Lexmark actively participates in the circular economy by designing products that stay in use longer, incorporate recycled materials, protect natural resources and reduce waste.
Lexmark chooses to offset a portion of our virgin polymer purchases by boldly pursuing recycled options and reuse of parts. Lexmark is now a clear leader in the Imaging Equipment industry: since 2012, we have increased the use of post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic to 17% in our branded, A4 printers and 18% in our cartridges.
Lexmark’s commitment to materials preservation started 25 years ago. R&D teams worked closely with Lexmark engineers to reclaim PCR plastic from cartridges and return the material to near virgin quality for use in printer components. Our long-standing support for the circular economy and remanufacturing initiatives is evident in Lexmark’s founding membership in the European Remanufacturing Council (CER). Lexmark is also a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, working with other stakeholders to rethink, educate and redesign our products in the framework of a circular economy.
For Lexmark’s in House designed and branded Lexmark printers, we set the goal to reach an average of 20% PCR weight of our total plastic usage by 2020. For Lexmark cartridges, our goal is to reach 25% PCR content by 2020. We’re are progressing well to achieve both goals and re-establish new ones for 2025.
- Plastic waste processed or recycled by 2025Polyoxymethylene (POM)
- Plastic waste processed or recycled by 2025High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS)
- Plastic waste processed or recycled by 2025Polycarbonate (PC)
- Recycled plastics used in own products and components by 202520% PRC (by weight of total plastic usage) in Lexmark printers by 2020 25% PCR content in Lexmark cartridges by 2020.