Currently, anyone in the continental United States can participate in the Planet Green Recycle program. This includes schools, non-profit/charitable organizations, religious groups, sport teams, and more. At the moment, we aren’t able to provide free shipping labels to locations outside of the continental United States through the regular system. Please inquire with us at email@example.com or call (800) 377-1093 if you would like to set up an account located outside of the continental United States, and we may be able to work something out.
Fill in the information in the green box in the upper right-hand corner on planetgreenrecycle.com, and click GET YOUR FREE ACCOUNT to begin. Once your account is approved, you will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to verify your account and complete the sign up process. Then, you can send your ink cartridges and small electronics, and promote your Planet Green Recycle program right away!
When you sign up to get your free account, you will be asked to create a unique identifying link. It’s like a username for social media. You’ll send people to that link (https://planetgreenrecycle.com/username) to sign up as an Envirofriend, print labels, or buy cartridges.
You can send them your unique link (https://planetgreenrecycle.com/username), which will take them to a web page where they can sign up as an Envirofriend of your organization.
OR you can use the Tell A Friend feature on our website to invite your community to join your recycling program. When you log in to your account, you will see the “Tell A Friend” banner at the bottom of the homepage. All you have to do is enter your friend’s name and email address, and then they will be sent an email that explains your fundraising program and how they can sign up!
There is absolutely no cost to you or your supporters! We also provide the following: 1) pre-paid shipping labels, 2) promotional materials, 3) a unique Planet Green Recycle website to promote and administer your program, and 4) helpful customer service to assist with any questions you may have.
Nope! You can start your Planet Green Recycle program and participate at your discretion.
As the main contact of your organization, you can ensure that your family, friends and neighbors sign up to support your organization by sending them your unique link, or a Tell A Friend email. From there, they can choose to sign up as an Envirofriend of your organization.
We will send a check the month after your earnings total more than $25. If you have less than $25 in your earnings, we will hold it as credit until you reach that amount.
Planet Green has a 30,000 square foot manufacturing facility where we remanufacture many of the products you send in. Those items that cannot be remanufactured, or are in poor condition will be recycled through our US-based certified recycling partners.
No, there is no minimum amount of items required to mail your recyclables with the pre-paid shipping labels. There is also no maximum number, so please feel free to include as little or as many items as you’d like!
No, there is no maximum amount of items or maximum weight on the shipment. You are welcome to include as many items as will fit in your package!
Here is a list of the items accepted by Planet Green Recycle
REMINDER: Items that are sent in that are not mentioned above will be processed, but will not be compensated for. These items may not appear in your inspection report.
However, there are also items that Planet Green does not accept, including but not limited to: toner cartridges, laptops, computers and its accessories, monitors, televisions, printers, scanners, etc.
Planet Green Recycle accepts all ink cartridges, regardless of their make, model or condition. However, we only pay for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges that are in good condition and can be remanufactured.
No, Planet Green is not accepting laser/toner cartridges for recycling.
An inkjet cartridge is typically small and can fit in the palm of your hand. These cartridges are most often used for desktop printers. A toner or laser cartridge is a long cartridge that is typically used in a high-volume printer or office-style copy machine.
Yes. We encourage you to send in any accessories and we will responsibly recycle these items for you. However, we do not provide compensation at this time. Please note that we do not accept alkaline batteries.
It is not required to send accessories along with your small electronics, except for game consoles.
No, Planet Green does not accept large e-waste items, only small electronics.
If you’re ready to ship, then follow these simple steps.
Yes, you should use any old box to ship your items to us (this is the “reuse” in “reduce, reuse, recycle!”). Make sure it’s sturdy and will survive shipping. If you have any questions, please contact our customer service department at (800) 377-1093 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to assist you.
Yes, you can order by mail. For a quicker buying experience, we suggest you log in to your account to place your order online. If you do not have an account yet or prefer other methods, you can place your order via phone by dialing (800) 377-1093, faxing to (818) 772-0816, or emailing us at email@example.com.
The price for shipping is a flat rate of $5.25. Orders over $50.00 receive free shipping or you can arrange to pick up your order.
We accept all credit cards, including VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
No, we do not take purchase orders.
