Life Cycle Environmental Impact Study : HP LaserJet Toner Cartridges vs. Remanufactured Cartridges in Europe

Posted by loredana iordanescu
File: 
Type: 
Full LCA available on the web
Comparative: 
yes
Publication year: 
2011
Language: 
English
Code: 
Paper Products/Inks
Product: 
Toner Cartridges vs Remanufactured Cartridges
Quality and sources
Is the study a: 
Detailed LCA
Was a critical review performed?: 
No
Sponsor name(s): 
Hewlett Packard Company
Sponsor type: 
Company
Practitioner(s): 
Four Elements Consulting, LLC
Practitioner(s) type: 
Consultant
Summary
Functional unit: 
the printing of 100 usable monochrome one-sided pages
Goal and scope of the summary: 
The scope of the study was to provide a comparative environmental assessment of a current HP cartridge versus a reman substitute, utilizing the disposition trends, the product quality and the production practices.
Among all impact categories studied the original HP cartridges don't have more environmental impacts that  the remanufactured cartridges due to their print quality perforance. For the users whom is not impotant the quality of theirs print documents the environmental impact of HP and remanufactured cartridges is comparable but for those for whom is important, the HP cartridges were found to have an advantage.
Also the recycling of the HP cartridges, is  reducing signifiant the environmental impact, at the end-of-life phase. 
Manufacturing impact(s): 
Eutrophication
Smog
Manufacturing impact level: 
Medium
Shipping impact(s): 
Global warming
Shipping impact level: 
Low
Usage impact(s): 
Acidification
Global warming
Eutrophication
Toxicity / Eco-toxicity
Usage impact level: 
High
End of life impact level: 
Low


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