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01/05/2023 The Development of 3D-Printed Bones

The latest in the field of 3D-printed bones is akin to something you’d see in a sci-fi movie. The reality is, that this technology exists and the speed at which it is developing is mind-blowing. The technology was first developed in 1981 by Dr. Hideo Kodama. Using a photopolymer resin that is turned from a liquid into a plastic through a chemical reaction using UV light, he took the idea of 3D printing objects from science fiction to reality.

30/03/2023 Cyprus Business News Cartridge World takes the lead on carbon neutrality

Cartridge World Cyprus, a leader in the printing industry, announced that it has taken a significant step towards protecting the environment by becoming carbon neutral. The company has offset the carbon impact of its business in 2022, including its own brand ink and toner cartridges, which are already a green alternative to original branded printer cartridges. This means that Cartridge World Cyprus is now a truly green and most economical alternative.

24/03/2023 Cartridge World Cyprus goes carbon neutral

 Cartridge World Cyprus has announced that it has become carbon neutral by offsetting the carbon impact of its business in 2022.

24/03/2023 Cartridge World Cyprus Takes the Lead on Carbon Neutrality

 The Managing Director of Cartridge World Cyprus has challenged other businesses, including its corporate customers to become carbon-neutral. Duncan Glover (pictured) says his business in Cyprus has taken a significant step towards protecting the environment by becoming carbon neutral.

24/03/2023 European Commission adopts “right to repair”

 The European Commission has adopted a new proposal that aims to make it easier and more cost-effective for consumers to repair products rather than replace them, while also incentivizing producers and sellers to develop more sustainable business models.

03/03/2023 ACCC launches investigation into ‘greenwashing’


The ACCC will be investigating a number of businesses for potential ‘greenwashing’, following an internet sweep, which found more than half of the businesses reviewed made concerning claims about their environmental or sustainability practices.

28/01/2023 Is cheap printer ink any good? read this Independent Which report

Switching to third-party printer inks, rather than using original brand cartridges, could save you a lot of money. Find out why we're calling for action against big brands discouraging you from buying cheap printer ink

08/09/2022 HP agrees $1.3 million to settle Euroconsumers Dynamic Security issue

HP has entered into a $1.3 million settlement agreement with Euroconsumers, a cluster of consumer organisations based in Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

25/08/2022 Should You Keep Your Printer On or Off?

When it comes to technology, you may get conflicting advice about how to best maintain it. Is it better to leave my printer on or turn it off when I’m not using it? Should I use low-power or standby mode? Here are some things to take into consideration when determining what is best for your printer:

25/08/2022 10 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Copier

How do you pick the right copy machine?


Forget all the promises and marketing out there from printer brands. Forget those “top printer” articles that lead to Amazon pages (most are just affiliate marketing links that throw kickbacks to the original website).

19/08/2022 HP has launched another firmware update on the 15th August targeted at M428fdw printers.

HP has launched another firmware update on the 15th August targeted at the HP LaserJet Pro MFP M428-M429 series printers. The firmware affects the consumables and the update is 002/2230D.

15/07/2022 HP Releases more Firmware

Please be aware that on 14th July 2022, HP released
two firmware updates.

10/06/2022 Cartridge World Boss Testifies in Cyprus

 The owner-director of Cartridge World in Cyprus has been interviewed by the local chamber of commerce and industry giving him the opportunity to testify to the benefits of recycling.

09/06/2022 Interview with Duncan Glover - Director D.M.G. CARTRIDGE WORLD LTD

Limassol Chaber of Commerce interview with our Director about going green and internships.

08/06/2022 The Canon firmware reboot loop dilemma

Or, how not to do a firmware update! 

31/05/2022 Epson inkjet technology receives prize

Epson was awarded Technology Prize for the invention of a method to reduce printing unevenness during bidirectional printing with inkjet printer.

30/01/2022 Prices to rise as shipping costs quadruple

It might have taken longer to filter through but prices are rising in Jan 2022

28/01/2022 Tonnes of waste cartridges buried for a thousand years?

Were tonnes of waste cartridges classified as hazardous waste and landfilled, rather than treated as WEEE?

14/09/2021 Australia “Right to repair” movement pushes back against the throwaway society

Australia must join the global ‘right to repair’ movement with a holistic reform of consumer, competition and environmental law to ensure recognition of consumers’ ‘right to repair’ goods rather than having to throw them out and replace them.

