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InkCycle introduces grenk

23 Jul, 2008

InkCycle introduces grenk

grenk, a new remanufactured line of ink and toner cartridges is doing its part to reduce waste. Developed by InkCycle, industry leaders in print cartridge remanufacturing, grenk addresses the environmental challenge head on by making manufacturing processes more efficient, packaging less bulky and recycling efforts more convenient for consumers.

“As a company, we have always embraced an environmentally-friendly philosophy and grenk allows us to share that with our customers,” said Rick Krska, founder and chief servant for InkCycle. “Our entire existence is based on reusing materials to make them last longer, reducing waste and providing quality products.”

The first sustainability initiative pioneered by grenk is product packaging. Cartridges are delicate pieces of machinery that require sturdy packaging often lined with padding to protect materials. grenk has engineered a package designed to minimize waste that features:

· SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) and/or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified box materials that use the highest available content of recycled material
· Storage bags made from oxygen-degradable polyethylene film that begin to degrade in months instead of years
· Air pillows used to reduce the amount of plastic
· Test sheets from the Quality Assurance process are shredded and used to fill storage and shipping bags
· A pre-paid postage shipping return label and recycle bag are supplied to toner consumers to return all packaging materials to grenk. grenk then reuses the materials, or disposes of them in a responsible way.

InkCycle is the first and only company in the aftermarket industry to implement a water filtration process for its waste water. Returned inkjet cartridges are thoroughly cleaned with water and steam. In turn, this waste water, which is usually black in color, is cleaned and treated prior to leaving the plant. The process eliminates the risk of any contamination into the ground water. “All manufacturing waste water that leaves the plant is environmentally processed,” said Krska. “It’s not required by law to do this process, but we impose these regulations on our own because we are committed to helping the environment where we can.”

The final piece of grenk’s impact on global sustainability is its proprietary Carbon Neutronics Index, a software program designed for grenk consumers to track e-waste reductions. Most programs use simple averages in the calculations, but grenk accurately calculates precise measurements for every cartridge.

“We live in a world where recycling efforts are translating to real bottom line results,” said Krska. “The Carbon Neutronics Index allows our customers to easily calculate contributions to reducing company waste and adding to the bottom line.”

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