EPSON REDUCES INK CARTRIDGE PACKAGING

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EPSON REDUCES INK CARTRIDGE PACKAGING

 user 2008-12-01 at 11:59:20 am Views: 51
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    http://www.sustainableisgood.com/blog/2007/07/epson-gradually.html
    Epson Reduces Ink Cartridge Packaging
    Epson
    printers have long been the printer of choice for graphic and imaging
    professionals.  Mike over at Vestal Design put together an interesting
    post on his observations of reduced print cartridge packaging by
    Epson.  Over time he has noticed significant downsizing of the
    packaging for print cartridges for his Epson 2200.  Thanks to some
    excellent photography and saving the packaging his piece is quite
    interesting. The packaging began at 77g, (11cm x 15cm x 3.5cm), in a
    package much larger than the cartridge itself. Having owned several
    Epson 2200′s myself I can attest to the excessive nature of the
    cartridge packaging.

    Mike notes about two years ago, Epson
    slimmed down this packaging by eliminating corrugated cardboard filler
    and shrink wrap inside the box and narrowed the width to 2cm to drop
    the packaging to 63g.The cartridge itself is only about 7cm tall, so a
    third generation of packaging shrank the box down another 3.5cm to
    57g.Epson’s packaging reduction had environmental and cost benefits for
    the company.  By making the packaging smaller and lighter, Epson is
    able to pack more cartridges onto a pallet, maximizing shipping
    efficiency and resources.

    Earlier this year HP announced it was
    redesigning the packaging for of all of its North America home printer
    cartridges.  HP estimates its redesigned print cartridge packaging will
    eliminate the use of nearly 15 million pounds of materials, including 3
    million pounds of corrugated cardboard in 2007.  The packaging also
    will eliminate the use of more than 6.8 million pounds of polyvinyl
    chloride (PVC) plastic through material reduction and substitution of
    recycled content plastic and paperboard.