One of the ideas emerging from the workshop in Cranfield was a solution to the waste from inkjet printer cartridges.
The problem: We use an estimated 100 million ink cartridges a year in the UK, each one taking about 70 ml of oil to make and lasting 2.5 months. Less than one third can be reused/reprocessed and they’re made of mixed resin which is hard to recycle.
Our first idea for a solution: A universal ink cartridge, which is interchangeable between printers and can be easily refilled. Clearly there are issues with this as the economics of printers appear to be based on cheap printer, expensive proprietary ink. Click here to hear Ugo Valleri from Restart talking about the issues.
What do you think and how would you solve this problem? We can feed your ideas into the next workshop at Loughborough http://tpdl-redesign-2.eventbrite.co.uk/