Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, Calif., redesigned its print cartridge packaging in hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 37 million pounds in 2007 in North America.
According to the manufacturer, the reduction is equivalent to taking 3,600 cars off the road for one year. The savings come as a result of smaller, lighter packages to reduce the carbon footprint of each cartridge and, truck and freighter transport required to ship them. The new packages also contain more recyclable and recycled content.
HP estimates the redesigned packages will eliminate nearly 15 million pounds of materials. It will also eliminate the use of more than 6.8 million pounds of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic through material reduction and use of recycled paper and plastic.
Since 2003, HP has reduced overall package weight for inkjet cartridges by 80% and, increased the number of packages that can be carried in a single load. The redesign also saves retailers up 80% of shelf space.