Remanufactured Toner Cartridges
If you've ever run out of toner (and who hasn't?) you know that printer toner cartridges can get very expensive, very fast. An option many folks take is to buy remanufactured cartridges to cut down on the cost of supplies.
A good quality remanufactured cartridge should provide the same print quality and life as as OEM product. Typically, remanufacturers dismantle cartridges, replace moving and wearable parts, and refill them. In some cases, the toner they use is exactly the same as what the manufacturer uses in its cartridges. Properly remanufactured cartridges also include new drums, if they're already part of the cartridge, so that the printer's ability to actually render pages and pick up toner will be the same as a new cartridge.
Environmental Impact Every cartridge that you buy from a remanufacturer is one that didn’t originally end up in a landfill. The same applies to cartridges that you return or, in some cases, sell back. The environmental savings from remanufactured toners are meaningful. One manufacturer, Imation, estimates that each of their Earthwise cartridges keeps three pounds of waste out of landfills and saves three quarts of oil.
Furthermore, if you buy your cartridges from a local remanufacturer, you can also reduce your carbon footprint by not buying cartridges that are trucked or air freighted from great distances.