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Planet-Friendly Printing: Why You Should Recycle Printer Cartridges

Printing is the backbone of many businesses and as such an important aspect of daily office life however, it is worth bearing in mind the impact it has on the environment.

Being green is a priority for any business these days, with people making a conscious effort to turn out the lights and recycle paper, plastic and cardboard. These are the simplest and most obvious ways of being green in the workplace, but what about the less apparent yet equally effective ways of keeping your office eco-friendly?

Recycling your printer ink cartridges is one of the best – and one of the most overlooked – ways to go about planet-friendly printing. Here at Prink, we understand the need to keep your office in constant supply which is why we provide a wide range of cheap printer cartridges for you to order as and when you need, in whatever quantity you require. The other side of this convenience is a corporate responsibility to the environment.

Being able to buy a large quantity of quality cartridges at the drop of the hat is all well and good, but what happens to all of the old used cartridges?

Well, too many of them end up in the bin and clogging up landfill sites, but some are recycled and reused to make new essential items with a reduced carbon footprint. In fact, if all printer cartridges were recycled we would see a big difference. You see, most of the components in printer cartridges are made from 100% recyclable materials and many are also 100% recoverable and reusable.

Read on to find out more about why you should recycle your printer cartridges.

What a waste

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It is estimated that eight cartridges are thrown away every second even though the average cartridge can be reused 4-6 times before it can then be recycled into a new product. If just four of these cartridges were recycled, you could make another 20 cartridges with 80% less energy.

With the four binned cartridges, you could cover Old Trafford stadium 119 times and power a top of the range television for 3,593,505 years.

350 million cartridges (70%) are thrown away every year and the UK alone is responsible for more than 55 million of these.

A long-lasting legacy

A single printer cartridge will take 1000 years to decompose because of certain elements, such as its aluminium content. So every time a cartridge is thrown in the bin or onto a landfill site, whole and un-recycled, it sticks around for a millennium.

There are more immediate concerns regarding printer cartridge waste and this is because putting printer cartridges on a landfill site can have detrimental effects on the environment. For example:

  • The plastics in a cartridge are non-biodegradable
  • The oils and chemicals used to produce cartridges will leak into the surrounding soil and water supplies
  • The leaking toxins and the smaller components can harm wildlife,
  • Any soil contaminated by the cartridges’ toxins will remain unproductive for thousands of years

A new lease of life

You can give your printer cartridges a new lease of life thanks to ethical recycling. Ethical recycling actually breaks up the printer cartridge into separate components which can be used in a variety of ways. Some of the ways a recycled printer cartridge can be reused and recycled include:

  •  Milk bottles and other similar products
  • Refrigerators and other white goods items
  • Cans and other forms of packaging
  • Environmentally-friendly furniture and household items

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This is just a quick look at why printer cartridges can be green and what happens when you don’t pay attention to your printing practices when trying to make your business eco-friendly.

So next time you get in touch with us to order another batch of cheap printer cartridges, think a little more about what you do with the used ones.

Streamlining Your Business: How Printing Can Help

Whilst the benefits of a streamlined business are there in abundance, you may be struggling knowing where to start. A lot of thought should be put into company policies and procedures to ensure an efficient business, but too often, we overlook the basic necessities of day-to-day office life.  Printing is one of these essentials that we take for granted.

If you are looking for ways to streamline your business, read on. In today’s post, we will be looking at a few ways printing can help your company, efficiently and effectively.

Schedules

If you find your meeting room constantly overrun with staff when you need it most, it may be time to put your foot down. A great way to keep a check of everyone that uses the meeting rooms, and at what time, is to create a timetable that everyone can see and has to stick to. All it takes is a printed table, a pen and your employees remembering to fill it out before they enter the meeting room. This way, you can make sure you have the meeting room when you need it and it helps to reduce conflict between employees too, as everyone has equal opportunity to book themselves in.

Furthermore, printing off work schedules for the week is also a wonderful way for managers to keep track of individual and team progress, plus they allow everyone to come in, settle down and crack on with their work. You could even ask each employee to tick off their tasks throughout the day, so it is easier to see what’s been done.

Cost

Printing efficiently is a great way to save money on office bills. However, in order to do so, you need to set some boundaries and implement procedures that all employees must adhere to. Check out the below tips on how to save on printing costs:

Third-Party Suppliers

UK third-party suppliers of ink cartridges usually offer a cheap and cheerful deal when it comes to purchasing high-quality ink. This can help you save money upfront and allows you to stock up on ink without completely blowing your budget.

Don’t be Wasteful

You should encourage your employees to save digital copies instead of printing out documents they really don’t need. This way, not only do you save on resources, but you also save money because you don’t need to keep stocking up on supplies every week.

