Printer cartridges to art supplies

Since 2003, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and its program partner, Close the Loop, have been delivering world class product stewardship and resource recovery solutions for printer cartridge waste. From these products, Close the Loop makes end products like TonerPlasTM , a premium asphalt additive, and eWood, a plastic timber alternative. What makes this process truly great, in terms of the circular economy, is its ability to inspire innovative business solutions to our waste as was the case with Lousy Ink.   

Lousy Ink is the world’s first 100% recycled artist ink. Started as a two-person commitment to reducing unconscious waste, Cartridges 4 Planet Ark has helped them promote more sustainable forms of artmaking and provide an alternative to your leftover ink.

Results & Benefits:

  • Lousy Ink started in 2017 as a solution to the ink waste that was generated as a by-product of printer cartridge recycling. 

  • Lousy Ink is a prime example of the circular economy in action. It helps facilitate the zero waste to landfill guarantee of Cartridges 4 Planet Ark and Close the Loop. 

  • Over 85,000 litres worth of ink has been collected and stored since day one. 

  • Lousy Ink gives artists of all levels the platform to flourish, whilst helping keep our planet green along the way. 

  • Cartridges 4 Planet Ark estimates that enough ink has been recycled to fill almost 7,000 bathtubs. Diverting it from landfill prevents it from leeching toxic chemicals into ground soil. 

You can read more about these projects by Planet Ark HERE.

How can you recycle your printer cartridges big and small click HERE to find your closest location.

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