It’s true that we do require a lot of printing in our daily work schedule, but it’s not a green choice, as it involves both paper and energy. Paper is made out of wood, water and energy. Here are a simple ways by which you can cut down on paper and printing wastage:
1. Print Less
Substitute printing with emails and texts. It is cheaper, quicker and greener than printing. Use digital signatures instead of printing and signing. And no more need to print train and flight tickets, they are perfectly acceptable in the form of your phone message.
2. Print On Both Sides
Either manually turn the page or use a duplex printer to print on both sides to reduce paper consumption by half. Set duplex mode as default. Also, extend the margins so that you can print more per page. Keep a set of one sided printed paper near your printer.
3. Use Recycled Paper
Use recycled or sustainably sourced paper. Recycled paper uses around 40 percent lesser water and energy than virgin pulp. Also, recycle every piece of printed paper you don’t need any more.
4. Turn Off The Printer
Don’t keep your printer on standby. Laser printers specially consume a lot of energy in keeping the heating coil hot, which adds to vampire power losses. Use a timer switch in offices where people may forget to turn off the printer after use.
5. Set Toner Or Ink Use To Low
Set the ‘draft’ or lowest quality mode as default to save on toner or ink. Some printers have additional ink saving options, use them.
Toners and ink cartridges can be refilled easily. Refilling has kept millions of toners and cartridges from landfills. Also, it costs 10 to 30 percent of a replacement and can be a DIY job too.
7. Prefer Inkjet Over Laser
Inkjet printers use around 10 percent the energy of laser printers. Professional inkjet printers are becoming as fast as some laser printers. Ink tank based inkjet printers are a good sustainable choice for high volume needs.
Let us know if there are any other ways by which we can reduce printing related environmental impacts.