What provides the greatest benefit to the environment? Sustainability is clearly at the forefront of its product development, as printer manufacturer Lexmark did not only conform to international standards. The OEM also developed innovative technology and practices that are geared towards the responsible management of its printers and multifunction devices at the end of its life cycle. Let us look at a few of the sustainability practices rolled out by the printer giant in recent years.
Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP)
This is a feather on Lexmark cap. Time and time again, Lexmark has earned international recognition for its cartridge recycling process. According to a life cycle assessment commissioned by the OEM, when we recycle Lexmark cartridges, the cartridge carbon footprint is reduced by as much as 60%. The LCCP is now in operation in more than 60 countries.
The OEM recycle Lexmark cartridges program is pretty straightforward but what is impressive is the adoption rate by its customers that far exceeds industry averages. Customers participating in the program return 1 out of 3 cartridges used.
This would not come as a surprise since the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program makes it easy for customers to return their used toner and ink cartridges.
To return used ink cartridges, the customer only needs to order free recycling bags at freedigitalphotos.net and mail the package for free. For used toner cartridges, a return label is provided along with the purchase. Returned cartridges are either remanufactured or routed to a material recycling process.
Lexmark Equipment Collection Program (LECP)
Lexmark takes its sustainability initiatives seriously. Lexmark brand printers and multifunction devices can be returned to the OEM at its end life and Lexmark will recycle the equipment for free. This is clearly the more responsible method of disposing electronic devices that has seen the end of its serviceable life.
Recycled Lexmark Pens
In partnership with Close the Loop, an established recycler of imaging products and a company dedicated to zero waste print cartridge recycling, the innovative Lexmark pen came to life back in 2012. What is remarkable about this writing device is that this is a by-product of recycled ink and its plastic housing. Converting used ink cartridges is another creative way to guarantee the product sustainability and lessen its impact to the environment. In fact, used Lexmark toner has been reused as a filler to asphalt, a colorant in plastic and recently as an additive to cement.
Unison Toner Technology
Apart from print quality and hardware performance considerations, Lexmark proprietary Unison Toner has been developed with sustainability in mind. The toner formulation features a low friction quality that eases toner flow and allows toner to transfer to paper efficiently so that toner waste is minimized. The technology behind Unison reduces per page carbon footprint by 46% and also consumes less energy during operation. Unison toner is indeed a leap forward in sustainability.
Digital Transformation Project
Third quarter of last year, the printer industry giant announced its plans to embark on a digital transformation that is aimed at shifting their business platform from a manufacturer of printers and multifunction devices to that of a business solutions provider. This is according from an article published in freedigitalphotos.net. One of the key benefits of pursuing digital transformation is that it minimizes the use of paper, which is also a contributor to printing costs. In fact, the printer giant was able to cut down on paper use and saved millions of dollars in terms of print costs by installing a global print driver designed to minimize print waste. Digital transformation however takes time and we are yet to see its impact on Lexmarkâ€™s operations and if these efficiencies can be successfully channeled to its customers.
Lexmark made the headlines just recently with its acquisition of California based software developer Kofax for $1 billion. While this will double its software business, the acquisition will put more teeth into its sustainability initiatives as the OEM taps software technology to reduce printing costs, improve workflow in organzations and reduce per page carbon footprint. Also this month, the printer giant received recognition from IDC Marketscape as an industry leader in smart MFPs and managed print services.