You ever stop to think about the impact you make on the environment when you hit the print button? Most folks focus on the amount of paper used in printing, but few stop to think about what goes into the ink and toner cartridges in their printer.
To find out, I’ve researched the environmental impact of printing and what I’ve found is quite shocking. Here are some facts about the shadier side of ink and toner:
- Each year, more than 350 million ink and toner cartridges are thrown out in the United States alone (and this number increases every year!)
- Ink cartridges in landfills can take up to a millennium to decompose, as they contain resin
- Toner cartridges contain toxic ingredients such as volatile organic compounds in the form of solvents
- It takes almost a gallon of oil to make a single laser ink cartridge
- Manufacturing a single toner cartridge releases 4.8 Kilograms of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere
Despite digitization movements and eco-friendly programs, printing continues in the US and abroad at increasing rates. To help offset the negative impact of printing, companies and individuals can use Dimples to reduce the amount of ink and toner used in printing over 30%. Using a third less ink means lessening the environmental impact from ink and toner by a third.
The next time you click “print”, consider printing with Dimples as a way to stay green.