Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What Makes Remanufactured Toner Cartridges, Eco-Friendly?


Remanufactured toner cartridges has been out in the market for years, providing printer users with an alternative-cartridge aside from the OEM cartridges and compatible printer cartridges manufactured by third-party companies. Also referred to as "remans", these toner cartridges have also been called as "recycled toner cartridges" because of how they were processed.

Unlike OEM toner cartridges and compatible toner cartridges which are made from scratch, remanufactured toner cartridges are actually made from used or empty toner cartridges which are inspected from any dents or damage, separated from those who didn't pass the quality tests, then are cleaned, refurbished and filled with new toner powder. Due to its recycling process, it didn't take so long before the imaging solution industry gave them the term "eco-friendly printer cartridges" as well.

But how do remanufactured toner cartridges benefit the nature and our environment? First, remanufactured toner cartridges contribute in lessening the amount of printer cartridges waste ending up in our landfills every year. Didn't you know that more than 375 million printer cartridges fill the large proportion of garbage in our wastelands? And the fact that these printer cartridges takes almost 1,000 years to decompose is another dilemma that we shouldn't just disregard. To solve this problem, OEM companies like Hewlett Packard, Brother Industries and Lexmark, as well as others third-party companies offer Recycling Program to its customers to return their used cartridges back to them for re-manufacturing. TonerGreen is one of them; we also give credits in exchange for their cartridges that give the discount on their next purchase.

Another factor that makes remanufactured toner cartridges friendly is that they lessen the use of raw materials and the natural resources consumed in every cartridge they recycled. 

According to StopWasteOrg., "The typical used toner cartridge weighs about 3 pounds and is composed of 40% plastic, 40% metal, and smaller percentages of rubber, paper, foam, and toner. And using remanufactured toner cartridges reduces pollution and waste by minimizing the amount of materials, such as plastic, steel, aluminum, and rubber, disposed of in landfills. For each pound of new material used in remanufacturing, 5 to 9 pounds of virgin materials are conserved."

Aside from these, remanufactured toner cartridges also save 3 quarts of oil which typically is used in the production of a single new toner cartridge. And with all the cars, technology and big machinery we have nowadays, all of which uses fuel to function, the increase for this natural chemical is getting way out of hand. But remanufacturing toner cartridges can help in conserving it, thus again offering another eco-friendly benefit to us.

With all these benefits, why don't you think and consider buying remanufactured toner cartridges instead of new original cartridges. Beside from its environmental benefits, these alternative eco-friendly cartridges can let you save up to 50% on your printing expenses too, offering a win-win situation to both you and the environment.

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