Contribute to the Planet This Earth Day by Recycling and Reusing Ink and Toner Cartridges

Earth Day is fast approaching on April 22nd 2013. Although ideally we should be thinking of ways to go green every day of the year, Earth day is a good way of reminding ourselves on taking steps to make the planet a better place to live for us and for future generations.

We at Island Ink-Jet and Laser Toners would like to remind our readers that just as easily as you would think of recycling paper or plastic, you can recycle your ink and toner cartridges.

Why recycle ink and toner cartridges?

Here are a few reasons why you should take ink and toner cartridge recycling seriously as published in The Wall Street Journal:

The following statistics shed light on the impact of printer cartridges on the environment:

— Alone, HP ships more than 52 million printers per year. Most consumers buy three to four ink cartridges three times per year for their printer at home, which produces 600 million empty cartridges.

— Almost eight printer cartridges are thrown away per second in the United States.

— It takes about a gallon of oil to make a new laser cartridge.

— Seventy percent of used printer cartridges throughout the world are currently discarded.
— A laser cartridge thrown into landfill can take up to 450 years to decompose. Some components made of industrial grade plastics will take over 1,000 years to decompose.

If you want to contribute in your own special way we’ve got some great ideas where you’ll not only be recycling and reusing ink and toner but you’ll also be putting money back in your wallet.

Buy Remanufactured Toner Cartridges. Did you know that each toner cartridge needs 3.7 liters (1 gallon) of oil to make? The impact on the environment to create remanufactured toner cartridges from old parts is much lesser than the impact of producing a new cartridge. An environmentally friendly process is employed in creating remanufactured toner which includes recycling old parts and components to create thoroughly tested refurbished toner cartridges that not only meet or exceed OEM specifications but are also priced at a fraction of the cost of branded toner.

Buy Refilled Ink Cartridges. Did you know that 8 out of 10 people chuck their empty printer cartridge in the garbage? Millions of empty ink and toner cartridges end up in the landfill each and every year. This number increases by 12% every year with a home and office printer being a necessity these days. If everyone from individuals to large corporations to complete nations refilled and bought refurbished cartridges imagine the difference it could make!

Take action this Earth Day by walking into any one of our ink and toner stores and getting your ink cartridges refilled at a fraction of the price of OEM cartridges or visit us online and purchase remanufactured or brand new compatibles at almost 30% less the price of OEM cartridges!

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