Paul Cowan of Cowan Office Supply (left) is offering up part of the sale price of printer cartridges to Kalein Hospice. Kalein board chair Brooke Leatherman is thrilled about the donation program on until December 31.

Cowans benefits Kalein with offer on ink

A local business is encouraging its customers to buy an environmentally conscious product by adding a little extra incentive.

A local business is encouraging its customers to buy an environmentally conscious product by adding a little extra incentive — a socially conscious donation.

Cowan Office Supply is offering up part proceeds from the sale of re-done printer cartridges to Kalein Hospice.

For every sale of a remanufactured toner cartridge, $5 is donated. For every inkjet cartridge, $2 is donated.

“We think this is such a great program for everyone,” says Paul Cowan. “It’s good for the environment, good for the customer’s pocketbook and as a socially conscious company, we wanted to support Kalein too.”

Cowans sends old printer cartridges to be sorted, cleaned, have new parts and toer added before they are packaged up for resale at a lower cost. They’re 20 per cent cheaper than new and come with a 100 per cent guarantee.

Kalein board chair Brooke Leatherman says the offer from Cowans is a “wonderful example of community building.”

“Cowans has a history of being proactive in the community and this is a great partnership.”

Kalein’s goal is to “shift the cultural needle,” says Leatherman. They aim to educate that death is a natural part of life and life should be lived to its fullest at all stages. Cowan says the work Kalein does on a broader social scope is part of why his office supply store chose to benefit the local hospice organization.

Printer cartridges are a big sale item at Cowans. Already, $310 has accumulated for Kalein in the first two weeks of the donation program. It will continue until December 31.