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RITI Coffee Printer Uses Your Coffee Grounds for Eco Ink!

Posted By Evelyn Lee On February 2, 2009 @ 10:15 am In green gadgets,Greener Gadgets,Innovation | 11 Comments

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For those of you who enjoy a cup of joe [2] with your morning paper, the RITI Coffee printer [3] offers an ingenious way to green your morning ritual: by turning your old coffee grounds into a sustainable source of ink for your printer! One of fifty top entries in this year’s Greener Gadgets Competition [4], the RITI printer [3] takes the leftover grounds from your morning roast and plugs them into an ink cartridge to create an eco-friendly source of ink. Who would have ever guessed coffee stains could be be so useful!

Hosted by Core77 [5] and Inhabitat, this year’s Greener Gadgets Design Competition [4] resulted in an incredible crop of innovative consumer electronics designs, and we’re excited to offer you the first scoop on some of our favorite designs! Jeon Hwan Ju’s RITI printer [3] works by replacing environmentally un-friendly inkjet cartridges with the dregs from your daily coffee. Simply place used grounds in the ink case, insert a piece of paper, and move the ink case left and right to print text.

In addition to ridding the printing process of the ink cartridge (its most environmentally un-friendly throw-out), the RITI printer also requires a bit of human action to get things going, which eliminates the need for any really significant power source. This last part of the idea seems a bit impractical, but after all that coffee you are drinking, maybe you need some exercise to burn off your excess energy!? Not a coffee drinker? No worries, it works just as well with tea.

The Greener Gadgets Design Competition [4] has JUST announced the 50 finalists [4] on a public voting website [4] that seeks reader participation. We’re going to use your votes to help determine the top ten designs to take to the Greener Gadgets Conference [6], to compete live on stage for $5000 in prize money. Check it out and weigh in today! Whats your favorite Greener Gadget? [4]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/02/riti-coffee-printer-greener-gadgets/

[2] cup of joe: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/11/14/one-cup-or-two%E2%80%94sugar-cup-by-anna-bullus/

[3] RITI Coffee printer: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/entry.php?projectid=38

[4] Greener Gadgets Competition: http://www.greenergadgets.com/index.php/design-competition/

[5] Core77: http://core77.com/

[6] Greener Gadgets Conference: http://www.greenergadgets.com/

[7] + Greener Gadgets Design Competition at Core77: http://www.core77.com/greenergadgets/

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