For some months I have been trying to go green and become more eco friendly. The way we use our humble home printer can reduce the amount of waste we generate.
Becoming a little more eco-friendly is not hard; it is a process which takes several steps:
- Be eco aware. Learn about how you can contribute to help the environment
- Make small changes. Instead of buying poor quality products and throw them after a while try to get good quality ones and keep them for as long as possible.
For example if you have a Canon printer buy only genuine canon ink cartridges because they are of a better quality and last longer. Also genuine cartridges are made by the same company who made the printer and are 100% compatible with the printer. This is very important for the environment and your pocket because using the wrong cartridges can damage the printer head and you will be forced to get a new printer.
A good tip for increasing the printer and cartridges’ lives – especially colour ink cartridges which are used less often; from time to time print a page with a few line of text using the black, red, yellow and blue. This will prevent the ink from drying and you will be able to use the cartridges for a longer periodof time
With empty cartridges you have 3 options:
- You can refill them. Be aware because most manufacturers do not recommend refilling the cartridges
- You can donate them. Look for a eco centre which collects cartridges close to you
- You can recycle them
I usually donate my cartridges as it raises money for a good cause..
One final tip if you are buying a new printer: Look for the most eco friendly ones. The less power-hungry a printer is, the better.