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November 21, 2017 / 10:26 am EST

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HPDec 16, 2011
Earns Greenpeace's Top Tech Company Rating

Chances are, you have access to an HP product in your home or office, or have used one in the past. Hewlett-Packard's printers, computers, tablets and other electronic devices are part of the reliable, trusted brand that is recognized worldwide. What many people may not know is that the company committed to making consumer friendly tech products also has a strong commitment to the environment. HP's global focus is on the bigger picture of environmental protection and climate change, while still promoting products and programs that encourage recycling efforts, sustainable product designs and making a difference. In fact, HP recently landed in the #1 spot on Greenpeace's list of top green electronic companies, an outward measure of a commitment that began back in 1957, when company founders Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard wrote an environmental obligations policy in their first corporate objectives document.

The #1 ranking is even more impressive considering that a mere six years ago, HP was considered one of the worst tech companies by Greenpeace, due to their use of potentially hazardous fire retardant materials. In order to rise to their Greenpeace Guide to Greener Electronics ranking of 5.9 out of a possible score of 10, HP has worked in the past six years to reduce their carbon emissions, advocate for legislation involving climate change and source paper only from suppliers who are not illegally foresting or logging. Although they are commended by Greenpeace with high ratings for their efforts in those areas, HP also works to lessen their environmental impact worldwide by:


·         Developing environmental management policies

·         Reducing waste, promoting recycling and finding alternate uses for materials

·         Reducing water use

·         Ensuring compliance with environmental, health and safety regulations


In addition to adhering to environmental efforts, HP also shows their commitment to green through their products and the opportunities they provide to their customers to practice environmental responsibility. Customers can purchase products designed with the environment in mind and marked with HP Eco Highlights Products labels. These helpful labels, which are featured on PCs, monitors, tablets and accessories, outline the eco-features of each product. The label is an easy way for consumers to determine the environmental standards met by the product, including energy savings potential, eco friendly packaging, recycling information, and material usage. Through the information on this label, you can learn which Deskjet printer is made from 50% recycled plastic or if the TouchPad is mercury-free.

HP also provides numerous ways customers can safely dispose of or recycle HP products, including a free inkjet cartridge recycling program, drop-off locations for rechargeable batteries, a remanufactured hardware program and cell phone recycling. HP’s website gives information about their Planet Partners recycling program, including which states offer the program for free, plus information on other recycling and reuse programs their customers can participate in.

Even though HP's Greenpeace ranking is a commendable achievement, they are not planning to relax and let Dell or Nokia take over the top spot. Plans for continuing their worldwide reduction of greenhouse gases continues and plans to reduce their use of PVC plastic and flame retardants in their products are already in place. Thanks to their long-standing commitment as a company to the environment, HP sets the standard for other tech companies to follow.

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