LexJet Reviews: Sustainable Programs and Products

Just in time for Earth Day, C.J. Forker returns for a new edition of LexJet Reviews focusing on sustainable products and programs. From media with special certifications to recycling programs, these options will help you start seeing green.

Media Solutions:

LexJet Print-n-Stick Fabric – A popular choice for those DIY projects to high-end wall décor, this low-tack, self-adhesive fabric is not only PVC-free, but also free of other harmful chemicals which means fewer emissions, less harmful waste, and a better solution for the environment.

ChromaLuxe – Proudly made in America, nearly every part of the ChromaLuxe manufacturing process – from the factory itself to the coating; from the fiberboard to the panels – is considered sustainable. The company also has a commitment to recycling, which means less waste and fewer harmful emissions.

HP PVC-free Durable Smooth and Durable Suede Wall Papers – These wallcoverings are popular for designers looking to create colorful murals while capturing high-definition details. Because both are UL Greenguard Gold certified – they produce much lower levels of emissions – they are safe for sensitive environments like hospitals and schools. Additionally, HP PVC-Free Durable Smooth Wallpaper is FSC-certified, which means it is responsibly harvested timber that is selectively cut, rather than from industrialists who clear-cut forests.

HP 15-oz Prime Double-sided Blockout Banner and 18-oz Prime Double-sided Pole Banner – The perfect solutions for long-lasting indoor displays or applications that will be displayed in demanding outdoor conditions are these two newest banners available from LexJet. These durable banners offer an opaque blockout layer for double-sided printing. Both are REACH and Prop 65 compliant, which means there are no harmful emissions.

Sustainable Programs:

LexJet Ink Cartridge Recycling – The new ink cartridge recycling program is easy. Simply go to the resource page and fill out the information. Download the prepaid shipping labels and schedule a UPS pickup. It’s as simple as that. All OEM brands and sizes are accepted, from wide format to desktop. Right now, we are not accepting toner tubes, toner bottles, or generic cartridges New research shows 375-million ink cartridges are thrown away every year and this new program gives customers an alternative so the cartridges don’t end up in a landfill.

HP Take-back Program – This long-running program aims to cut down on waste and put those raw materials to good use. Since 1987, when the program began, HP has recovered over 2.3 billion pounds. To read more about HP’s sustainable impact, you can see a full report HERE. This simple and environmentally sound take-back program offers consumers and business customers the ability to return and recycle any brand of computing hardware as well as many HP media products.

To learn more about these products and programs, visit our LexJet Reviews library, give us a call at 800-453-9538, or visit LexJet.com.

The Easy Way to Recycle Ink Cartridges

They say nothing in life is easy. Well, “they” haven’t tried LexJet’s new ink cartridge recycling program. When you visit our new recycling headquarters, participating in the program is as easy as 1-2-3!

Once you have your box of OEM cartridges (20 lb. minimum), just follow these easy steps:

1) Fill out the information
2) Download the prepaid labels
3) Schedule a UPS pick-up

Arrangements can be made for pallet shipping if you have more than 100 cartridges.

All OEM brands and sizes are accepted, from wide format to desktop. At this time, we cannot accept toner tubes, toner bottles, or generic cartridges.

According to A Greener Refill, more than 375 million cartridges are discarded every year. With this new program, we can offer an easy-to-use, environmentally responsible way to recycle empty cartridges and help reduce that number.

If you have questions about the new recycling program, you can visit our resource page or contact a LexJet representative at 800-453-9538.

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.