Japanese electronics and printer manufacturer Epson announced this month it would cease selling and distributing laser printer hardware after 2026. This was due to sustainability issues. A report: According to the company inkjets are more likely than laser printers that they can make “meaningful advancements” in the environment. Although the company had already stopped sales of laser printers in many markets, they continued in Asia-Europe. Epson promised that it would continue to support customers with spare parts and consumables, even though the new hardware won’t be available everywhere.
“As an organization, we are totally committed to sustainable innovation. Inkjets simply consume less energy and have fewer consumable parts,” Koichi Kubota, Epson’s sales and marketing manager said in a canned statement. Epson’s Heat Free inkjet technology uses mechanical energy to ignite ink onto a page. Laser printers heat and fuse toner to a page.