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Red Oak Industries Helps Indiana Print "Green"

3 Nov, 2008

Red Oak Industries Helps Indiana Print "Green"

p>Columbus, IN (October, 2008) - Red Oak Industries today announced that it is offering SoyPrint, the first laser printer cartridges using toner powder derived from soybeans. An environmental breakthrough in printing for offices, schools, and colleges, Red Oak Industries will supply SoyPrint cartridges for the most popular laser printers at prices comparable to traditional, petroleum-based print cartridges.

“Companies today are looking for ways to become more environmentally responsible and trying to adopt more sustainable practices,” said Kevin McCracken, who heads the “green” printing effort for Red Oak Industries. “Improving printing practices is a great way to start. We consume 50,000 tons of petroleum-based printer toner powder each year in this nation. With SoyPrint, we can now offer customers a way to reduce their dependence on oil every time they put a toner cartridge in their printer.”

U.S. businesses, schools, institutions, and governments use more than 100 million printer cartridges annually. Each printer cartridge contains one pound of petroleum-based toner powder.

The SoyPrint cartridges, which are manufactured in the U.S. and shipped from warehouses across the country, use soy-based toner powder, a plant-based alternative to petroleum-based powders. Soy-based inks have been available for many years, but SoyPrint cartridges are the first soy toner cartridges for laser printers.

Red Oak Industries’ partner PRC Technologies performed months of extensive testing on the SoyPrint cartridges. The company found that the print quality and number of pages per cartridge match traditional brand name toner cartridges. PRC also confirmed that the soy toner does not harm laser printers.

“Red Oak Industries is committed to working with our customers to identify sustainable practices that can help both the environment and their businesses,” McCracken said. “From using recycled paper to donating old printers to public schools or not-for-profit agencies, there are many simple steps we all can take to reduce our carbon footprints and become more green."

In addition to providing SoyPrint cartridges, Red Oak Industries helps its customers enhance their paper procurement and recycling practices. The company refers its customers to recycled paper suppliers, helps them recycle old, empty toner cartridges, and assists them in donating unneeded printers instead of discarding them.

For more information about SoyPrint and Red Oak Industries, call Kevin McCracken, 812-314-3417.

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