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    Epson pushes single-ink cartridges
    Three and five-colour ink cartridges ‘wasteful’, according to research
    cartridges waste more ink than single ink cartridges, according to
    research commissioned by printer manufacturer Epson.Reseach carried out
    by TUV Rhineland found a difference of 43 per cent between the two
    types of cartridge.

    Single ink cartridges waste just under 19
    per cent of ink as opposed to the 64 per cent wasted by some multi-ink
    cartridges.The research involved testing printers with one, three and
    five colour ink cartridges from companies including HP, Canon and Kodak
    by printing a range of photographs until the “out of ink” warning
    appeared. The weight of the cartridge was taken before and after the
    tests to see how much ink each was left.Kodak’s Easyhare 5300 printer,
    which uses a five-colour cartridge system, was accused by Hartmut
    Muller-Gerbes, spokesman for TUV, as being the “worst performer of the
    test for ecological ink efficiency” wasting three-quarters (74 per
    cent) of its ink.Epson’s R360 single inkjet cartridge model and HP’s
    Photosmart D7160, however, were only found to waste nine per cent and
    17 per cent of ink respectively.

    Muller-Gerbes said three and
    five colour models were wasteful because if one colour runs out then
    the whole cartridge must be changed even if the other colours are
    untouched.“Single ink cartridges have economical advantages in
    comparison to tri and five colour ones as the separate inks can be
    changed accordingly,” he said at an Epson press conference in Spain.He
    also pointed out that multi-ink cartridges could have a significant
    impact on the environment. “More and more multi-ink cartridges are
    being discarded as consumers listen to ‘low ink’ warnings and throw
    them away,” he said.“Sustainability is important now with environmental
    concerns, TUV [therefore] expects manufactures to consider this and
    make their printers more economically friendly.”

    Although Epson
    - who only supplies printers with single inkjet capabilities – has
    claimed this research was the “first of its kind” it is certainly not
    the first time the single versus multi inkjet cartridges debate has
    arisen.This year the Office of Fair Trading put in place a new
    international standard for cartridge performance which aimed to save
    consumers money by giving information about the amount of pages a
    cartridge would print.This has to be labelled on cartridge or printer
    packaging so consumers can estimate costs they may have to pay for
    printing over the lifetime of the printer.However, despite these new
    rules TUV’s research failed to consider these factors when carrying out
    its tests with no mention of the number of pages printed before the
    warning flashed up or outline the money lost by the consumer.It was
    also questioned by those attending the conference who said it did not
    consider the amount of ink used up by the cleaning cycle that printers
    routinely perform.Muller-Gerbes defended this by brushing over the
    techical issues and claiming the test was “only commissioned for
    economical purposes”.