HP printing supplies are sustainable printing supplies. These days, businesses need to be heavily focused on decreasing their carbon footprint. The fact is that doing so is rather effortless when you have the right technology and the right partners on your side.
Below, we highlight a few ways that HP printing supplies will aid in benefitting both the environment and your bottom line.
Avoid High-Risk Counterfeit Cartridges
If you are to maximise sustainability when it comes to business printing, it is important that you make sure that you are purchasing original HP cartridges. Unfortunately, original HP printing supplies are at a great risk of being counterfeited, leading to sub-par performance and higher operating costs. Counterfeit cartridges and computing products pose the following risks:
- Poor print-outs that may negatively affect a company’s reputation and image,
- Increased printer down-time and, therefore, a decline in the company’s productivity and output,
- Invalidation of hardware warranty,
- High costs associated with the repair of printers,
- Significant health and safety risks due to hazardous wiring in fake computing products,
- Unwitting dealings with criminals, and
- Complaints directed at the Sales and IT departments within the business.
The scary thing is that these counterfeit cartridges look almost exactly like original HP cartridges, making it challenging for the untrained eye to tell them apart. However, if you know what to look out for, it will be easier to make sure that you are making the correct purchase decision both for your printer and your business as a whole. Here are four valuable tips to help you tell the difference:
1. Always Examine the Security Label
ALL original HP printing supplies and cartridges come with a unique security label. Pay special attention to the holographic features of the security label by doing the following:
- Tilt the box from front to back. The ‘OK’ and tick symbol should move in opposite directions.
- Tilt the box from right to left. The ‘OK’ and tick symbol should move in the same direction.
- You can also use your smartphone to validate the label in question. Capture the QR code using a QR reader application and you will get an immediate response from HP.
2. Check Dates and Codes
Make double sure that the dates and codes printed on both the box and the actual cartridge match.
3. Examine the Packaging
HP goes out of its way to ensure that all product packaging is of premium quality. So, any cheap-looking, shoddy packaging is usually a red flag. Keep a look-out for any printing errors or spelling mistakes. Also, be sure to inspect for any signs that the package has been opened previously and then re-sealed.
4. Look Closely at the Cartridge
Does the cartridge seem to be dirty or used? All original HP cartridges should look clean and brand-new following the opening of the packaging. Look out for any evidence of damage, scratches and leakage.
Report Possible Counterfeits
If you suspect that a cartridge that you have bought is a counterfeit, you can report the issue to HP directly in any one of the following three ways:
- Via email (email@example.com),
- You can phone them (search online for your local hotline), or
- On their website (hp.com/go/anticounterfeit).
Why Choose HP Toner Cartridges Over Counterfeits?
When you choose to buy original HP toner cartridges as opposed to counterfeit cartridges, you can be 100% certain that you are getting a quality product. There are no quality guarantees when it comes to purchasing counterfeit toners. As mentioned above, doing so can pose a number of serious risks to your printer and your business. Some of the risks include increased printer down-time, invalidation of hardware warranty and low-quality print-outs that could taint your business image and reputation.
Protect Your Brand and the Environment From Printing Waste
While it is up to every employee in every business from around the globe to make an effort to reduce unnecessary printing and the unnecessary usage of paper, HP has gone the extra mile to allow for a much larger reduction of printing waste. For example, most HP printers now come with automatic double-sided printing, which can reduce an establishment’s monthly paper usage by up to 50%. Paper wastage can also be kept to a minimum if employees and business owners begin to implement the following:
- Re-Using Paper
Paper that has already been printed on can be re-used in a number of ways. For instance, it can be used to stabilise and protect shipments when employed as internal packaging or it can be used to print other ‘unimportant’ or ‘informal’ documents.
- Recycling Paper
There are countless companies out there offering world-class paper recycling services at a fraction of the cost that you might expect. Most of these companies will supply you with one or more paper collecting bins that will make it simple and convenient for employees to recycle their paper.
- Buy Recycled Paper
Instead of purchasing newly manufactured paper, find out where you can purchase paper that has already been recycled. This is a wonderful opportunity for a business to reduce their carbon footprint. Utilising recycled paper reduces the need for new paper to be sourced.
- Track Printing
If possible (and it should be for most small businesses), try to enforce a rule that all employees need to keep track of what they are printing and when. This will help to limit the amount of ‘unnecessary’ or non-work related documents they are printing out.
- Assign a Printing Quota
Again, if possible, put a limit on the number of pages each employee is allowed to print on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. If they need to exceed the limit, they will be required to present the relevant authorities with evidence in support of why the additional printing is necessary.
Ultimately, paper waste is not the only type of printing waste to be concerned about. Energy waste associated with printing and printers is another major worry. Luckily, HP has recently introduced new technology to help combat this problem. An industry first, HP Auto-On/Auto-Off Technology automatically turns off the device to help individuals and businesses conserve energy.
According to research, high-end HP devices turned off using HP Auto-Off Technology consume up to 26 times less energy than most printers and multifunction products on the market in traditional sleep mode, helping users save money and reduce energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. HP LaserJet products with Instant-On Technology use an innovative, quick-heating fuser system that warms rapidly and cools quickly. This, coupled with energy-efficient toner, helps users consume less printing-related energy when compared with using printers that don’t have this technology.
Use the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator
HP offers business owners access to a free, web-based carbon footprint calculator. This calculator allows customers to compare estimated energy and paper use and costs, as well as CO2e emissions, for HP- and Compaq-branded computing and printing products, taking into account the user location. In order to use the calculator, you will need to provide the following information:
- Your country or region,
- Basic data about your business and your printer fleet, and
- Details regarding your energy- and paper-saving practices, such as powering off equipment daily, the number of hours you use your printer each week and printing on both sides of the paper.
HP’s Planet Partners Programme
HP provides more environmentally responsible recycling solutions globally than any other IT company, in over 45 countries, regions and territories. HP virtually invented electronic recycling back in 1987 and officially launched the HP Planet Partners return and recycling programme for HP LaserJet print cartridges in 1991.
We added HP Inkjet print cartridges to the recycling program in 1997. To date, HP has recycled more than 1 billion pounds (453 592 tonnes) of hardware and HP print cartridges globally.
The HP Planet Partners Return and Recycling Programme makes it easy for customers to not only recycle their original HP Inkjet and LaserJet supplies, but also any other brand of computer hardware and rechargeable batteries both quickly and conveniently.
The HP team is dedicated to thoroughly recycling all products received, taking the time to separate and recover valuable materials, including plastics and metals, which are then used in the production of new original HP printing supplies. The HP Planet Partners Return And Recycling Programme helps to divert tons upon tons of waste from landfills every year.
How to Recycle HP Inkjet Print Cartridges
You can recycle HP Inkjet print cartridges and HP LaserJet supplies free of charge via HP’s Planet Partners Programme. In the event that you want to recycle a single cartridge, begin the process by checking inside your HP Inkjet print cartridge box for a postage-paid return and recycling envelope, or request a postage-paid envelope from www.hp.com/recycle.
If you will be recycling multiple cartridges, you should request a pre-addressed, postage-paid box (holds 10 to 100 HP Inkjet cartridges or 1 to 10 HP large-format cartridges) via www.hp.com/recycle.
When it comes to HP sustainable printing supplies, you need not look any further than Tarsus. Get in touch with us today to learn more about sustainable printing products and options for your business.