Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Environmental Benefits of Recycled Printer Toners

Toner for Earth gives you some of the environmental benefits of using remanufactured or recycled toner cartridges.

  • 97% Recyclable – A typical used toner cartridge is about 3 pounds heavy. It is consist of 40% polymer (or plastic), 40% metal and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam and toner materials. The polymeric component is derived from engineering-grade plastic which requires at least 1,000 years to decompose. The good news here is 97% of these combined material components can be recycled and re-use. This is exactly what Toner for Earth is doing, giving you remanufactured toner cartridges in return.
  • Conservation of resources – Of course, the use of remanufactured toner cartridges can help reduce pollution and wastes. It also minimizes the volume of plastic, steel, aluminum, rubber and other non-biodegradable materials from being disposed in landfills. Using remanufactured toner cartridges helps in the conservation of natural resources by minimizing the need for virgin materials that are used for new cartridges. For every remanufactured toner cartridge, approximately 5 to 9 pounds of virgin materials are conserved.
  • Energy-Saver – Unknown to many, the use of remanufactured toner cartridges in printers and copiers also saves energy. Sources show that about 3 quarts of oil are burned during the production of a single new cartridge. A used toner cartridge can be remanufactured up to four times, depending on the type and condition. As such, a remanufactured toner cartridge can save as much as 12 quarts of oil.
There are a whole lot of other benefits that you can get from using remanufactured or recycled toner cartridges.

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