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HP focuses on reducing plastics in the oceans

HP announced the expansion of Planet Partners, its consumables return and recycling program, which is now available in 68 countries, including Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Papua New Guinea. The expansion of the HP Original Printing Supplies Recycling Program to new markets reinforces the company’s long-standing commitment to partners and customers to embrace a low-carbon circular economy.

The HP Planet Partners program enables HP customers to make sustainable choices by taking simple steps to meet their own waste reduction goals. To date, the program has recycled more than 875 million HP cartridges and toners. By purchasing and recycling Original HP ink cartridges and toners, customers are participating in HP’s closed-loop process and contributing to the company’s efforts to create a sustainable future for carbon-neutral and positive printing for forests. . and which supports a circular economy.

“Like many global challenges this year, the climate crisis reveals just how interconnected we are,” said Guillaume Gerardin, global director and general manager of printing supplies at HP. “Our goal is to mobilize our partners and customers to join us in driving meaningful change and a more circular economy. This is why we are committed to developing important initiatives, such as our HP Planet Partners program, to reduce waste going to landfills and the opening of a new washing line in Haiti to help reduce the plastic that would end up. in the ocean “.

“The HP Planet Partners program is the best-in-class original printing supplies recycling program,” said Rebecca Schiffenhaus of Keypoint Intelligence. “HP is at the forefront of helping keep plastic out of nature. The HP Planet Partners program continues to demonstrate a lasting impact geographically, facilitating the return of supplies and including recycled content in new supplies ”.

To advance this goal, HP is committed to increasing HP Amplify Impact – a pioneering program that will engage the HP reseller ecosystem to help promote sustainability, foster a diverse and inclusive workforce, and unleash the full potential of communities. – by integrating 50% of its Amplify partners by 2025.

Planet Partners – Reduce the use of plastics that would target the oceans

HP has invested $ 2 million in a new plastic washing line in Haiti that produces high-quality, clean, recycled plastic for use in high-end HP products, including Original HP ink cartridges and the The company’s most sustainable PC portfolio, also opening up new markets for the Haiti team. This investment in a plastic supply chain with these characteristics continues HP’s long-standing commitment to divert plastic to the oceans and contribute to a low-carbon circular economy, while providing income and opportunities. increased education. for local communities. The washing line is now fully operational, thanks to the local engineering team in Haiti and an HP partner, the German group STG.

HP Planet Partners’ recycling process also depends in part on the plastic that would be destined for the oceans and collected in Haiti. HP has been reducing plastic for the oceans in Haiti since 2016, and these efforts have already diverted an estimated 1.7 million pounds (771 tonnes) of plastics – or more than 60 million bottles – preventing this plastic from reaching the world. water and oceans. Of these, more than 485,000 pounds (220 tonnes) have been diverted from the oceans for use in Original HP ink cartridges.

In October 2018, HP joined NextWave Plastics, a collaborative, open-source initiative that brings together leading technology companies to develop the world’s first network of plastic supply chains to the ocean. The coalition has set a goal of diverting a minimum of 25,000 tonnes of plastic from the oceans – the equivalent of 1.2 billion single-use plastic water bottles – by the end of 2025.

“HP strives to set the industry standard for sustainability practices, and as a member of NextWave Plastics, it ensures that its learning is shared with other industry leaders to have an impact.” even bigger, ”says Dune Ives, CEO of Lonely Whale, the organizer of NextWave. “HP’s creativity and commitment to its work in Haiti in the face of a global pandemic is creating waves of positive change that benefit local communities, the ocean and our future.

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainable impact, HP has also partnered with the NGO Work to create more than 1,100 new revenue opportunities and create new learning centers for employees. children whose parents work on recycling. The training centers are equipped with the latest technology, including laptops and printers using locally collected plastic ink cartridges.

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