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HP Launches First PC Made with Ocean-bound Plastics

HP Launches First PC Made with Ocean-bound Plastics
The HP Elite Dragonfly is one of three HP products made with ocean-bound plastics.

HP Inc., a member of NextWave Plastics, launched the HP Elite Dragonfly, the world’s first notebook made with ocean-bound plastic.

The HP Elite Dragonfly is the first business convertible of its kind, weighing less than 1 kilogram. Its speaker enclosure component is made with 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic including 5 percent ocean-bound plastics. The company also announced it has upcycled more than 1 million pounds of ocean-bound plastic bottles as part of its unique operating model for recycling in Haiti.

The HP Elite Dragonfly is one of three HP products made with ocean-bound plastics. The others include the HP EliteDisplay E273d, the world’s first display manufactured with ocean-bound plastics and the Original HP ink cartridge made with plastic bottles collected in Haiti. To date, HP has sourced more than 1 million pounds—or more than 35 million plastic bottles or more than 450 metric tonnes—of ocean-bound plastics from Haiti for its products.

HP also said it commits to including ocean-bound plastic material in all new HP Elite and HP Pro desktop and notebook computers launching in 2020. According to the company, more than 80 percent of HP ink cartridges and 100 percent of HP LaserJet toner cartridges contain recycled content.

“Since joining NextWave Plastics last year, HP has been a standout partner, and we are thrilled to see the team continue to lead the way in scaling one of the most effective supply chains that is ‘turning off the tap’ on ocean-bound plastics while improving the local community,” said Dune Ives, executive director of Lonely Whale, the convening entity for NextWave Plastics, in a statement. “There are currently more than 86 million metric tons of plastic in our ocean, and each year, over 8 million metric tons of additional plastic enters the ocean. We are proud that our member companies continue to scale commercially viable and operational ocean-bound plastics supply chains—keeping plastic in the economy and out of the ocean.”

HP announced in September 2016 that it would join the First Mile Coalition to clean up plastic waste and create economic opportunities for the people of Haiti and have successfully built a fully functioning ocean-bound plastics supply chain using bottles collected in Haiti. The company has sourced more than 450 tonnes of ocean-bound plastics from Haiti and created more than 1,100 income opportunities for adults in the country. That’s more than 35 million plastic bottles that have not entered the Caribbean Sea and instead are being upcycled into Original HP ink cartridges.

“Our circular economy strategy is about shifting our production to eliminate waste and enable a system that can sustain our levels of consumption in harmony with nature and our singular planet Earth for generations to come,” said Ellen Jackowski, global head of sustainability and strategy for HP Inc., in a statement. “We’ve been using recycled content in our products for over a decade and our thrilled to hit yet another milestone in our efforts to protect our planet and our oceans. As a NextWave Plastics partner, we are urgently working to reimagine innovation with sustainability embedded in the core of our products and are proud to introduce the HP Elite Dragonfly, the world’s first notebook made from ocean-bound plastic materials.”

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