12/08/2021 Cartridge World Cyprus celebrates 20 years

Cartridge World Cyprus celebrates their 20th anniversary this year with a new product range.

22/06/2021 ETIRA Talks Green Deal with EU Commission

 In reply to ETIRA’s request, representatives of EU commissioners met with ETIRA President Javier Martinez online and discussed the Green Deal.

16/06/2021 Windows 11: “upgrader beware”

 Microsoft will announce the new Windows 11 operating system later this month and older printers may not be supported.

27/05/2021 EU VAT changes

 Are you ready?

20/05/2021 Spain set to make manufacturers pay the full cost of recycling

Spain set to approve new law requiring manufacturers to pay the full cost of recycling in a move that will raise €725 million ($886 million).

11/05/2021 Manufacturers’ repair restrictions unwarranted

In a recent report the US Federal Trade Commission confirms large companies are hurting small businesses, undermining ownership rights, and hurting the planet with their anti-repair actions.

04/05/2021 Printergate: HP in the firing line again

The Euroconsumers group seeks €150 ($180) compensation for each printer owner from HP for unlawfully blocking third party cartridges by pushing firmware update

27/04/2021 HP announces global launch HP+

The OEM said in its announcement that HP+ is the future of printing, designed for the new hybrid models of how we live and work.

12/04/2021 HP firmware update blocks aftermarket cartridges?

The Recycler understands that HP has recently issued another firmware update that locks our certain aftermarket 903 cartridges.

01/04/2021 Is there a renaissance for reuse?

Italy did it, Spain did it and it looks like the rest of the EU states may well do it, but Costco have stopped doing it. Find out what in this latest podcast from The Recycler podcast, David Connett and Peter Mayhew, talk sanguinely about the imaging market.

25/03/2021 Cartridge world receives award , The 10 Best Franchises to Open in 2021

The Business Berg Magazine, announced the award as one of the “10 Best Franchises to Open in 2021”. 


12/03/2021 Repairability – More than a label

 David Connett, Partner at Connett & Unland GbR shares his thoughts on the emerging trend for repairability.

02/03/2021 How to fix Zoom fatigue?

Stanford researchers have identified four causes for ‘Zoom fatigue’ and their simple fixes It is not just Zoom. Popular video chat platforms have design flaws that exhaust the human mind and body.

26/02/2021 UK Government to consider requiring online marketplaces to collect eWaste from customers 

Editors comment: (CW Cyprus Already offers to recycle Computers/Printers for our customers when they buy replacement hardware from us. We then recycle it according to WEEE guidelines)

25/02/2021 EU screens websites for ‘greenwashing’

The European Commission and national consumer authorities released the results of a screening of websites (“sweep”), an exercise carried out each year to identify breaches of EU consumer law in online markets.

This year, for the first time ever, the sweep focused on ‘greenwashing’, the practice by which companies claim they are doing more for the environment than they actually are. The “sweep” analysed green online claims from various business sectors such as garments, cosmetics and household equipment.

09/02/2021 Italy mandates tenders should include 30% remanufactured cartridges

At the end of January, Italy inked into law their November 2019 “Minimum environmental criteria for the supplies of toner and inkjet cartridges” (CAMs) for the award of the integrated service for the return of used toner and inkjet cartridges, preparation for reuse and supply of remanufactured toner and inkjet cartridges.

02/02/2021 Where have all the Epson listings gone?

Finally Canon and Epson tigthten up on patent infringing ink cartridges that are sold via Amazon.

12/01/2021 Amazon prices rise as tax authorities close VAT loophole

UK tax authorities (HMRC) have closed a VAT loophole that will see Chinese products sold on online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay rise by 20%.

10/12/2020 Industry responds to Italy’s €10 million penalty on HP

 The aftermarket responds to Italy’s €10 million ($12 million) penalty on HP and others take to social media to comment.

09/12/2020 Italy impose €10 million penalty on HP for deceptive and aggressive practices

The Authority ascertained that the firmware and dynamic security restrictions on the use of non-original cartridges are not adequately highlighted on the sales packages.

27/11/2020 European Parliament endorses Right to Repair

The European Parliament has voted in favour of making products more durable and easier to repair and recycle, and by providing consumers with more rights and information.

