Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), And How To Grab This Opportunity

Thinking of environmentally-friendly stock picks to mark Earth Day, which was recently observed in April? An inspiration from the familiar school poem “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer could very well be in order and, at the same time, you could have an Arbor Day celebration thrown in.

Picks that could rank high among probable choices in this regard are those companies pursuing sustainability in the utilization of our planet’s paper resources through recycling. Their green efforts can best be appreciated knowing that each ton of recycled paper is approximately equal to saving 17 trees, something which should elate poet Kilmer’s spirit.

Unthinkable for a world entirely paperless

Moreover, from an investing standpoint, opportunities in the paper-making and paper-recycling industries remain potent. In all appearances, our world isn’t bound to go entirely paperless. Going wholly without paper, even with today’s modern technologies, remains a distant reality for both homes and offices.

Notably, according to an industry report by the Environmental Paper Network, paper manufacturing will remain a major industry for the foreseeable future. The challenge most critical and pressing for industry players, the report indicated, is the sustainable use of the earth’s natural resources in paper making.

Equipping paper recyclers

Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) is one environment-friendly stock pick if we’re to go by this parameter. Besides being a global supplier of paper-making and paper-recycling equipment, it also manufactures granules, using paper-making pulp fiber byproducts as raw materials.

Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI)These granules, produced by the company’s fiber-based products segment, are sold for various applications, including professional and home lawns, agricultural, turf, and ornamental uses, in addition to oil and grease absorption. Based in Westford, MA, Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) has a presence in 17 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Another strong probable choice is Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ) whose corporate values include running its business of manufacturing packaging and paper products in a sustainable manner. Headquartered in Idaho, the company has plants across the U.S., including paper mills in the South, Midwest, and West. It also has operations in Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, and the Netherlands.

Environment-friendly paper choices

Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ) prides itself as one of North America’s biggest producers of recycled cut-size office papers, thus offering environment-friendly options to consumers. Enjoying steady paper sales volumes, the company’s paper segment generated close to $1.5 billion sales in 2012. Notably, sales of Boise ASPEN recycled paper support funding for national programs on the transformation of distressed urban areas into community parks.

Admirable environmental corporate policies are also a source of pride for diversified computer systems manufacturer Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ). In the industry, for instance, the company’s paper policy is touted as one of the most comprehensive. The company’s papers are not only sustainably-sourced and responsibly manufactured but are also easily recycled.

Admiring and investing

Based on current company conditions, however, the most that Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) could hope for from environment-conscious investors is just that—admiration of its green policies. Slumping PC sales and weak turnover of servers appear to be reversing the turnaround of the company early this year following its restructuring, says one analysis. An $0.82 diluted EPS in the 2013 first quarter, down 11% from a year earlier though over the company’s $0.68 to $0.71 guidance, doesn’t seem too impressive.

Boise Inc. (NYSE:BZ)’s side of the pasture, on the other hand, looks greener. In the 2012 fourth quarter, the company’s net income rose to $13.5 million or $0.13 per diluted share from year-ago net income of $16.3 million or $0.15 per diluted share.

DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT: Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks

Let Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Cohen, and Daniel Loeb WORK FOR YOU.

If you want to beat the low cost index funds by 19 percentage points per year, look no further than our monthly newsletter.In this free report you can find an in-depth analysis of the performance of Warren Buffett's entire historical stock picks. We uncovered Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks and a way to for Buffett to improve his returns by more than 4 percentage points per year.

Bonus Biotech Stock Pick: You can also find a detailed bonus biotech stock pick that we expect to return more than 50% within 12 months.
Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.