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Monthly Archives: January 2008

Rats! Seems I Can’t Recycle My Ink Cartridges!

With my husband hunting for a new job, suddenly our printer is going through ink. We’ve been low for a long time, but we finally managed to use up a couple cartridges.

Come to find out that a lot of Canon ink cartridges aren’t recycleable. Some are, but not the ones we use.

I gather that the ones Office Depot recycles have to have the print head in them. I guess that’s something of a plus, that disposing of my cartridges is not disposing of a print head every time. But I still hate seeing the plastic go to waste.

I even checked an ink refill site, and no go there either. Not that it would have helped this time, since we needed the ink today. But it would be nice to know.

All this is making me really glad we don’t do a lot of printing most of the time. I find it simpler to order my prints on those rare occasions I need a photo printed, so my printing needs come out to pretty rare occasions. The printer is only about 2 years old, so we obviously have no plans to replace it just because the cartridges won’t recycle. But it’s a thought for next time.

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What to do About Plastic Grocery Bags?

ShareMore cities have been thinking about enacting plastic bag bans. So far as I’m concerned, this is an overall good thing. Plastic is cheap to make, and I hear its carbon footprint is actually better than that of paper, but the long term issues are a definite problem. You see, they are only minimally recycleable.… Continue Reading

There’s Nothing Like a Really Good Friend

ShareI posted the other day about my husband losing his job due to layoffs. Obviously we’re quite frustrated with the situation, and we really, really don’t want to have to move. My inlaws are wonderful people, but we don’t see eye to eye at all politically. Even beyond the challenges of living in their house… Continue Reading