Posted by ESC on August 28, 2003
In Reply to: Post consumer content posted by Brian from Shawnee on August 28, 2003
: : My HP inkjet's user-guide says, the paper of the guide contains 50% recycled paper, 10% post consumer content. What is PCC?
: It refers what you throw in the garbage after you've used the product. If you are an environmentally conscious consumer or a corporation that wants to project itself as such, then you'll be interested in that number.
: Personally, I think it's a shame how large the packaging is on inkjet cartridges, but that's apparently what they have to do to keep people from slipping them into their pockets and stealing them.
Q: What is the difference between pre-consumer and post-consumer material?
A: When manufacturers use recycled material in their product, they define it in two ways: pre-consumer or post-consumer. Pre-consumer is basically manufacturing waste. For example, an envelope manufacturer might recycle the clippings left over when envelopes are cut from paper. These clippings could be made into other paper products instead of being thrown away. Post-consumer content, on the other hand, is the material that was previously used by consumers, such as, newspaper, plastic bottles, glass containers, and aluminum cans. In order for recycling to work, manufacturers need to make more products with post-consumer recycled content and consumers must buy more products with post-consumer recycled content. We will all then be closing the loop on recycling.