Switch to Environmentally Friendly Printing

March 18, 2016 at 4:07 pm Leave a comment

PrintPrinters and copiers are among the most energy-intensive fixtures in the workplace. They, along with standard printer ink, also produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and can harm your health.

Tips to help you get started:

  • Expand the margins on documents. This will allow you to fit more text on each page. In turn, you print fewer pages per document.
  • Print on both sides of the paper. Double-sided, or “duplex,” printing also helps you print fewer sheets of paper. Research your printer’s settings or consider switching to a printer that makes duplex printing simpler.
  • Reuse scrap paper. To help reduce waste, place a bin for scrap paper next to the printer. Employees can reuse the paper for one-off printing or note taking instead of tossing it into the trash or recycling bin.
  • Recycle paper. When finished with documents, recycle them instead of throwing them in the trash. If they do not contain sensitive information, consider recycling them by shredding and using them for packing material.
  • Go paperless. Going paperless means reducing paper use as much as possible by using electronic file sharing and storage. In addition to saving paper, going paperless helps you spend less money and create more storage space.

Source: GoGreenPlus.org

Entry filed under: Going Green.

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