4 Tips for Eco-friendly Printing

In the 21st century, many businesses and individuals have been seeking to reduce their carbon emissions and wasteful mentality. Treating the environment well, has now become high priority and it is important that everyone does their bit to reduce pollution and wastage.

Within the workplace, there are several ways we can operate ‘greener’ to better the environment. Where possible, some businesses have adopted a paperless office by replacing traditional printing with digital media. Since this is not feasible for every business, this article will look at some of the ways your business can reduce energy and material wastage related to printing, aiming to operate greener in today’s society.

Recycling – In the past 20 years, recycling has become a widely adopted process at home and work. When your printing equipment has finished, it would be beneficial for your business to recycle waste material, such as old cartridges or toner.

You can also recycle scrap or unused paper, providing that it does not contain any sensitive information. In addition to this, you can donate printing equipment that is no longer of use to you, such as equipment for an older printer model.

 Energy efficient – Before you purchase or lease your printer, it would be wise to research or enquire about the printer’s energy rating. It would be most ideal to seek a printer that has low power consumption, but it can be difficult to understand what is an acceptable power consumption level.

This is where Energy Star becomes useful. Energy Star is a government supported program that seeks to highlight the energy usage about a particular device and provides a certified stamp for those devices deemed as energy efficient. Where possible, it will be in your best interest to seek a printer that has an Energy Star certified sticker on it, to give you some piece of mind that your printer is not wasting unnecessary equipment or energy.

Use resources responsibly – You can keep your wastage to a minimum by careful selecting the documents that actually require printing, instead of printing all documents on the off-chance you might need them. It will be useful to print preview the document you need. This will help to ensure that the format and layout match what you are expecting. Otherwise, you could waste ink and paper on a document that looks bad on paper.

You can also (where applicable) print on both sides of a piece of paper to reduce your paper consumption. If a document doesn’t require colour, then you should print it using black and white ink. This way, you will save your colour ink for situations when colour is necessary.

 Use local suppliers where possible – Depending on where you are located, you may be able to make use of local goods and services. Take some time to do some research on the local businesses around you that supply the products you need. Ideally, it is best to work with a business that can offer you sustainable service and would be beneficial if they recycle too. Working with a local supplier means that in theory, the goods and services you require have less miles to travel to get to you. In addition to this, your goods should arrive faster since they are closer to you. When you work with local businesses, you may be offered more flexibility than if you decided to purchase from a large franchise company.

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