23/11/2020 EU Right to Repair vote due

The European Parliament calls on the EU Commission to grant consumers a “right to repair”.

12/11/2020 German government responds to fine dust enquiry

The German government confirms there are no resulting risks from ultrafine particles from laser printers for indoor spaces/ workplaces.

05/11/2020 IMPORTANT FIRMWARE INFO AFFECTING HP CF500 toner cartridge series (CF500/CF510/CF530/CF540)

We are informed that on Nov.2 HP has pushed new firmware update called 20201021 for those printers using HP CF500 toner cartridge series (CF500/CF510/CF530/CF540) through WiFi and wired network causing the replacement chips to be un-recognised by the corresponding upgraded printer. Updated printer shows an error message on the display as follow:

16/10/2020 EU Green Week puts the spotlight on nature as our strongest ally in green recovery

After Covid-19, we know that radical changes can happen fast. What we don't know yet is how to make the most of this new beginning, for people and nature.

13/10/2020 Most Plastic Will Never Be Recycled! But Who is To Blame?

It’s no secret that oil and gas companies make far more money creating new plastic than they would reusing older plastic. So where is the incentive for them to do so?

12/10/2020 COVID-19 impact on plastic crisis

An investigation by Reuters found that the majority of recycling businesses have shrunk by more than 20% in Europe, by 50% in parts of Asia and as much as 60% in the US.

28/09/2020 23% of imported products not REACH and CLP compliant

A pilot project by ECHA’s Enforcement Forum examining imports of products into the EU has found that 23 % of inspected products were non-compliant with REACH and CLP.

25/09/2020 HP issues the most firmware updates so far

 Between January and August this year, five OEM brands issued 707 firmware updates, or which 38 blocked aftermarket products.

21/09/2020 Prince Charles warns climate crisis will 'dwarf the impact' of coronavirus pandemic

The stark message is part of a keynote speech that the prince has recorded for the opening event of a virtual climate summit.

13/09/2020 Everyone should watch: Extinction (the facts) by David Attenborough on BBC

With a million species at risk of extinction, Sir David Attenborough explores how this crisis of biodiversity has consequences for us all, threatening food and water security, undermining our ability to control our climate and even putting us at greater risk of pandemic diseases. 

07/09/2020 UKCRA wins in complaint against HP

HP has given assurances to the United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority that they will remove the claims from their future advertising. 

26/08/2020 HP original cartridges won’t work in HP printers?

Effective 1st December 2020 certain HP original ink cartridges may no longer work in HP printers.

Editor’s Opinion: You could not make this up could you. In the run up to the Christmas holiday, HP will lock out their own cartridges and to compound this, offer no guidance on swopping out cartridges with the short expiry dates.

05/08/2020 ETIRA demands ‘fast action’ following EU’s Circular Economy report

The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) has issued an open letter to the EU, demanding ‘fast action’ to stop the ‘devastating impact’ the printing industry is having on the environment.

29/07/2020 HP urged to take ‘path of sustainability’

The European Toner and Inkjet Remanufacturers Association (ETIRA) is urging HP to rethink its latest printer firmware update.

27/07/2020 It’s official, OEM inks are seriously expensive

UK Consumer magazine Which, drills down on just how expensive OEM branded inks are with some costing more that 32 year old Scotch whiskey.

24/07/2020 NASA on remanufactured cartridges

NASA spends $490,000 (€423,000) on remanufactured cartridges but comments to the EPA that new cartridges with recycled content should be considered.

29/06/2020 80,000 printers a day vulnerable to hacking

The Shadowserver Foundation’s new Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) scan found 80,000 hackable printers.

20/06/2020 HP releases new firmware updates

The Recycler has been advised that the OEM has released its latest firmware update which can affect third party replacement cartridges for HP 63/302 series cartridges.

12/06/2020 More firmware dark arts from HP

No internet connection, not a problem as HP now updates firmware direct from the chip resident on the cartridge.

31/03/2020 The crisis is affecting prices

Prices increase as Airfreight replaces Seafreight as a faster way to restock 

26/03/2020 Buying Printer Cartridges Online? Read This Before You Do

The Coronavirus crisis has been a disruptive force across the world. Working remotely for millions of workers is one disruption, a side effect of a new era of “social distancing.” Home offices are no longer an exception but a rule.

