Office sustainability is not only good for the environment, it is great for your bottom line. One way you can easily make your office more sustainable is through the purchase of remanufactured toner cartridges.

The best part is, not only will you help reduce landfill waste with remanufactured printer cartridges, you will save money too! How is that not a good thing?

What Exactly Is a Remanufactured Toner Cartridge?

Toner cartridges are typically black plastic containers that hold the ink that you need for your printer or copying machine.

They may be large (in the case of a laser printer) or small (in the case of an ink jet printer). They may contain only black ink, or they may have color ink.

OEM Toner Cartridges

Toner cartridges are typically developed by OEMs, which stands for Original Equipment Manufacturers. These equipment manufacturers are household names such as HP (Hewlett Packard), Epson, and Canon. All these original manufacturers make printers and copy machines, which all require a certain type of toner cartridge to deliver the ink that prints the pages.

Printer cartridges are unique not only to the OEM brand, but also to the specific printer or copying machine. Surprisingly, there is no standard size for printer cartridges. With different sizes and models, consumers have to pick the exact cartridge for their machine.

Toner cartridges are most typically made of plastic, but they may also have metal parts and other materials incorporated in them. Typically, when a toner cartridge is finished, it just gets thrown out.

This combination of plastic, metal, and leftover toner gets thrown into a landfill, where it will fester for generations. A remanufactured ink cartridge helps reduce this waste by reusing the plastic cartridge and filling it up with new toner.

Remanufactured Printer Cartridges

Since plastic lasts a long time, why not reuse it? As we have explained, a remanufactured toner cartridge is a computer printer or copying machine cartridge that has been recycled and refilled for additional use.

Seems like a smart thing to do, right? Well, while you would think this would be standard practice for the big OEMs, sadly it is not. Original equipment manufacturers such as HP and Canon make a lot of money selling new ink cartridges to their customers.

They will even go so far as to put warnings on their products that only their “certified” toner cartridges are guaranteed to work in their printers and copiers. Why? Because they make more money that way.

The end result is that a lot of plastic gets wasted through this environmentally irresponsible practice.

However, many companies now recycle printer cartridges so this waste can be avoided. You also save money, because a new cartridge does not have to be made from scratch. It is cheaper to recycle an old cartridge than create a new one, and these savings are spread to you.

Some Green Statistics on Printer Cartridges

This issue of OEM vs. remanufactured cartridges is not a small problem, as the environmental impact of print cartridges is absolutely massive:

  • Each year in the United States, more than 300 million cartridges (weighing a whopping 150 million pounds) end up in landfills.
  • Laser cartridges take, on average, 450 years to decompose, with some parts taking more than 1,000 years.
  • Every second, eight ink cartridges are put into the trash in America.
  • When you recycle laser printer cartridges, you stop more than 38,000 tons of plastic and metal from entering landfills.
  • Fewer than 30% of the world’s print cartridges end up being recycled and reused.
  • If all the earth’s thrown out print cartridges from just one year were stacked end-to-end, these plastic environmental nightmares would encircle the earth two times.

Fortunately, forward thinking companies such as Clover, a remanufacturer of printer cartridges, are making a big difference:

  • Clover has collected over 40 million printer cartridges, which has led to the recycling of more than 2 million pounds.
  • They have remanufactured more than 18 million used toner cartridges.
  • In addition, they have worked to reduce package waste, by achieving 15.9 percent less waste per shipment.

Thanks to companies like Clover, which are dedicated to preserving the environment, efforts are now being made to reduce the amount of useless waste from ink cartridges.

Need the Best Remanufactured Ink Cartridges?

Based in San Capistrano, California, Advantage Imaging Supply (AIS) offers a wide selection of technology products to help keep your office sustainable.

If you have any questions about our environmentally friendly technology products, contact us today – we would be happy to help you.