Give Your Old Printer a Second Life by Donating or Recycling

You may be excited about upgrading an outdated printer, but what do you do when it comes to proper disposal of the old printer? The options are seemingly limited. It turns out, however, that there are a few ways to give your old printer a second life.

Donate it – if it is still working, just not giving you the desired results or is simply not efficient anymore, reach out to some local schools, colleges or other organizations to see if they would be able to use your printer for educational purposes.

Recycle it – While OEM recycling programs differ by printer, company and state, it’s best to reach out to the manufacturer directly to see what recycling options are available based on your location and printer model. Here are some links to help you get started:

Other companies do recycling, as well. You can check with your local waste management company for information on e-waste, while smaller printers may be accepted at stores like Office Max/Office Depot.

Replacing your printer can often seem daunting, but remember, with new or improved technology, the speed and efficiency – and sustainability – of the printer will increase. If you would like more information on current printer technologies, call your LexJet printer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Good Will Printing, Laminating and Recycling

Recycling inkjet media and laminates

Excess scraps of media and laminate films generally end up in messy piles destined for the trash. Some people go the extra mile and recycle their printing leftovers. David Wiggins, photographer and owner of Wiggins Photography in Ridgeland, Miss., found a way to take recycling to another level.

Wiggins uses LexJet Performance Textured Polypropylene Laminate (5 Mil) to protect his prints. “We use the product based on Michael Clementi’s [Wiggin’s customer specialist at LexJet] recommendation that it will give our in-house prints the maximum protection and longevity.” This particular laminate includes a clear plastic release liner that is removed upon application and subsequently thrown away.

“I was interested in recycling, and I noticed the clear plastic liner was similar to what is found in gift baskets.” says Wiggins. “I took some samples to a local flower shop and they were thrilled to use it.”

Wiggins recently donated about 1,000 feet of release liner. “We’re still working on a way to use the liners in our packaging. It’s just a little thick, but perfect for flowers,” Wiggins adds. “We have a great history with the florist, so she was very receptive to the idea. The 24-inch liner is perfect for flowers and small gift baskets.”

Wiggins will continue to donate his release liners to the flower shop. “Any time we can recycle a product we feel good about it. We just hope that once the individuals receive their flowers or basket, they will take the next step and continue the process either through re-use or placing it in the recycle bin.” says Wiggins.

Wiggins and his wife have been satisfied customers of LexJet and Michael Clementi’s since 2004 and 2006, respectively. “Michael has been great; he’s very helpful. LexJet has been our source for paper and ink – and we’re very pleased with product ordering and shipping.”

Get a new HP Designjet Printer and Get Cash Back

HP large format inkjet printer trade in promotionThis month HP is offering a Cash In & Trade Up promotion which gives you up to $1,000 cash back when you trade in your eligible old printer and purchase or lease a qualifying new HP Designjet T1300 44-inch PostScript ePrinter, HP Designjet T7100 Printer or an HP Designjet Z6200 60-inch Photo Printer between now and April 30, 2012.

An online claim form must be submitted by May 31, 2012 and you must trade in your eligible old large-format printer for recycling to quality for the promotion. And, when you add a qualifying HP Care Pack Service you save up to $150 more.

Qualifying trade-ins for the HP Z6200 promotion of $1,000 cash back include: HP Designjet 2500cp series, HP Designjet 3500cp, HP Designjet 5000/5500, Designjet Z6100, any Canon 36-inch or larger graphics printer, any Epson 36-inch or larger graphics printer and any ENCAD 36-inch or larger printer.

For more information about this promotion and for qualifying trade-in printers for the HP Designjet T7100 and T1300 printers, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

LexJet Expands Avenues for Government Agencies to Procure Inkjet Plotter Products

Public sector agencies and government authorized contractors that use wide format inkjet plotters, supplies and media can now access LexJet products through GSA Schedule 70 and Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).

LexJet, a small business based in Sarasota, Fla., can be accessed directly through GSA Schedule 70 contract number GS-35F-0129Y. LexJet can also be accessed on GSA Schedule 70 through Triad Technology Partners, a woman-owned small business, at contract number GS-35F-0298W.

