Research Says 60% of Inkjet Printer Ink is Wasted

Inkjet Cartridges

A study reveals that as much as 60 percent of inkjet ink is thrown away when printers misleadingly ask users to change cartridges even when they’re still half-full.

The research was commissioned by printer manufacturer Epson and carried out by TUV Rheinland. It studied and compared 8 brands of printers that included HP, Canon, Brother, Lexmark, Epson and Kodak.

All of them showed gross inefficiency; about half the ink we pay for is totally wasted, only because the printer said “You’re out of ink, sucker! Go buy another one.”

Inkjet printers showed ink efficiency of just 58 percent when used for photo printing purposes and 47 percent when used for printing business documents such as presentations, according to the study.

Even Kodak, which claims lower cost per print with their new printers, showed only 40 percent ink efficiency.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.