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Haiti - Environment : HP cartridges manufactured from recycled plastic in Haiti
22/06/2017 08:59:32

Haiti - Environment : HP cartridges manufactured from recycled plastic in Haiti
HP Inc. announced the launch of Original HP ink cartridges made with plastic from bottles recycled in Haiti. Made possible through close partnership with Thread and the First Mile Coalition, this launch exemplifies HP’s efforts to reinvent how products are designed, manufactured, used and recovered in the shift toward a circular and low-carbon economy.

Fulfilling a commitment made in September 2016, HP now purchases recycled plastic collected in Haiti. By opening a new market opportunity, generating a steady revenue stream and partnering to improve conditions for workers, HP is helping to create jobs and bring dignity to the collectors of recyclables in Haiti—all while creating sustainable ink cartridges. Furthermore, this initiative helps prevent plastics from reaching the Caribbean Sea, combatting the ever-growing problem of ocean pollution.

Spearheaded by Thread, the First Mile Coalition addresses child labor in the “First Mile” of global supply chains, beginning with communities that neighbor the Truitier landfill—the largest landfill in Haiti. Other members of the coalition include Timberland, Team Tassy and ACOP (Association des Collecteurs des Objets en Plastique).

Over 300 children currently collect recyclable materials from the Truitier landfill. These children and their families are exposed daily to hazardous working conditions. This joint initiative aims to improve the lives of the children by providing them with educational opportunities, including scholarships, as well as full access to medical care and health and safety trainings. Additionally, commitment partners provide job training for the adult family members of the children who are also working in the landfill, and will invest over $150,000 in entrepreneurs, microenterprises and/or small-to-medium enterprises in targeted neighborhoods.

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