Five Tips to Easily and Affordable Go Green
It’s our duty to reduce our impact on the earth with less energy consumption, less waste, and more recycling. Reclaiming materials that can be used again is one way we, at Green Printing, help accomplish the goal of reduced impact. Printing in an environmentally sustainable way, and printing economically, may be seen as the same thing as printing “green,” which also provides businesses significant cost savings.
We take our environmental actions seriously, ensuring they are designed to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever and whenever possible. Here are some tips to help you do the same.
1. Use recycled paper and set your copier for auto-duplex and toner save mode
Paper that is made from 100% post-consumer waste does not come from killing more trees, and tends to be un-coated and free of chlorine, which causes the paper to biodegrade more quickly in landfills than non-recycled paper.
Using automatic two-sided printing and copying can save you up to 50% of your paper supply. But if you want to save even more – up to 75% of your paper supply – make sure to allow users to copy or print multiple pages on one sheet. You can also set your copier to “toner save mode” which allows for 20% more economical toner usage when printing documents.
2. Choose toner plastics wisely
The plastics in toner cartridges are usually petroleum based, but there are now plenty of manufacturers making plant based toner cartridges for printers. If you are unsure that your printer is able to use such cartridges, check with your printer manufacturer or use refilled or refurbished ink cartridges. These refurbished cartridges not only save you up to 50% on your cartridge ink cost, but will also keep empty cartridges from polluting the earth and becoming landfill material. Be sure to enroll in your manufacture’s plastic toner container collection program if available.
3. Shut off computing appliances when not in use
Many businesses often fail to see the benefit of this small tip: turn off your computer and printer at the end of a day, each day. This not only saves you on your electricity but it also protects the environment by using less. Even though settings such as Low Power Mode, Auto Sleep Time, and Energy Saver Modes can improve energy efficiency when the device is idle or not in use, they still take from your dollars and increase your carbon foot-print. So, do the environment and your budget a favor by turning off your electronics when they are not in use.
4. Seek Energy Star and RoHS Complaint products
Energy Star qualified products are 25% more efficient than conventional models. By using less energy, these products reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy as well as money, after the initial purchase. RoHS (EU) complaint products eliminate the use of hazardous materials found in electronic products. This product restricts the use of Cadmium, Mercury, Lead, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE).
5. Maximize electronic documentation
By converting paper-based documents into electronic data formats for archival purposes, or for distribution to other destinations, you will greatly reduce huge volumes of paper stored in file cabinets, while also reducing the need to distribute hardcopy documents via interoffice, overnight delivery, or regular mail. When scanning, be sure that your device uses white LEDs to lower energy consumption by up to 70%. This also shortens the recovery time from energy-saving mode, when compared to traditional xexon lamp technology.