Consider Soy-Based Toner for Home and Office Printing
Instead of endlessly searching the Internet for soy-based ink for printers, consider the option of using soy-based toners for desktop printers or photocopiers. They are more popularly known as bio-based toners and are compatible mostly with a select series of HP laserjet printers.
These toners make use of resins developed from the natural oils of soy beans, cotton seed and corn to replace the polymer or chemical resins contained in traditional toners.
The first of these soy-based toners is commercially known as “Agritone" and has been tested as compatible with the HP LaserJet 4200 series, HP LaserJet 4300 series, HP LaserJet 4345mfp and HP LaserJet 4250/4350 series. Accordingly, these compatible printers do not require any modifications and can be expected to meet the standards of high-quality prints. "Agritone's" proponents, Batelle Institute and the Ohio Soybean Council were named as recipients of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2008 "Presidential Green Chemistry Award".
Another bio-based toner, "SoyPrint Toner Cartridge", is said to be compatible with the Canon image Class 2210/2220/2250 series printers in addition to the HP printers. .
The main environmental benefit derived from the use of bio-based toners is its de-inking performance, which is important in facilitating paper recycling processes.
However, since a host of other manufacturers have come up with their own versions of bio-based toners, consumers should be guided by the US Department of Agriculture’s label for “USDA Certified Biobased Product". The image on your left is the new USDA label that was launched in Feb. 2011.
Image Credit: Courtesy of SoyBioBased.org