US$2m investment in plastic washing line in Haiti will create more than 1,000 new income opportunities locally

US$2m investment in plastic washing line in Haiti will create more than 1,000 new income opportunities locally

April 26, 2019
Marcia González

HP creates social and environmental impact in Haiti with launch of ink cartridges made from recycled bottles

IT giant HP has announced a US$2 million investment to build a new plastic washing line in Haiti that will allow it to produce cleaner, higher-quality recycled plastic locally for use in HP products. This investment continues the company’s longstanding commitment to diverting ocean-bound plastic and contributing to a lower-carbon, circular economy while providing jobs and education opportunities locally.

HP has been actively reducing ocean-bound plastic in Haiti since 2016, when it began partnering with the First Mile Coalition to convert plastic bottles into recycled material used in Original HP ink cartridges. These efforts have already diverted approximately 716,000 lbs of plastic materials – or more than 25 million bottles – preventing this plastic from reaching the waterways and oceans and repurposed it into HP cartridges.

Globally, HP has converted more than 199 million pounds of recycled plastic into 3.9 billion HP Original ink and toner cartridges since 2000.

“Our investments and partnerships in Haiti are a great example of the positive change that can happen when businesses and NGOs come together to support shared objectives,” commented Ellen Jackowski, HP’s global head of Sustainability Strategy and Innovation. “We are keeping millions of plastic bottles from ever reaching our oceans, converting them into sustainable products, and creating new opportunities for local residents through job creation and education.”

HP’s investments come amid growing evidence that business success is linked to sustainable business practices. A recent global, 20,000-participant survey released by HP found that 61% of workers believe sustainability is mandatory for businesses. It also found that employees are more productive, motivated and engaged when working for an employer that is leading the charge in social responsibility. Of those interviewed, 56% believe that ignoring environmental impact in the workplace is as bad as ignoring diversity and inclusion.

The survey also uncovered the misconceptions around the purchase and disposal of ink and toner cartridges in the workplace. The influx of imitation cartridges as an alternative to quality print cartridges has created a host of new challenges for purchasers, including the fact that many don’t realize imitation cartridges cannot be recycled. As a result, 97% of imitation cartridges end up in landfills.

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