We recently found ourself in the position of having to purchase a new printer for our home office (our dining room!) and of course it needed to be an environmentally-friendly printer if possible.
During this strange time where more of us are working from home, and that includes teenagers allegedly working on their GCSE and A’level studies – the printer has been called upon to work that little harder – and decided enough was enough and gave up on life.
We did try to fix our old printer, however, we took it to pieces and it was sadly beyond help – in fairness, it was over 15 years old, so it had had a good innings as far as home printers go. So – the hunt for environmentally friendly and convenient printers began!
We had a few criteria for our new replacement printer – as well as environmentally friendly, it needed to be cost-effective too. And essentially cartridges needed to be affordable too, and recyclable too.
After extensive research – we eventually went for a Canon Pixma g3501 colour printer and scanner combined, the printer was a lot more expensive than many you can purchase; we paid £220 (usually retails at £250) yet the ink refill in a bottle mean there’s less excessive packaging than on the regular cartridges. And – hopefully this printer being a lot sturdier than more ‘disposable’ £50 printers, will last longer!
Check Cartridge Save here for cartridges, they have a ‘zero landfill’ policy. This means all plastic, metal and other components are fully recycled. No part of any cartridge you send them will be sent to landfill. Read more about that here.
Downtime for the kids here includes downloading free printables (here’s a mandala butterfly from their KidsChaos.com website CLICK HERE) and I’ll confess I rather enjoy colouring in too myself – so you can see WE NEEDED A NEW PRINTER quickly!
This article has been produced in conjunction with Cartridge Save, and if you’d like to download further free printables, we’ve a few!
Try our Rainbow spinner here
Or our fun Star Wars Porg Free printable paperchain here:
And save this one, for your milk cartons – free printables for SKULLS!