Did you know what your ink cartridges do to the environment?
Many people are aware of recycling paper and reducing paper wastage. However, have you ever thought of how your printer affects the environment and what your printer cartridge is made of?
Printing uses lots of energy and this costs you money. A more serious problem lies with the printer cartridge.
18 million ink cartridges create waste of 3,000 tons of plastic, 2,500 ferrous metals, 400 tons of aluminum, and 26 kilograms of precious metals. Also, the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals in ink can lead to soil and even water pollution when left in landfill. Each year, more than 350 million ink and toner cartridges are thrown out in the United States.
Find out more about the impact of ink cartridges here.
So how can we switch to eco-friendly printing and in the long-run save money for our business?
- reduce your printing and send an email instead
- place a reminder to “Please consider the environment before printing this email” in your email signature
- Recycled printer cartridges: Up to 97 percent of the materials in a printer cartridge can be recycled or reused. You can refill most ink cartridges 5-7 times
You can switch to more environmentally friendly ink, for example, by using soy-based inks or vegetable-based inks. Soy-based inks produce far fewer VOCs while still preserving the quality of the print and image. Vegetable-based inks are produced with renewable resources, and they are comparable in price and performance to high quality mineral oil based inks.
To get started you can have a look at GreenerPrinter.com. For more tips on eco-friendly printing visit GreenBiz, Green Plus, and Earth Greetings. Also, have a look at Sustainable Business Toolkit’s 25 Go Green Ideas!