*NEWS*16MIL GALONS OF OIL TO REMAN INKJET

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*NEWS*16MIL GALONS OF OIL TO REMAN INKJET

 user 2005-04-28 at 10:46:00 am Views: 128
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    Reduce
    litter, recycling printer cartridges

    Island Ink-Jet at the New Sudbury Shopping Mall is commemorating
    Earth Day by offering printer users an environmentally friendly way to refill
    empty printer cartridges instead of throwing them out.


    Island Ink-Jet sales representative Selena Goodman at the New
    Sudbury Shopping Centre. With over 60,000 cartridges filled to date, this local
    business is doing its part for environmental
    conservation.

    Refilling a cartridge rather than replacing it conserves oil
    that would otherwise be used to manufacture a new cartridge. Refilling a
    cartridge instead of disposing of it helps reduce the space strain in landfills.


    Consider the environmental costs of treating printer cartridges
    as disposable items:


    - 2.5 ounces of oil are used to manufacture every ink-jet
    cartridge. At the current rate of approximately 839 million ink cartridge
    shipments yearly, that represents more than 16 million gallons of oil every
    year.


    - 3.5 quarts of oil are used to manufacture every laser toner
    cartridge. At the current rate of 188 million laser toner cartridge shipments
    yearly, that translates into more than 5 million gallons of oil every
    year.


    - Every year over 300 million cartridges go into the landfills
    in North America alone. The total weight of those cartridges is equivalent to
    more than
    30,500 African elephants.


    - An ink cartridge can take over 1,000 years to
    decompose.


    - Stacked from end to end, cartridges thrown away in one year
    would cover a distance of over 24,000 miles – enough to circle the
    earth.


    Island Ink-Jet is not only environmentally friendly, it’s also
    cost effective. Printer users can cut the cost of buying a new cartridge by 60
    percent on the first refill alone. Each $15 refill saves $30 over the typical
    $45 ink-jet cartridge. With the average printer guzzling 3.5 to 4.5 cartridges
    worth of ink on an annual basis and up to 15 refills before a given cartridge
    needs to replaced, that can add up to hundreds of dollars in savings over time.
    Most consumers do not realize that their printer cartridge can be refilled, let
    alone refilled up to five times, if properly taken care of.