Printing easily is the basic and utmost requirement not only in offices but as well as in homes. Printing at touch of a button is a simple marvellous and extraordinary task achieved by mankind.
But have you ever thought about any effects it may have on our environment and on our health as well?
Studies have shown that millions of cartridges are just dumped in landfill every year. US alone dumps 700 million cartridges in the landfill every year followed by UK and Canada. It take almost 1000 years for a cartridge to decompose.
If toner or ink escapes from it, it can cause serious health disorders. Disposed cartridges usually contains a little amount of ink or toner which if percolates out and get mixed in drinking water, it can poison our food chain. Toner cartridge usually are filled with dry carbon. If it escapes out, it will pollute the air drastically.
Awareness about green printing had started coming around 2004 with various innovations in printing technique. Under new innovations companies are dumping toxic chemicals in place of natural harmless products to come up with inks and toners.
Maintaining an eco-friendly society is everybody’s duty. There are some few very simple and amazing tricks which can be used to make the cartridge eco-friendly thereby reducing the effects on the environment:
- Always buy a refillable cartridge. Instead of buying a onetime use cartridge, it is better to opt for cartridge which can be refilled. This will help in turn rule out the disposal of used cartridge every time thereby reducing the burden on landfill. Also, it will be easy on your pocket in long term.
- Recycle the used cartridge: Instead of dumping the cartridge in the garbage bin, consider to get it recycled. A used cartridge can be recycled or remanufactured 3 to 7 times. Major printer manufacturing companies have their own recycling plant with their inlet all over the world.
- Buy a Recycled cartridge: Consider buying a recycled or remanufactured cartridge instead of buying a brand new one. They are more economical than and as good as a new cartridge.
- Using a green refill: Printer Cartridge can be made more eco-friendly by using natural ink or toners rather than refilling with petroleum based inks. Various innovations are happening daily in this regard. Some eco-friendly refills available are soy ink, soy crayon, vegetable based ink, UV inks, water based inks and other eco solvent inks. No doubt it is a bit expensive that the traditional ink, but its use can affect your health and environment considerably.
Just a few simple steps and you will contribute considerably to save the degrading environment.
It is our utmost duty now to leave as little carbon footprints on the planet so that it remains a beautiful place for our coming generations as well. Companies are also considering leaving green foot prints by innovating different methods of printing.
If every individual and organisation follow these simple steps, our environment can be protected from degradation.