No, we do not accept international orders nor do we sell internationally.
We are unable to combine orders once they are processed in the system. On rare occasions we can combine an order if we’re notified before the order is processed and ready for shipping.
You can call us at (800) 377-1093 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us which item you’re returning or exchanging and the reason. Before sending any ink cartridges back to us, we will send a new ink cartridge as a replacement and an RMA label for your return/exchange.
Any questions that you still have? Please call us at (800) 377-1093 or email email@example.com, and we will be happy to assist you.
Inkjet printers are generally reasonably priced, but when you’re ready to purchase new inkjet cartridges, prepare for sticker shock. For some printers, the printer cartridges are more expensive than the original purchase price of the printer.If you’re constantly shelling out money for brand-new cartridges, not only are you wasting your money, but also you’re harming the environment. Here’s a closer look at why it doesn’t pay to buy brand-new cartridges for your inkjet printer.
Reason #1: Brand-New Cartridges Aren’t Cost-Effective
One of the main reasons brand-new cartridges make a poor choice is their high cost. Since some new cartridges cost more than the cost of your printer, regular printing becomes extremely expensive. Depending on the printer you have and the cartridges you need, you can pay $40, $50, or even more for the cartridges you need. Some printers have combination cartridges that include black and color ink. If one color runs out, you end up replacing the entire cartridge, even if the other colors are fine. It wastes ink and will have you purchasing new cartridges more often.
Reason #2: New Cartridges Contain Less and Less Ink
Not only are brand-new inkjet cartridges cost-prohibitive, companies are making cartridges that include less and less ink. While many of today’s ink cartridges are the same size as older ones, most of them contain less ink, yet companies still sell them at about the same cost. For example, the Epson T032 color cartridge, which was released back in 2002, is identical in size as the Epson color T089 cartridge, released a few years later. However, while the T032 contained 16ml of ink, the T089 only has 3.5ml of ink in it. Other companies have started reducing the amount of ink contained in their cartridges as well.
Reason #3: Plastic Cartridges are Filling Our Landfills
Unfortunately, choosing brand-new cartridges also causes harm to the environment. Around 300 million printer cartridges are thrown away every year, and a cartridge takes about 1,000 years to decompose. If you’re constantly purchasing new cartridges and throwing them away, you’re contributing to all the plastic waste in landfills, which does a great disservice to our environment.
Planet Green Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges
The good news is that it’s possible to reduce your costs while improving the environment when you choose remanufactured inkjet cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges offer great savings when compared to brand-new cartridges, yet you’ll still enjoy excellent performance. You’ll enjoy high quality cartridges, since Planet Green doesn’t outsource their work – they have their own California-based assembly line, ensuring quality assurance through every part of the remanufacturing process.
Since remanufactured printer cartridges are made out of recycled empties, it reduces the plastic and toxic minerals in landfills, offering you another great way to go green.
Stop wasting your money on brand-new cartridges for your inkjet printer. Choose a cost-effective, eco-friendly option – remanufactured cartridges from Planet Green. You’ll enjoy a money-back guarantee, excellent customer support, and you’ll be purchasing from a company that helps create U.S. jobs.
Printers can cause a range of problems, especially when you prefer using remanufactured or compatible ink cartridges. Fortunately, most issues can be resolved by you. On this page, you will find solutions to common problems caused from replacing ink for your printer.
You are ready, you have the printer ink and your computer is turned on. Yet, you are having trouble replacing ink cartridges. We totally understand as it has happened to the best of us. Every printer is a little different. Some allow you to change the ink just by opening the lid of the printer while others have an entire process you have to walk through.
To help you out, we have compiled a list of the top six brands and explanations on how to change the ink.
Home versions of Brother printers have a front cover that protects the ink cartridge. Pull the flap down, which is on the right hand side. Next, select the ink cartridge to replace. You’ll push down on the button to snap the old ink cartridge out of its location. The cartridge pops out once you release the tab.
Open the new ink, shake it, and pull off the protective tape. You may find it best to set the old ink cartridge down oriented how you pulled it out. This way you know how to place the new ink cartridge into the printer. Slide the new cartridge in until it clicks. Replace all empty cartridges. There are four: black, yellow, magenta, and blue. Snap the cover in place and you are ready to print.
