When Green Peak Imaging Solutions launched in August of last year, the mission was clear: Landfill Free in Three Years. Landfill waste and toxic waste materials continue to be a burden on an already taxed environment. We understand what the commitment our mission brings to bear on us means. It means we need to practice what we preach at work and at home.
How have we done? You can ask our growing customer base - but from our end, first and foremost, not one empty cartridge, printer, computer or other electronic device that Green Peak Imaging Solutions reclaimed ended up in a landfill this year. We've collected our fair share of these items and in doing so we have reduced our customers' carbon footprint significantly - not to mention our own. But we can do better and we continue to elevate our commitment to the environment.
Over the past few quarters we have brought on preferred vendors that are required to document their recycling programs with us. One of our preferred vendor/manufacturers has been ISO 14001 certified. One of our vendors manufactures AgriTone brand Bio-Based toner, which reduces the petroleum content of certain toner SKUs by 35%.
So what is the impact of NOT being environmentally responsible when it comes to recycling your ink and toner cartridges? As one of the industry leaders has documented it:
- Each discarded laser cartridge adds approximately 2.5 pounds of metal and plastic waste to our landfills - waste that will take as long as 1,000 years to decompose.
- According to Recharger Magazine, the plastic in each new laser toner cartridge takes 3.5 quarts of oil to produce while each new inkjet cartridge requires 2.5 ounces of oil.
- CO2 emissions during the manufacturing of a new cartridge are almost 2.5 times the emissions produced during remanufacturing (based on a 2008 independent study performed by Best Foot Forward and commissioned by Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse).
In years gone by, consumers had no choice but to toss the used cartridges. Further commitment from Green Peak Imaging Solutions and other industry leaders means that now consumers do have a choice.
Now and in the future, Earth Day and Every Day, we're here for you if you choose Keep IT Green.