For more than a decade, using farmer contributed checkoff dollars, the Ohio Soybean Council has worked in partnership with Battelle, headquartered in Columbus, to develop an environmentally friendly toner utilizing soybeans. This bio-based toner replaces traditional petroleum-based toner and is an example of OSC's efforts to continue discovering new uses for soybeans and soybean byproducts. "We are pleased to see this project come to fruition," says Keith Kemp, OSC chairman. "OSC continues to be a strong innovator and leader in funding research to develop soy biobased products and the soy toner project has been by far our biggest success." Advanced Image Resources, Inc. is the licensee of this technology. The company manufacturers the soy-based resin, called BioRez, which contains 60% biobased products. This resin is a vital component in the production of the toner. "The introduction of AgriTone culminates a multiyear effort by AIR to develop and bring to market a viable, environmentally friendly resin derived predominately from renewable resources," says Tom Gandolfi, cofounder and CEO of AIR. A leading manufacturer of aftermarket imaging supplies has realized the promise of soy-based toner. West Point Products has announced its release of AgriTone premium replacement toner cartridges, a series of remanufactured laser toner cartridges containing toner that is 35 percent or more biobased. In 2008 alone, the company collected more than 900,000 cartridges through its Empty Core Collection Program and recycled more that 1 million pounds of raw materials from its manufacturing process.

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