Environmentally friendly print ideas for businesses
The world is becoming more and more environmentally conscious – and for good reason. Printing can have a negative impact on the environment, but there are ways to make your business greener. Not only does this reduce your impact on the planet, but it presents you to your customers as a company that cares about and takes on its social responsibility.
Here are some small changes you can make that are good for the environment:
Reuse and recycling
By choosing recycled paper and remanufactured ink cartridges, you can reduce your carbon footprint without compromising the quality of your prints. And don’t worry, the ink is not partially consumed, these are simply cartridges that have been reused instead of thrown away, giving them a new life. Also, find appropriate recycling for your cartridges when they reach the end of their life, rather than throwing them in the general trash can.
Turn it off
Many companies leave their printers running all day, even if they are only used a few times. Check if your model has a power saving mode or just turn it off when you know it will not be used for a few hours. And it goes without saying that your device should be taken offline overnight. This will also help lower your energy bills and save money and the planet.
You might have a printer, scanner, photocopier, and fax machine, but there are multifunction printers out there that can do all of these for you. This means that instead of four separate devices, you can only have one all day. All of these functions are unlikely to be needed at the same time, so a single printer is more than sufficient for most offices.
Going completely paperless is impractical for most businesses, but that doesn’t mean you can’t cut down on paper walking. Offering customers a paperless option for marketing communications is usually well received and can save you money. You could also send more emails and use shared online documents during meetings, reducing the need for internal paper communication. If you use paper internally, make sure that it is recycled properly. You can shred anything with sensitive information before you put it in your trash.
Say no to color
When color isn’t essential to understanding your document, try using grayscale. You can even use the draft setting to print hard copies for internal meetings or for personal reference. Using colored inks for intense, crisp results uses more energy and takes longer to print. If the document you’re printing is in the trash in a matter of days, you’re not wasting resources trying to make it look its best.
Old printers may not be as efficient as newer models and may use a lot more energy than you think. However, make sure that you dispose of your printer responsibly and choose a new device that will last you for many years to avoid waste.