Check for reused brand compatibility when choosing a new printer, says ETIRA

June 12, 2023

The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturing Association (ETIRA) is urging consumers to check before they buy a new printer – to make sure their new device will work with remanufactured cartridges.

By doing so, the association says printer owners can not only save money, but also make a more sustainable choice for the environment.

Javier Martinez, president at ETIRA, said: “Unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common for printer brands to use firmware updates to prevent the use of remanufactured cartridges.

“But, did you know that remanufactured cartridges, as confirmed by Which?, work just as well as brand name consumables? And not only that, but they are often much more affordable and a sustainable reuse of empty cartridges.”

To make sure remanufactured cartridges work with a printer, ETIRA recommends turning off the automatic updating of the printer’s firmware.

Consumers can also look for the ETIRA Certification Label – an initiative launched by the association to help buyers identify remanufactured printing consumables that have a superior environmental performance.

Javier added: “If you’re considering purchasing a new printer this summer, for your kids heading off to university, or as a Christmas gift later in the year, be sure to ask the question: will this printer work with remanufactured consumables?

“The answer should always be yes! By choosing to use remanufactured cartridges, you’ll not only save money, but you’ll also be making a more sustainable choice for the environment.

“We at ETIRA are champions of the reuse of imaging consumables and urge you to join us in making more environmentally responsible choices. So remember, when it comes to printers, choose the option that works just as well for a fraction of the cost – remanufactured cartridges sold by ETIRA members.”

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