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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 Samsung recycling website indicates that in Estonia their printer cartridge recycling is handled by their distributors. Call or e-mail Samsung and ask who their distributor is in your area and whether that distributor will take your used cartridges back for recycling.


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It's uncertain what "sustainable" means in this context. Glues tend not to be recycled or broken down to component parts at end of life. However, glues from renewable resources are available. Flour glue could work reasonably well, but is not waterproof and not overly strong. Blood glues (also called albumen glue) used to be a very major wood-glue and are ...


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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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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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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 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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1. There is a work around for "expired" printer cartridges! Canon and HP printers and their cartridges use the same excuse for the owner to have to go out and buy new ones by a certain date. More than likely there is absolutely nothing wrong with the ink. Doing anything but using them would be a waste on many levels. It has been my experience that when I ...


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