We see it in our neighborhoods, at the beach, and in the news: discarded plastic keeps turning up where it doesn’t belong. The problem can seem overwhelming, given that an estimated 11 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year — a figure that could triple by 2040.
Yet scientists also predict that with existing methods, the world could instead slash this pollution nearly 80% within the next two decades. The solutions involve recycling, but they don’t end there. HP is showing what an action-oriented, circular, system-wide approach to recovering and reusing plastic can achieve.
Five years ago, HP began targeting ocean-bound plastics specifically, and so far, HP’s programs to divert ocean-bound plastics have kept more than 1.8 million pounds of plastic materials, or more than 65 million bottles, out of the environment. They start with recovering plastic at coastal sources, continue with the shredding and washing of that plastic, and end with the recycled material going into more than 50 HP products, from laptops to monitors to cases.