28 Apr '11, 12pm

How HP is Closing the Loop on Plastics

We lack a common vocabulary to accurately and precisely describe the complexity of recycling and closed loop systems, e.g. "recycling" could cover the entire HP closed loop cartridge process, or just the re-filling and re-use of cartridges (which HP doesn't do for quality reasons); As companies begin to explore this area, it's necessary to start with relatively simple products over which companies have a great deal of control throughout their lifecycles; Certain materials hold the key to a radically more efficient economy for their capacity to be "upcycled", i.e. returned to a state equivalent to virgin materials in terms of functional or aesthetic properties; There are wide-reaching social and economic ramifications to closed loop systems, and these are largely unknown and unexplored. For example, how will employment be affected by using recycled rather than virgin materi...

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