Yes. Our sustainable packaging strategy focuses on three areas, with the objective to enhance customer experience while driving progress toward a circular and net-zero carbon economy:
- Eliminate unnecessary packaging material, space, and hard-to-recycle materials such as plastic foam.
- Innovate packaging designs to use materials with lower environmental impact, such as sustainable fiber and recycled plastics.
- Prioritize high recycled content and easily recyclable materials that can readily circulate through the economy.
During the first half of 2020, we introduced a goal to eliminate 75% of single-use plastic packaging by 2025, compared to 2018. We are also making progress toward our goal to produce 100% of paper-based product packaging from certified and recycled sources by 2020.
In 2016, we set a goal to eliminate deforestation from our paper and paper-based packaging supply chain. Since 2016, we have met our zero deforestation goal for HP brand paper (which represented 58% of HP fiber tonnage in 2019), as it is derived entirely from certified and recycled sources.1 In 2019, the amount of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®)-certified fiber in HP brand paper continued to exceed 55%, by weight.
Paper-based product packaging represented the remaining 42% of HP fiber tonnage. As of April 2020, all packaging from our first-tier packaging suppliers meets our zero deforestation requirement, and we continue to work with sub-tier packaging suppliers to meet this requirement by the end of 2020.
HP’s Sustainable Paper and Wood Policy2 was the first forestry policy published by an IT company. We require our suppliers and licensees to follow this policy for the paper, packaging, and wood incorporated into HP products that they provide.
Furthermore, suppliers are required to follow the manufacturing process standards outlined in the HP General Specification for the Environment (GSE), which requires suppliers to restrict substances of concern in our packaging, and requires 100% of materials used in HP packaging to be recyclable3, except where specifically approved by HP.
To learn more about the HP General Specification for the Environment program, see http://www.hp.com/go/sustainability_gse.
To see a copy of the HP Sustainable Paper and Wood Policy, please go to http://www8.hp.com/us/en/hp-information/global-citizenship/governance/policies.html
More information is available in our HP Sustainable Impact Report at www.hp.com/go/report.
1 Less than 2% of paper by tonnage is not labeled as certified but is made from certified fiber. Recycled fiber for paper products is included in the FSC-certified value.
2 Previously called the HP Environmentally Preferable Paper Policy.
3 As defined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)