Achieving Print Sustainability with HP
Concerned about print sustainability? If not, you should be. Printing is as natural to businesses as breathing is to people. It is so commonplace that many companies don’t realize the extent to which they do it. As a result, printing often occupies first place when it comes to ranking business expenses and business waste.
Achieving print sustainability is an ongoing struggle for many companies, both large and small. Fortunately, as sustainability gains traction amongst consumers and businesses alike, manufacturers of office technology are developing tools and solutions for companies to cut down on their printing waste. It’s now not just possible, but practical, to achieve print sustainability through the thoughtful deployment of printers and consumables.
HP leads the way in office sustainability with its eco-solutions for printing.
The Latest HP Eco-Solutions for Printing
Over the past twenty years, HP has made a name for itself through its commitment to developing sustainable business practices and products. Whether it’s partnering with the World Wildlife Fund or scrutinizing its own supply chain, HP has set an example and the bar for what sustainability looks like in action. HP’s line of sustainable office solutions is known as its eco-solutions, and they’ve got several exciting initiatives in the works. Here are a few of our favorites.
Sustainable Design That Helps Prevent Printing Waste
Sustainable design is the philosophy that drives the creation of many products readily used today. Under sustainable design, developers attempt to optimize functionality while minimizing the consumption of non-renewable energy and resources. Sometimes, such as in the case of sustainable architecture, this also includes steps to protect what natural resources – like plant life or water – occurs in an area.
HP’s eco-solutions emphasize sustainable design. For example, its Envy Photo series use closed-loop recycled plastics both in the printer and its cartridges. The physical design itself minimizes materials used in its creation, resulting in a sleek and lightweight appearance that nonetheless delivers in terms of aesthetic quality. To top it off, the Envy Photo series deploy cutting-edge technology, which reduces the amount of ink used for each photo, apps that optimize the printer’s settings automatically, and the functionality of HP’s top-shelf multifunction printers.
The Envy Photo series is only the most recent example of printing eco-solutions. Other examples, such as the Tango Printer, reveal that HP has been increasingly turning towards the development of devices that emphasize a circular economy of resources, designing out waste and encouraging the adoption of sustainability as a process that blends seamlessly into a business’s daily operations.
Closed-Loop Ink Cartridge Recycling Program
A common thread across HP’s eco solutions is the concept of a circular economy, a type of closed-loop system. This is a system wherein materials are perpetually recycled, creating an ecosystem of resources that continue to deliver value. In contrast, many business operations today involve a linear cycle of waste. Resources are consumed, and waste is removed from the premises.
One of the most significant areas of waste has long been printer cartridges. Essential for the functioning of a printer, they’re built with steel and durable plastic to withstand the rigors of a printer’s interior. However, it has only been in the last ten years that cartridge manufacturers have realized that their sturdy construction means they can easily be refilled and recycled.
As part of an effort to reduce the amount of office waste while creating a circular economy, HP has developed an ink and toner cartridge recycling program. Cartridges found in this program are made from recycled plastic bottles collected in Haiti, recapturing other waste. To recycle them, arrange for HP to send you a shipping label and send your empty cartridges back. HP will refurbish, refill, and resell them at a more cost-effective rate than newly manufactured cartridges.
Carbon Footprint Calculator
With all of these new devices, it can be hard to ascertain which ones best suit a business. Likewise, achieving print sustainability is best accomplished through optimizing the infrastructure which already exists rather than ripping and replacing technology.
Gaining visibility into the print environment is one of the most valuable things an office can do. To help with this, HP has developed a free, web-based carbon footprint calculator, which provides estimates for how much resources an office is using in its print environment. From here, a company can begin to develop a strategy for sustainable printing.
James Imaging Systems Helps Companies Achieve Print Sustainability
Print sustainability is an easy and effective way to improve the environmental impact of an office. With the line of HP’s new eco-solutions, a greener, more environmentally conscious workplace is just achievable, practical, and smart.
James Imaging Systems is a premier partner of HP for printing and office solutions. Contact us today to get started with sustainable printers and printing solutions.