how sustainable is…
This study compares the environmental impact of original Hewlett Packard print cartridges with compatible re-manufactured cartridges. The study finds that paper consumption during printing is the largest contributor to the environmental impact of a print cartridge across all phases of the life cycle for both the original HP product and the re-manufactured alternative.
In terms of a comparison between the two options, the study suggests that, because the original product prints more reliably at consistent quality, the original product has a lower environmental footprint as it reduces the need for reprints. The study notes that this is more relevant to users which require high quality prints.
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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint…
Unless very high print quality is important for you, there does not appear to be a difference between original printer cartridges and re-manufactured ones, from an environmental perspective.
Minimising printing is likely to be the most effective way to reduce the impact on the environment.
Report Rating: 2 out of 3
Report Published: Sept 2008
Author(s): Four Elements Consulting, LLC
Publisher: Hewlett-Packard Company
Funder: Hewlett-Packard Company
Keywords: life cycle analysis, LCA, cradle to grave analysis, environmental footprint, cartridges, ink, laser printer, computersShare this page using: