How to Be More Eco-Friendly When Printing

In today's society, more and more businesses are choosing to do their part to help the environment and "go green". And one aspect of business that can easily become a little more eco-friendly is printing. Already, people are trying to reduce paper waste, with the U.S. paper industry achieving its goal of 60% scrap paper recovery before 2012. But how can individual businesses be more eco-friendly with their printing? Let's explore a few easy ways this can be done.

 

Print smaller sizes: Choosing the right size for a print project can significantly reduce paper waste. When you're starting to design a project, consider what size is truly needed for the end result. While it may not seem like it will do a lot to shrink down the size of a project by only a slight amount, it can actually add up to make a big difference. Printing on smaller sized bond paper or Inkjet plotter paper rolls can overall limit paper waste.

 

Use an efficient printer: If you have an old, outdated printer, there's a good chance it uses quite a bit of energy to print projects. This is why it can be beneficial to update your printer to a more energy-efficient model. You should not only look for energy efficiency, but also consider which printer will allow you to use less ink and toner. Additionally, limiting the number of printers you use on a daily basis can help limit energy use, too. Choosing the right printer makes a big difference when trying to go eco-friendly.

 

Reuse and recycle when possible: Fortunately, there are plenty of materials related to printing that can be reused or recycled. If you can't reuse the other side of the bond paper, make sure you recycle it. And when it comes to ink cartridges, make sure they are properly recycled. This way, they can be reused in the future. Scrap paper can easily be recycled, which saves plenty of energy and paper treatment materials.

 

You don't have to make big sacrifices to be more eco-friendly with all of your printing projects. So consider these simple tips and go a little greener at the office.