Keep it Green

Lastly, keeping it green can help your business to maintain an eco-friendly status which is great for business as well as for the environment.  Below we have listed a few ways that you can keep it green in the office:

Print on both sides of the page

Too often, we waste paper by not printing on both sides of the page. This would not be the case if you simply implemented a policy that requires employees to print on both sides of the page. If everyone follows procedure, it will help to save on paper and, in the long run, it will offer economic benefits too.

Recycle!

If you have printed out a page that you don’t want, don’t forget to recycle! Recycling is so important and if you already recycle then a big green thumbs up for you! If you don’t, it is never too late to start. All you need is a bin to pop all of your paper and recyclable goods in and you’re off.

These are just a few ways that efficient printing can help you to streamline your business. Do you have anymore that you would like to add?

Walking Away from your Printer Duties

The water cooler and the photocopier are not the only sites within an office that can be the cause of awkward conversations, followed by an awkward silence while the water agonisingly drips out. The printer also plays its part in the office environment as a pivotal object of good favour or dreaded use. The printer has the power to bring admin assistants and managing directors alike to their knees in frustration. So what are some of the deadly sins that can be committed while using the office printer?

Denial

Having printed off your 30-page document, the printer has run out of paper and a red flashing light is highlighting that you have not fed the printer. Fight or flight kicks in and you decide the best possible solution is to walk away and ignore the lack of paper and red flashing light. However, another member of the team comes to use the printer next and of course fills up the paper and openly questions who it was that left it empty… You shamelessly continue to ignore the issue. This is a terrible crime and it must be addressed for the benefit of all businesses. Stand up and accept your paper filling duties. The office clerk would rather show you how to fill it up than have to structure their day around re-filling the paper.

Don’t be jammy

A jammed printer is not what any office needs on a Friday afternoon; nerves are beginning to fray, the air-con is broken and now the printer has been left jammed until 4:45pm. Gulp down your pride, raise your hand and admit to your part in creating printer-anarchy. A jammed printer is easily fixable 98% of the time. It is a simple case of opening up the paper tray and removing any crumpled and jammed paper, including any torn pieces. It is also advised to remove any unused paper that has creases or crumples in it, as these can cause another potential jam.

A lack of ink can cause a stink

You’ve printed off your documents and left them in the printer while you reply to some emails before the end of the day. Most of the office is now vacated and you’ve just noticed that only half the words are legible because the ink has run out. There is no need to be shy with ink; cheap ink cartridges are available in the UK at competitive prices here at Prink. So, in the interest of keeping a placid office, keep the ink flowing and consider giving a brief tutorial to everyone on how to change the ink and where it is kept.

These are just a few of the minor, but incredibly frustrating issues that can arise in an office surrounding the printer and the correct conduct relating to it. As with anything in life, putting things off never achieves much apart from extra stress. So for the benefit of all within your business, keep the ink cupboard stocked up, the paper store plentiful and ensure everyone is aware of some basic printer maintenance. Should you require any advice regarding printer cartridges, don’t hesitate to contact our helpful staff here at Prink.

Reducing the Hidden Costs of Printing

Though on the surface printing seems like a fairly simple procedure – paper goes in, ink is applied, and your document comes out – there are actually a great many costs associated with this simple process. For a small to medium business, these costs can add up if they are not properly managed.

But what are said costs? Obviously you have the initial cost of the printer as well as the ink and paper, but what else do you end up paying for? Here at Prink, we understand that businesses are looking to save money wherever they can. So we have compiled a list of a few of the often overlooked or even ignored costs of printing, and how you can reduce or eliminate them.

Poor print management

Since printing is so commonplace, it is natural that those who work in an office environment will take it for granted, after all, if you print off dozens of documents a day then you are not going to think anything of it. However, it is this indifference that ends up costing companies money; especially when it comes to paper and cartridge ink costs.

Arguably, there is no such thing as a paperless office; you are going to have to print something eventually! But, you can reduce the amount you print by having a set company policy as to what and what does not need printing.

Colour Printing

Sometimes it seems that your colour ink cartridge is always running out faster than the black, and this could be a real indication that your office documents are too colour heavy. If you print documents regularly, but they all have pie charts, or the company logo on them, then you are going to go through a lot of ink very quickly.

At the risk of stating the obvious, simply print in black and white or “draft mode” when you are printing internal documents. If it is for a client, then obviously make sure it looks as good as possible, but if it is just an internal memo then black and white will suffice.

Personal Printing

Some employers may be shocked to learn that some of their employees use their printers for personal use, but it is more common than you may think. Most people will think there is nothing wrong with printing off a few cheeky documents as and when, but if everyone in the office is doing this on the sly, then it will start to impact on the company’s resources.

