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HP Meets Billion Pound Recycling Goal Six Months Early, Sets Target for 2 Billion Pounds by 2010

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 13, 2007

Having met its goal six months early to recycle 1 billion pounds of electronics, HP today announced that it has set a new target for another billion pounds by the end of 2010.

The company set its initial goal in 2004 after it had reached the half billion pound mark. It went on to recycle a further half billion pounds in the ensuing three years. HP is now committing to recover a cumulative 2 billion pounds of electronics and print cartridges by the end of 2010, doubling its annual recovery rate.

“Environmental responsibility is good business,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. “We’ve reached the tipping point where the price and performance of IT are no longer compromised by being green, but are now enhanced by it.”

In 2006 alone, HP recovered 187 million pounds of electronics globally, 73 percent more than IBM, its closest competitor.(1)

HP has been a leader in environmental responsibility for decades. Its global environmental strategy is based on designing for the environment, which includes product ralph lauren online outlet design, as well as the management of HP’s own operations and supply chain. HP is committed to:

  • Making it practical and easy for customers to be environmentally responsible – from desktops to data centers, individuals to enterprises;
  • Investing in research, product development and materials innovation to further manage the environmental impacts of HP’s products;
  • Working with the company’s partners and supply chain and engaging with regulators to make an industry-wide impact;
  • Driving significant reductions in HP’s own environmental footprint, from the individual employee to global operations.

Recycling at HP

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the inception of HP recycling programs, which now operate in more than 40 countries, regions and territories. The programs seek omega watch replica to reduce the environmental impact of IT products, minimize waste going to landfills and help customers conveniently manage products at their end of life in an environmentally sound fashion.

Plastics and metals recovered from products recycled by HP have been used to make a range of new products, including auto body parts, clothes hangers, plastic toys, fence posts, serving trays and roof tiles.

In addition to recycling, HP offers a variety of product end-of-life management services including donation, trade-in, asset recovery and leasing.

HP and the environment

For decades HP has worked to manage its environmental impact by adopting environmentally responsible practices in product development, operations and supply chain. The company strives to be a global leader in reducing its carbon footprint, limiting waste and recycling responsibly. HP’s efforts earned it recognition as one of Fortune Magazine’s ”Ten Green Giants” in April 2007. More information about the company’s work in relation to the environment is available at

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, omega swiss replica personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $97.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at



Ricoh's Forest Ecosystem Conservation

We are making efforts to expand the network of forest ecosystem conservation and enhance our employees'
                                    global citizen awareness.

To conserve the global environment, it is important not only to reduce environmental impact, but also to maintain and enhance the self-recovery capability of the global environment. Ricoh is promoting forest ecosystem conservation projects in many places all over the world in partnership with environmental NPOs and local communities. Considering that in order to expand the network of this activity and make it more effective, it is important to promote cooperation between NPOs and companies and between NPOs, Ricoh is engaged in actively promoting communication. Furthermore, manufacturing subsidiaries and sales subsidiaries in various regions in the world are committed to environmentally-friendly social contribution activities with NPOs and customers. In Japan, the Ricoh Group is implementing an Environmental Volunteer Leader Development Program to enhance each employee's global citizen awareness and help employees take initiatives in local communities to conserve the global environment.

Forest Ecosystem Conservation Projects  Global(Ricoh/Global)

On the earth, various life habitats exist and unique ecosystems are maintained in forests, lakes and ponds, coral reefs, and oceans. If these ecosystems are damaged, the natural environment that is indispensable for maintaining the life of human beings will be harmed. Ricoh places priority particularly on forest ecosystems with rich biodiversity and has been promoting forest ecosystem conservation projects since fiscal 1999 in partnership with environmental NPOs and local communities. Unlike simple afforestation, the main aim of these activities is to protect the habitats of indigenous species and the life of residents, and in such activities, priority is given to creating a partnership with environmental NPOs and local residents. The projects are financed by the social contribution reserve that Ricoh established to continuously carry out social contribution activities. Provided that approval is gained at the general shareholders' meeting, 1% of Ricoh's annual profit after deducting annual dividends is allocated for the reserve (up to 0.2 billion).

Three Areas of Environmentally-Friendly Social Contribution Activities
Three Areas of Environmentally-Friendly Social Contribution Activities

Ricoh's Forest Ecosystem Conservation Projects
Start date Country Name/NPO Activity
Bangladesh Restoration of satoyama (community forests) / Bangladesh Poush Education of children, development of afforestation activities, and raising saplings
Sri Lanka Conservation and restoration of forests at World Heritage Sites / Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka Preservation and expansion of forests where the Sri Lankan long-tailed fowl can live
Philippines Restoration of tropical rain forests* / Conservation International Restoration of rich forests where the Philippine Eagle and other forest creatures can coexist with people
Malaysia Restoration of tropical forests and orangutan habitats* / WWF Expansion of the habitats of endangered species, including the orangutan
China Restoration of temperate forests and giant panda habitats* / WWF Conservation of habitats for endangered species, including 437 vertebrates, such as the giant panda, and 4,000 plants, to prevent their extinction
Japan Conservation of the Afan Forest in Kurohime, Nagano* / C.W. Nicol Afan Woodland Trust Conservation of natural forests that have enough space and food for bears, dormice, and other animals to live and where people can feel close to nature
Japan Conservation of the Yanbaru Forest in Okinawa* / Yanbaru Forest Trust Conservation of habitats of endangered species unique to the region, including Rallus okinawae
Ghana Restoration of tropical rain forests* / Conservation International Preservation of forests through sustainable agriculture, specifically, raising cocoa in the shades of trees so that people can live with other living things
Russia Conservation of Taiga, the northern limit habitat of tigers* / Friends of the Earth Japan (FoE Japan) Conservation of rich forests where many wild animal species, including the Amur tiger, live harmoniously with people
Projects covered under the social contribution reserve system


Smead's Recycling for the Future

Because keeping the world organized means
keeping the world sustainable.

Being a world leader means having to make choices that will affect millions of people. In 1989, we realized we could have a great impact on the environment by diverting used paper from landfills and reusing it in the manufacture of filing products.

Ever since, every paper product we've made has contained post-consumer recycled material. Hundreds of our items meet or exceed the progressive requirements used by government agencies and corporations when choosing earth-friendly office supplies.

Recycling and the Environment

Many of our most popular products are available using 100% recycled material:

But we are doing even more. By selecting paper suppliers who practice Sustainable Forest Initiative requirements, we ensure that the virgin fibers used in Smead products are harvested from tree farms and not from old-growth forests. We also use chlorine-free processed recycled material in some of our most popular paper stocks:

  • 100% Recycled Manila Stock
  • Green Hanging Folder Stock
  • Red Wallet Stock
  • Kraft Stock

Soon, virtually all of our colored stocks will be acid-free, allowing our products to last longer and protect vital documents for archival purposes.

At Smead, we are always looking for ways to help keep our planet safe. Even the boxes we use for our products are made with post-consumer recycled material.

In a world that needs careful management for future generations, we all need to make the right choices to keep our offices organized, and our environment healthy.


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