EcoLogo releases expanded printing cartridges standard

Revised standard includes socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing

November 9, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

OTTAWA: EcoLogo has released its newly-revised printing cartridges environmental standard, which for the first time can be applied to original toner cartridges and refurbished toner cartridges.

“The inclusion of original toner cartridges greatly expands the potential for environmental leadership in this product area, as our original standard focused solely on re-manufactured products,” says Angela Griffiths, executive director of the EcoLogo Program. “This expansion is a major step forward in helping to recognize advancements made by manufacturers of environmentally-preferable, new cartridges.”

The revised standard also includes criteria for socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing. These include mandatory documentation of compliance with local, regional, and national environmental and occupational health and safety requirements, as well as proof that the manufacturer has an effective environmental management system in place. Other additions to the improved standard include:

  • Restrictions on heavy metals (mercury, lead, cadmium, or chromium[VI]) and hazardous substances that may cause the toner to pose human health risks;
  • Strict limits on volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and carbonyl compounds, such as formaldehyde, to help improve indoor air quality;
  • Strict limits on ozone and dust generation to help improve indoor air quality; and
  • Criteria for packaging that require post-consumer recycled content or nearly complete recyclability or compostability.

EcoLogo’s Printing Cartridges Standard was developed using a multi-parameter approach that identifies the most important environmental indicators from all stages of the product’s lifecycle. Criteria set in this standard aim to reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve resources, and reduce impacts to human and environmental health. This standard will also help identify the top environmental performers in the market, allowing manufacturers to demonstrate their environmental leadership and providing printers, professional purchasers, and consumers with the most environmentally-preferable printing cartridges available.

The revised standard covers original toner cartridges manufactured by the original equipment manufacturer of the device, as well as remanufactured toner cartridges that have undergone disassembly of previously used toner cartridges, assembly of the reusable parts, and introduction of new or aftermarket parts.