12/03/2020 5 Tips for Staying Productive and Mentally Healthy While You're Working From Home

With the spread of the novel coronavirus affecting everything, mitigating COVID-19 has become a growing concern. That’s why many companies are mandating or recommending that as many employees as possible work remotely until the virus can be slowed.


06/01/2020 How To Identify Counterfeit Printer Cartridges

It’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not real today. Fake news floods social media and CGI can make Robert DeNiro look like a spring chicken in The Irishman.

26/12/2019 Blackford Capital Completes Investment in Cartridge World USA

Blackford Capital, a national private equity firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, today announced its investment in the U.S. business of Cartridge World, a franchised network for the leading printing consumables brand. Blackford has completed an investment in the Cartridge World brand through the purchase of the brand licensing rights covering the United States territory.

31/10/2019 Hp raises ink and toner prices again

November 2019 Hp has increased its price on their Ink and Toner cartridges by 10%



More than half of you are
paying over the odds for
printer ink. 4,710 of the
8,481 Which? members we asked
bought ink from one of the big
four: Brother, Canon, HP or Epson.

09/09/2019 Price increase

CW Cyprus have reviewed our prices on certain own brand ink lines and some increaes were necessary. 

20/06/2019 HP Inkjet Printers - Dynamic Security Feature Affecting Cartridges Using Non-HP Security Chip

This document is for the following printers:
Officejet Pro 6970, 7740, 8210, 8700 series
OfficeJet Pro 6230 series
Officejet 6950 series
OfficeJet 6810, 6820 series
PageWide 300, 400, 500 series
OfficeJet Pro 6830 series
OfficeJet Pro 8610, 8620, 8630, 8640, 8660 series
OfficeJet Pro X451dn/dw, X476dn/dw, X551dw, X576dw

15/05/2019 How Many Pages? A Guide to Cartridge Page Yield

It’s important to note that there are many variables that can impact how many pages your cartridge will print.

07/05/2019 How to Turn Off HP® Printer Firmware Updates

HP® printers are designed to periodically receive updates. These updates are for various fixes and improvements;
however, some are designed to prevent the use of third-party cartridges. In order to prevent this happening, and to
allow you to continue to use Cartridge World cartridges, we recommend you do the following on your printer:  

PDF: How to Turn OFF Printer Firmware Updates

16/04/2019 HP issues firmware updates affecting 903/953/973 inks

Our suggestion is:  not updating HP 95X range printers to the latest firmware version 1910AR

11/03/2019 Hessen court deems toner dust no health hazard

The Recycler:

Despite recent studies which have raised concerns over possible health issues caused by toner used in laser printers, and by third-party cartridges, the Social Court Hessen has ruled that toner dust “does not make you sick in general.”


28/09/2018 Cartridge World Named a Top 2018 Global Franchise

Being recognized for achievement is always an honor. Recently, Entrepreneur Magazine named Cartridge World one of the top global franchises of 2018.

Cartridge World top 500 franchise


For the last two years around September 13, a wide range of HP inkjet printers globally have automatically
released an internal update to the printer firmware that has resulted in locking out Cartridge World products
along with your choice to save money, forcing you to buy expensive HP original inkjet cartridges.

29/08/2018 Educational 3D printing primed for expansion

Technavio has published a new market research report on the global 3D printing market in the education sector from 2018-2022, in which it forecasts the market will grow by almost 20 percent.

06/08/2018 HP’s cartridge upgrade causes concern

The OEM has issued its latest firmware upgrade, this time for its range of inkjet printers, timed to coincide with the release of updated cartridges, causing problems for remanufacturers.

10/05/2018 GDPR Compliance

CW Cyprus is busy ensuring it is ready for the deadline

27/04/2018 HP MD on taking on the fakes

HP Inc’s Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey, and East Africa, has written about the ongoing battle against counterfeiters in the region’s print markets.

23/04/2018 Moving to Another Country? Cartridges You Buy There May Not Work in Your Printer

Helpful article by 

September 2017

19/03/2018 An insight into the quality behind our toners

This blog explains the detailed innovation needed to deliver our high performance toners.

28/02/2018 Hp raises ink prices again

Price hike by between 5 and 10 percent hit Cyprus in March.

21/02/2018 Epson accused of ‘bricking out’ cartridges

Comment from CW Cyprus: Fortunately no issues reported to us in Cyprus. Our CW cartridges are working as normal.

