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7 Years in a Row!

3rd Year on Honor Roll!

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Eco Cartridge Store has New Owners

Kirkland, WA (June 28, 2013) – Vic Swan, owner of Eco Cartridge Store, announced today that after eight successful years he has sold the business. The new owner, Kirkland resident Jill Haverkamp, will take over on July 1. “It’s been fun building the business from scratch and providing a service to the community, but it’s time to retire!” said Swan. “I’m pleased that the store will be in good hands with Jill who will also be running the store with her husband, Steve.”

Eco Cartridge Store was founded in 2005 when the concept of refilled and remanufactured ink cartridges for consumers was just starting to go mainstream. After considering franchise cartridge operations, Swan said he preferred to start his own store to offer more personalized service. The business grew steadily over the eight years and enjoys a wide consumer and business customer base.

“I’m really pleased to take over Eco Cartridge Store from Vic,” said Haverkamp. “The store is well respected in the community for its quality products and customer service. We were attracted in becoming the new owners of Eco Cartridge because we wanted to do our part in helping the planet while saving people money.”

When asked what he was going to do in retirement, Swan replied, “Well, I haven’t entirely figured that out yet but obviously I’ll have plenty of time to think about it! But in the meantime,” he continued, “be sure and come say ‘Hello’ to Jill and Steve. I know they’ll take good care of your cartridge needs!”

Eco Cartridge Store at Green Vendor Fair -- September 27

Kirkland, WA (Sept 17, 2012) -- In celebration of Sustainable September, Kirkland is hosting a series of events. One of these, the Green Vendor Fair, will be held on September 27 at the Woodmark Hotel and Eco Cartridge Store will have a booth display at the Fair.

“We're always interested in participating in the green events hosted by Kirkland,” said Vic Swan, owner of ECO Cartridge Store. “We appreciate their efforts in helping those of us in the green business get the word out and have had a booth at this function in past years. Hope to see you there on the 27th!”

 

 

Eco Cartridge Store honored by King County Executive

Second Year on ‘Best Workplaces for Waste Prevention and Recycling’ Honor Roll

Kirkland, WA (July 25, 2012) -- King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) has named 89 local companies to its fifth annual “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list, and introduced a new business honor roll for companies that have made the list for five years in a row. The Honor Roll gives recognition to companies who have been consistent champions for recycling and reducing waste in the workplace since the Best Workplaces recognition program was created in 2007.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as a second year member of the Honor Roll,” said Vic Swan, owner of ECO Cartridge Store. “Our entire business is founded on the concept of re-using and recycling ink and toner printer cartridges. But we also extend the recycling concept to our own practices in re-using paper, Styrofoam, and packing materials whenever possible.”

“Since our opening in July, 2005,” Swan continued, “ECO Cartridge Store customers have kept an estimated 67,107 pounds of industrial plastic and metals from electronic parts out of our landfills. This has also resulted in reduced oil consumption of an estimated 1063 barrels that would have been used to manufacture new cartridges.”

In addition to being environmentally responsible, by refilling and remanufacturing cartridges, ECO Cartridge Store also creates jobs locally. Every cartridge is recycled and remanufactured in the community that ECO Cartridge Store serves.

April 16, 2012

Eco Cartridge Store is Donating to The Canopy Project

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, Eco Cartridge Store will be donating $10 (up to $100) to The Canopy Project for every person who comes in to the store on Friday, April 20, and on Saturday, April 21, and tells us they are celebrating Earth Day. No purchase is necessary; just say you’re celebrating Earth Day.

The Canopy Project focuses on locations where reforestation is most urgently needed including Haiti, Brazil and Mexico and urban areas of the US. Every tree planted in 2011 as part of Earth Day Network's Canopy Project will be counted in its Billion Acts of Green®, the campaign to reward and inspire simple individual acts as well as larger corporate, governmental and organizational acts, with the goal of measurably reducing carbon emissions and supporting sustainability.

