HP Instant-On Technology
Shane also mentioned Hewlett-Packard's recent announcement that the company is using multiple grades of post-consumer recycled plastics, which range from water bottles to used HP inkjet cartridges, in the production of new HP inkjet print cartridges. According to HP, over 200 million cartridges have been manufactured using this process so far. "There are many aspects involved with being environmentally conscious, such as reducing power consumption of products, designing products capable of running recycled paper, incorporating automatic duplexing and reducing the company's overall carbon footprint," said Marlene Orr, senior printer analyst for Buyers Laboratory. "Companies that are instituting hardware and cartridge recycling programs for their printers and MFPs are definitely taking a step in the right direction."For managed environments, HP is also adding print management tools that it says can help companies reduce their printing costs, reduce waste and conserve energy. For example, it says HP Web Jetadmin software can be used to save paper by preconfiguring all duplex-capable multifunction printers to produce double-sided copies, and the Powersave mode reduces power use by allowing users to preschedule sleep and wakeup modes. HP also has a number of programs for used assets that allow recycling of cartridges and IT equipment, and a trade-in program for both HP and non-HP gear. HP currently offers a program through May 3, 2008, in which Staples will recycle any printer for free and give customers $50 toward any new HP printer that costs $159 or more. Other printer vendors with environmental or recycling initiatives include Konica Minolta and Kyocera.
Another related HP initiative is its IOT (Instant-On Technology). "IOT prints a first page in just a few seconds from Ready or Powersave modes, which can save customers up to 50 percent on power consumption versus competitors without IOT," the company said. "We estimate that for our monochrome LaserJet products alone, the total energy consumption saved from 1993-2005 from use of Instant-On Technology may represent as much as 4.1 million tons of CO2, equivalent to removing 870,000 cars from the road for one year." New products with IOT include the HP Color LaserJet CP1515n and CP1518ni models and the HP LaserJet M1522 MFP series.