Why is recycling so important? The world can only hold so much trash. There are landfills covered in garbage and laced with so many products we could have reused. Empty bottles of water are being put into the ocean and forming a mass the size of a country. People’s lack of concern for recycling is starting to really make waves in the world, and change the natural environments we are accustomed to.
Ink cartridges are some of the most highly demanded products around the world. Most people own computers and printers, and virtually all schools and businesses are stacked with them. If you add in things like copy machines, fax machines and scanners, the ink industry is thriving and probably will continue to. So, if that many people are using cartridges, if the majority doesn’t recycle, that is billions of wasted plastic particles.
There are some forms of ink that do not come in cartridges, such as Xerox Phaser ink. However, most models to require a tank of some shape or size. With an HP Inkjet printer, there can be as many as 6 ink cartridges in there. Sometimes the page yield of these tanks is low, and means they will need to be changed frequently, causing more and more waste.
If joining the fight to save the planet isn’t motive enough for you, recycling your ink cartridges will save you money. Remanufactured cartridges are sold all over the world for as low as 1/3 the price of OEM products. Not only that, but some vendors will give you a discount on your replacement cartridge if you are returning the old one.
So next time you get a ‘low-ink’ message on your Brother inkjet printer, or whichever model you chose, remember how much impact it could make to recycle your cartridges. And how much change we could make happen if everyone made that same choice.