Datacard Group Introduces Eco-Friendly Desktop Printer

ENERGY STAR qualified, biodegradable supply cores and recyclable packaging make the new Datacard SD260 card printer the industry’s first desktop printer with environmentally focused features, according to Datacard Group, provider of secure ID and card personalization systems.

The SD260 printer’s ENERGY STAR qualification makes it the first of its kind. The SD260 printer earned its ENERGY STAR qualification by requiring less energy than its predecessors and saving users money from reduced energy costs.

Key environmental features include: Bio-Tec Environmental EcoPure chemical additive biodegradable supply cores that gradually break down in landfills, recyclable packaging to reduce waste and a soft-touch power-down button allowing users to increase energy efficiency. The SD260 printer helps support and sustain the environmental initiatives of Datacard printer users.

The SD260 printer also complies with Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive requirements. RoHS compliance indicates that the SD260 printer upholds international regulations defined by the European Union, including manufacturing restrictions on hazardous chemicals and proper methods of recovery, treatment and recycling. The WEEE directive ensures responsible measures in setting collection, recycling and recovery methods.

“Customers can confidently choose the SD260 printer to meet all of their requirements, including those related to helping the environment,” said Kathleen Phillips, head of desktop personalization systems for Datacard Group. “The SD260 printer is the first in the industry to be created with the environment in mind.”

In addition, Datacard Group will donate a portion of the proceeds from every SD260 printer sold from now until the end of November, 2010 to the Rainforest Alliance. The Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

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