Brother UK has received the Blue Angel certification for its recycled toner cartridge, which it says is the “first time in the world” that this type of product has been awarded the accreditation.
The Brother group received its first Blue Angel in 2001 for its laser printer and has been working to acquire the certification for more of its products ever since. The recycled toner cartridge – TN-3512 RE – is produced at Brother’s facility in Slovakia, which is one of Europe’s leading toner remanufacturing facilities. It has been conducting various tests over the past two years to receive the first Blue Angel for recycled toner cartridges.
As part of Brother’s environmental efforts, the OEM also collects used cartridges from laser printers and all-in-ones, recycles them into toner cartridges, and redistributes them. This initiative began in 2004 at the UK plant and has expanded to Slovakia, the US and Japan. As of March 2023, around 37 million cartridges had been recycled across the group, says Brother.