It might be worth implementing a stricter policy when it comes to personal printing; simply put, the office printing is for work related documents only.

If you want to further reduce your printing costs, then here at Prink we have a wide selection of cheap ink cartridges suitable for all manufacturers. Our full range can be viewed online but if you have any further questions then do not hesitate to get in touch!

Saving Money on Printer Ink Cartridges

When it comes to printing gripes, the one at the very top of the list is always the cost of ink; especially if you find you need to print documents regularly. Luckily for you, Prink stocks a wide selection of cheap ink cartridges for all the major printer manufacturers!

However, since the cost of ink doesn’t seem to be going down anytime soon and with businesses looking to save as much as possible, we have compiled some useful advice which will hopefully save you money on your printing costs.

Use compatible ink cartridges

Third party or compatible ink cartridges have an undeserved reputation for being of low quality; in recent years though, compatible cartridges have seen a dramatic improvement in both quality and longevity. There are alternative ink cartridges available which work in all manufacturers’ printers and Epson compatible ink cartridges, for example, are now on par with the original genuine ink products. Because of their cost effectiveness, compatible ink cartridges are ideal for those who seldom print many documents, or for those who are looking to save a little extra money when it comes to printing costs.

Consider refill packs

Though it can be a bit fiddly and certainly takes some practice, refill kits can be a very cost effective way to replace ink cartridges. Kits are compatible with most types of inkjet cartridges, and all refill kits come with instructions explaining how to get the most out of them and how to use them in conjunction with certain cartridges. However, you may find that you need to purchase a resetter so the cartridge will accept the refill kit.

Draft mode is your friend

Sometimes you can save money, not by hanging your cartridges or refilling your old ones, but by changing the settings on your printer. If you need to print a lot of documents, but they don’t need to be high quality, such as in-house communications or the minutes from a meeting, then Draft Mode can save you ink and ultimately money. You can setup Draft Mode easily by changing your printer settings via the Control Panel. In addition to saving ink, you will find that the pages tend to print much faster as less ink is applied, making the documents seem paler than usual but otherwise serviceable.

Check the cost per page of your printer

This will largely depend on your make of printer, but most manufacturers publish how much mileage you should get per cartridge on their website. If you have an older printer, the cost per page is going to be higher than a newer model. So, if you find that your printer is guzzling ink, it might be time to upgrade to a more efficient and affordable printer.

These are just a few ways in which you can save money on your printing costs. If you are in need of cheap and readily available ink cartridges, compatible with all manufacturers, then Prink has an extensive selection as well as same day dispatch! Full details are available on our website.

How to Store and Handle your Ink Cartridges

When it comes to ink cartridges, proper storage and care will help to prolong their shelf life and in the long term, save you money; but how do you go about maintaining your cartridges? We have compiled a few helpful hints and tips which will ensure you don’t waste ink or money.

Storage

Wherever possible you should store your ink cartridges in their original packaging and an upright position; keeping them on their side can cause leakages. Also, ensure that the space in which they are stored is cool and dark. However, if for whatever reason you need to store a cartridge before you have finished using it, or if it needs to be refilled then you need to encourage moisture to help prevent them from drying up.

In order to do this, you need to put some vinyl tape over the opening and then store each ink cartridge in separate sandwich bags. In addition, in order to help stop them from drying out, place a small damp, but not dripping, sponge or tissue in each bag. Be sure to check them every day if possible to ensure they are still moist.

When it comes to branded inks, for example, Epson printer ink cartridges, the manufacturer will usually have a support page on their website that provides help and advice when it comes to looking after the product; so if in doubt, be sure to consult these.

Handling

Whether you have expensive or cheap printer ink cartridges, they all need to be handled the same way.

  •  If you get any ink on your skin, be sure to wash it away quickly and thoroughly with soap and water.
  • When using a new cartridge, print a test page to ensure the quality and that it has been properly installed.
  • Avoid touching the copper contacts on the cartridge. If these are damaged then the quality will be impaired or worse; the cartridge simply won’t work.
  • Do not leave opened printer cartridges outside of the printer for long periods as they can dry up very quickly.
  • Also, contrary to popular belief, you should not shake your cartridges as this can damage them.

Another simple tip which is often overlooked is always turn off your printer when it is not in use. The reason for this is that when the printer is off, the cartridge returns to the starting position; while in this position, air cannot get to the ink, and it goes a small way to prolonging the life of the ink cartridge.

If you are in need of cheap ink cartridges and based in the UK, then look no further than Prink. We stock a wide range of manufacturers, including Brother, Canon and Epson printer cartridges. We also stock a range of third party ink cartridges which are compatible with all major manufacturers’ printers.