Somewhere around this time is Earth Day… maybe it’s today. Frankly, for me, every day is Earth Day so I’m not all that juiced about designating a particular day for it — but it’s blatantly obvious that I’m not in the majority of how people think about and treat this planet, so calling attention to it is a good thing.
So here’s my Earth Day post… These are my Epson 2200 printer cartridges. I’ve had my printer for 8 years now and I’ve never tossed a printer cartridge and, as you can see, I’ve gone through a few. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but tossing them in the waste stream wasn’t going to be part of my printing workflow.
Starting this year I’m bringing 10 cartridges a month to Staples where they will help recycle the little devils. Staples pays you $3 per cartridge, so that’s $30/month for me to purchase new inks.
If you print a lot, please find a way to recycle your consumables — whether it be through Staples or likely a dozen other ways. Simply tossing them into the wastebasket isn’t helping anyone.
Oh, and if you want to go a step further, consider using GreenPix paper from Red River Paper. This is a photographic paper made from recycled stock and works really well. I’ve printed notecards on it for many years now and feel better that these items, which typically aren’t hung on walls, at least are on their second life through the consumer system — and might be on their way to a third.
You can do this and a hundred other reduce/reuse/recycle things in your life for whatever reasons float your boat. Mine are in the background of the photograph above – my wife, my grandson, and the river they are paddling on.