Your printer may just have a bit of the Caribbean inside it.
Consumer electronics giant HP Inc. has been using bottles collected from the island nation of Haiti and using them in cases for its ink cartridges, along with other items, as part of its drive to use 30 percent recycled plastics in all of its computers and electronics.
The project in Haiti is especially important, Ellen Jackowski, HP's head of sustainability strategy and innovation, told Christina Nunez at The Hill.
Haiti has no municipal garbage collection, and the lack of a reliable, safe municipal drinking system means many people rely on bottled water.
"If we don't create a collection community for that plastic, the plastic ends up on the beaches and flowing into the ocean," Jackowski says. "Instead of those plastic bottles being waste, they can be a job or an income opportunity."