fill more than 200 tractor trailers.

The program combines recycled plastic bottles with other recycled plastic and up to 30% new plastic to create the cartridges.

Via :: Press Release

5 comments:

Seth Russell said...
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Seth Russell said...

Well i would want them to design a product that would allow the consumer to refill the ink reservoir easily and not need to pay a ridiculous squeeze back to them every time the ink runs out. Any consumer who willingly pays their squeeze is a fool. Now they want us to hail them with green ink because they discovered plastic recycling. Sorry that's just too galling for me to swallow.

Simmons said...

Refilling ink cartridges would definitely be a good green thing, but this is also definitely a step in the right direction.

Seth Russell said...

Well Simmons, I am not quite so chartable. This comes under the Sixth sin of Greenwashing: "the claim trying to make consumers feel ‘green’ about a product category that is of questionable environmental benefit?". The entire product design is not only wasteful of natural resources but uneconomical for the consumer. The only winners are HP and the other manufacturers. They get no credit from me at all.

Thing is, integrating a convenient and clean ink refilling mechanism into the printers would actually make the printers themselves simpler, easier to manufacture, and more reliable (fewer moving parts). What amazes me is that consumers continue to buy these printers and that some enterprising company doesn't capitalize on this stupidity.

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