Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Printer Made of Corn

HP Biodegradable Corn Printer credits to TreeHugger
On our previous article that was posted last Monday, we introduced a recyclable printer that was developed by Epson called the Epson EC-01. Made out of recycled plastic, the Epson-EC 01 made an debut on 2008 at the Environmental Vision 2050 held by Epson. And when we thought, Epson-EC 01 was astounding as it can be, we stumbled upon another green printer but this time around, it is made out of corn. Yes, corn!

The Corn printer is a concept that was developed by no other than the giant printer manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard (HP). A prototype was introduced in last year's Green Festival held in San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center. The Corn Printer was made using bio-polymer extracted from corn or maize crops, which makes these a biodegradable printer.

HP spokesperson Lynelle Preston simply explained the Corn Printer as something, "You can't throw it in your backyard. Given the right conditions, it would disappear."

“It is actually made out of corn starch. I’m not saying you can eat it, but it is a bit like a taco,” described Bruno Zago, Environmental Manager at HP UK and Ireland.
Hewlett Packard has been doing campaigns and programs over the past years in helping our environment. such as their Recycling Program, a campaign that encourages their customers to return their empty HP printer cartridges back to them so they can recycled them as remanufactured toner cartridges and remanufactured ink cartridges.

“At the end of the day it’s about looking at what can we do with materials and it’s important for us to understand that plastic will end one day – because plastic is petroleum based, and petroleum will end,” Zago explained.

He even described the idea behind HP's Corn Printer: “Corn requires fertilisers and they take a lot of energy to manufacture. It requires irrigation and that’s probably the biggest piece. So when you look at the environmental impact of growing corn to create a printer it’s quite huge.”

With such concept, who knows what more Hewlett Packard can offer in the future?

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