Clones Plastic Toxicity
It has long been suspected that Chinese cartridges – the housings and not the powder – are made from recycled plastic waste containing harmful substances. So chunks were obtained from the toner reservoir of a very current model from a customer who does not want to be named and sent it to TÜV Rheinland / LGA on an exploratory basis for testing for harmful substances.
The test report was of significant concern for its Toxicity in the plastic of Clones
The high values of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), which with a total of 5,679mg / kg clearly exceed the 1,000mg / kg limit according to Directive 2011/65 / EU, are quite striking. This is mainly due to the prohibited flame retardant DECABROMDIPHENYETHER (DecaBDE), which alone represents 5,600mg / kg. This flame retardant is prohibited in electrical equipment such as WEEE 2.0 chip printer cartridges (https://www.umweltbundesamt.de/presse/pressemitteilungen/flammschutzmittel-decabde-ab-1-juli-2008-in-elektro ).
Additionally, DecaBDE is also on the SVHC Candidate List, Chemicals of Very High Concern (https://echa.europa.eu/de/candidate-list-table ) and is therefore subject to special information requirements in the supply chain. (https://www.reach-info.de/kandidatenliste.htm ).
Such cheap products are really expensive and more for the environment and our health. It’s up to you…