Saving with Earth Day
Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
Each year Earth Day aims to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth's environment and ways to lessen our impact on it to preserve it for future generations. Around the world, Earth Day activities include picking up roadside trash, planting trees, using recyclable containers, conducting various programs for conservation, and a renewed emphasis on recycling. The repurposing, or recycling of items and trash are some of the easiest and directly effective ways your household can help save our world.
In the most recent EPA data available, Americans generated about 251 million tons of trash and recycled and composted almost 87 million tons of this material, equivalent to a 34.5 percent recycling rate. Measured by percentage of generation, products with the highest recovery rates in 2012 were lead-acid batteries (96 percent), corrugated boxes (91 percent), newspapers/mechanical papers (73 percent), steel cans (71 percent), major appliances (64 percent), yard trimmings (57 percent), aluminum cans (55 percent), and mixed paper (47 percent).
Cartridge World stores encourage eco-friendly practices including recycling ink and toner cartridges, and using eco-friendly printing supplies. Did you know:
the average laser printer cartridge can be remanufactured 3-4 times
each recycled ink cartridge saves about two ounces of oil
each remanufactured laser cartridge keeps two pounds of waste out of landfills
more than 350 million printer cartridges are discarded in landfills annually. Inkjet cartridges placed in landfills leak into soil and waterways
- independent studies have shown the carbon footprint of a recycled laser cartridge is up to one third less than that of a new ink cartridge.
Cartridge World and our network of over 500 nationwide stores provide Earth-friendly and cost-effective solutions to your printing needs. In addition to recycling your printer cartridges, here are other ways you can help the environment – and save money.
Home recycling tips:
- print only what you need
print on both sides of the paper, especially less important documents. This practice helps to reduce paper usage and waste by 50%
purchase paper products made of recycled paper
Share magazines and printed communication between neighbors, community organizations, even at your public library, rather than discarding when finished
use porcelain or metal mugs for work coffee breaks, instead of Styrofoam ones
pack lunches in reusable containers rather than single-use paper or plastic bags
take advantage of grocery and retail stores that recycle plastic bags
- turn-off lights, computers, electrical power strips and other electrical devices when not in use – you’ll reduce consumption and be amazed at the savings on your energy bill
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), has a great online resource GreenerGadgets.org, that helps consumers learn how to: live greener, buy green and recycle responsibly (using a zip code locator for closest responsible recycling center), help lower energy consumption, and lower their carbon footprint.
In addition to preserving the environment for future generations, your “green” efforts can have a meaningful economic value to your household.