At this day and age, as information flow is growing faster, the human society's tendency to print is not diminishing, but rather increasing. Since printing bears a heavy environmental cost, which is related to both consumption of paper and the environmental footprint of print consumables, a solution is needed. The solution should not try to change the printing increase trend, but suggests means to alleviate its impact on the environment.
Read Preton white paper: Environmental issues associated with toner and ink usage
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. This white paper examines the environmental impact of toner and ink usage. It also examines how PretonSaver addresses the various environmental issues arising from the increased printing.
Did You Know?
- GHGs (green house gases) emissions from manufacturing a single mono toner cartridge have been calculated to approximately 4.8 Kg CO2; per
- Each year over 350 million cartridges are thrown out to landfills.
- By 2012 500 million laser cartridges and 1.8 Billion ink cartridges will be dumped in landfills.
- Each cartridge becomes 3.5 pounds of solid waste sitting in a landfill and can take up to 450 to 1000 years to decompose.
- Each ton of office paper, during its complete life cycle, emits the equivalent of 6.3 tons of CO2 in GHGs.
- World demand for paper is expected to grow by 2.1% per year until 2020.
- Tree "harvesting" for the pulp industry accounts for over 42% of logged trees.
- It takes 12-24 trees to manufacture one ton of paper, resulting in an average of 18 trees cut down for every 10 employees per year.
- An Average employee prints 6 wasteful pages per day, that's 1,410 wasted pages per year for a total of $84.6
- In 2004 the United States used 8 million tons of office paper, that’s the equivalent of 178 million trees!
- Global paper products consumption has tripled over the past three decades and is expected to grow by half again before 2010.
- The U.S. pulp and paper industry is the second largest consumer of energy and uses more water to produce a ton of product than any other industry.
- Production of 1 ton of copy paper uses 11,134 kWh (same amount of energy used by an avg household in 10 months.
- Production of 1 ton of copy paper produces 2,278 lb of solid waste.