Brother also sells commercial printers. These cartridges are a single, large plastic device. Open the printer ink panel and pay careful attention to its orientation. Lift the replacement ink cartridge into the printer. You’ll slide it in, snap it into place, and then close the lid.
Canon has five ink cartridges. Turn the power on and lift the lid. You’ll see the ink cartridges in the middle of the printer. Simply lift the printer cover, remove the cartridge and get ready to replace it with the proper color.
Shake the new cartridge, remove the protective tape and snap it into place. For orientation of the cartridge, place the old one on the desk or table in the same way your removed it. This makes it easier to see if you are holding the cartridge correctly before trying to put it in.
Canon uses four colors and a black ink cartridge in most of the newer models. Some of their less expensive models may have two cartridges to replace, but they work the same.
Dell charges its ink. This is similar to Epson if you have used that type of printer before. You’ll notice the ink will cycle charging the levels in the computer during installation.
For this process to work, you’ll need to turn on the printer and open the scanner lid. You’ll see the printer cartridges on the left side in most Dell printers. Take the empty printer ink cartridge out, remove the new ink cartridge from the packaging. You need to twist the cap off to remove it because this is a protective cap.
Once the cap is removed, you’ll place the ink cartridge in the empty slot. It is best to replace each color and the black cartridge individually, even if you are replacing each one. It will eliminate any confusion regarding proper color slots. The ink will click into place when it is properly installed. The printer will then charge the ink. Once the charging is done, the panel shows the printer as ready to use. You only have to replace the cartridges that are totally out of ink rather than all of them to get the printer ready to use.
The best way is to try to print a document. Seriously, it sounds odd, but when the prompt comes up telling you the ink is out you have an area that says “how to replace ink.” You just have to click on it and the prompts for replacing ink cartridges will appear. It tells you to open the printer lid, remove the old cartridges, to open the new ink, shake it, and remove the tape. With Epson, you have four ink cartridges: black, yellow, magenta, and blue.
One or more may need replacing. The handy little prompt tells you which ones are low or out. If there is an x on the level, it means you are totally out. Your other option is to go through the control panel, select printers and faxes, choose properties by right clicking on the Epson printer, and locating the change ink prompt in the maintenance section. This is why hitting print when you know the ink is out works best as it is much easier to find the prompt.
HP is simpler than other brands. It just takes lifting the printer lid and making sure the power is on. Once the printer cover is open, the print cartridge cradle will move into view from towards the right side. You can lift out the old cartridges, shake the new ones, remove the tape, and click it into place. Some HPs have two cartridges: black and then the tri color cartridge. Make sure the printer ink cartridge clicks into place. The contacts and nozzle need to read each other. The nozzles need to be down, while the contacts face the printer back.
You will turn on the printer. Lift the printer lid to see into the ink cartridge area. The ink remains in a steady position underneath the lid when it is open. Lift the cover on the individual cartridges for black and color. You may wish to do one at a time to ensure you have the proper placement of the ink. It is always easier to remove the old cartridge and place it on the desk in the same orientation you removed it.
By laying it on the table or desk in the same way you removed it, you can look to orient the new cartridge. Shake the cartridge, remove the tape, and click it into place. Next, replace the other empty cartridge if necessary. This helps you remember whether you are replacing black or color first so you do not mix up the cartridge placement.
We know keeping track of a disc is difficult; especially, if you have the same printer for more than two years. Don’t worry because we are here to help you with your printer installation. Whether you need to install it again or install it on your new computer, the instructions below can help. They can also help you find the correct printer drivers for your new operating system.
To install printer drivers simply locate your brand below and follow the helpful hints. Each website page is slightly different. We offer you ways to navigate the pages easily to reach the easy part of installation, which is all about the installation wizard prompts.
When you visit Brother-usa.com select from the support drop down menu. Just click on download to get to the proper support page. A little hint if your printer has any punctuation like a hyphen, don’t use it in your search for drivers. Your model will only come up if you use capital letters without the hyphen, like HL5470DW.
