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    EPSON® Ultrachrome™ K3 printers & Vermont PhotoInkjet eco-friendly ink
    PhotoInkjet introduces an eco-friendly ink alternative for EPSON®
    Ultrachrome™ K3 printers.New ConeColor 100% color pigment formula
    replicates color space while alleviating the strain on the environment
    caused by one-time-use cartridges.

    TOPSHAM, Vermont. feb  2008: Vermont PhotoInkjet announced today the
    immediate availability of ConeColor inks for EPSON Ultrachrome K3
    printers. These 100% pigment, high-performance inks are packaged in
    economical 4, 16 and 32 ounce bottles and sold with a set of
    eco-friendly, refillable, lifetime cartridges. This solution is simple
    to use and will save the average user 65% or more of their current ink
    costs. The savings to the environment is even greater. ConeColor ink
    shares the same pigment technology as Piezography® K7 inks which makes
    them extremely fade resistant and non-damaging to EPSON print heads.
    Because Vermont PhotoInkjet carefully matched the color-space of the
    OEM inks, users can slip ConeColor inks right into their current EPSON
    color workflow.

    Vermont PhotoInkjet’s President Jon Cone points
    to his son’s efforts to have a low-impact on the environment as his
    overwhelming decision to bring ConeColor to market in a “green” manner.
    “ Spencer asked what I was doing to prevent my customers from throwing
    out their cartridges into landfills. He also brought my attention to
    the health effects of factory workers who make semiconductor chips
    which is a very toxic manufacturing process.” Cone added “I wanted to
    create a perfect eco-friendly solution for my customers rather than be
    part of the problem.”

    Instead of selling cartridges for one-time
    use, ConeColor is marketing its new inks for use in a set of
    high-impact ABS refillable cartridges for the EPSON 4800, 7800 and 9800
    printers and a set of easily refillable cartridges for the EPSON 2400
    desktop printer. These carts are all easily filled from a bottle and
    their semiconductor chips are simply reset with an included chip
    re-setter. Alternatively, consumers can purchase a bulk ink delivery
    CIS system for their EPSON 2400 printer that is conveniently
    replenished from an attached bottles system.

    According to the
    latest research by InfoTrends, as much as 86% of all new printer
    cartridges are thrown away instead of recycled. It is estimated that
    more than 450 million ink carts were thrown into landfill last year in
    the USA. In an estimated US$32 billion dollar market, this is a
    tremendous amount of waste to end up in landfill. Most if not all of
    these cartridges will take up to 1000 years to biodegrade, and their
    impact on the ecosystem is still unknown. An even worse impact on the
    environment is that most inkjet cartridges now contain a semi-conductor
    chip. Semiconductor chip manufacturing requires exposing workers to
    highly corrosive hydrochloric acid; metals such as arsenic, cadmium,
    and lead; volatile solvents such as methyl chloroform. Tolulene,
    benzene, acetone, and trichloroethylene; and toxic gases such as
    arsine. Many of these chemicals are known or probable human
    carcinogens. “When you read how much waste water is produced in order
    to create these tiny little chips, and think of our own fresh water
    shortages that we face here in Vermont as well as other parts of the
    US, it gives you pause to think,” said Cone.

    While Vermont
    PhotoInkjet lauds the continuing efforts of semiconductor factories to
    find ways to reduce exposure to the environment and their workers from
    toxins, a much faster and greener impact is to lower the dependency on
    chips. The semiconductor chips on ConeColor refillable inkjet
    cartridges can be re-used time and time again. While OEM cartridges are
    not designed for reuse, Vermont PhotoInkjet’s proposal for
    environmentally conscious consumers is to purchase high-quality
    ConeColor inks in bulk and use refillable cartridges. “Being green is a
    universal concept,” said Mr. Cone. “Every individual can have the
    choice of leaving a small footprint on this Earth if they are given the
    correct choice of products,” Cone added.

