May 23, 2008 by Steven Castle
Got to hand it to HP. The big-time printer and computer company is living up to its claim of environmental friendliness with an Eco Solutions program that includes an ink-jet printer made of 83 percent recycled plastics and a line of products bearing an Eco Highlights label.
In addition to being made of recycled plastic, the Deskjet D2545 is Energy Star-compliant. It uses a moderate 16 watts when printing and less than 1 watt in standby mode (also known as “off”). In addition, the printer uses HP 60 ink cartridges that are molded from recycled plastic resins made from recycled (shredded) ink cartridges and water bottles.
So, you’re wondering, how much more does it cost? It’s $45, and not $45 more. Just $45 and available at Wal-Mart and HP’s online store.
The D2545 and three other new printers, the LaserJet P4015x, LaserJet P4515x, LaserJet P4515xm, are the first HP products to bear an Eco Highlights label that includes environmental attributes such as reduced energy consumption, ease of recycling and whether they are Energy Star-rated. And this summer HP plans to introduce a printer that features recycled plastic derived from the company’s “closed loop” plastic recycling system, which incorporates a variety of post-consumer recycled plastics, from HP inkjet cartridges to water bottles.
HP also announced a way to package its high-end printers that cuts the volume of packaging materials needed to ship these products in half.
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Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates
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