A page will appear for you to select downloads on “our online solution center.” This takes you to a secondary page. On this other page, select the operating system family and version. Choices for a full version are present or just the drivers. If you want a wireless setup tool, uninstall tool and firmware then you will want the full version.
The rest of the process is just like using the disc. You’ll follow prompts and eventually select the printer as your default device.
If you own a Canon printer, you will want to visit www.usa.canon.com. At the top of the page is a link to support and drivers. To install printer drivers select the product type. We chose consumer and home office to find the search prompt. You have two options: either enter the model or choose the model from the list.
A new page will appear for you to select the operating system, language, and whether you want full install or just drivers minus software, utilities, and firmware. From this point, it is all the same prompts as the disc includes any need to uninstall old software before the new drivers can be installed.
Visiting dell.com you’ll see a support tab. Click on all support by topic, otherwise it can be a little difficult to find the software and downloads section where drivers and downloads is listed.
Dell is pretty savvy. You can choose detect my product, enter a service tag code or browse for your product. You have a choice to select printers, the type of printer you have, and then the model. We clicked on Dell 968w just to test out the site.
If you have an Epson printer visit Epson.com to locate current printer drivers for your device. There is a drivers and support tab where you type in the name of the printer and model number. You will then need to choose the operating system. Epson offers a combo pack. You may also choose just the drivers or just utilities like EasyPrint.
Select run from the pop up window and save the drivers to the printer file. The software does the work for you. You will need to follow the prompts when it asks a new question. You may see a prompt to uninstall previous printer software if you had drivers installed before. Really, the process is as simple as point and click once you locate the proper drivers.
At the end, the software will ask if you want to open the driver folder. Some versions ask to print a test page. We always like to print a test page to ensure the ink is clear and legible. Also, to help avoid printing issues later, think about setting the printer as the default device.
Open your web browser and visit HP.com. You will choose drivers and support to do a quick search. Enter the product name or number on your printer. Select the operating system for the drivers you need. There is a choice between basic or full feature, where the full set offers additional software like photo impressions.
You just need to click on the version you want by selecting download. A prompt to run and save will appear on screen. When installation is complete click open file. Follow the prompts to accept the user agreement, plug in the printer, and finish installation.
You may see a screen pop up before installation begins asking to uninstall current drivers. This happens if you once installed the HP drivers on the computer. Allow it to remove all installed files to stop any software conflict that may occur later.
Once the software is installed and the printer is attached, go to the control panel and then printers and faxes. Right click to print a test page. We like to set the newly installed printer as the default. This can be done in the same command window.
Lexmark .com has a printer and download tab for you to find the correct printer drivers. You just need to enter your printer model number and select the operating system. If you install just the drivers, you get the printer up and working. A utility package offers more, including features such as photo editing software.
Running into issues with re-installation, we advise you visit the control panel before you select download for the drivers. In remove program, uninstall all printer drivers including any other drivers from other brands. Once that is completely uninstalled, start downloading the software. The prompts will walk you through the process leading up to printing a test page and setting the printer as the default choice.
You’ll find there are two reasons for error messages: the printer has a chip or the cartridge is not making contact with the printer. Your problems will stem from the type of cartridge and printer you have. Epson, Brother, and Canon do not have internal print heads. These manufacturers use chips.
The chips line up with printer cartridges to read the ink levels. Lexmark, HP, and a few Canon products with internal print heads may encounter a problem cartridge that just needs a little cleaning. Luckily, when an error message occurs there are ways to resolve the issue. The focus is on remanufactured inkjet cartridges rather than manufacturer brands or compatible cartridges.
Installing Remanufactured Cartridges
To install remanufactured inkjet cartridges, you use recycled plastic. It is rare, but sometimes these cartridges can be defective. By removing the cartridge, examining where the ink comes out, and the interior of your printer, you can see if a leak occurred. You can also look at the integrity of the plastic for any defects. If you find none, it is probably not a defective cartridge. It is more likely the chip or printer contact error creating the message.
Taking Care of Inky Business
We’ll focus on chips first. Manufacturers use chips to help printers read ink levels and the print job from the computer. The first option is to remove the chip and try installing it again.
