Engineer's Guide to Paper Conservation

plotter paper rollsPaper is a staple in countless industries, and fortunately, its production and recycling processes are becoming more efficient. In fact, the U.S. paper recovery rate reached an all-time high of 67.2% in 2016, the third consecutive annual increase. And if you're considering investing in plotter paper rolls or any other type of bulk engineering paper for sale, you should know that you, too, can help to improve the efficiency process. Here are just a few ways you can save on plotter paper rolls.

Keep your eye on the printer.

The global market for wide format printers is projected to reach $7.2 billion by the year 2022. If you're printing a project and notice an error after you hit 'print,' try to cancel the printing job before the rest of the pages print. Then, reprint only the page or pages that had an error -- after you correct them, of course. This helps to conserve paper and avoid paper waste.

Re-use wasted paper.

"Wait, what?" Yes, it's true -- there's a brilliant method to reprint information for personal use with a technique called 'duplex printing.' This technique isn't ideal for documents you'll be sending out to clients, but it's perfect for documents used for internal use.

"This may mean setting up for a two-sided print job (sometimes called "duplex printing"). This can also mean putting a new print job on the reverse of old paper. Fill the paper tray with old mistaken printings. After it is finished printing, flip your document over to the wrong side and mark a line through it, so that in the future you won’t waste time reading the wrong side," writes Laureen Miles Brunelli on The Balance Careers.

Shred scrap paper.

Americans recycle more paper products than they send to landfills. The U.S. paper industry set a goal of a 60% scrap paper recovery rate by 2012 but achieved this goal three years early. Your office is bound to have some leftover scrap paper. If all else fails, you can shred your scrap paper and use it for packing material for shipping.

Ultimately, understanding how to optimize your office paper use can help you save money and materials. For more information about plotter paper rolls, contact Get Paper.