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    Soy Based Refilled Toners Now Available
    New toner refill made with soybean oil instead of the usual petroleum.
    COLUMBUS, OH—In September, a soy-based toner created with soybean oil will be available for select laser printers.For more than a decade, the Ohio Soybean Council has worked in partnership with Battelle to develop an environmentally-friendly toner using soybeans.AgriTone replaces traditional petroleum based toner.

    West Point Products is releasing the AgriTone premium replacement toner cartridges.They are a series of remanufactured laser toner cartridges containing toner that is 35 percent or more biobased.In 2008 alone, the company collected more than 900,000 cartridges through its Empty Core Collection Program and recycled more that 1 million pounds of raw materials from its manufacturing process

    The AgriTone product will be available for the following printers:

        * HP LaserJet 4200 series
        * HP LaserJet 4300 series
        * HP LaserJet 4345mfp
        * HP LaserJet 4250/4350 series

    In the future, other releases will include popular small work group printers by other manufacturers.Soy based toner increases the ease in which paper is recycled compared to petroleum-based toners, resulting in cleaner and brighter pulp for future use in a variety of second-hand products.It also increases energy independence by alleviating the need for petroleum based toner.The economic demand for agricultural products is also increased.According to Battelle, the 2007 worldwide toner market was $17 billion.Using this figure, if the entire market were to utilize soy-based toner, 302.4 million pounds of soybean oil would be needed.

    This equates to 26.8 million bushels of soybeans and increased potential for the commodity crop.“We are very gratified that our soy-based toner technology is being commercialized by our licensee, Advanced Image Resources, and their supply chain partners,” said Rick Heggs, Battelle senior market manager.“This technology represents a significant leap forward in providing the printer and copier industry with a high performance bioderived toner with excellent image quality.““This commercial introduction reinforces our belief that our alliance with the Ohio Soybean Council is critical to our efforts to bring new soy-based industrial products to market to benefit the Ohio agricultural economy in general and the Ohio soybean farmer specifically.”

    This toner technology has been recognized with industry and national awards.OSC and Battelle won an R&D 100 award for the toner technology in 2003.OSC, Battelle and Advanced Image Resources Inc. won a Presidential Green Chemistry Award for the soy toner technology in 2008 from the EPA.