Dr. Paul Mazurkiewicz
Dr. Paul Mazurkiewicz is a senior scientist at HP's laboratory in Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. He helps HP comply with environmental laws worldwide and alter product materials and related policies to reduce the risk of health and environmental impacts.
He's a member of the GreenScreen team—the HP group charged with categorizing certain materials used in HP products and identifying more responsible substances to be used as alternatives. The team uses a materials screening process based on the the GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals framework developed by the nongovernmental organization, Clean Production Action.
The HP GreenScreen team examines materials based on toxicity, the amount of energy it takes to create the material, and how easy the material is to recycle. They then create white lists of preferable substances that can be used to replace the old materials. For instance, as HP reduces the use of polyvinyl chlorides (PVCs) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in its products, the HP GreenScreen team balances the sustainability of the replacement materials with other key performance attributes. "It's not good enough to take something out; you have to know what you're putting in and make an informed decision," Paul says.
In addition to helping HP find better materials to use, Paul is the primary technical author of the HP Active Verification Material Testing Specification, a company-wide standard for materials testing frequencies and methodologies referenced by HP suppliers worldwide. By providing HP suppliers with methods to accurately test for restricted materials—such as PVCs and BFRs—HP can be confident that its products comply with company requirements and government regulations.
Paul is currently using his testing expertise to create a faster and more cost-effective way to check for the presence of phthalate plasticizers. HP recently restricted the use of certain phthalates in HP products and is considering additional limitations. Paul's new testing method is more efficient than current methods, enabling HP and suppliers to more easily and frequently test products and materials. This will keep customer costs down while upholding HP and other environmental standards. Paul relishes quandaries that allow him to use scientific tools to help HP reduce the impact its products have on the world. "Environmental sustainability is an opportunity for innovation. It's a challenge to meet," he says.
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