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Packaging Designed with the Environment in Mind​

We design our packaging with the environment in mind. For every product, the Lexmark packaging team carefully considers the following environmental concerns:

  • The amount of packaging used
  • The effects of packaging on shipping
  • The types of materials used
  • The recyclability of packaging materials
Lexmark designs our packaging with the environment in mind.

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.

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 Multifunction Mono Products in 2015

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We quantify our efficiency through a life cycle assessment (LCA). Acting on our findings, we expect to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and conserve natural resources.

Recycled Paper Becomes Product Packaging

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 2015 we were able to convert 550 metric tons of test pages, which save the equivalent of over 14,500 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.

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Supplies Packaging with Reduced Carbon Footprint

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.

Minimum Recycled Content of Packaging Materials

1 Data calculated using the Environmental Paper Network’s Paper Calculator.

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