New York, NY -- The Recycler earlier this week reported on an article earlier this week which argued for the environmental benefits which can be found be refilling and remanufacturing ink cartridges. The piece, written by Clair O’Hara, appears on the website isnare.
The first argument offered is the most common one: generally non-OEM cartridge cost less than their OEM alternatives. That said, we would be wary of any cartridges that have prices which seem too good to be true. She also argues that the existence of these alternative cartridges stop the OEMs from monopolizing the market.
Another common argument is about the quality of the output produced by third-party ink. As we noted earlier this week, Jeff Bertolucci did some extensive testing of non-OEM ink last year for PC World. While there were some less than desirable and messy results, he did find that in a few instances the cartridges could, objectively, produce decent output.
Probably one of the most important factors in choosing remanufactured or refilled ink in the positive impact it can have on the environment. As Ms. O’Hara points out,
“‘it takes between one to two litres of oil to manufacture a laser toner cartridge, and as you probably know, oil is a non-renewable [resource]. Over 60 percent of laser cartridges are only used once and then chucked away, which is why people need to start recycling and refilling their cartridges.’”
By purchasing these types of cartridges, one is ostensibly helping to reduce their carbon footprint. Given the peril our planet is heading towards, it is more important than ever before. Regardless of whether or not you buy remanufactured or refilled ink, we’d like to ask everyone to at least do their part to find a store to recycle them, or contact the manufacture to see if they offer pre-paid shipping back to a center where the empty cartridge will be processed responsibly.
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