Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

Posted Friday, June 18th, 2010 by .

Carbon FootprintCarbon footprint is basically the measure of the greenhouse emissions generated from a company, product, or home.  This determines the impact a specific entity has on the environment.  For instance, the carbon footprint of a factory is going to be massively higher than that of a retail store because it creates more waste and emits more carbon dioxide during manufacturing.  With so much focus on being “green” in recent years, it is important to the success of your business to keep your carbon footprint as low as possible.

A good place to start would be in the type of printer cartridges you use for your inkjet or laser printer.  So, how do you do this?  Use remanufactured cartridges rather than new ones and recycle your empty cartridges!  Companies can rebuild high-quality cartridges from previously used cartridges by changing the moving parts, cleaning the core and refilling with fresh ink or toner.  Remanufactured cartridges work just as well as OEM, cost much less because fewer raw materials were needed to make them, and reduce your carbon footprint.

Below is a table showing the difference in emissions between a new and a remanufactured monochrome toner cartridge.  (Emissions are measured in Grams of Carbon Dioxide {gCO²} and numbers are approximate):


OEM Emissions Remanufactured Emissions
Manufacturing 2,140 650
Packaging (parts and cartridge) 1,270 620
Energy 760 680


When making a new cartridge, such as the HP P1005 toner cartridge, raw materials such as plastic and oil must be used, and each part must be manufactured as new.  These parts are recycled when using remanufactured cartridges, which not only minimizes carbon dioxide emissions and uses fewer raw materials, but also costs the consumer less.

Though this chart is a generalization and these numbers will vary based on the type and size of the cartridges as well as the company, it is clear to see that remanufactured printer cartridges require much lower emissions, and have a reduced impact on the environment.  If your company goes through multiple cartridges per year, using remanufactured cartridges can drastically reduce your carbon footprint.  Don’t forget to recycle your empty cartridges, too!

This video will help you on your way to reducing your carbon footprint when printing:

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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