When you think of printer cartridges, your first thought might not be about environmental concerns. But sustainability is a big issue when it comes to technology waste. Fortunately, remanufactured printer cartridges and the environment are friendly with one another; in fact, remanufactured cartridges are really the best option if you want to support sustainability.
The importance of remanufactured printer cartridges for the environment cannot be understated. Despite concerted efforts to promote sustainability and recycling, the vast majority of plastic is not recycled, in fact, 91% of it ends up becoming trash.
A good percentage of this landfill and environmental waste comes from electronics and computer parts. Ink and toner cartridges are a big part of this mess.
The number of inkjet cartridges being used alone each year (we’re not even talking about laserjet or other toner cartridges) is 1.3 billion, and not even 30% of these cartridges are ever recycled.
This is a shocking statistic. Fortunately, something can be done, and that something is the use of sustainable remanufactured cartridges.
How Remanufactured Printer Cartridges Help the Environment
In brief, remanufactured printer cartridges are simply recycled OEM (original equipment manufacturer) cartridges. Perhaps it’s time to change the name to “recycled OEM” so consumers know the difference! The impact of remanufactured printer cartridges on the environment is far less because OEM cartridges are reused instead of getting chucked into a waiting landfill.
Remanufactured ink or toner cartridges have many positive benefits for the environment, including:
1. Remanufactured Printer Cartridges Reduce Landfill Waste
While remanufactured cartridges can’t be reused forever, they significantly reduce the amount of landfill waste of OEM cartridges that would otherwise be tossed out. Materials in landfills can take hundreds of years, if not a full millennium, to break down.
2. Remanufactured Printer Cartridges Conserve Resources and Reduce Carbon Footprint
How much oil goes into producing every new toner cartridge? One gallon. That’s not including the other parts and materials involved in creating a new OEM printer cartridge. Why throw all that away when the cartridge can be recycled and repurposed?
Remanufactured toner cartridges don’t need to consume all that oil and material because the cartridge itself has already been made. This also means a better carbon footprint. A study by Oxford consultancy Best Foot Forward demonstrated the carbon footprint of remanufactured cartridges is 46% less than new cartridges.
3. Remanufactured Printer Cartridges Enable Responsible Recycling
The benefits of remanufactured cartridges for the environment go beyond reducing landfill waste and consuming resources in initial production. Remanufactured ink or toner cartridges can generally be reused about 3.5 times. The great news is that many environmentally responsible remanufacturing companies go above and beyond.
Remanufactured cartridges are typically assessed for their ability to be reused. Those have met their end-of-life don’t just get trashed, however. They will be dismantled for vital components and parts and/or recycled for other uses.
This commitment to the “circular economy” is all about taking environmental concerns seriously. But it’s also about just smart business. Remanufactured cartridges not only work great, they are cheaper than OEM cartridges while being better for the environment. Win/win/win!
The Importance of Remanufactured Printer Cartridges for the Environment
As you can see, with so many ink cartridges used each year, remanufactured cartridges can play a huge role in reducing landfill waste and lowering carbon footprints.
Companies in the remanufacturing industry play a key role in this by establishing circular economy supply chains and systems to promote sustainability.
Free cartridge recycling programs start the ball rolling, as OEM cartridges are collected from businesses. These cartridges are inspected and even improved upon to create sustainable remanufactured cartridges. The benefits to corporate customers include great performance, reduced costs, and a better carbon footprint.
Join ITC to Help the Environment by Supporting the Remanufactured Cartridges Industry
The Imaging Technology Council (ITC) is a unique trade organization uniting imaging remanufacturers, suppliers, dealers, consultants and businesses in supporting the remanufacturing industry. We are a big believer in the circular economy and promoting sustainable business practices.
Our members include companies that offer free recycling programs to enable environmentally friendly recycling of OEM printer cartridges to reduce landfill waste.
The bottom line is that remanufactured cartridges not only make good business sense, they can play a huge role in helping the environment. If you want to support the remanufacturing industry, please consider joining us for as little as $25 per month.
The Imaging Technology Council (ITC) is dedicated to sustainability by supporting the remanufacturing of printer cartridges. As an industry organization, we promote product innovation, education, and industry longevity. Join us today.