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Soy Toner - Is It Really All It's Cracked Up to Be?

Live green! That seems to be the rallying cry these days. There isn't anything wrong with deciding to go green. In fact, it's a rather good idea. Green living is promoting more and more innovation throughout various companies and their products. That includes printers and their ink. Considering the amount of ink and toner cartridges the country goes through every year, a change could be a great idea. Especially since it requires at least 50,000 tons of petroleum each year. That's where soy toner comes in.

Soy toner is exactly what it sounds like; toner made from soybeans. A lot of great things come from soy toner. Soy is a sustainable plant which we can continue to utilize over and over (provided responsible farming tactics are used). The toner is made in the USA which reduces the dependence on shipping. And the companies that create soy toner insist that it can print the same amount of pages as conventional oil-based toners.

The question that everyone wants to know though is whether or not soy toner really is all it's cracked up to be. Thus far, all signs are pointing to yes. Large companies such as HP are starting to make their move toward soy toner. The companies that produce soy-based toner are expanding as much as they can, offering their products to a number of other print companies. Other creators of soy-based toner have already offered their services when it comes to remanufactured cartridges.

Soy toner still has yet to gain a strong foothold in the consumer printing world though. The news is spreading slowly but steadily. Handfuls of people have offered their reviews on their experiences with soy toner, and so far many of them have been extremely pleased. The word about soy toner is spreading, and it includes the print quality, low pricing, and no smudging. What soy toner offers is the same as oil-based toners - and it's not just hearsay anymore.

In fact, a surprising piece of information that few people know is that the newspaper industry has been using soy ink for the past 15 years. Since the start of their switchover, 90% of newspapers are now printed with soy or vegetable-based inks. The increased demand for soy-based inks would have a positive effect on soy production and only take up a small percentage of the industry.

Not only does soy-based ink cost less and perform the same, it is also biodegradable. It allows paper to be recycled more readily as well because it leaves very little ink residue behind, which results in cleaner, brighter paper pulp. It's a win-win situation for essentially everyone involved.

Soy toner is indeed all that it's cracked up to be. All that remains is for the consumer base to demand change of the big printing companies who are too set in their ways to move. Green printing is up to us - supply and demand. If we demand it, they'll supply it, and the Earth will be all the better, one ink cartridge at a time.