Here’s a list of environmentally friendly printing practices that your whole office can start implementing today.
• Recycle ink and toner cartridges. Those old ink and toner cartridges that are filling up your trash cans are also filling up our landfills. It’s an easy fact to forget amid the craziness of running a business. But, recycling them is an easy step. Some recycled cartridges are even used to create useful items like park benches and picnic tables. How cool is that?
• Use recycled paper. Using recycled paper is not only eco-friendly, but it’s usually more affordable than non-recycled alternatives.
• Maximize your margins. Many people default to standard margin settings out of convenience, but by expanding your margins just a bit you can significantly cut down on the number of pages printed, while still maintaining a professional look.
• Use it again. So you printed a test sheet and are about to toss it in the recycling bin, but there’s still a whole side of blank paper just waiting to be used. Pop your non-confidential documents back into the printer so you can use the other side of the page next time.
• Double-up with duplexing. As outlined in the above point, it’s important to use both sides of your paper to minimize waste. Many printers and MFPs now come with standard duplexing features making it easier than ever to use every inch of both the front and back of your paper.
• Go paperless. The ultimate way to go green with your printing is to go paperless—or as close to paperless as an office can get. You’ll still need to print some documents from time to time—like mailers, invoices, and receipts—but by keeping the majority of your internal documents in digital format, you’ll save a ton of energy, resources, and time. Contact us to find a digital document management solution that will work for you.
With a few simple changes to your printing behaviors, you can make impactful changes that will benefit your office and the environment.