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PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT – ONE CARTRIDGE AT A TIME

In 2017, are we really as savvy about recycling, reusing and reducing our impact on the environment as we’d like to think? We can be confident about how to deal with most household waste for example, but there are items that you probably use on a daily basis at home, at school or in the office that could be recycled multiple times and benefit both your pocket as well as the environment.

One such example is laser toner cartridges. Approximately 60 million are sold in Europe alone each year, and yet only a small percentage (around 25%) of those cartridges actually go onto to be remanufactured.  The process of remanufacturing is one that many people may still not be fully aware of, but one that is worthwhile knowing a little about.

Once an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) toner cartridge is sent to be recycled, there are a number of processes it goes through before it can be given a new lease of life as a remanufactured product.

Firstly, the cartridge is tested to ensure that it is fully functional before any remnants of existing toner powder are removed and the cartridge is thoroughly cleaned.  Secondly, any worn or damaged parts are identified and then replaced to ensure that the finished product is as close to the original as possible.  Finally, the cartridge is refilled using a specially formulated toner powder and is subject to a number of quality and print performance tests before it can be packaged and sold.

Something else you may be interested to hear is that remanufactured toner cartridges – as well as being environmentally friendly – can be much cheaper than their original counterparts.  This isn’t to say that there has to be a compromise in quality though; remanufactured toners can match, and often exceed the page yield of an OEM, and they fit and function exactly the same way in your printer.

It sounds straight forward doesn’t it? It seems like a process that it quite transparent, and not only does it prevent toner cartridges ending up in landfill, but because remanufacturing companies such as Red Bus Cartridges only repair the elements of a cartridge that are damaged or worn, the creation of waste is reduced.  Furthermore, as they state that they produce everything in one place, under one roof, they not only have complete control over the production process, but it goes a long way in helping to reduce their carbon footprint too.

So, now you know how OEM toner cartridges can be recycled and given a renewed purpose in (office stationery) life through the process of remanufacturing. You also know that you can save money in comparison to buying an original cartridge, so should you be inclined to want to save money as well as the planet, a remanufactured cartridge would be the way to go.

Article written by Cassandra Brennan – Marketing Manager at Red Bus Cartridges

REMANUFACTURED TONER CARTRIDGES – A MISUNDERSTOOD ALTERNATIVE

We all know someone who is loyal to a brand, who will not use an alternative product because what they use works well and anything that is cheaper or labelled an alternative just wouldn’t be good enough, right? Wrong!

There are alternative products out there that are cheaper to buy, don’t need to be replaced as often, and work just as well - if not better – than the ‘original’ product. 

A good example of this is remanufactured toner cartridges, so why do consumers still have their doubts? Perhaps they have had a bad experience with buying a cheaper alternative and the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ is now permanently etched in their mind.

Similarly, they might believe that nothing can compare to the quality of what they have already, or, maybe it’s because the vast majority of people don’t really understand the difference between a remanufactured cartridge and a compatible one.  However, unless they work in an industry that produces, uses or sells these products, why should they know the difference?

Consumers are not asking for the world, they simply want a fully functional, good quality, reasonably priced toner cartridge that works in their printer.  So, now to the facts, what is the difference between remanufactured and compatible?

Remanufactured cartridges, like the ones sold through The Red Bus Cartridge Company, are original cartridges (from HP, Brother, Canon and Kodak for example), that are cleaned, any worn or damaged parts are replaced so that performance is not affected, and then refilled and tested before being sold.

They are environmentally friendly because of the way in which they are produced, and in some cases, can be up to 70% cheaper than most originals without quality or performance as the compromise.

Compatible cartridges are created as copies of an OEM (original equipment manufacturer). Companies will create a mould that mirrors the original cartridge. Often, they can be made from inferior materials and is this is one of the main reasons they are priced so cheaply. 

There can be other issues with compatible cartridges however, such as copyright infringement and poor print quality as well as a lack of information or support for the products once they are sold.

In summary, it really does come down to doing your research; if you have any doubts about remanufactured toner cartridges then ask questions, and ultimately don’t be afraid to try something different because ‘new’ can be good, for your pocket, for the environment, for your printer.

To buy remanufactured toner cartridges visit theredbuscartridgecompany.com or call 0800 091 9090

Article written by Cassandra Brennan – Marketing Manager at Red Bus Cartridges

The benefits of digital printing

Print technology is evolving, and we are seeing more and more digital technology being used within the industry. Why? Well, in a world where the provision of goods and services is expected almost instantaneously, the move from more traditional methods to digital systems was surely a natural one.

The onset of mobile and wireless also means that the latest generation of digital printing technology has become more accessible to the masses. Here are some of the reasons digital printing has proven popular:

  • Precision: No matter how many times you repeat a digital print, it will accurately produce the same high quality image. Digital printing is one of the most accurate ways of printing for companies that are concerned with saving money and reducing waste compared to the perhaps more messy process of offset printing.
  • Proofing: When hundreds of leaflets need to be produced, it is important to proof them for accuracy. Typical offset printing takes a long time to produce a single print for proofing and tends to be expensive. Digital printing immediately produces a print and costs much less, so it is easy to proof prints before thousands are created.
  • Inexpensive: Digital printing costs less than offset printing. When a printing project is small, offset printing can take a long time to set up and ultimately cost more. This means that, no matter how small a project may be, it is more cost-effective to use fast and efficient digital printing services.
  • Swift Turnaround Times: Digital printing does not require a lengthy preparation of a press like offset printing. Therefore, it is a quick printing method that can finish whenever a project needs to be completed.
  • Printing Variables: Variable data printing allows for the production of many different printing types at the same time. There is no need to stop and change a press, like in offset printing. Every print job that involves digital printing is customisable. This means that different graphics and texts can be printed in a constant fluid motion.