Monday, December 17, 2007

Day 148 - The Printing Press

Recycling Ink Cartridges

I mentioned just last week that I will be buying recycled copy paper from now on, for use in my home office printer. Well, somehow that small mention of the printer jinxed me, and now my ink cartridge seems to be running out. Grrrr.

There is good news, though. Right down the street from me is a Cartridge World store! For those of you who don't know about CW, they are an Australian based company with over 1500 retail locations worldwide. They were recently rated #1 Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine and they are a sponsor of the Go Green Initiative. They also back all of their work by a 100% money back guarantee. All in all, they are a company I would like to do business with. And now I can.

I will be taking my ink cartridge down to CW later this week for a refill. That's right -- refill. Prior to my greening, I didn't even know this was an option. I just always bought a new one at Office Max. From now on I will be refilling the little suckers instead. Not only is it better for the environment, but it's actually cheaper than buying new. :-) This is one change I might even be able to convince hubby to try at his office!


According to CW, the average laser jet cartridge can be refilled six or seven times. So that's five or six cartridges I'll be saving from the landfill. I only go through about one cartridge per year, so that means this one cartridge will last me until I'm, um, older.

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5

This is actually easier than buying new. The store is closer than Office Max and it's in a small strip mall, so it's a quick in and out. Here's a challenge to you -- see if you can get your office to make the switch! If you do, leave me a comment! :-)


Anonymous said...

sorry to be a nay-sayer - we tried using refills on our photocopier and lost HOURS and REAMS of paper to rubbish copy quality. We were using the machine infrequently at the time and it took around 20 sheets to copy properly when you switched it on. I now use HP who have a recycling programme. I *WISH* I had the courage to try refills again, but they just aren't as good...

Green Bean said...

That's awesome. This is one change I've thought about making but haven't had a cartridge run out yet. Our refill place is pretty close too. Please post how it goes though - we tried some alternative ink jets a while back and they printed in really off colors.

heather t said...

We used to buy refilled color laser cartridges on eBay, and they were a-w-f-u-l. We recently switched to buying refills through our local Cartridge World, and they are working well. They don't refill the toner at the store, but they will take back the old ones for refilling.