If the same message appears, it is time to trick the chip. You’ll want to take out the printer cartridge. Turn the printer off and unplug it. Many experts say wait 3 to 4 minutes, but try 10 minutes. Grab a cup of tea, have a snack, walk the dog or do something else before coming back. After some time has gone by put the ink cartridges back in.
Plug the device in and turn it on. The error message should be gone.
We know sometimes it is not. You can always get a little drastic and turn off the computer too. In fact, why not reset the entire system. Perhaps it is not the chip, but the computer reading the chip incorrectly. A combination of both devices being reset has typically solved the issue.
When the chips are not involved.
So you don’t have a brand mentioned above with a chip? Perhaps it is the internal printer head and ink cartridge contact issue? It is time to do some spring cleaning… even if it’s still winter. Dirt gets into the unlikeliest of places. You’ll want a damp rag at the ready for this. Remove the ink cartridges and turn off the printer. While you are at it why not unplug it just for a little resetting too. Take a look at the remanufactured ink cartridges first. Did the internal printing head turn the ink cartridge dirty? If you see a little ink or it looks stuck on the cartridge wipe it clean.
Next look inside the printer, you might need a flashlight for this part, and wipe around the ink area. You can also use a vacuum to blow away some of the dust that has gotten inside from the paper. After you clean it out, replace the cartridge, plug the printer back in and turn it on. If the message is still there go to the next option..
Using the old cartridge to clean the machine
Replace the old cartridge into the machine after shaking it a little bit. This can sometimes dislodge extra ink. It may be enough to trick the printer into recognizing there is ink. Run the cleaning program from the control panel under printers and faxes. You’ll want to run this program every few months even if it seems like a waste of ink. The cleaning process keeps the internal area of your printer ready to use; especially, if you do not use your printer very often. It helps remove any caked on ink or dried ink that occurred from sitting around or occasional leaks.
After the printer cleaning process is run, try replacing the cartridge with the remanufactured ink cartridge. If you still have a problem contact your supplier and let them know there is a defect with the cartridge.
Is your printer not recognizing the remanufactured inkjet cartridge? This is a common problem we often hear about. Several common reasons exist for why your ink cartridge may not work properly, causing printer issues you may not know how to handle. A few of those reasons include protective tape still on the cartridge, chip issues, and firmware updates.
Let’s take a look at how a printer is built.
Your printer has ink that is stored in the cartridge or placed into a holding tank when it is installed. You have the printer head that tells it what letters or numbers to print based on information from the computer. This allows the printer to read ink levels, printing information, and recognize new ink. It is the chip that is often the pesky perpetrator of error messages you receive.
Why Chips are devilish?
Chips are the brains behind the printer just like they are in the computer. Manufacturers really want you to buy their ink rather than replacing ink cartridges with third party products. So by this reasoning, in goes the little firmware bug telling the printer not to recognize other printer cartridges. The firmware replies by giving you a message like “printer cartridge empty, please replace.” You may see the printer ink light continue to blink. A message may ask you to check the cartridge and try again. Some chips go so far as to tell you there is no cartridge in the printer. Of course you know better, but perhaps you should check a couple of things first. Never assume it is the pesky perpetrator first.
Check your own installation.
It happens…you are installing ink and your child walks into the room to ask you a question. You are in the middle of the process, but click the ink cartridge into place. The printer tells you the error message. You open up the printer, remove the cartridge and the protective seal is still in place. Maybe it is not a child, but your cat, the phone, or another distraction. The result is the same—the seal remains.
If the seal is in place, the printer cannot break through it and start filling the ink levels. It creates an issue where the chip can’t see the refill. Once you remove the tap and snap the ink cartridge back in place the remanufactured or compatible ink cartridge may work.
Not the Tape? Try resetting your printer.
You’re still seeing the message or your installation was correct? There is still the possibility the firmware is being a little devilish. But you have an answer—it just takes resetting your printer. You need to remove the cartridge and unplug the printer from the wall. Now, go make some coffee, read a comic, draw a funny picture, or pet your cat. In ten minutes come back to your printer. You’ll put the ink cartridge back in the printer before plugging it back in and turning it on. If this is not possible, plug your printer in then go through the installation process. By waiting ten minutes, you have reset the chip memory. In many cases, this is enough to force it to recognize the compatible cartridge.
