26 - 02 - 2020
The anti-waste law and the circular economy are pushing production and consumption to change the economic model in order to reduce waste and preserve natural resources.
Stop disposable plastic, inform the consumer, stop wasting and promote solidarity reuse. These are the objectives set by the anti-waste law for 2040.
Our goal for this first quarter is to continue to reduce the ecological footprint of our products by offering a more environmentally friendly solution for our packaging on the Laser range to reduce packaging sizes and to offer an alternative solution to the airbag to reduce single-use plastic!
For the past 13 months, ARMOR Office Printing R&D teams have been working to develop plastic-free packaging. The plastic airbag is no longer used for the best-selling laser products in the OWA range, as it has been replaced by a cardboard wedge solution and a brown paper bag.
This approach will have various positive impacts, in terms of storage and even transport. The packaging has less of an impact on the environment. The impact is proportionally reduced by the same amount for each consumable. “By including inkjet cartridges in our “Stop Plastic” approach, we estimate that our consumption should decrease by 15 tonnes per year, in anticipation of future laws on plastic.” concludes Gerwald van der Gijp.
we pursue our ambitions its eco-design ambition. By not limiting itself to using recycled materials or recovering co-products, our teams are able to optimise all materials from the moment of manufacture. In so doing, the group has become a pioneer in the logic of the circular economy.
Environmental factors were also part of the reason for moving inkjet cartridges to the OWA brand. Cartridges that were previously provided in blister packs are now packaged in more environmentally-friendly OWA cardboard boxes, which are 100% recyclable. “ARMOR embarked on this remanufactured consumables adventure because we knew that we had the necessary expertise, but also because we are motivated by a belief that it is important to contribute to innovation, in order to create a more responsible society.” continues Gerwald van der Gijp. This belief is part of the DNA of OWA, whose leadership position within the market is accompanied by a genuine desire to reflect on the way in which its environmental impact can be reduced, beyond the mere production of consumables.
we are strengthening our range of consumables, by transferring 100% of its inkjet printer cartridge range to its dedicated brand, OWA. In this way, OWA is strengthening its leadership position, by providing the market with a full range of remanufactured inkjet cartridges.
“In terms of technological capability, we are now able to offer our customers a complete range of remanufactured laser and inkjet cartridges. In this context, standardising the range was both a technical and a commercial task. However, we are now able to offer shorter procurement lead times due to our standardised packaging.” explains Gerwald van der Gijp, Managing Director of Armor Office Printing.
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