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Ink poisoning: Can it happen and who is at risk

12. January 2011 06:00 by Danielle Bernhard in recycle cartridges, ink poisoning, inks, recycle  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
I’m here today to dispel an urban legend about ink poisoning. Today’s inks are not poisonous and it would take a very large amount to cause any harm to a human. There are other residents in many homes that we are going to discuss today. Cats and dogs are our four-legged family members that theoretically could be at risk. This is largely due to their lower body weight and naturally curious nature.

We’ve all been surprised at one point of time as to what our pets have gotten into. While the amount of ink that they could possibly ingest should not be harmful, you should be vigilant if they manage to chew on an ink cartridge or pen. They also are at risk of intestinal blockage or chocking on any plastic pieces they may have chewed off.

Unless you catch your pet in the act, you would probably have no idea that they ever did anything. Aside from the tell tale signs of finding an ink stained French poodle. If you think your pet may have come in contact with ink, you need to stay vigilant. Look for indicators of poisoning like agitation, drooling, staggering, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and irritation around the mouth and/or eyes.

If the pet has ingested ink and appears fine, keep a vigilant eye on it and contact your veterinarian at your earliest convenience. If all is well, a trip to visit the vet may not be needed. You can also contact the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435 or http://aspca.org/pet-care/poison-control/.

If you find ink has gotten on your pets fur, the best method for cleaning it up is using a mild dishwashing liquid detergent. This will keep the pet from trying to lick it off and also keeping it from staining anything in your home. Do not try to induce vomiting unless your veterinarian tells you to do so.

We all know that prevention is the best cure, so keep your and your pet’s environment clean and neat so there isn’t a chance for it to ingest a non-food item. Also don’t throw those printer cartridges in the trash, help save the environment by recycling them. The more we can keep out of the landfills, the greener the future for our pet’s future.

Eco Printer Offers Coffee Scented Printouts

14. May 2010 11:10 by Danielle Bernhard in clickinks, recycle cartridges, ecology, recycle, environment  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)













The staff here at Clickinks.com find the smell of a freshly produced printout hard to beat – especially the smell of a printout produced using our quality remanufactured cartridges. Recently though, conceptual designer Jeon Hwan Ju has proposed making printing a completely different olfactory experience: his freshly invented RICI printer uses coffee grinds for ink cartridges. The user literally takes their old coffee filters and places them into specially shaped cartridges before inserting into their printer – giving each printout the faint scent of Arabica beans (or whatever blend they enjoyed that morning.)

The RICI printer isn't perfect however. Intending to make his printer environmentally friendly for example, Hwan Ju hasn't included an electricity socket. The user is therefore required to manually feed the coffee grinds into the printer while the page is being produced, which may make printing both time consuming and incredibly tiring. Moreover, though coffee brands like Starbucks may guarantee the quality of their coffee, they probably won't guarantee the quality of their printouts. Clickinks.com on the other hand offers a 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed with every purchase. And who knows – maybe one day we'll begin selling chocolate or hazelnut-scented cartridges, too.

Will that New Printer Save your Green backs?

Go Green today, not just because it is St. Patrick’s Day, but because the green is a reminder of our Earth friendly ways that, on some level, we all strive for. Even as we aim to recycle and keep loads out of the landfill, there has been an urge lately to buy more printers, throwing perfectly functioning printers in the trash all in the name of saving on ink.

When inside an office supply chain, you may have looked at the high retail prices of your ink or toner cartridges, and then looked at the sale price of a new printer. Don’t let it fool you, if it seems too good to be true – it probably is.

HP, Epson and other printer manufacturers are guilty of this; they sell the printers at low prices, with nothing more than a starter cartridge included, and then increase the price of the subsequent cartridges. By encouraging consumers to buy a new printer, they are creating a lot of unnecessary environmental waste.

The solution is to keep your printer out of the landfill and keep more of your money in pocket. Purchase remanufactured (professionally refilled and recycled) ink cartridges from a reputable company like Clickinks.com. Your printer, wallet and grandchildren will thank you.

The USB Cartridge: An Inventive Approach To Recycling

10. March 2010 12:24 by Danielle Bernhard in recycle cartridges, recycle, usb, diy  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)









People concerned with the environmental impact of printing have several options.
They can return their empty ink cartridges to the manufacturer: brands like Epson run recycling programs free to customers. They can drop off their used cartridges at major retailers: stores like Staples pay $2-3 for each cartridge. They can even check if their city government collects cartridges: the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce recently announced a program doing just that with Fisher Recycling, for example.


Alternately, people concerned with recycling can get creative! The folks at Instructables.com recently posted instructions for turning your empty ink cartridges into USB Flash Drives. The procedure requires little more than electrical tape and a knife – and is completely free! Best of all the – the USB cartridge slots into your printer. Perfect for storing confidential data under the cover!

Are there any other recycling tips you would suggest?

Does Your City Government Encourage Ink Recycling?