Wide format inkjet plotter products for government, public sector agencies and government contractors
Rohmann Services Inc., a contractor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, produced this shield for one of the Academy's squadrons on Photo Tex from LexJet. Photo courtesy Lt. Col. James Cunningham

For users of SEWP, LexJet supplies and consumables are available on Four Point Technology’s SEWP IV Contract NNG07DA16B. Four Points Technology is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

“First and foremost, I couldn’t be happier with LexJet’s customer service. Our account specialist, Patrick Callaway, is the bomb, and if he’s not available there’s always someone right on the spot to help us out,” says Mark Watkins, Graphic Lead at Rohmann Services Inc., a contractor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. “LexJet goes above and beyond, researching products, printers and inks, even if they’re not related to what we’re going to order from LexJet; it’s like having our own technical expert.”

Public sector agencies can also procure LexJet products with GSA pricing by calling LexJet directly at 800-453-9538 or by visiting the website at www.lexjet.com. LexJet has been serving both private and public sector organizations since 1994 as one of the trailblazers in the wide format inkjet printing market.

“We’re working on providing public sector agencies with as many options as possible so they can choose the procurement method that works best for them,” says Jason Metnick, LexJet vice president. “Our goal is to provide government agencies with the best customer service experience they’ve ever had and to make everything they do related to printing as easy and hassle-free as possible.”

In order to meet the goals stated by Metnick, LexJet has developed a nationwide network of distribution centers, backed by a state-of-the-art logistics system, to make shipping quick and painless. Moreover, each public agency account is supported by a personally-assigned account specialist who provides free and unlimited product and technical support.

LexJet carries an extensive line of wide format printers and inks from Canon, Epson and HP, as well as its own line of inkjet media developed for almost every application imaginable, including posters, signs, banners, exhibits, maps, official photo prints, wallcoverings, window graphics, backlits, laser printer applications, and more.

Government agencies looking for sustainable alternatives can take part in LexJet’s inkjet cartridge and banner recycling programs and choose from a wide range of recyclable materials and papers made from wood products grown in sustainable forests.

For more information about LexJet programs, products and services for public sector agencies, GSA Schedule 70 and SEWP GWACs, or if you just need help, email gsa@lexjet.com, go to www.lexjet.com/government.aspx, or call a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538. And, to find out what others are saying about LexJet, its customer service and products, go to www.resellerratings.com/store/Lexjet.

New Recycled Inkjet Paper Weaving Joins Other Green Art at Josh Mitchell Gallery

River of Water of Life by Josh Mitchell and Macklin Rice
River of Water of Life by Josh Mitchell and Macklin Rice

By Bill Weiser

The newest addition to the exhibit of art made from recycled inkjet materials at The Art Station in Springfield, MO is entitled River of Water of Life.  Created by artists Josh Mitchell and Macklin Rice, the 16-ft. piece is made from hundreds of inkjet-printed test strips saved from more than 60 different fine-art photography projects.

The strips were chromatically grouped and hand woven through a wire framework in a way that suggests flowing river currents. To further evoke a sense of motion and nature, the mounted artwork is viewed with a time-lapse video projection of clouds moving across the horizon.

River of Water of Life made its public debut at an event at The Art Station on Friday, Aug. 7.  The new piece joins Rhythm & Hues and Hanging Cartridges, which were described in a previous Studio LexJet post: Art Exhibit Uses Recycled Photo Printing Materials. According to Mitchell, the exhibit at The Art Station is being expanded to help encourage the community to “Get away from the throw away!”

He adds that “This manner of creating art is a trend that some photographers and designers are employing to promote the use of low-tech processes that have a minimal impact on the natural environment.” The art reinforces a fundamental principle of recycling: We all must look at all the stuff we might ordinarily discard and figure out new ways to re-use it.

MitchellRiverProjCrowdJosh Mitchell was thrilled by the size of the crowd that showed up at the event at which the piece was unveiled. He says he has received several phone calls from other organizations that want to display the “green art.” 

Personally, I think Josh’s art is some of the most creative that I have seen.  It is not only good to look at, but great for the environment as well. Hopefully, work such as Josh’s will remind us to think more about the future of the environment. His work also makes us realize that “Art is all around us. It is just a matter of piecing it together.”

For the latest information about what LexJet is doing to promote more sustainable solutions, visit The Environment section of our website.

 

 

 

 

Art Exhibit Uses Recycled Photo Printing Materials

By Bill Weiser

I always love hearing from LexJet customers who are pushing the creative boundaries of inkjet photo and art printing. 

