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Eco-Friendly Printing Tips

Eco-Friendly Printing Tips

This was written by Veronica Pamoukaghlian of Print Ninja.

Some people claim that the greenest page of all is the page that never gets printed at all. However, there is a noble and comfortable quality to paper that makes us think that the future is more in print optimization than in abandoning printing altogether.

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Companies today need to strive for a sustainable printing environment. The first concern is reducing print volumes, naturally, but then, recycling paper, optimizing the use of the printed page and utilizing eco-friendly systems and paper for printing are none the less important.

Paper does not only consume trees. The paper industry is one of the largest consumers of water and energy worldwide, thus the environmental impact of printing is more dramatic than it may seem at first-hand.

Education

In the US, the average student is said to generate more than a hundred pounds of paper waste every year. The recycling of this waste is of the essence, but improving practices in order to generate less waste is equally important.

Schools and colleges rely heavily on printing, but they are also the places where kids and young people can learn good eco-printing practices, a paradox that the modern world needs to resolve, in order to achieve a more sustainable existence.

Best Practices

Double-sided printing is one of the simplest ways to conserve paper. Assessing the real impact and the environmental footprint of our printing activities is also key, especially in the case of companies and organizations.

The quality and kind of printing products and practices you use are important as well. For example, limiting in-house printing and hiring an eco-friendly printing company to take care of your essentials is a good idea, if you don´t have the infrastructure to ensure that all your practices and products are 100% green. Likewise, printing with soy ink on recycled paper is much less harmful for the environment than using oil-based inks. In fact, several printer manufacturers such as Samsung, are putting out eco-friendly printers more often every day.

On the one hand, you need to make sure that all of your equipment meets eco-label criteria, and on the other hand, you can always buy green recycled paper instead of white paper that requires thousands of trees to be cut off to achieve that perfect whiteness we have become so used to.

Prioritizing is one of the key aspects of going green when it comes to printing. For example, when you absolutely must print something, it is always a good idea to do so in a way that you know your printed paper will have another use next.

Last but not least, paper is so flexible and colourful sometimes that it can be used to create awesome crafts and decorations, mutating into all kinds of beautiful/useful objects. Check out cheapideas.com´s Recycled paper section for some fabulous paper craft ideas.

Adopting more eco-friendly printing practices is one of the simplest, most effective things you can do to contribute to the sustainability of our planet´s ecosystems.

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Business Can Be Greener in the Workplace

How Your Business Can Be Greener in the Workplace

This was written by First Choice Business Systems.

There are many benefits to having an environmentally friendly business. Not only is it good for the wider environment, it can also help reduce overall running costs within the workplace.

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It may sound like a big deal when green experts wax lyrical about just how easy it is to turn your business green, but there are numerous features you can introduce simply to reduce waste and save energy. Regardless of whether your business is home-based or in a bricks-and-mortar office here are some of the easiest measures you can implement to go green.

Switch off equipment when not in use

It may seem like a trivial thing but you can save up to 25 per cent on wasted energy just by turning off electrical equipment such as desktops, monitors and printers when they are not in use. It is said you can save an additional 50 per cent by making sure all electrical equipment is switched off at the end of the day and not left on overnight.

Use recycled materials and biodegradable packaging

Business waste can actually carry an unnecessary high premium, with many firms spending as much as 4 per cent of their annual turnover on wasted materials and packaging. By instead using recycled paper and biodegradable packaging for goods and services, you can dramatically reduce waste costs.

Communicate via email

Businesses should encourage their employees to communicate via email and read messages on screen to determine whether it is truly necessary to print them. You will be surprised just how much paper you waste by needlessly printing agendas and memos that can simply be read on a screen or written down by hand.

Introduce plants to your office

Why not introduce some plants in your place of work? They not only make your office look nicer they can also work to absorb airborne pollutants and negative ions from computers, as well emitting oxygen – making your office a much more attractive place to be.

Encourage green habits to and from work

Why not consider introducing a carpool scheme in which staff can lift share or take public transport where possible. Lift sharing obviously saves on fuel and public transport often works out cheaper than filling a car with petrol or diesel and paying car parking fees.

Not all green initiatives will save your business money or cost you nothing in the process, but it is a great way of benefitting your people, your profits and your general reputation.

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