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.
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
Students of the South Polytechnic State University in Marietta recently took a creative approach to recycling empty ink cartridges when, to help beat exams stress, they tore the components to pieces using several blenders. Along with similar used components including defunct printers and old keyboards, the student chapter of the Association of Computer Machinery paid $1 for the opportunity to shred their used cartridges. One of a dozen student witnesses to the rampage, freshman James Mahoney, told AJCNews.com: ‘Destruction is always fun when it’s rampant.’
The faculty advisor to the Association of Computer Machinery recommended the Blendtec Total Blender to the group, after seeing the machine perform on YouTube. Powered by 1500 Watts, the blender will shred almost anything; although, as AJCNews.com reports, ‘it gets tripped up with some metals and, as students discovered, ink cartridges
.’ The students, extremely relaxed and ready for their exams after the rampage, plan to recycle the shredded remains of the empty ink cartridges. Though where they intend to do so remains to be seen - whether the Cartridge Recycling Programs at Canon and Lexmark accept powered plastic is doubtful.
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.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.
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Our professionally remanufactured cartridges go through a rigorous testing & QA process, to ensure there is no difference in quality from genuine cartridges. Remanufactured cartridges are environmentally friendly, instead of sitting in a landfill, the cartridge cores are recycled and reused after going through our stringent remanufacturing process. All this, at significant savings!ClickInks.com