Recently the Myrtle Beach Chamber Of Commerce in South Carolina announced a venture with local company Fisher Recycling. Together they will encourage ‘green’ policies among businesses in Myrtle Beach. Fisher Recycling will audit waste and provide recycling bins for materials including glass, aluminium and plastic. Of course, this latter category includes ink cartridges.

Individuals can opt into Fisher Recycling’s curbside collection route. The initiative will reduce the waste that goes to landfill, and is convenient for people seeking to dispose of waste responsibly. This includes people concerned with the environmental impact of printing.

Hence it is worth asking: Has your city started a similar initiative? If so it is worth exploiting! If not – perhaps it is worth asking why not!

If you fall into the second category, there are other ways to recycle ink cartridges. Staples reportedly pays $3 for every cartridge received. In addition, brands like Canon run recycling programs, free to their customers. These are listed below:

How To Replace The Drum Unit In Your Laser Printer

Did you know the drum unit of your laser printer is separate from the toner cartridge? Like the toner, it occasionally needs replacing – at which time your printer LCD display may read ‘Change Drum Soon.’ However, if your printer doesn’t have an LCD display, you’ll know the drum unit needs replacing when prints have thick black spots, become blurry, or print out lighter than normal.

To replace the drum unit of your laser printer, please follow these simple steps:

1) If you’ve recently done printing, let the machine cool down. It gets hot!

2) Handle the drum carefully. It holds ink that can splatter!

3) Open the printer’s front cover.

4) If your laser printer includes a drum lever, flip it so that it’s vertical.

5) Pull the drum unit and toner cartridge assembly from the printer with the handle.

6) Hold the lock lever down on the assembly and remove the toner bin.

7) Take the new drum unit and remove the protective sheet.

8) Reinstall the toner cartridge into your new drum unit by sliding into place. If installed correctly, the lock lever will lift easily.

9) Slide your new assembly into the laser printer. It should snap into place.

10) Close the drum lock lever, if your laser printer comes equipped with one.

11) Close the top cover.

12) If your printer has an LCD display, press ‘Options’ then ‘Yes’ to ‘Replace Drum.’

13) Once the laser printer has finished recognizing the drum unit, you’re ready to print!

The old drum unit should be placed in a plastic bag. After that it can be recycled.

Canon Celebrates 20 Years Of Toner Recycling

23. December 2009 14:50 by Danielle Bernhard in print news, recycle cartridges, canon  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)
The cartridge recycling program initiated by Canon is about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary. In 1990 the scheme only operated in the USA, Germany and Japan. Today it covers 23 nations and, as of June 2009, has collected around 220,000 tons of used toner cartridges. The toner recycling scheme is unique among print brands in that 100% of the cartridge parts are recycled and recovered, so that nothing goes to landfill. For example, the energy used in recycling the cartridges is used for heating, while the plastic is used for new cartridges.


The timeline of the Canon Recycling Program documents the company’s increasing concern with recycling. Beginning in 1990 with only three nations, by 1994 21 countries were involved. Further, the rate of cartridge collection has grown most rapidly in the last five years: at the Program’s half way point in 2000, only 60,000 tons of cartridges had been collected, of the 222,000 recycled today. Further, it was not only 2003 that Canon’s ‘zero landfill’ policy was implemented in all four of its global recycling bases. This period of greater dedication to toner recycling coincides with the increased number of accolades award to Canon. In 2005 for example, Canon received a 3R Award from the Japanese Minister of Industry.

Canon attributes the success of its Cartridge Recycling Program to its company ethos: ‘kyosei’. This mentality of ‘living and working for the common good’ meant Canon introduced its ink and toner recycling program before any other printer brand, and without cost to the consumer. Today it implements a ‘closed-loop recycling’ method, meaning that a minimum of new resources are needed for its products. The company presently only recycles ink cartridges of its own brand, though this may change later on. To take part in Canon’s program, visit their website.

Recycle, Refill, Reuse: How printer ink is going green

Recycle, Refill, Reuse: How printer ink is going green

There is a great push these days to recycle every product before discarding. Recycling saves natural resources, conserving land, it saves energy, due to a reduction in energy required, recycling also creates less air and water pollution and fortunately saves money, as recycled products are frequently the least expensive option.

Auto makers offer Certified Used vehicles and Electronic stores offer previously returned, refurbished items. These solutions provide a lower priced alternative for the average consumer. The technology of printer cartridges has also followed suit.

Companies such as Clickinks.com have adopted this “green” way of reusing and saving money by offering printer cartridges that have been used, refilled and have been certified to be good as new, equal in performance to new and ready to be reused. These cartridges are called remanufactured ink or remanufactured toner cartridges. With the exception of a lower cost, you may never know a cartridge was remanufactured. The benefit to consumers is a lower cost with equal performance for Quality, Certified technology.


So what is "remanufactured"?

A remanufactured ink or toner cartridge is offered on just about all printer lines from home photo printers to large business laser jet printers. They have been used and recycled, then put through a rigorous remanufacturing process to bring them back to "same as new" condition and performance.


