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Date: Friday September 1, 2006 11:29:00 am | Views: 152
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    Why it pays to make your ink greener
    your mother telling you that “it’s what’s inside that counts”, well she
    was right.While many businesses will have unfortunately experienced
    their printer failing to produce top-quality documents, many will
    incorrectly attribute this letdown to an empty cartridge rather than a
    defective internal mechanism, resulting in wasted ink, time and money.
    Bottom line – it’s what’s inside your printer that determines the
    quality of the output print, and the heart of any laser toner cartridge
    is the OPC (Organic Photo Conductive) drum.What might initially sound
    like dull technical jargon could be costing Scots firms thousands in
    financial and environmental wastage over the course of a year.
    Significantly, all of which could be easily be prevented by making a
    few simple changes with regards to procurement practices.Gaining
    substantial momentum in the mid 80s, the remanufactured toner cartridge
    industry has evolved from a predominately “drill and fill” production,
    where old cartridges were merely refilled with toner, into an
    environmentally conscious, economical option. Used cartridges that
    undergo the remanufacturing process are first disassembled and
    inspected; worn or defective parts are replaced, and the cartridge is
    cleaned, refilled, and reassembled using a new high-quality OPC drum to
    construct a long life cartridge that stays sharp until the very last
    drop.Though the typical toner cartridge is a mere two kilos in weight,
    the plastic it’s made from takes at least 1000 years to decompose.
    Fortunately, approximately 97 per cent of remanufactured cartridge
    components can be recycled and reused. This considered, adopting
    reduce, reuse and recycle programmes like GreenAgenda, which also
    offers users a free collection service, not only enables a company to
    safely and legally dispose of waste, but also reduces the amount of
    waste produced and complies with EC legislation.Although there is a
    perception that green products are more expensive than conventional
    alternatives, by using environmentally friendly products like
    remanufactured printer cartridges, companies can benefit from 30-60 per
    cent savings derived from lower purchasing costs, conserved energy and
    guaranteed high quality print documents every time. It’s equally
    important to remember that as markets change, the availability of green
    products will increase and prices will fall.Only when companies are
    willing to take environmental elements into consideration can they
    truly create a safer, healthier and more prosperous workplace,
    simultaneously narrowing the recycling gap by simply buying products
    made from remanufactured materials.

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