Why Refilling & Remanufacturing Printer Cartridges Is Good For The Environment

In the UK over 45 million non-biodegradable printer cartridges end up in landfills each year and some of the plastics used in printer cartridges can take up to 1000 years to decompose – leaving lots of time for their toxic chemicals to spread into the soil and pollute the environment.

These cartridges being chucked into landfills are a huge waste of the planet’s already limited natural resources. By recycling, refilling or remanufacturing your inkjet or toner cartridges, you are not only saving the environment but also saving yourself a considerable amount of money.

Third-party refill cartridges are on average 30% cheaper than original equipment manufacturer (OEM) cartridges. Buying third-party cartridges is a win-win situation, for you, and for the environment. Recycled cartridges stop the major brands from monopolising the cartridge-selling market. However, big name brands fight back and try to tarnish the reputation of third-party cartridges claiming the print quality is never as good, and there are also rumours that using cheaper cartridges will ruin your printer warranty. These are just rumours in most cases, check your printer brand’s small print for confirmation of this, but we know the majority of the time that third-party cartridges will not affect your printer’s warranty.

Independent studies have shown the print quality of refilled and remanufactured cartridges is just as good, if not better, than the original brand cartridges. Many third-party cartridge suppliers are trusted brands who have been in the industry for over a decade so they have the expertise to compete with the quality of brand name cartridges. It takes between 1-2 litres of oil to manufacture a laser toner cartridge, and as you probably know, oil is a non-renewable source, so by refilling or remanufacturing your cartridges, you are helping to conserve one of the planet’s limited resources. Over 60% of laser and toner cartridges are only used once and then chucked away, which is why people need to start recycling and refilling their cartridges – not only will you be saving yourself a considerable amount of money, but you’ll also be saving the planet!

Businesses can benefit from using an environmentally friendly cartridge supplier because they will helping the planet and also saving their business huge amounts in their printing costs. Using environmentally-friendly methods shows you are a responsible and sustainable company – and will help you to become a greener business. By purchasing cartridge refills, you are saving the planet’s natural resources and stopping your empty cartridges from spending years and years decomposing in landfills.

Landfills cause pollution through the emission of greenhouse gases and contamination of chemicals into the soil. Plastics, aluminium and oil are three of the planet’s natural resources that are used to go into the making of cartridges – these are resources that can be saved if we all try consciously reduce our carbon footprint. Third-party cartridges can be recycled, inkjets can be refilled and laser toner cartridges can be remanufactured. When a laser toner cartridge is remanufactured it is checked to see if any parts need repairing or replacing and then refilled with ink.