I just read an article by Leon Kaye on greengopost.com that is very interesting in that it shows how organizations can profitably incorporate sustainability practices across the enterprise. The article, "HP's Printer Cartridge Recycling is More Than a Shred Ahead," is based on his visit to an HP recycling plant near Nashville and what I think is worth sharing are the details behind HP’s closed loop recycling program as a case study for profitably incorporating sustainability practices.
Since HP announced its closed-loop system in 2008 over 100 million pounds of plastic have been recycled and the amount of recycled plastic in HP printers has tripled the past five years. Last year, 28.6 million pounds of recycled plastic was used in printer production. HP is also playing a role in processing plastic water bottles. In the last year, 472,000,000 plastic bottles were upcycled into cartridges, 39,000,000 inkjet cartridges were recycled and more than 511,000,000 items were kept out of landfills because of HP’s recycling programs. It’s a great sustainability story.
Leon concludes with, “HP is doing more than only running a token feel-good recycling program. The global technology giant is making money, too. We need more companies to do more about taking care of their waste instead of insisting the responsibility lies elsewhere.”
Are you ready to improve your organizations sustainability? HP has created a Green IT action plan for printing and imaging which can help you develop a strategy to reduce your printing costs and carbon footprint. Additionally, HP Managed Print Services is one solution to help your enterprise lower costs, streamline recycling, cut paper usage, and reduce your carbon footprint.
I firmly believe that organizations with a philosophy towards sustainability will over time increase efficiencies which leads to cost reductions and increased profitability. Conversely, giving no consideration to managing waste leaves an organization open to more wasteful practices. Over time, it just makes sense that a sustainable philosophy and practices would be more, well, sustainable.