Guest Blogger — Green Your Printing & Save Green
|February 28, 2010||Posted by Phila under buy green, carbon footprint, cleantech, environmental responsibility, environmentally responsible, go green, going green, green business, green office, green printer, greening, petroleum, save oil, sustainability|
While my nearly-paperless office uses a high-quality inkjet for my small printing needs, I have friends who routinely spend hundreds of dollars for new laser toner cartridges. Sure, the output may be measured in thousands (or tens of thousands) of pages, but the cost of the cartridges is.…well, steep!
It’s steep for the earth as well…where roughly three ounces of petroleum are used to make an inkjet cartridge, it takes nearly a gallon to make a laserjet cartridge. And when you consider the manufacturers’ warnings of the risks of buying refilled cartridges, you can feel you’re locked into buying new each time.
So when Kevin Hedge of KEH Consulting introduced himself to me and said that he offers a way to save up to 70% on cartridge expenses, with no loss in print quality, no printer risks, and major benefits to the environment, I knew that this was a message to share.….….…
So here’s his article as our second guest blogger!
Save the Earth AND Up to 70% of Printing Costs With Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
When you start greening your home and office, you’re likely to begin noticing a great side benefit – that saving the earth and saving money come wrapped in the same eco-savvy package.
Remanufactured toner cartridges are one remarkable example. Since newer toner cartridges typically last longer and have more durable construction and electronic components, you can reuse them up to 12 times before reaching the end of their functional lives. As each laser jet cartridge represents three quarts of petroleum, you’re saving a total of nine gallons of oil over the lifespan of the cartridge.
But it gets even better. Some companies now offer remanufactured cartridges at a significant savings (20–70%) over original equipment manufacturer (OEM) products. If they’re selling a quality product, you can reap huge environmental and cost savings benefits from buying these products.
Problem is, whenever a hot new technology comes along, you’ll also find unscrupulous individuals or companies that offer sub-standard or poor quality products that can cost you more in the long run.
How can you tell if a remanufacturer is on the level? Here are a few questions to help you find out.
1. How do your cartridges compare to original equipment?
2. How many failures or returns have you had for the particular product?
3. What is your return policy if there is a problem?
4. What do you do to remanufacture the toners?
5. What quality assurance and quality control measures do you have in place?
6. Are the electronics and cartridge parts replaced every time?
7. Always ask for references of customers who have used the product.
There are many examples of “greenwashing” companies that claim to be green, but don’t walk the walk. Here are a few questions to find out if they are as green as they say they are:
1. What happens to the parts when they are removed?
2. What happens to the cartridges when they cannot be used any longer?
3. What kind of packaging do you use for sending cartridges?
4. How do I return the old cartridge to you?
5. Can you track lbs of waste diverted from the landfill for me?
6. Can you track how much oil has been saved in a year?
7. How do you handle the toner that might remain in the cartridge?
Simply asking a few questions such as these will allow you to get a feeling whether or not the company is reputable and what they are saying is true. Once you have vetted the company and/or products, here are a few of the environmental benefits you may be able to enjoy.
- Every toner cartridge remanufactured and reused saves nearly a gallon of oil and reduces your carbon footprint
- Remanufactured cartridges are diverted from the waste stream and do not wind up in landfills.
- Waste tracking and reduction save you money and prevent environmental harm
- Ethical remanufacturing companies practice environmental responsibility in every stage of the product’s life
If you are interested in learning more about greening your business and optimizing environmental benefits, feel free to contact Kevin Hedge of KEH Consulting at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410–203-2270. KEH Consulting is proud to offer PrinterGreen toner cartridges at 20–70% savings over original cartridge pricing. Contact KEH today to get started!& Save Green" onclick="return false;" style="text-decoration:none; color:#0098cc; font-size:11px; line-height:20px;">