Printer Idea Does Away With Packaging

With inkjet printing technology increasingly ubiquitous, most of us are aware of the fact that we’re going to spend more money on inkjet cartridges than we are on the printer itself. An intriguing new concept design from Yuexun Chen asks the question: why bother with the printer at all?

The Instant Cartridge Printer (which comes to us via IGreenSpot) apparently hooks up to your computer, camera or phone to print directly onto the photo-paper concealed within. There’s no packaging involved here, as the cartridge itself–made from recycled paper–protects the printing tech within, with no annoying people-proof plastic box or even cardboard packaging to speak of. Cartridges comes sized by the paper within them, making instant photo-printing a snap.


image via IGreenSpot

This concept, according to Chen, is based on the design principle that “the package is the product”–one that could keep tons of wasted resources out of our landfills if heeded by more manufacturers. What’s more, the Instant Cartridge Printer (which can easily be taken apart and recycled at the end of its useful life) would help us to break the cycle of the cheap printer that suckers us into buying lots of expensive, non-interchangeable cartridges that wind up in third-world landfills. Let’s hope this one catches on.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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