Get savvy on sustainable printing

In the digital age, people often try to steer clear of printing hard copies in the office. Printing page after page can seem wasteful—but it doesn’t have to be. When your business makes an effort to practice sustainable printing, you’ll see a positive impact on your bottom line, reputation and environmental footprint.

Recycle your used cartridges
If you’re not currently recycling your used ink and toner cartridges, now is the time to start. It’s free and easy—not to mention responsible—and there’s really no reason not to do it.

Through the HP Planet Partners program, you can recycle Original HP cartridges for free and keep them out of landfills for good [1]. Original HP cartridges returned to HP through the Planet Partners program go through a multiphase recycling process. They are reduced to raw materials, which can then be used to make new metal and plastic products, such as new HP cartridges.

Fun fact: If all the HP ink and LaserJet toner cartridges that customers have recycled through HP Planet Partners were laid end to end along the equator, they would circle the earth 1.8 times—so a little recycling can go a long way!

Reconsider remanufactured cartridges
Thinking about using remanufactured or refilled cartridges? Think again. The truth is, remanufacturing is not necessarily good for the environment since it rarely prevents cartridges from ultimately ending up in landfills. According to a 2011 study, more than 90 percent of the ink and toner cartridges sold from the remanufacturers surveyed will ultimately be thrown away because most remanufacturers fail to collect their own products [2].

Remanufactured cartridges are also not the way to save money. Since they are often unreliable, they can create hidden costs in the form of support calls, reprints and wasted supplies that really start to add up.

Reduce environmental impact—not quality
When you opt for ink and toner cartridges that are designed with the environment in mind, you don’t have to sacrifice outstanding print quality or proven reliability. Original HP cartridges, for example, minimize waste and consistently deliver high-caliber prints. Using reliable ink and toner cartridges means fewer reprints, less paper use and more money in your pocket.

You can also help the environment by choosing cartridges made from recycled plastic. The recycled plastic used in many Original HP ink cartridges has up to a 33 percent smaller carbon footprint and uses up to 89 percent less water than the virgin plastic used in Original HP ink cartridges [3].

Join the commitment to environmental responsibility
To practice truly sustainable printing, make sure you’re buying products from brands that demonstrate environmental responsibility and whose values align with yours. Brands like HP work with other leading businesses and organizations to advance environmental sustainability [4]. HP is among the first major consumer photo paper providers to offer Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified photo paper in Europe and North America [5, 6]. In addition, more than 40 percent of HP’s branded paper tonnage worldwide is now FSC certified and/or contains at least 30 percent post-consumer waste.

When you decide to start making environmentally smart choices in the purchasing decisions for your business, you’re not only helping to reduce waste, but you’re promoting corporate responsibility—and saving money, too.

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