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Unless you're into printing color photos, the laser printer is the way to go. The retail prices of toner cartridges may seem a bit steep, but there are ways to refill them. The toner lasts a long long time (a few thousand printed pages if you know what you're doing) and does not dry up, ever. Laser printers are efficient, very fast, and hardly ever break ...


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The question seems to be asking only about the environmental impact of the cartridges, so I probably shouldn't talk about how a laser printers use 100 times more power while they are printing, but allow me just to say that for the whole life cycle the most significant stage for both types is paper usage, followed by the manufacturing of the product and ...


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tl;dr: A lot of soy ink is used, but mixed with petroleum-based ink. According to Wikipedia: A major problem with soy ink is that it takes more time to dry than petroleum-based inks, due to its lack of evaporative solvents in the form of VOCs. "VOCs" are Volatile Organic Compounds -- organic in the chemistry sense, not the farming-process sense. ...


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Inkjets are the Hummer of printers If you care about the environment, give that inkjet printer to the next person you can find for whom your gift/sale will prevent them from buying a new inkjet. Inkjet printers are planet-hateful products. They are built to be cheap, frequently replaced, throwaway items. Further, a huge amount of engineering goes into ...


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I found (parts of) 2 studies but as far as I can tell neither included readability. 1. Consumer Reports At the bottom of the first article you link to, they credit the original source and link to this Consumer Reports webpage. However that page was updated earlier this year and it seems the original report is not available anymore. Other sources (like this ...


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I wish to look at this in terms of CO2 footprint, rather than ink consumption. Some random source on the internet suggests that the CO2 footprint of a toner cartridge is around 5Kg for a new cartridge or 2Kg for a refilled one. The laser printer in my office gets around 31,000 pages at 6% coverage, or around 2,000 pages 100% coverage. Arguably with 30% ...


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