What happens if the error message is an empty cartridge?
An empty cartridge error message may have nothing to do with the chip, but a defect with the cartridge. Test the cartridge to see if there is ink inside. Usually when you remove the cartridge, it will leak a little. If you reinstall the cartridge, the chip may be able to read it again. In some instances, the error message has more to do with the cleanliness of the printer. Your printer has a clean option. Visit the printers and faxes area of the control panel. Open the properties section by right clicking. Find the tab for maintenance and select clean printer.
It will run through the cleaning process using any ink it recognizes. You may discover after the clean is complete with the old cartridges it recognizes the new ones. This tip only works if the printer recognizes there is still a little ink in the old cartridge. Try cleaning the cartridge off first before running the cleaning process.
Are you worried your printer warranty will void if you purchase compatible inkjet cartridges? It is a common concern of many home and business consumers. You don’t have to worry though because re-manufactured and compatible ink cartridges won’t void the printers warranty.
Using third party ink cartridges have no effect on a printers warranty.
You can start saving on your ink purchases. It is understandable to have concern since the printer is costly, but you truly can save on purchases and help save the environment a little at a time by recycling your old cartridges.
Printers are built to use certain styles of cartridges. As long as you have the right type that fits into the printer, you don’t have to worry. It is like telling you to use the tools supplied in the box for the desk you just bought. Do you really have to use the tools that come with the job? No because any Allen wrench included is the same as you buy separately. Just remember ink is a tool for the printer. You wouldn’t buy an HP USB drive because you have an HP computer, right? Instead, you would purchase the one that fits your budget because you know they are compatible. The list of examples can go on, but rather than bore you with the details we’ll tell you why you can use compatible inkjet cartridges with your printer—no matter the brand.
Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
Two enterprising men in 1975 wrote the federal law, Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, Senator Warren Magnuson and Representative John Moss. It was their work that set our national standard for all product warranties. The law prevents manufacturers from tying in functional components to the warranty. In easy terms, a manufacturer cannot tell you to buy their functional component only. It comes under the concept of monopolies in business. A warranty voided by using a functional component limits the concept of free enterprise. Printers warranty limitations exist on how you treat the device. Dropping the printer from a great height on purpose can void the warranty. Forcing an ink cartridge that definitely doesn’t fit into the printer voids the warranty.
Simply using a cheaper ink because you have a budget has no affect. The ink cartridges you buy are safe to use as long as you follow the model numbers. So what are your options?
You have three options when buying ink: OEM, compatible and remanufactured.
1. OEM: original equipment manufacturer products are what most people use. They worry about warranty issues, plus many are unaware there are other options. OEM ink cartridges are offered by Brother, Epson, HP, Lexmark, Dell, and Canon. Many companies including Epson sell refurbished cartridges. They refill recycled cartridges, resealing the ink inside to work like new.
2.Compatible Ink Cartridges: manufacturers are third parties who design ink cartridges for particular models of printers. They look exactly the same as the OEM version except for the brand name. Often they are cheaper.
3.Remanufactured Cartridges: manufacturers re-purpose plastic to form ink cartridges that work on specific models of printers.
Are they really safe?
Yes, believe it or not any of the three options are safe for your printer. As a recycling company of ink cartridges and other e-devices, we also sell ink. It is safe to use any of the three options based on your comfort level and budget. Right now, you do not have to worry about spending too much on ink. With technology changing and companies out there providing ink refills, re-purposed plastics and more, you can feel safe in your choice.
If you are worried about safety, simply check the cartridge before you install it. Is any ink leaking? Does the cartridge appear damage or unclean? You can also run a cleaning test to provide better copy in the event your printer heads or ink cartridges are dirty. Will the Ink Last as Long?
Worries over printers warranty aside, manufacturers do vary in quality. There are different levels of ink, even from top manufacturers. You’ll want to read the label and fine print before you buy. Many manufacturers list the number of paper sheets a cartridge will print before it runs out of ink..
