Another advantage of opting for ink cartridge refills is an indirect advantage. By choosing ink cartridge refills you will be lending a helping hand to protect the environment. This is because if you purchase new ink cartridges every single time then the ink cartridges that are thrown out cause harm to the environment. The numerous ink cartridges that have been used end up in a landfill year after year. These ink cartridges take about a thousand years to degrade. So you can imagine the kind of pressure it puts on the eco system of that area. Therefore, by simply choosing to refill your ink cartridge rather than purchasing a new year you are stopping huge piles of plastic from ending up in a dump or landfill.
Between 1 and 2 litres of oil is used in the manufacture of a typical laser printer cartridge. For each refill of toner one less cartridge is made and this amount of oil is saved. Approximately 44 million laser printer cartridges are sold each year in Europe. 73.5% of these are used only once.Oil is a non renewable natural resource and refilling your cartridges makes a significant contribution to its conservation. Other materials include aluminium and steel.
Around 48 million ink jet cartridges are sold in Europe each year, 81% of these are only used once and each contains around 70 grams of oil.
It is clear that by reusing your laser printer and ink jet cartridges you are taking an environmentally responsible line and making a significant contribution.