March 29, 2012

Eco Cartridge Store has Donated $100 to the King County Police Union MyIDClub Program

The MY ID CLUB (http://www.myidclub.org/) program was created in 1997 in Seattle, WA as a community service program of the King County Police Union. Its purpose was to address the numerous challenges faced by parents and guardians when trying to keep their children safe in today’s rapidly evolving world. The goal was to issue photograph/fingerprint identification cards to all children under the age of 16, FREE of charge.

Eco Cartridge Store’s $100 donation means that 100 kids in Kirkland will receive a free ID card.

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January 19, 2012

Icy Roads

We're sorry but today's icy road conditions have forced us to close for the day. We hope you understand. We will open tomorrow, Friday, January 20, at our normal time, 9AM. Thank you for your continued support of Eco Cartridge Store. ...and be safe today!!

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December 3, 2011

'Tis the Season...Eco Cartridge Store Collects "Toys for Kids"

Kirkland, WA (December 3, 2011) – This year, Eco Cartridge Store is happy to participate in Rick’s Toys for Kids (http://www.rickstoysforkids.org) collection drive. Bring a new wrapped toy for a needy child and drop it in our collection box by the front counter.

Said owner Vic Swan, “This is such a special time of year when children’s faces light up at the sight of a new toy. Sadly, especially in the current economic times, a lot of kids won’t be having much a holiday. That’s why we’re happy to help in collecting toys and in donating to the cause.”

Mariner broadcaster Rick Rizzs and former Mariner center fielder Dave Henderson started Toys for Kids during the off-season 15 years ago to give support to homeless and abused children and their families during the holiday season.
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August 30, 2011

Eco Cartridge Store Named a Finalist in King County Executive’s Small Business Awards

Kirkland, WA (August 30, 2011) – Eco Cartridge Store was named one of three finalists for the inaugural King County Executive’s Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year. The awards program will be on Wednesday, October 12 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. The other two finalists are General Biodiesel and WorldCNG.

Vic Swan, owner of Eco Cartridge, said, “I’m honored that our efforts to offer environmentally friendly products have been recognized. And it’s especially nice to share the finalist position with one of our customers, General Biodiesel. We look forward to seeing everyone at the award ceremony in October.”

Said Dow Constantine when describing the awards, “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and vital to the creation of new jobs in the region. You should be proud of the role you play in our region’s continued economic growth.”

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June 27, 2011

King County Names Eco Cartridge to Its Recycling Honor Roll
Only 10 Companies Qualified

Kirkland, WA (June 27, 2011) -- King County’s Solid Waste Division (SWD) has named 89 local companies to its fifth annual “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list, and introduced a new business honor roll for companies that have made the list for five years in a row. The Honor Roll gives recognition to companies who have been consistent champions for recycling and reducing waste in the workplace since the Best Workplaces recognition program was created in 2007.

ECO Cartridge Store was one of the ten companies named to receive this recognition.

“It’s an honor to be an inaugural member of the Honor Roll,” said Vic Swan, owner of ECO Cartridge Store. “Our entire business is founded on the concept of re-using and recycling ink and toner printer cartridges. But we also extend the recycling concept to our own practices in re-using paper, Styrofoam, and packing materials whenever possible.”

“Since our opening in July, 2005,” Swan continued, “ ECO Cartridge Store customers have kept an estimated 29,000 pounds of industrial plastic and metals from electronic parts out of our landfills. This has also resulted in reduced oil consumption of an estimated 260 barrels that would have been used to manufacture new cartridges.”

In addition to being environmentally responsible, by refilling and remanufacturing cartridges, ECO Cartridge Store also creates jobs locally. Every cartridge is recycled and remanufactured in the community that ECO Cartridge Store serves.

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April 4, 2011

Supporting our Community
Eco Cartridge Store Makes Two Charitable Contributions

Kirkland, WA (April 4, 2011) – At Eco Cartridge Store, we believe it's important to support our community and its members. So recently, we made two contributions to help in that regard.

