UBC Undergraduate Research

An investigation into remanufactured toner cartridges versus OEM Cartridges Radoicic, Nikola; Singh, Gursimran; Marsh, Riley; Kapoor, Shruti


This report uses the triple bottom line analysis to compare OEM and remanufactured toner cartridges. The companies used in the comparison to represent remanufactured cartridges are Digitech and Laser Valley. Hewlett- Packard represents the OEM cartridges. These companies were selected be- cause many departments on UBC campus currently purchase from them. In order to analyze the social impact, we used a survey to determine if there was an actual quality di erence in between OEM and remanufactured cartridges. Customer service, local impact and the ease of maintenance were also considered. For the environmental impact, a comparison of recycling practices, packaging materials, and shipping methods was conducted. The economic component was determined based o of initial price, shipping fees, and recycling costs. The results of the triple bottom line analysis recommend Digitech as the company with which UBC should be doing business. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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