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 user 2006-12-13 at 1:13:00 pm Views: 68
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    Epson Switches to Environmentally-Conscious Standardized Packaging for LFP Ink Cartridges
    Japan, December 2006 -Seiko Epson Corporation (“Epson”) is planning to
    change the packaging for its large format printer (LFP) ink cartridges
    from white cardboard to 100% recycled brown cardboard (kraft cardboard)
    and to standardize packaging specifications worldwide. The company will
    also change the plastic used in ink cartridge casings from gray to a
    natural color. These changes result from a comprehensive review of
    materials and specifications aimed at reducing environmental impact.
    Product shipments will progressively switch to the new specifications
    from late December.Until now numerous types of packaging have been used
    for LFP ink cartridges, depending on the printer model, color
    specifications and target market. For example, Epson handled 30
    different types of packaging for 110 ml ink cartridges used in 7-color
    printers (16 for Japan and 14 for overseas markets). These reforms will
    enable packaging to be reduced to a single type.

    Features of the new packaging
    * 80% recycled white cardboard replaced with 100% recycled brown cardboard
    * Package printing changed from full color to black and white
    * Instructions in seven languages for worldwide standardization
    * Model- and color-specific information printed on a separate sticker

    ink cartridges from gray to natural color will help reduce the
    environmental impact of production by eliminating dyes and reducing
    fabrication processes. It is also expected to improve recycling rates,
    since natural-colored plastic can be used for a wide variety of

    Models to use the new packaging and natural-color ink cartridges
    Japan: PX-9500, PX-9500S, PX-7500, PX-7500S, PX-6500, PX-6200S, PX-9000, PX-7000, PX-6000, PX-6000S, EX-7000
    Stylus Pro 9800, Stylus Pro 9400, Stylus Pro 7800, Stylus Pro 7400,
    Stylus Pro 4800, Stylus Pro 4400, Stylus Pro 9600, Stylus Pro 7600,
    Stylus Pro 4000

    The new ink cartridges and packaging will be on
    display from Thursday December 14 to Saturday December 16 in the Epson
    booth (booth No. 3084, East 3 Hall) at the Eco-Products 2006
    environmental exhibition being held at Tokyo Big Sight.The Epson Group
    undertakes a variety of environmental activities worldwide, including
    efforts to prevent global warming, reduce and recycle resources, and
    control the use of chemicals. Through participation in activities such
    as the Bellmark program in Japan, Epson collects and recycles used ink
    cartridges in nine countries. As well as enhancing the environmental
    performance of printers and consumables throughout their life cycles,
    the group is taking its environmental conservation activities to an
    even higher level by considering the environmental impact of all
    aspects of its operations, including packaging and transportation

    About Epson
    is a global leader in imaging products including printers, 3LCD
    projectors and small- and medium-sized LCDs. With an innovative and
    creative culture, Epson is dedicated to exceeding the vision and
    expectations of customers worldwide with products known for their
    superior quality, functionality, compactness and energy
    efficiency.Epson is a network of 102,025 employees in 120 companies
    around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the
    global environment and to the communities in which it is located. Led
    by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corp., the Group had consolidated sales
    of 1549.5 billion yen in fiscal 2005