To support the Junior Achievement Fiscal Fitness Bowling Classic, we contributed $25 to their bake sale -- which also netted us some amazingly good brownies!

Georgette Leonhardt, an associate through our Clear(tm) dealership role, will be running in the Leukemia and Lymphoma marathon in June. Our $54 donation will help fund some chemotherapy for patients.

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November 1, 2010

I Recycle. Do You? America Recycles Day Coming to Kirkland
Eco Cartridge Store Plans Twitter Coupon Offer from Nov.1 thru Nov. 14

Kirkland, WA (November 1, 2010) – “I Recycle” is the theme of the 2010 America Recycles Day (ARD), which takes place on November 15. Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 13-year history of ARD, a nationally-recognized initiative which is organized by Keep America Beautiful and dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home, at work, and on the go.
Eco Cartridge Store will proudly declare “I Recycle. Do you?” during our Twitter coupon offer, between Nov 1 and Nov 14. The coupon offer, which is up to 50% off ink cartridge purchases, can be viewed at this link http://twtvite.com/ecocart1.

“America Recycles Day is designed to educate, motivate and inspire individuals to recycle more while encouraging their friends and families to do the same,” said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna.  “Keep America Beautiful encourages you to participate in ARD and celebrate what can be accomplished when everyone works together to promote recycling efforts 365 days a year.”

“We’re delighted to be a part of this national day of recycling and this offer is so more people will realize the benefits of recycling,” said Vic Swan, Eco Cartridge Store’s owner. “Be sure to RSVP to our Twitter invite to save up to 50% our already low prices on refilled ink cartridges.”

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September 27, 2010

Eco Cartridge Store Contributes to KITH

Kirkland, WA, September 27, 2010 -- Eco Cartridge Store is happy to support KITH by contributing a toner cartridge valued at $110 for KITH’s  annual dinner and auction (live & silent) on October 2nd.

Founded as Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing in 1989, KITH has assisted homeless individuals and families with children, providing housing, case management, and support services to help them gain self-sufficiency.  Generous contributions of individuals, businesses, private foundations, and community organizations, fund their operations.  They raise nearly 25% of their operating budget at the Annual Dinner and Auction in October. We’re glad we could help make it a success!

 

July 14, 2010

Update: Eco Cartridge Store Customers Save over 12 Thousand Pounds from Landfills
Over 200 barrels of oil saved!

Kirkland, WA, July 14, 2010 -- Eco Cartridge Store annouced today that since its opening in 2004, customers have kept an estimated 12,935 pounds of industrial plastic and metals out of landfill by reusing and recycling their cartridges. In addition, this has saved an estimated 209 barrels of oil that would have been used in the manufacture of new cartridges.

"We are extremely proud of the fact that our business has played a small part in contributing to reducing waste from our landfills. We are grateful to our customers for their continued support and look forward to another year of be environmentally responsible. Thank you to our Eco Cartridge Store customers!" said Vic Swan, owner.

June 22, 2010

Eco Cartridge Store named 2010 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction”
Fourth Year in a Row!

Kirkland, WA, June 22, 2010 – Eco Cartridge Store announced today that King County’s Solid Waste Division had selected the company as one of 75 local businesses to its 2010 “Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction” list. This is the fourth year in a row that Eco Cartridge Store has been selected. The list recognizes businesses with exceptional recycling programs and for their commitment to reducing the amount of waste their company produces.

Said Vic Swan, Eco Cartridge Store’s owner, “We greatly appreciate being recognized by the county for our efforts. Our entire business is geared towards providing an environmentally friendly alternative to the costly practice of buying new and discarding old printer ink and toner cartridges. As a green business, customers save 40% or more on our 100% guaranteed products while helping to reduce stress on our environment."

May 6, 2010

Major Refilling News!

Customers have been waiting for this but the wait is over. We can now refill the HP 564 and 920 series tank cartridges. It's been a long time coming but now these are available. So don't forget to bring in your empties to refill!

