What do you do with that empty ink cartridge once it finally bites the dust? After exhausting every option to extract any last drops, most of us either chuck them in the trash or send them over to the local office supply store for recycling and a little store credit.
For others, these options aren’t nearly interesting enough. Letting their imagination run wild, they’ve come up with these eight creative uses for empty ink cartridges. Who said ink and toner couldn’t be fun?
Ink cartridges aren’t exactly what you’d call technologically advanced, but in the hands of artist Faith Pearson, everything changes. Check out these pictures of her empty ink creations that include Godzilla, King Kong, and a Star Trek Starship.
When it was time to put in a new bike path, the Australians decided to mix things up. Casting aside concrete and asphalt, they created a trail in West MacDonnell National Park that’s over 10 miles long using ink empties to save money and space in the landfills.
We had our reservations when we heard about the $350 lamp constructed out of empty ink cartridges. However, upon further review we may have rushed to judgment. While the price tag isn’t cheap, the look actually isn’t bad. Check it out here.
Ricoh had the right idea when they came up with a way to produce green benches made from 1,500 recycled printer cartridges. The program is focused mainly in Malaysia, so it’s unknown to us how many of these benches actually came to fruition or whether or not it’s still in practice today.
That’s right, edible ink is a real thing. Get yourself some edible ink cartridges and wafer paper and you’ll be enjoying cupcakes featuring the face of the Mona Lisa in no time. Before you try this, make sure your printer is immaculate and free from any potentially toxic chemicals.
Creative Use Fails
While the above ideas show some real outside-the-box thinking, other entries we’ve come across are less than inspired. Here are some of the best of the worst:
Find an empty slot to shove your coins into and start saving! Change goes in, how it comes out, no one knows. It’s well known coins aren’t the most sanitary thing in the world, but coating them in a fine layer of toner powder probably isn’t good for anyone.
There’s nothing like sitting back with a glass of wine and watching the sunset with the soothing sounds of your toner cartridge wind chime in the background. Your neighbors will love the look, and nothing beats listening to random plastic parts rattle together.
Ok, seriously. Are you even trying with this one? Other items that can be “creatively” used as paperweights: rocks, coffee mugs, potted plants, anything that weighs more than a piece of paper. Set your special paperweight apart from the rest by gluing some googly eyes to it. Those things make everything better.
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