HP’s three sustainable packaging strategies

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Corporate social responsibility is the new hallmark for all modern businesses. For twenty years now, HP has been supporting numerous initiatives to work more sustainably. These initiatives are related to three different domains: people, society and the environment. One of the ecological initiatives being supported to stimulate the circular and CO2-neutral economy and to improve the customer experience, of course, is product packaging innovation.

Corporate social responsibility is the new hallmark for all modern businesses. For twenty years now, HP has been supporting numerous initiatives to work more sustainably. These initiatives are related to three different domains: people, society and the environment. One of the ecological initiatives being supported to stimulate the circular and CO2-neutral economy and to improve the customer experience, of course, is product packaging innovation.

Corporate social responsibility is the new hallmark for all modern businesses. For twenty years now, HP has been supporting numerous initiatives to work more sustainably. These initiatives are related to three different domains: people, society and the environment. One of the ecological initiatives being supported to stimulate the circular and CO2-neutral economy and to improve the customer experience, of course, is product packaging innovation.

By 2025, HP aims to achieve a 75 % reduction in disposable plastic packaging (compared to 2018). In order to achieve this goal, specific innovation projects have been launched, many of which were already completed by 2020. This resulted in 3,487 tonnes of CO2 emissions being avoided, partly owing to the fact that the sustainable packaging strategy in place focuses on three areas: elimination, innovation and circulation.

Elimination

HP endeavours to eliminate unnecessary packaging and hard-to-recycle materials such as plastic foam. In 2020, the sustainable technology partner shipped no less than 24 million personal systems in fibre packaging, avoiding the use of nearly 3,000 tonnes of hardly recyclable plastic. On the print side, 19 tonnes of plastic foam could be saved by removing the PET coatings from the LaserJet printer boxes. Also for accessories such as keyboards and desktop mice, measures were taken. The plastic straps were removed, saving a whopping 2,8 tonnes of polyethylene plastic and three tonnes of steel wire - materials that are extremely difficult to recycle and would otherwise end up in the dump.

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Innovation

In addition to avoiding unnecessary packaging and materials that are difficult to recycle, HP is trying to improve the design and manufacturing process of fibre packaging by introducing 3D printing technology into the fibre industry. This allowed 73,000 products to be shipped with cushions made by means of 3D printing technology. HP also invested in bulk packaging, which implies that products are no longer packed individually in a box, but with several products together. In fact, no fewer than 217,000 desktops and 22,000 notebooks were shipped in bulk packaging in 2020, reducing the amount of packaging material by 65 tonnes. This also reduced the costs associated with shipping, storage and waste disposal.

Circulation

It is clear that HP favours materials with a high recycled content and easily recyclable materials because they can circulate smoothly. In 2020, the rollout of easily recyclable, fibre-based packaging cushions for notebooks, desktop computers and displays continued. The transition from plastic foam to fibre was pursued in 2021. Even the pallets are made from recycled material. In 2020, HP used 49,900 pallets made from straw originating from China that would otherwise have been burned up as agricultural waste – a recycling programme that will gladly be adopted in North America.

Of course, HP is taking many other environmental initiatives to be more sustainable. Find out more about them here.

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