27/11/2017 Cartridge World Cyprus achieves HP Gold status

The Cypriot subsidiary of Cartridge World has been named an HP Gold Imaging and Printing Partner.

06/10/2017 HP misleads customers about remanufactured cartridges?

In a new leaflet released by HP, the firm warns against clones, counterfeits and remanufactured cartridges.

03/10/2017 CW are experts in recommending the right printer for you

A versatile range of printers available in-store:

Limassol – Nicosia – Larnaca – Paphos – Paralimni

20/09/2017 Printer manufacturers face French lawsuit

Executives from HP, Canon, Epson and Brother could be handed a prison sentence and all companies face hefty fines if found guilty.

15/09/2017 Another September 13th update disaster

The company’s latest security update is preventing third-party cartridges from functioning, prompting a slew of ‘Cartridge Problem’ errors.

14/09/2017 Breaking news: HP closes out after-market chips on HP 934 / 950 / 970 ink tanks

After receiving much bad press some months ago for deliberately forcing a firmware update that closed out after-market chips on otherwise functioning ink cartridges, HP does it again, but this time announces that it has done so , and provides firmware upgrade downloads for customers affected.

23/06/2017 Introducing our partner stores in Malta

Cartridge World Malta

07/06/2017 Cartridge World UK launches new business solution

The franchise has launched a nationwide cost effective programme to aid local businesses called “why buy a printer?”

27/04/2017 Cartridge World opens store in Nairobi

The Standard Digital reported that this latest addition strengthens Cartridge World’s East African presence to four stores in total.


13/10/2016 HP Firmware Update Reverses Non-Original Ink Lock

HP has now issued another firmware update which effectively reverses the previously imposed lock. Ironically, while the firmware update that imposed the lock was automatically installed on user's systems, the same isn't the case with this reversal, with users having to download and install the appropriate firmware by themselves.

29/09/2016 Has Big Brother taken over YOUR printer...and secretly made sure it can only use ink more expensive than champagne?

Computer giant HP is facing a backlash after blocking customers from using cheaper ink cartridges in its printers


29/09/2016 HP apologises for ink-blocking update

HP has backtracked on a software update that blocked some ink cartridges made by third parties.

Read Article Here:


19/09/2016 HP printers start rejecting budget ink cartridges

Large numbers of HP printer owners found their printers stopped recognising unofficial printer ink cartridges on 13 September.


16/06/2016 Cartridge World’s Unveils New Mobile App, PrintWorld®,

at International Franchise Expo June 16-18 in New York City Cartridge World®—Printworld™—powered by Samsung®

22/04/2016 Earth day 2016

22nd April

Cartridge World Cyprus (since 2002) have Re-used (recycled) over Half a million printer cartridges

Saving ¾ of a million kilos of waste from landfill in Cyprus (where it would take 1000 years to degrade)

11/03/2016 Cartridge World wins the Global Brand Award

Cartridge World has won the Imaging Industry ''Global Brand Award", beating out a list of established, highly successful imaging aftermarket companies that included the likes of Clover, MSE, Mito,and others.


08/03/2016 HP Inc responds to Windows 10 issues

Neal McChristy was told by the OEM that it “never prevents a customer from using a refill or remanufactured cartridge”.

15/02/2016 Cartridge World Recognized as one of Franchise Times’ 2016 Dealmakers

Cartridge World has received yet another prestigious award, this time in the franchising

27/01/2016 UK parliament cartridge suppliers “too expensive”

MP Luke Hall has “saved hundreds of pounds” by avoiding official suppliers and using a third-party company that recycles used consumables.

15/01/2016 Cartridge World launches global quality initiative

The company has opened a global procurement centre in China to help “improve global print quality standards”.


20/11/2015 OEM cartridges one of “biggest shopping rip-offs”

An article covering “the biggest rip-offs and mark-ups” names original printer cartridges, and recommends using “refurbished replacements” or refills instead.

11/10/2015 Remanufacturing produces “superior” cartridges to originals

A technology news site has said remanufactured printer cartridges are “just as good or even better” than originals.

07/09/2015 Dubai police seize two million toner cartridges

Ajman Police in Ajman, Dubai, have seized two million counterfeit toner cartridges worth Dh75 million ($20.4 million/€18 million).