WHY IS LEXMARK & CLOSE-THE-LOOP IN BED TOGETHER (LIVE VIDEO)

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WHY IS LEXMARK & CLOSE-THE-LOOP IN BED TOGETHER (LIVE VIDEO)

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    WHY IS LEXMARK &
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    Design for the
    Environment: Lexmark and Close the LooP
    http://blogs.whattheythink.com/going-green/2010/02/design-for-the-environment-lexmark-and-close-the-loop
    Lexmark International, Inc.sells printing and imaging products
    and solutions in more than 150 countries and reported $3.9 billion in
    revenue in 2009. By designing with the environment in mind, Lexmark
    engineers products and packaging to reduce impacts in production and
    chooses materials with the widest range of opportunities for recovery
    and reuse.Close the Loop is a resource recovery company, founded in late
    2000 in Australia. The primary purpose of the company is to give OEM
    manufacturers of printing equipment a way to collect consumables and
    recycle them in a responsible fashion. Close the Loop uses patented
    processes to recover the plastic, ink, and toner in inkjet and toner
    cartridges to bring the materials back into the manufacturing process or
    use them as raw materials for new products.

    We spoke with John
    Gagel, Manager of Sustainable Practices at Lexmark, and Jim Tocash,
    President of Close the Loop, about their partnership recycling plastic
    and ink from Lexmark inkjet cartridges.“When you look at design for
    environment, you work with your suppliers at the very beginning of the
    design phase to consider the end of life handling,” said John. “We want
    the materials we use to make our products to have as small an impact as
    possible, at the same time we look for materials that give us the most
    opportunities for application at the end.”

    An inkjet cartridge is
    actually made up of a number of materials: plastic, metal, ink, and
    foam. Because Close the Loop collects a lot of ink, the company wanted
    to find ways to use that ink in new ways.

    Why a pen? There is a
    natural connection between the original form of putting an image on a
    page – pen and ink – and putting an image on a sheet of paper with an
    inkjet printer. It’s an easy connection for an imaging company! “The pen
    is a great way to show consumers what happens when they recycle their
    inkjet cartridges,” said Jim. “It shows that we can turn them into
    something of value.” Watch the following video to see how the pen came
    about.
    Turning inkjet cartridges into pens is not a quick process; it
    took more than 18 months to bring the pen to the point where it could
    be commercialized. Sometime around the middle of 2010 you will find
    these on retail shelves and you’ll be able to write with a pen made of
    recycled plastic and filled with recycled ink.Because Lexmark has a goal
    of “zero waste to landfill” they also collect and reuse toner as an
    additive for concrete. And the company is researching using the captured
    and recycled plastics in their own products in a true “cradle to
    cradle” system.