What is the difference between remanufactured and refurbished products?

The distinction between remanufactured and refurbished equipment is not always obvious. For example, at Clickinks.com remanufactured cartridges are returned to the equivalent of new and carry a satisfaction guarantee. Refurbished or used equipment is generally not fully tested or certified to meet like-new standards. Purchasing a remanufactured cartridge from a reputable company offers the peace of mind afforded by a new product at a 75-86% discount over new.

How is a product remanufactured?

Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges undergo a rigorous process after they have been recycled they are professionally cleaned, thoroughly inspected and completely refilled (with more ml. of ink than manufactures sell them with). Reputable companies will comply with ISO 9001 quality standards.

When is remanufactured better?

If your budget is as limited as the rest of us, then remanufactured ink or toner cartridges will offer you a high quality, fully guaranteed solution at a low cost.

If you are concerned with the environment and want to conserve Earth’s valuable resources, then remanufactured printer cartridges will offer you peace of mind.

Clickinks Is Excited to Soon Unveil Epson Remanufactured Ink Cartridges!

25. August 2009 14:03 by Danielle Bernhard in recycle cartridges, epson ink, recycle, remanufactured  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)
Clickinks.com will soon unveil Epson remanufactured ink cartridges!

Many of the most popular, effective ink and toner cartridges that Clickinks currently offers are remanufactured products, helping homes and offices reduce their environmental impact.

Clickinks Remanufactured ink and toner cartridges are cost-effective and high quality; they result in lower waste, fewer chemicals, lower energy use and fewer materials. Each remanufactured cartridge keeps pounds of metal and plastic out of landfills and saves gallons of oil.

Clickinks remanufactured ink and toner cartridges come with a 100% no-risk, quality guarantee, and are much more affordable than the original brand OEM ink cartridges.

As we transition our Epson ink and toner cartridges to the environmentally-preferable products, Clickinks will attempt to keep the lowest prices possible, while delivering you the highest quality. Rest assured that you will continue to find a significant savings over OEM ink cartridges.

Please join Clickinks in supporting the transition to a greener Earth.

Inked: The History of Printer ink

Inked: The history of printer ink

An ink is a liquid containing a mixture of pigments and or dyes used for coloring a surface to produce an image or text.

Ink is a compound medium composed of solvents, pigments, dyes, resins, lubricants, surfactants and other materials. The materials serve many purposes including controlling flow, thickness of the ink and the print results.

Up until the mid 1980’s, with the introduction of home computers, consumers did not have the freedom of home printing. Today in the U.S. most homes have printing, faxing and scanning options. As a result, buying a cartridge of ink is now a part of both business and consumers shopping lists, similar to buying a bottle of ink for fountain pens years ago.
The majority of ink cartridges from companies selling remanufactured and compatible ink cartridges, like Clickinks.com, contain dye based ink. OEM (Original equipment manufacturer) cartridges may contain pigment based ink. You will get a wider range of color into dyes than into pigments. Consequently, dye based inks tend to be more vibrant than pigment based inks. However, results depend upon the overall printer design.

Some printer brands use a combination of both dye and pigmented, other printers can use either type of ink, while still others are only restricted to dye based or only restricted to pigment based.

The price of replacing printer cartridges has recently become a point of contention with consumers, especially as prices are lowered on printers. The major printer manufacturers like Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Dell, Canon, Epson and Brother, often only break even selling printers, because they plan to make a sizeable profit by selling cartridges over the life span of the printer.

One reason printers are now available at much lower prices is because, in order to continue benefiting from cartridge sales, they have installed microchips on their cartridges to interact with the printer in a way that prevents operation when the ink level is low or when the cartridge has been refilled. Many cartridges produce up to 38% more prints, even though the chip stated that the cartridge was empty.

Customers can often cut printing costs by using ink cartridge refill kits, or by purchasing new non-O.E.M./Original equipment manufacturer brands. The non-OEM equipment can include Compatible or Remanufactured ink cartridges. The replacement of OEM ink cartridges is more common in other countries, with United States starting to catch up. These less expensive alternative cartridges sometimes have more ink than the original OEM branded ink cartridges and may produce the same, better, or sometimes inferior quality, depending on a variety of factors, including the retailer chosen, and their ability to produce a quality product.

Some manufacturers like HP, Dell and Lexmark have built-in the printer head on the cartridge. This also makes the printers cheaper, but the cartridges more expensive because with every replacement you are paying for a new precision print head. Other brands, such as Epson, do not include the print head and so the printers tend to be somewhat more expensive.

Empty laser toner cartridges, inkjet cartridges, photocopier toner bottles and drums are many times discarded, and are now piling up tons of waste in landfills. This waste is now avoidable with the use of Remanufactured products. Remanufactured printer supplies, now available from stores like Clickinks.com, utilize a smart recycling process to recycle cartridges to like new products.

Compatible, Remanufactured and OEM cartridges can be found at www.Clickinks.com.