Recently, I learned about a unique new art exhibit crafted from recycled photo-printing materials. The concept for the Recycling, Relationships, and Rewards exhibit originated with Josh Mitchell, a long-time commercial photographer who is now passionately involved in mixed-media printmaking and fine-art photography in his studio and art gallery in Springfield, MO.  The art exhibit made its debut at the Josh Mitchell Fine Art Gallery in April.

The show’s two main pieces Hanging Cartridges and Rhythm and Hues are made from waste materials that Josh had saved during the past two years of using his Epson Stylus Pro 9800 to print images for individual and corporate clients.

 

Hanging Cartridges
Hanging Cartridges

Hanging Cartridges is a ceiling-to-floor suspension mobile made from more than 360 plastic inkjet cartridges.  Josh came up with the idea then worked with Drury University student architect Justin Petersburg to figure out how to create the piece. Although the idea itself was simple, the process of building the mobile was more complex. That’s because they wanted to design the mobile so that it could be transported and reassembled at another site, perhaps in different configuration.

Each cartridge was dipped in a highly saturated cyan, yellow, magenta or black enamel paint, then strung with monofilament line to a wooden stick. In Josh’s gallery, the cartridges were suspended in  multiple rows. A wall of rows starts near the ceiling then tapers off toward the floor, giving the whole thing a suspension-bridge-like look. A ceiling fan causes a gentle movement within the mobile and cross-lighting causes the monofilament lines to glow.

Josh says that visitors to the gallery were wowed when they saw the mobile: “They wanted to walk through it and touch it.” In addition to inspiring thoughts of recycling, he said the mobile triggered questions about inkjet printing.  Josh says few people ever stop and think about what colors are used in their inkjet printers or what type of printers are used to create the prints displayed on the walls of his gallery. He thinks the display helped open that discussion and may help build a greater respect for professional-quality printing.    

Josh started hanging onto his empty ink cartridges long before cartridge recycling became so easy and popular. He told me, “My printers give me such joy, that the cartridges represented something to me. So I just kept saving them until I had filled garbage bags with the cartridges.”

The idea for turning the cartridges into an art piece occurred to Josh earlier this year, as it was becoming clear that public interest in recycling was on the rise.  

 

Rhythm and Hues
Rhythm and Hues

Rhythm and Hues  is a six-foot, woven wall hanging that Josh Mitchell and artist Macklin Rice pieced together from scraps of inkjet paper and canvas test prints that Josh had collected over the past year.  Josh says he had made smaller photo weavings in the past, combining a black-and-white print with color photograph, for example. But he was curious to see if he could create something bigger. 

Josh devised the plan to put strips with cooler tones in one quadrant and strips with warmer tones in a different quadrant, and then use a section of neutral-toned strips to separate them. But he wasn’t sure how to make the wall hanging stable and transportable until Macklin suggested using chicken wire.

To create the finished piece, Josh and Macklin wove ¼-in, ½ in., and 1-in. strips through the wire. After they had achieved the waves of colors and degree of dimensionality they had envisioned, Josh sprayed the piece with protective clearcoat to help ensure that the woven wall hanging would retain its color.  

Rhthym and Hues is so unique and timely that the piece was immediately accepted for inclusion in a juried exhibition at Webster University in St. Louis. After that exhibition, it will then be installed in the lobby of the YMCA in downtown Springfield.

One of the reasons Josh created the exhibit was to remind people to “Get away from the throw away.” Josh believes that the collaborative nature of creating the 3D exhibit captured the true spirit of sustainability. As Mitchell puts it, “Recycling fosters relationships. You can’t build complex things alone and recycling can be made bigger by all of us pitching in small things.”

He hopes the art pieces will help inspire community residents to collaborate in finding beautiful new ways to use items that otherwise might be discarded. 

I am glad that Josh told me about his exhibit. At LexJet, we believe in recycling. Through our Sustainable Solutions, we are empowering our customers in the digital photography and wide-format printing industries with education, products, and programs geared toward reducing our environmental impact.

Justin Petersburg

 

As Justin Petersburg worked on the mobile, the painted cartridges dripped as they swung, creating wavy lines on the drop cloth. For the exhibit, Mitchell converted the drop cloths into 9 x 12 ft. canvases that he hung on the gallery walls.