We design our packaging with the environment in mind.
For every product, the Lexmark packaging team carefully considers the following environmental concerns:
During the design phase, Lexmark engineers determine the shipping requirements of each product. They consider the overall size of the product, its shape, and the included accessories. The overall ruggedness of the printer is another significant factor: the more robust the printer is, the less packaging it requires. Less packaging lowers costs, reduces materials disposed in local landfills and ensures that goods are transported in the most efficient manner. These efficiencies result in energy and natural resource savings, and fewer greenhouse emissions.
At Lexmark, we apply this eco-logic not only to printers but also to supplies and service parts. Our packaging materials are derived from both renewable and nonrenewable sources. Those derived from renewable sources include corrugated cardboard boxes, molded pulp cushions and wooden pallets. Those derived from nonrenewable sources include cushions made from expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polyethylene (EPE); polyethylene bags; fasteners such as staples, twist ties and tape; plastic strapping and plastic stretch wrap.
Lexmark catalogs the amount of packaging material used with every product to ensure that designs adhere to a minimalist approach and remain highly recyclable.
Estimated packing material in Lexmark and multifunction products in 2016
Plastics | 747 metric tons
Paper-based board | 3,295 metric tons
Wood | 1,193 metric tons
Metals | 5 metric tons
Every Lexmark cartridge is print-tested to ensure superior quality. Instead of recycling these test pages, we use a process designed by our supplies-packaging engineers to convert them into molded pulp cushions. Cost-effective and practical, these packaging cushions not only provide excellent protection for our cartridges during shipping but can also be recycled. They are made from 100 percent post-consumer Lexmark waste. Lexmark began using the pulp cushions in 2013. In 2016 we were able to convert 615 metric tons of test pages, which save the equivalent of over 16,200 trees1.
For our efforts on this project, Lexmark was recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award winner (ML 100) in the Sustainability Category. Presented by the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the ML100 Awards honor businesses that shape the future of global manufacturing.
Lexmark packaging engineers design our supplies cartons to reduce their environmental impact while maintaining their structural integrity. The durability of our supplies packaging is put to the test by being shipped twice–once to ensure that the product is safely delivered to the customer; the second to ensure the product is securely packaged in its return trip to Lexmark.
Lexmark makes it easy for customers to participate in sustainable practices by using our free Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program to return cartridges and packaging. Lexmark also offers recycling of printer packaging. For more information about the Lexmark Equipment Collection Program, click here.
1 Data calculated using the Environmental Paper Network’s Paper Calculator.
Minimum recycled content of packaging materials
Corrugated fibreboard | 35 percent
Molded pulp | 100 percent