Every now and then a material comes along that makes me think we might just make it after all! In this case it is using the fibre previously discarded during the manufacturing of sugar cane into sugar! It turns out that this material makes great paper and now it is available in NZ! Cane Fields are part of the largest producer of paper from sugar cane fibre which produces 400,000 tonnes of the stuff, which in turn saves 60,000 acres from deforestation. You can buy it here for $4.39 a ream.
Before buying a printer it would be worth contacting the folk at Cartridge World. They are able to refill practically any printer ink cartridge available in NZ, and considering their suggestion that each cartridge takes 450yrs to break down, this seems like a good idea. They will give you advice on which printers are best in this regard. For example, HP, like we have, can be refilled infinitely, while Kyocera and some Okis and Brothers can not be refilled at all. We have not bought a new printer cartridge since purchasing our printer 8 years ago and hope to keep it going for a long while yet.
By purchasing a second hand printer you may be able to get a better quality one then you could afford new, and one with more serviceable parts to keep it going longer.
Once you have finished with your printer, consider passing it on to an organization such as Molten Media who may be able to refurbish it, or use it for parts to keep others going.