by Nate Hurst, Chief Sustainability and Social Impact Officer
Last year saw unprecedented natural disasters across the globe – from wildfires in California to record-breaking hurricanes in the U.S. Gulf Coast, eastern seaboard, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. At the same time, scientists warn that the risks posed by climate change are even more dire than predicted and will lead to even bigger impacts on heat and extreme weather.
With innovative designs and a recycling solution, HP and its partners help create new revenue streams for a recovering community.
In Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, piles of plastic bottles littering the island mushroomed into mountains.
It was an unintended consequence of relief efforts. The country’s already weak trash collection system buckled. Bottled water and other supplies shipped in to help Haitians wound up everywhere — in canals, on beaches and lining the streets.
Now, those bottles are finding a second life as printer cartridges.
For many people across the globe, recycling offers a key entry point to participate in the circular economy - an economy that is restorative and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.
Imagine a massive landfill on the edge of a port city.
If you look closer amid the mountains of garbage, you’ll notice that it’s bustling with activity as children scour the dump, sifting through mounds of trash for recyclables to sell. It might be their families’ only source of income in the country, Haiti, the poorest in the Western hemisphere.