    EPSON has made it even
    more difficult in the USA for its customers to become ecologically
    active. On Dec 19, 2007, EPSON citing patent infringement succeeded in
    getting a law enacted in which the US Customs department is blocking
    the entry of any non-EPSON desktop cartridges into the USA. Because
    EPSON brand cartridges are not designed for reuse, it appeared desktop
    printer consumers might be left without a choice other than disposal in
    landfill or incineration of used cartridges. However, just prior to the
    New Year, the US Patent Office in a reversal of fortune for USA
    consumers has questioned the validity of these patents in an office
    action citing that after re-examination they are based on prior art and
    are neither innovative nor creative.

    Colleen Duffley of Colleen
    Duffley Photography in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida is an early adopter of
    the ConeColor inks system. “I live and shoot in one of the world’s most
    beautiful and pristine beaches in Florida,” said Colleen Duffley. “I
    use a complete digital workflow that includes shooting, editing, and
    printing and I can’t imagine throwing away a media card because I used
    it in my camera. So why did I have to throw away all those ink carts
    because I used up the ink?” Colleen questioned. “I began using
    ConeColor inks and refillable cartridges and the color is everything I
    expected and I no longer have to feel guilty about throwing away ink
    carts,” added Ms. Duffley. “I’m not throwing them away anymore!”

    a ConeColor customer will need only one refillable cartridge set for
    the life of their printer, they will dramatically reduce the amount of
    plastic cartridges that would otherwise find their way into local
    landfills. Also, they are doing their part to protect semi-conductor
    workers who have one of the highest percentages worldwide of work
    related health issues and children born with birth defects.

    in the USA have been led to believe that using third-party inks voids
    their warranties. To the contrary, the USA has strong consumable laws
    such as the Magnusson-Moss Warranty Act that disallow a manufacturer
    from forcing a consumer to purchase and use only the manufacturer’s
    brand ink in order to warranty the consumer’s printer. Vermont
    PhotoInkjet has insurance for their manufacturing that covers its
    customer’s equipment should repairs be necessary and the inks or refill
    cartridges are shown to be the source of the damage. Vermont
    PhotoInkjet is one of the few ink companies that can provide this type
    of security to its customers. “ We’ve had such a great record of
    satisfaction with Piezography inks that we were able to get this kind
    of insurance coverage,” explained Jon Cone.

    ConeColor inks are
    available in 4oz, 16oz, and 32oz bottles including both a matte and a
    photo black option. They are priced at $28.00 for 4 ounces, $92.00 for
    16 ounces, and $184.00 for 32 ounces which represents 18¢ per ml in
    comparison to EPSON’s 50¢ per ml. The refillable cartridge system for
    the EPSON 4800, 7800 and 9800 printers is $398.00. The price of
    ConeColor ink is only $40.50 for same equivalent amount of EPSON brand
    ink in a standard 220ml cart. For the EPSON 2400 printer, ConeColor
    represents and even greater savings of as low as 18¢ cents compared to
    EPSON’s 90¢ per ml for 2400 cartridges. When said another way, EPSON
    charges approximately $3,500.00 per gallon of ink when used in an EPSON
    2400. A gallon of ConeColor ink is less than $700.00. Consumers can
    purchase a CIS system for their EPSON 2400 printer at $130 that allows
    use of both the matte and photo black inks, or pre-filled cartridges at
    only $10.84 each that they can refill and reset.

    ConeColor brand
    ink and refill carts are available now from http://www.inkjetmall.com
    and are being made available by Vermont PhotoInkjet to resellers
    throughout the world with a contact link on the
    http://www.conecolor.com website

    Vermont PhotoInkjet, LLC is a
    small company located in the rural village of East Topsham, Vermont and
    is renowned worldwide for its Piezography brand of monochromatic inks
    and software. It operates on the world-wide-web as InkjetMall.com. Jon
    Cone is also President of Cone Editions Press (est. 1980) which is
    recognized as being the world’s first digital printmaker. Cone Editions
    Press developed and sold one of the earliest archival inks for use in
    IRIS printers in the mid 1990s. Vermont PhotoInkjet and Cone Editions
    Press have been recycling through the Vermont Waste Management
    Division. All of Vermont PhotoInkjet, LLC ink operations uses recycled
    plastic. The company is able to clean and prepare all of its finished
    ink containers as well as its chemical containers for recycling and