 

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March 29, 2010

Great Fun and Winners!

The weather mostly cooperated with only a few sprinkles. But it didn't dampen the spirits or the fun of playing interactive games on a PlayStation and Xbox at our event. Every hour, there was a drawing for a $10 PlayNTrade gift card and the Grand Prize at 4 PM was a PSP Go.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks for stopping by to make it a fun event!

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March 15, 2010

SAVE the DATE!! MARCH 26th
Food, Games, Prizes!

Eco Cartridge Store and Play ‘n Trade Video Games are joining forces to host a Clear™ event. We’ll be demonstrating the power of 4G gaming on Xboxes using the superfast Clear 4G modems. Join us for a fun afternoon of food, games, and prizes. The festivities start at noon.

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January 26, 2010

Social and Trade Show - Huge Success!

A very well attended and fun event with great prizes, food, and, of course, a chance to meet and visit with a lot of wonderful people. Here's a photo of Vic Swan and Kristina Thomas demonstrating the new, super fast CLEAR(tm) Wimax.

Vic and Kristina

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January 18, 2010

Social and Trade Show This Thursday

Join us this Thursday, January 21, at the January Business After Hours social and trade show at the Kirkland Marriott Courtyard starting at 5:30PM. This month’s beneficiary is the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club. In addition to the usual fun and frivolity associated with the BAH, Eco Cartridge Store will also have a table featuring Clear™, the new superfast 4G WiMax service. The Courtyard Marriott is located at 11215 NE 124th Street in Totem Lake. Hope to see you there!

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November 16, 2009

ECO Cartridge Store Has Two New Promotions
It's Raining Coupons!

KIRKLAND, WA, November 16, 2009 -- ECO Cartridge Store is currently offering two new promotions that bring you additional savings. Coupons are available in the Eastside edition of "The Seattle Times" and in the "Kirkland Reporter" and, as always, in "The Best of Kirkland" coupon book.

"As we get ready for the holidays, more people will be printing photos and cards from their computers which uses up a lot of ink, " said Vic Swan, owner of ECO Cartridge Store. "In these tough times, we wanted to offer additional savings so folks can enjoy and share their images with family and friends while saving some money."

The coupons are $5 off any purchase of $25 or more and $10 off purchases of $50 or more.

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July 31, 2009

ECO Cartridge Store Receives 2009 Best of Kirkland Award
U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 -- ECO Cartridge Store has been selected for the 2009 Best of Kirkland Award in the Cartridges category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.
The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@us-ca.org
URL: http://www.us-ca.org

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July 29, 2009

King County Solid Waste Division announces
Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction

ECO Cartridge Store is Named 3 Years in a Row

King County’s Solid Waste Division has named ECO Cartridge Store to the third-annual Best Workplaces for Recycling & Waste Reduction, one of 65 organizations to make the list this year. ECO Cartridge Store is being recognized for strong internal recycling programs and for their commitment to reducing the amount of waste their company produces.

"We are very pleased that our efforts to help the environment has been recognized and thank King County for its leadership role is promoting business recycling," said Vic Swan, owner of ECO Cartridge.

To qualify as a Best Workplace for Recycling & Waste Reduction, organizations must meet at least 10 criteria out of a list of 33 good business recycling practices—choices that range from placing recycling bins by every desk, to collecting food scraps for on or off-site composting, to having internal ‘green teams’ that support the business’ programs.

“King County is pleased to see the list of Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction continue to grow from year to year,” said Sharon Aller, King County program manager for the campaign. “Businesses like ECO Cartridge Store demonstrate the value of creative approaches to recycling and reducing waste in the workplace – from desks, kitchens and break rooms, to warehouses, fleets and anywhere else where employees generate recyclable materials or can reduce waste.”

King County releases the Best Workplaces for Recycling & Waste Reduction list annually. The goal of the list is to recognize the top recyclers and waste reducers, and help motivate others in the local business community to improve recycling and waste practices.

