The global plastics industry is quite vast — all in all, the world makes and consumes about 600 billion pounds of plastic annually. And this market is still expanding, as experts estimate the market is still growing by 5% every year.
Unfortunately, there are so many plastic items on the market that are not being recycled properly. Plastic bottle manufacturers are creating industrial plastic bottles and plastic handleware every day, and while these plastic bottle companies are doing the best they can to minimize waste, there is only so much they can do when the bottles are handled by the consumers. Luckily, one large company is stepping in and creating an innovative approach to recycling that will help to reduce as much waste as possible.
HP is a computer manufacturer, and while they are not a plastic bottle company, they are making a statement in the world of sustainable living. They have recently announced their partnership with the sustainable brand Thread, as a way to create items for their business with recyclable plastic bottles.
Thread already had established themselves as an innovator in the world of plastic, as they currently use plastic bottles from Haiti and Honduras to make clothing. However, even after the clothes are made, they have leftover materials. HP has decided to use this plastic to make ink cartridges.
According to Sustainable Brands, last year HP fabricated 3.4 billion HP ink cartridges from 88,900 tons of recycled plastic. Additionally, about 80% of their cartridges contain anywhere between 45%-70% recycled content, and they hope with the help of Thread they can make this number 100%.
For their project, HP and Thread will focus mostly on Haiti, and they will create small manufacturing plants in cities across the country. In doing this, HP will work to reduce child labor by offering a safe place for older family members to work. On top of giving a livable wage, HP will offer extensive job training and medical care.
In total, HP is dedicating more than $150,000 for the entire project, which is set to kick off by the end of this year –all to get rid of those thousands of industrial plastic bottles that end up in landfills.