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18 April 2007
The ink cartridges have arrived, and as expected it includes a pre-paid returns envelope to send back any empty cartridges. The surprising thing was the charity that benefits from the returned ink cartridges. The charity that they support is Send a Cow!
The Send a Cow charity helps poor farmers by providing cows and other livestock as well as training and lost cost vetinary[sic] and advice services. It's not just cows, but also goats, bees, apples, pigs, chickens and fish.
As well as sounding a novel idea, it also sounds like a good way of helping those in poorer countries. Rather than providing aid or food for the short term, it provide livestock to help them in the long term.
I don't know how good the recycled ink cartridges are, as I buy the original Canon ink, both for their matched print quality, and their long lasting ChromaLife policy.
Visit the Send a Cow website for more ways to help.