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HP Printer Ink Cartridges Using Recycled Plastic

Hewlett-Packard (HP) as One of the leading Printer principal has developed a method to use post-consumer, recycled plastic inside its printer ink cartridges.

The technique has already been trialed, and now is being put into production. HP said that it has already produced more than 200 million cartridges during the so-called trial, and the company expects to use 10 million pounds of recycled plastic during 2008, partly as a result of the new manufacturing technique.
In all, the recycled plastics content makes up between 70 and 100 percent.

The process requires plastic from HP's existing printer cartridges, which can be recycled using the company's Planet Partners program. They then undergo a multi-phase recycling process that reduces them to raw materials such as plastics and metals, according to HP, which then mixes the plastic with recycled bottle resin and a suite of compounding additives.

"By developing the technology to use recycled plastics in Original HP inkjet print cartridges, we have the opportunity to reduce the environmental impact HP products have on the planet," said Michael Hoffmann, senior vice president of HP's Supplies, Imaging and Printing Group, in a statement. "HP's considerable investments in building a recycling infrastructure made this achievement possible, and this is just the beginning of what we hope to accomplish."


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