Environmental Impact on Printing and Ways of Reducing Waste

It is more important than ever to think about the environment and the effects that humans are having on the world. The paper industry has often been associated with deforestation, which can affect soil fertility, biodiversity and water quality. Not to mention that with less forests there is a higher concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, directly contributing to global warming.

Ink cartridges are also having a negative effect on the environment. With up to 80 million cartridges filling up the landfills all over the world. This is worrying because it has been proven that it takes cartridges between 400 and 1000 years to break down. This infects the ecosystem with chemicals that are released from the plastic and left-over ink.

Recently there have been magazines that have stopped printing and changed to publishing electronically. However, it isn’t always possible to completely stop printing, but these are some of the ways that you can reduce waste and help the environment.

Formatting the Page

While you may think your layout looks pretty, it could be harming the environment, especially when you can change the size of the text. Making the headers smaller and changing the font to be thinner will allow you to fit more of your content onto a single page. In turn. saving you ink and toner in the long run. You could also reduce your paper usage by opting to print double-sided instead, often called ‘duplex’ printing, a setting that most printers and photocopiers have.

Use Recycled Paper

Recycling is a big thing, with many packages and products being made from recycled materials, so why not do the same when it comes to printing? Most printers and photocopiers will be able to use paper that weighs less than 80gsm, with most recycled paper weighing less than this. Not only is there less material being used, but the energy used to print on the paper is decreased.

Choose the Right Cartridge

Instead of opting for the standard cartridge, you can choose a high capacity one instead, which will often be filled completely. This can lower the costs of refilling the printer, as well as producing less waste cartridges. Want to try and minimise waste even more? A good way of doing this is by using remanufactured cartridges. These are recycled cartridges that are refilled with ink before they are broken down. There are even businesses that specialise in these types of cartridges, meaning you won’t have to sacrifice on quality.

Only Print When Necessary

If you know you will be visiting the printer or photocopier numerous times a day, you could also wait and print everything off in one go. A printer uses a lot of energy every time it has to warm up, so it makes sense to send requests all at once. Another way of saving energy is to utilise the standby mode of the printer or photocopier. The energy used in this mode is minimal and it doesn’t delay the printing as it will often go from standby to print in seconds.

Right Number of Printers for your Office

Why pay for extra electricity costs of running multiple printers or photocopiers when you do not have too. This is the same for running printers or photocopiers which are far too big or unsuitable for the business needs. Using the Managedprintcompare.com comparison tool you could save yourself on printing costs, operating costs and help protect the environment just by switching to a printer or photocopier which suits your needs.

By doing these small things we can help prevent the thousands of greenhouse gases that pollute the atmosphere every year, as well as saving money too.