Remanufactured ink cartridges can have a positive impact on the environment, because of less oil being required to make them functional than a cartridge that is brand new. Ink cartridges that are not recycled can also be an environmental problem because of the length of time that they can take to decompose – which can be a thousand years.
When as many as a million ink and toner cartridges are recycled, this results in around 19 thousands barrels of oils not having to be used.
The manufacture of a new toner cartridge involves approximately twice as much oil being used, compared to the amount of oil required for a remanufactured or compatible cartridge.
When a single toner cartridge is manufactured an approximate 3.5 litres of oil is used. For the manufacture of an ink cartridge the figure is 90ml of oil.
For every 50 cartridges that are newly manufactured the amount of oil used is a whole barrel.