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Green Goods: Refillable Cartridges

Posted by: Heather Green on August 5, 2008

It’s back to school and time to think about all that ink kids are going to be using, printing out “What I Did This Summer” stories. Here’s a smart idea that I got in my email about ink cartridges that are a little less environmentally destructive:

Cartridge World, an ink and toner retailer, is encouraging back-to-schoolers to bring in their existing ink cartridges and have them refilled rather than throw them away or buy brand new ones.

According to the company:

There are more than 350 million cartridges discarded in landfills and the number increases by 12 percent annually and it takes about a gallon of oil to make a new toner cartridge.

Switching to remanufactured cartridges not only keeps them out of the landfills, but also reduces carbon emissions by an estimated one million pounds per year and conserves half a gallon of oil for each laser cartridge that is reused and recycled.

The company, based in Adelaide, Australia, has 650 locations in the U.S.

Reader Comments


August 8, 2008 12:42 PM

Awesome. Way to go Cartridge World. And they're not the only ones. I know my office supply store has a refilling station and refills several brands of inks. It takes a few minutes and think of the waste that is saved not only from recycling the cartridge but the packaging that the new cartridge comes in. It's simple things like this that can make a huge difference to our world. I hope every brand of ink cartridge will be reusable in the near future.

Will Marre

Susan Cowperthwaite

August 8, 2008 6:57 PM

Thanks for writing about us.

We're happy that you're informing the


August 11, 2008 8:13 PM

I visited Cartridgeworld, Canton, MI store to get my ink cartridges. Good service/quility. Price was also lower than other refiller.


September 6, 2008 12:33 PM

I went the the Cartridge World Pewaukee, WI location. They were very helpful with helping me and I got a great print quality once I tried it. I wont shop anywhere else. GOOD job Cartridge World in trying to help the environment!!!

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