COMPANY INTRODUCES SOY-BASED LASER CARTRIDGES

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COMPANY INTRODUCES SOY-BASED LASER CARTRIDGES

 user 2008-08-05 at 12:02:14 pm Views: 71
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    http://www.usnews.com/blogs/daves-download/2008/8/1/company-introduces-soy-based-laser-cartridges.html
    Company Introduces Soy-Based Laser Cartridge
    A
    Maine company says it will soon start selling the first toner
    cartridges for laser printers made from soy instead of petroleum. And
    one analyst is predicting the rest of the industry will move to
    soy-based toners.Print Recovery Concepts said the toner derived from
    soybean oil performs at least as well as traditional brands made with
    petroleum. The company announced the technology to start lining up
    distributors, who should have product to start selling this fall, Vice
    President Rick Greenlaw said.Not that soy-based toners will save a
    flood of oil imports. The country uses about 100 million cartridges of
    laser toner a year. That sounds like a lot. But each cartridge requires
    only a liter or two of petroleum, meaning a wholesale conversion saves
    maybe 1 million barrels. That’s hardly a dent in demand that’s measured
    in billions of barrels.But PRC says the cartridges will be no more
    expensive than name-brand toners. They’re also easier to de-ink in
    recycling processes, notes Kase Niles, an analyst at NPD Group.
    “Because soy-based toner offers a cleaner and sustainable source of
    toner, PRC’s efforts will be mirrored by OEM manufacturers and
    remanufacturers throughout the entire toner industry,” Niles says.