Sustainable cartridges

An increasing, but sadly not nearly high enough, number of companies are starting to understand that sustainable business models are the way forward. Stick the word ‘organic’ or ‘biological’ on an item and the price customers are willing to pay is far higher than for items that are not deemed eco-friendly. ‘Green’ is in demand.

This development has also influenced the market for cartridges. It is well known that cartridges are not exactly climate-friendly, because of the way in which they are produced. Their production namely requires the burning of petroleum. Wikipedia tells us that in North America alone 200 million litres of petroleum are needed to sustain the production of new cartridges. Even more problematic is the fact that most of these cartridges end up on landfills when empty.

It is therefore good to see that there are more and more options for consumers of cartridges to either refill their cartridges or to partake in programs that make sure empty cartridges are not dismissed. The cartridge company Lexmark in the US for example has a program in which the cartridge always belongs to Lexmark. Consumers purchase the right to use the cartridge, but when they are empty they have to return it.

So when you want to buy a cartridge, make sure to check out what the company does to ensure that their cartridges do not end up on a landfill. And if you decide not to opt for a refill program, then do not just throw your cartridge away. There are always options to hand in your cartridge so that they can be re-used. Only if everyone understands the importance of small gestures like these we will be able to control climate change to the best of our abilities.