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May 19, 2009

From The Kirkland Highland Real Estate Buzz:

Local merchant, Vic Swan, who is the owner of EcoCartridge in Totem Lake did a fabulous presentation about the marketing of printer ink and how profitable it is for tech companies. His company helps the consumer save money on ink and reduce waste by refilling and reusing ink cartridges.  Buying a new ink cartridge can set you back by about $35.00.  Buying a refilled cartridge costs about $15.00. I thought his topic would be very dry, but in fact, it was fascinating.  Many of us KAN reps had questions and he had all the answers.  His company has saved 17,000 pounds of plastic from being dumped into landfills over the 4 years he has been open in Totem Lake.  Mr. Swan is actively involved in the community as part of the “Green Kirkland Partnership, Sustainable September, and gives back to the community in many other ways.  He had a great fund raising idea for PTA groups.  He’ll buy cartridges from the PTA for cash.  It’s great to support a local  merchant who is eco-friendly and can also help save you money! Here’s a link to his company website. You can also follow him on Twitter!

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September 17th, 2008

Sustainable September
(click above for Quicktime movie of event: 9MB)

 

Come join us for a fun filled afternoon at Downtown Kirkland's Green Festival and Street Dance Wednesday September 17th 2:00 pm till ?? Park Place Ave – Downtown Kirkland. Sponsored in part by ECO Cartridge Store and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce. See you there!!

Eco friendly displays and street dancing at Kirkland's Eco-market.

Learn - Community Outreach and Local leaders presentations on green regional initiatives; Shop - Outdoor Eco-market, booths with green products and services; Play - Lively Street Dance - come show off your moves.

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December 27, 2007

ECO Cartridge is now registered with the City of Kirkland as a "Kirkland Green Business". Click the recycling bin below to visit the city's website and explore other green businesses in our area.

green biz

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October 18, 2007

ECO Cartridge Store now has remanufactured Canon CLI-8 and PG-5BK at 30% off the price of OEM cartridges.

These are 100% Guaranteed refilled Canon cartridges with fully reset chips!

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September 2007

ECO Cartridge Store Supports Kirkland’s Sustainable September
Store Customers Eliminate 4,100 Pounds of Landfill

Kirkland, WA (August 29, 2007) – ECO Cartridge Store, Kirkland’s leading printer ink cartridge refilling store, announced today that it is actively participating in Sustainable September - a month-long green learning opportunity, sustainable practices promotion, and earth-friendly celebration. Come visit our booth at the Sustainable September Expo. Expo hours are 10 am-4:00 pm on September 15, 2007 at Lake Washington Technical College - 11605 132nd Avenue NE, Kirkland, WA 98034. More information on Sustainable September may be found at the web site www.sustainableseptember.org.
ECO Cartridge Store customers have eliminated 4,100 pounds of industrial grade plastic from entering local landfill. By purchasing remanufactured cartridges customers also prevented the 66 barrels of oil consumption that would have been required to manufacture new cartridges.
“Most of us are concerned with doing our part for the environment,” said Vic Swan, ECO Cartridge Store’s owner. “We’re extremely proud of the fact that, through our customers, our business has been able to make this contribution. And our customers also saved money doing it – at least 40% or more. We are also proud of the fact that we have been awarded ‘Best Workplace Recycling’ by King County Solid Waste Division.”

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ABOUT ECO CARTRIDGE STORE
ECO Cartridge Store opened in Kirkland, Washington in July 2005. Eco Cartridge Store uses over 100 different inks to match the quality of the original ink cartridge manufacturers. In addition to offering ink cartridge refilling at 40 percent saving, ECO Cartridge Store is environmentally friendly and 100 percent guaranteed. Visit Eco Cartridge Store at 11316 NE 124th St in Kirkland or call 425-820-3570. For more information, visit www.ecocartridgestore.com

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