Why buy remanufactured inkjet cartridges? – Increasingly, remanufactured cartridges are a first choice for users who recognize that cartridges are often the largest cost they have when buying a printer or a copier. There have been a growing number of consumers and businesses buying remanufactured inkjet cartridges over the years.
Our industry’s commitment to quality, value and service means that business users can benefit from reduced costs in printer cartridges without any loss in quality. Home users of computer printers and faxes are also recognizing that remanufactured cartridges are often up to 20%-50% cheaper than the OEM equivalents, which gives them a real, cost-effective and environmentally-friendlier option.
Buying remanufactured inkjet cartridges does not mean they are of poorer quality than branded originals. There have been many independent consumer surveys that can confirm this. Studies by the reputable German test organization, Stiftung Warentest, have confirmed that non-OEM cartridges are not only cheaper but also are equal in terms of quality! In February 2005, the national independent consumer organization called Consumentenbond performed a series of studies into 11 inkjet printer types. They commented, “…contrary to what printer manufacturers say, printers using non-original cartridges do not give perceptibly more complaints than printers using original cartridges.” In a 2005 issue of the German computer magazine C’t (Heise), our fears of using non-OEM cartridges were deemed unnecessary and it was confirmed that remanufactured cartridges are made according to the highest standards (including ISO, DIN) and produced “fit for pruprose”.
Judging by the substantial and rapid growth of our industry in the last decade, customers are increasingly satisfied with the choice and quality remanufacturers provide. With quality levels being the same or higher, the only real difference between an original and remanufactured cartridge is the price! Buying remanufactured inkjet cartridges helps the environment. Around the world, more than 5 million plastic printer cartridges end up in landfills every year. But empty cartridges can be remanufactured for re-use up to 2-3 times! Our industry substantially reduces the number of cartridges reaching landfills. For every remanufactured cartridge purchased, its one less new cartridge that needs to be produced, saving energy and preventing it from entering the waste stream and draining our natural resources.
Remanufacturing is not only about “Being Green” but it’s a real solution to the growing e-waste problem. It is a manufacturing ethos of re-use, not just recycle. To substantiate our claims to “being green”, the re-use of the plastics and metals used in printer cartridges is the most eco-friendly method of dealing with this type of waste product. Re-using the materials in the remanufacturing process requires less energy than manufacturing a brand new printer cartridge. For example, recycled aluminum, used again in remanufactured products, uses 95% less energy in manufacture than virgin aluminum.
The raw material saved through remanufacturing reduces the energy required to extract and process materials. Significant amounts of waste that would otherwise end up in landfill sites are reused by our industry. Our own research estimates that remanufacturing can make a significant difference to the amount of new raw materials produced and used to supply the growing demand for inkjet and toner cartridges.
Planet Green is proud to be located in Chatsworth, CA. From start to finish, every step in the remanufacturing process takes place in the USA. When we say all the processes take place in the United States, we mean it! Right down to the ink we use, it’s all made in our country so that we can support other US companies and keep the cycle going.
We recycle printer cartridges that would otherwise end up in OUR landfills and instead, turn them into a quality finished product that works just as well as a brand new one.
“American Made” means more than just being patriotic. To Planet Green, it’s a commitment to strengthening our environment, our economy, and production of quality products.
Jobs shipped abroad means less opportunities for US workers. When workers employed in the U.S. are encouraged to spend their money on U.S. made or remanufactured products, the dollars continue to be recycled within our economy.
OEM regulations are extremely strict and are continually altered. Overseas remanufacturers do not necessarily closely follow these regulations and guidelines. Planet Green utilizes Static Control chips, which works directly with the OEM to ensure proper guidelines are followed.
U.S. remanufacturers are required to follow strict regulations to protect the environment. These regulations do not exist in most of the top countries exporting goods to the U.S.A. where massive pollution occurs. In addition, the less distance your product has to travel to get to you means less fuel use and pollution.
Many importing countries have little or zero regulations or standards for working conditions, including child exploitation. By purchasing U.S.A. made, we are not supporting the continuation of these substandard working environments.
When you purchase USA made, you can be confident that the remanufacturer is following consumer production laws and safety standards.