This blog originally appeared on the Staples blog.
Did you know that 350 million ink and laser cartridges go to landfills every year? Introduce sustainable printing to your home, school, or business with these helpful tips that include recycling ink cartridges and making ink last longer.
You know that empty printer ink cartridges need to be replaced and disposed of. But did you know that most used inkjet and laser cartridges are not disposed of properly, and more than 350 million of them end up in landfills every year? Not only are ink cartridges made from petroleum-based plastic, but they also contain chemicals such as butylurea, cyclohexanone, and various dyes that can leak and contribute to contaminated groundwater. Ink cartridge materials generally do not break down in landfills, contributing significant waste to our environment.
With this in mind, it’s a smart idea to establish sustainable printing practices such as recycling cartridges, finding ways to make print ink last longer, and printing more sparingly where possible. Because so many printer cartridges are thrown away each day, any steps toward sustainable printing can divert ink cartridges away from landfills and help conserve natural resources and energy used to produce new cartridges.
Whether you’re printing out copies of personal documents in your home office or making copies of contracts in the workplace, sustainable printing is worth the investment. Here are four tips to bring eco-friendly printing to your home, school, or business.
Recycling printer ink cartridges is a simple way to minimize waste and cut down on the number of ink cartridges found in landfills. About 97% of materials in ink cartridges can be recycled, and the appropriate printer cartridge recycling services will ensure that they are broken down, processed, and transformed into other useful products.
Luckily, there are simple ways you can recycle your ink cartridges and close the recycling loop. When identifying where to recycle ink cartridges, explore the following options:
If you’d like to get the longest life possible from your ink cartridges, there are two options worth trying: purchasing remanufactured cartridges and purchasing ink tank printers.
Even the smallest changes in ink usage can make it last longer. To use your ink as efficiently as possible, be thoughtful with the basic elements of your documents and apply sustainable graphic design and intentional typography.
While some businesses have moved their operations online, other businesses can’t get around their need to print documents. Even if you can’t stop printing altogether, there are a few ways you can cut down on the frequency of your printing to save on paper and ink. Here are some ways to use these resources more sparingly without giving up your home or office printer.
Ink and toner cartridges may be necessities but they have an impact on the environment that you can reduce through a variety of actions. It’s easy to implement sustainable printing practices to use less ink and limit the environmental impact of your printing.
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